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Alumni Testimonials

Class of 2016

Rosemary Reed Kessel
Director of Operations, Commworld of San Diego-North, Inc.


Jorge A. Gaspar
Chief Medical Information Officer, Samahan Health Center
Chief Financial Officer and Co-founder, Vicarious PR, LLC

"The FEMBA program at CSUSM is an experience that those who choose to enter will never forget. If working full time and studying for your MBA at the same time seems like a lot of work, that's because it definitely is. Still, the rewards stemming from a successful completion far outweigh the toil. At its core, the FEMBA will teach you two main things. The first is how to be a good leader and the second is how to be a good at networking. These two foundations are what drive businesses today and throughout the program, they are constantly reinforced. If you're looking for a piece of paper that says MBA on it, then this might not be the program for you. However, if your goal is to grow as a leader and obtain a deeper working knowledge of how businesses function and thrive, then you've come to the right program."

Class of 2015

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Keith Gemmell
Library Programs & Venues Coordinator, City of Carlsbad

"The intensive courses of the CSUSM MBA program are oriented toward creating leaders and strong business professionals. They pushed me to excel and find solutions through new skillsets and perspectives. Being a husband, father and working professional, the FEMBA program was a perfect fit for me to manage my already at capacity life. Obtaining my MBA has given me skills to advance my career, become a better leader, provide financial and performance analysis, and plan strategic initiatives for programming. CSUSM’s program is the best choice for any professional looking to become a better manager and well-rounded candidate in any career field."

Class of 2014
Matthew Hyatt
Matthew Hyatt
Head of Upstream Operations, EMD Millipore

"The MBA program at California State University, San Marcos was a challenging, yet fully rewarding career experience for me.  The accessible North County campus and convenient scheduling of classes gave me the ability to achieve my dream of earning an MBA degree, while continuing to work full-time.  The comprehensive curriculum provided a strong foundation in management, leadership, financial analysis and business analytics.  Many of the principles learned in the program were able to be applied immediately at my place of work.  The program allowed me to interact with top-notch faculty and industry leaders, as well as create networking opportunities and friendships that will last a lifetime."
 Class of 2013

 Melissa Horning
Melissa Horning
Product Quality Manager, ViaSat

"The CSUSM MBA program was the best fit for me because of the competitive price and class schedule. Once I adjusted my mindset and schedule to balance both work and school I realized that my potential was larger than I ever thought it could be. I was able to apply many of the class deliverables to special projects in other functional areas within my company.  This created networking and learning opportunities that have given me great exposure for my career."

"My cohort and the faculty have consistently inspired me to think about the business world in different ways. At the end of the program at CSUSM we created a “MBA Business Book Club” in which we continue to learn business concepts, grow our networks, and help each other in our careers. Members of my cohort have been a critical sounding board for my personal career decisions, and I have no doubt that we will stay friends and colleagues for years to come."

Class of 2012

Ania Piotrowicz
Ania Piotrowicz
Senior Financial Analyst, ViaSat

"The CSUSM program has been the best career move I could have made. The program was very challenging and demanding, but extremely rewarding. I gained a deep understanding of the theory behind business processes and was introduced to real-world scenarios which provided me with direct experience and knowledge of how today’s top businesses operate. On top of it all, I gained incredible friendships with both, professors and students."

Tylia Smith Tietje
Tylia Smith Tietje
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Genoptix, A Novartis Company

"Higher education often opens doors and CSUSM's MBA program is no exception! There were many opportunities for professional and personal development that could not have been experienced through an online program. Knowledge gained could immediately be applied in the workplace. Industry leaders were often guest speakers who inspired students, shared lessons learned, and were open to networking. Relationships formed in our cohort will be a great support for years to come. My MBA experience provided tools for a deeper understanding of the business world which will be beneficial to my career in biotech and at home."

Class of 2011

Jared Shapiro
Jared Shapiro
Sales Engineer, Southern California Sound-Image

"Through all of the ups and downs, the MBA program showed itself to be an excellent source of scholastic development. The faculty allows you to have a voice in the development of the young program in a continuous effort to maximize your education. The courses covered in the program offer a well-rounded management education with an emphasis in quantitative skills. Going through the program as a cohort brings with it a tremendous level of support. Thanks to this program, I not only have a network of great contacts, but a group of great friends as well."

Class of 2010

Jodi Coe
Jodi Coe

Executive Assistant, NuVasive

"CSUSM’s program is the best choice for North San Diego County residents who want to obtain an MBA. The Saturday classes are convenient, the cost is competitive, and the quality of the education is first-rate. Because CSUSM’s MBA students go through the program as a cohort, they build personal and professional relationships that last a lifetime."

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Roger Herzler
Software QA Lead, InnovaSystems International

“The CSU San Marcos MBA was the most challenging academic effort I've undertaken, yet it was very rewarding! I was thoroughly impressed by the instructors’ knowledge and enthusiasm for their courses, as well as the high caliber of the other students that were in my cohort.  I've been able to take away a much deeper understanding of how to contribute to a company's success, and I have added life-long friends that I can network with in the future. Taking the MBA at CSUSM was a high-value endeavor that I recommend to anyone wanting to be more successful in business and in their career.”

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Ala'a-addin Moussa
Senior Project Engineer, General Motors

"The MBA program was well-rounded and introduced me to many concepts that a product development manager should be aware of: operational excellence, market segmentation, strategic positioning, competitive advantages and product differentiation to mention a few. The theories of organizational behavior, leadership, ethics, and cultural differences came in handy when working with global companies each with a distinct culture. Of special utility were the analytical decision making tools I learned to guide my decision making processes in uncertainty."

Class of 2007

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Natalie Andrade Hinson

Controller, P-Fleet

“Cal State San Marcos had all the qualities I was looking for in an MBA program: top-notch faculty along with a convenient schedule that made it possible to attend classes while working full-time. I was able to learn real world solutions to a variety of business challenges that could immediately be applied in the workplace.”

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Chris Berarducci

Southwest Program Manager, Qualcomm

“Overall, the program was excellent. I feel that it really taught me how to think quickly in new situations, meet deadlines and provided a better understanding of how business works in general. All of these items together have helped to open new professional opportunities.”

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David Page, CPA
Director of Finance & Controller, San Diego Zoo

“The Cal State San Marcos MBA program is extremely challenging with top quality, knowledgeable, experienced professors…. Obtaining an MBA is an incredible experience. It has improved my performance at work and reinvigorated my career. I highly recommend seeking an MBA and I highly recommend the MBA program at CSU San Marcos."

Class of 2006

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Erhan Ercan, MBA

Vice President of Marketing, Ostendo Technologies, Inc.

“The CSUSM MBA empowered me with that extra oomph I needed in getting the company I co-founded on its feet with now over 120 people since its inception in October 2005.”

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John Paterson
International Program Manager, Fire Scout Program, Northrop Grumman

“As an engineering manager at a major aerospace company I had an excellent technical background but no practical experience in the business aspects of my company. Cal State San Marcos' MBA program taught me to think from a business perspective rather than as an engineer. I have since been promoted to managing the international sales of one of our aircraft.”