Kate Mickle became the Admissions Director of MBA Programs at USD in April 2012. Ms. Mickle was formerly the Assistant Director of MBA Admissions & Recruitment at UCSD’s, Rady School of Management. The following Q&A was conducted with her at the end of May.
What do you bring to the University of San Diego’s Bschool and its MBA Programs?
I have experience working with students from a diverse range of educational and professional backgrounds. My approach to MBA admissions compliments USD’s personalized and supportive environment. I enjoy the culture and understand the dynamics of smaller-to-mid sized MBA programs. The size of USD’s MBA programs allows our team to work one-to-one with MBA program applicants and incoming students to provide a high level of individualized attention.
Please give me an example of your relevance to global business?
USD’s MBA Programs are known for their global focus and outstanding international opportunities. All of our MBA students have the opportunity to study abroad and/or complete an international consulting program, and the majority of our students participate in at least one short-term study abroad experience. The International MBA (IMBA) program requires proficiency in a language other than English, as well as two international experiences on two different continents.
What makes USD uniquely qualified to educate military students?
USD’s location and history attract military students. Many of the students in our Evening MBA program are active-duty military, and there is an MBA Veterans’ Association available to all students. Our MBA curriculum is attractive to students with a military background. For example, MBA students can take classes at USD’s Supply Chain Institute – a School of Business Center of Excellence that offers one of the leading supply chain programs in the world. Choosing to focus on Supply Chain Management allows military students at USD to leverage and further develop their operational skills and competencies. The international experience that military students have make USD’s curriculum a great fit for them as well. As U.S. companies increasingly produce and sell products in other countries, MBA graduates with education and leadership experience in other countries are going to be extremely attractive to potential employers. This creates great opportunities for military students, because of their exposure abroad and knowledge base of diverse cultures.
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