How did you learn about the combined degree option? I learned about the program through a classroom visit. I was a Kogod marketing minor and someone, either from your office or Kogod master's program, came to a class session or talked about that option. I was a either a second semester sophomore or first semester junior. I was accepted into the program as a second semester junior. Before the visit, I did not think I could do a combined degree unless I was a Marketing undergrad major in Kogod. (Was women 's studies major in CAS)
What is the impact of the combined degree on your career? I stayed in the "school mindset" focused on papers and studying versus taking time off and having to get re-oriented. I liked my professors and the college atmosphere. In my current job, it helped me understand higher education and marketing.
What advice would you give someone thinking about pursuing this program? I gained the skills to do many things and expanded my experiences. My resume is much more interesting and well-rounded with the degrees in differing fields. I say pursue it if at all interested. You don't always know what you want as a freshman or sophomore; this encourages you to branch out into a very different field. I had more internships and experiential learning [during Master's studies] that helped determine my career path.
What were the top factors in your decision to pursue this program? It was a time-saver, money-saver, lifestyle/efficiency saver! I didn't have to worry about an entrance exam while taking a large class load. I had a high enough GPA for acceptance without GRE/GMAT. I know of a few other people who decided to pursue this as well.
Would you recommend this program to others? Yes. It added another level to my experience and gave me a leg up into meaningful work early in my career. I have an additional year of experience and a degree that many others my age do not yet have. The marketing degree, as well as my women's studies degree made me an interesting and well-rounded job candidate.