Our Community

As a UConn Online MBA student, you not only join one of the great business schools in America, you join Husky Nation, with full access to all UConn’s campuses, faculty, social events, clubs, athletics, and more. The whole UConn community is here for you. Within the School of Business, you enjoy a vast array of personal support and resources.

Meet The Online MBA Team

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) Faculty Member Headshot of Dr. Mia Hawlk

Mia Hawlk, Ed.D.

Program Director, Online MBA

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) Team Member Headshot of Student Coordinator, Alyssa Suhr

Alyssa Suhr

Admission & Program Coordinator, Online MBA

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program Manager Headshot of Brian Southworth

Bryan Southworth

Program Manager, Online MBA

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) Administrative Coordinator Headshot of Brianna Braun

Brianna Braun

Administrative Coordinator, Online MBA

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) Faculty Member and Academic Director Headshot of Dr. John Knopf

John Knopf, Ph.D.

Academic Director, Online MBA

MBA Student Profiles

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Will Farmer, PMP

Executive MBA

Started the program: Fall 2019
Anticipated Graduation: May 2021
Professional Background: United States Air Force Veteran and Founder of Convergent Mission Solutions, Cybersecurity Consulting

In Will's Own Words: “The Executive MBA is geared towards working professionals in the pursuit of not only higher level education, but for understanding a wide range of business fundamentals necessary to give me an advantage amongst professional peers. The knowledge gained from the handpicked Professors is one part of the program's success. But the various perspectives, frank conversations, networking, and friendships gained from the cohort experience is priceless. I was aiming to challenge and be challenged, in a rigorous program with depth. The UConn Executive MBA experience exceeded the expectation.”

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Jaya Kartha, PhD

Full-Time MBA

Started the program: Fall 2019
Anticipated Graduation: May 2021
Professional Background: Manager, Management Leadership Program at Horizon Therapeutics

In Jaya's Own Words: “I decided to pursue an MBA after working for over 7 years as a pre-clinical scientist. I chose the Full-Time MBA program at UConn because of its good ROI and smaller class size. I was looking for a school with a ‘family feel’ and that is exactly what I found here at UConn. The UConn MBA is a close-knit community, and right from the onset, I felt very welcomed and a strong sense of belonging. Without a doubt, my time at UConn has been highly productive and has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. The leadership, management, and business skills obtained from the MBA program will complement the problem solving and analytical skills I have, and provide me with all the tools I need to achieve my goal of a rewarding career in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry.”

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Raia Paneva

Part-Time MBA

Started the program: Fall 2016
Anticipated Graduation: May 2021
Professional Background: Control Account Manager, Military Engines at Pratt & Whitney

In Raia's Own Words: “My favorite part of the Part-Time MBA program was not only being able to learn from the professors, but also from my peers. Even virtually, the collaboration and level of support I received from the other students exceeded my expectations. While the course work provided me with the foundations and skills I needed to build my business knowledge and allowed me to pursue the areas I found most interesting, the UConn community allowed me to grow my network and build my confidence.”

Event Calendar

Online MBA Students are invited to attend a wide array of speakers, panel discussions, and networking events hosted by the UConn School of Business and distinguished alumni.

Upcoming Events

  1. 9/23 Ph.D. in Business Infosession: Explore a Career in Business Academia
  2. 9/23 Virtual Infosession - Part-Time MBA Program
  3. 9/28 Hartford - Graduate Business Infosession (In Person)
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Support Services

If you need a hand, UConn’s deep bench of support services will help ensure your success. We offer tech support, a student ambassador program, tutoring, individualized career coaching, access to academic services and access to a library of journals. We’ve got you covered. See Student Support Services tab above for additional information.

Alumni Network

As a student, you will have plentiful opportunity to interact with our alumni through lectures, networking events, panel discussions and more. As a graduate of the UConn Online MBA program, you’ll join a network of 45,000 School of Business alumni spread across the globe. UConn MBA alumni have leadership roles in companies such as Amazon, Dell, Google, Gartner, Cigna, NASDAQ, Deloitte, Microsoft, LEGO, ESPN, and Prudential.

The UConn School of Business Office of Alumni Relations is your key to unlocking this broad network of possibilities.

Stay Connected

Follow UConn School of Business social media using the icons in the footer below, and checkout these highlights from our Instagram feed.

Sophomore Engineering student and entrepreneur Raina Jain developed a health- support supplement, and she had an opportunity to sell it at Whole Foods - read more about it! https://today.uconn.edu/2021/09/uconn-student-entrepreneur-sells-her-queenbee-supplement-at-newest-ct-whole-foods-market/ ...

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Family Businesses - Join us on 9/16 at 11am for Timely Topics in 30 - our speaker will be Pat Soldano, who is dedicated to promoting the growth of family businesses in the US. We will be focused on legislation, taxation, and reform. Follow the link in our bio and register today! https://family.business.uconn.edu/events/ ...

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We are excited to welcome the new Fall semester MBA students as they begin orientations this week. Good Luck! #myUConnMBA ...

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Congratulations to Jennifer Mathieu for being honored as one of @hartfordbiz's 40 under Forty this year. To find out about Jen's work with @uconnccei, Follow the link in our bio: https://www.business.uconn.edu/2021/08/23/business-champion-ccei-director-jennifer-mathieu-selected-as-40-under-forty-award-recipient/ ...

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Joshua Allen '20, a recent graduate of our MS in Human Resource Management, went from bussing tables to working for @lukeslobster. Read more about his journey by following the link in our bio: https://www.business.uconn.edu/2021/08/18/lobster-innovation-and-a-dream-job-are-all-on-the-menu-for-this-recent-grad/ ...

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Family Business Owners - Please join us on August 19 at 11:00am for Timely Topics in 30. We're gearing up for the fall series, and we want to hear from YOU, in order to make the program as useful as possible. Meg Warren and Robin Bienemann will be taking questions - Thanks always to our friends at @ctsbdc - Follow the link in our bio, and Register Today! https://family.business.uconn.edu/events/ ...

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Networking can be tough in the best of circumstances, but the MS in Human Resource Management program helps you make the connections. Take Kyle Wiley, for example – he was attending one of the MSHRM Saturday seminars where the Chief Human Resources Officer for Webster Bank was making a presentation to the cohort. When he mentioned that there were positions open, Kyle took the opportunity to introduce himself and learn more about the openings. After a few rounds of interviews, he was hired as a HR Business partner, and now after 5 years promoted to a VP position. Kyle is active in the non-profit world as well, serving as a director for the HR Assoc. of Central CT, and a VP of Finance for the Nat’l Assoc. of African Americans in HR. If you want to increase your chances of being in the right place at the right time to change your career trajectory, follow the link in our bio and consider attending one of our virtual infosessions! ...

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Dr. Mohammed "Ameer" Shams, MD, '18 MBA was recently named Chief of Medicine in @hartford_healthcare 's Central Region. He was able to earn his MBA while balancing full time work and his family (pictured here!) through our Part-Time MBA program. Follow the link in our bio to read more about his journey and accomplishments:
#mba #UConnNation

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In addition to a strong international presence, we also have some homegrown students in our MSBAPM program. Denny Lopez (bottom left) grew up in Stamford and had UConn on his short list for Undergrad – proximity to NYC along with cool local events made his college experience fun and fulfilling! After earning his Economics degree, taking the next step to business analytics and project management felt right – enhancing the quantitative side of Econ and coupling it with an understanding of being able to see a project to a successful completion. Bonus, he just landed a great summer internship at Slalom’s Business Advisory services. Even though it’s located in Westchester, it’s just a short ride away. For his eventual pivot into traditional consulting work, Denny has appreciated the doors MSBAPM has opened for him. We’re excited to see what you’ve got lined up next. If you’re interested in learning more about the unique cross-disciplinary experiences that our MSBAPM program offers, follow the link in our bio and join us at our next infosession: ...

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Family Business Owners - On Thursday, June 17th, we are offering Timely Topics in 30 sponsored by @libertybankct. This month, it's all about the people - come learn from experts about how businesses return, re-engage, redefine, recruit, and retain the people that make the business work. Follow the link in our bio and register today! ...

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Congratulations to new alumna Caitlin Schramm ’21, a finance major and management minor, who has been awarded a 2021 Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Award from the UConn Women’s Center.

Schramm was active in the Women in Business organization, which serves aspiring undergraduate business women. As a member of the executive board, she played a pivotal role in the 180-member organization, and under her leadership it flourished.

She led a peer-mentoring program, created an alumni mentorship program and helped arrange networking events with corporate leaders, panel discussions, and workshops. Guest speakers have come from Prudential, FactSet, Henkel, Nielson, Otis Elevator, TJX, Synchrony and more. Schramm has accepted a position as an Operations Analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York.

Follow the link in our bio to read her profile on the Women's Center Website!
#womeninbusiness #academicachievement #uconnbusiness

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We have seen some pretty nice workplaces over the years, but this one might take the cake! Today, we are taking a moment to spotlight Rudney Pinto Junior, a student from our MSHRM program. He works for the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headquartered here in the "Palacio do Itamaraty." Through MSHRM, he mastered the leadership and problem solving skills necessary to help streamline their hiring processes. If you're looking to bring your HR game to the next level, you should attend our next infosession, on June 3rd. Follow the link in our bio and register today. ...

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We wanted to take a moment to thank our friends over at @santanderbankus - We recently received a $100,000 grant to help benefit minority students and minority-owned businesses. Follow the link in our Bio to learn more! ...

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We are very proud to congratulate Meghan Hanrahan who has been appointed to the newly created role of Executive Director of Master of Science Programs. Here, we have a photo of Meghan and her family taken when she was honored at the Hartford Business Journal's 40 Under Forty four years ago.

A two-time UConn alumna, Hanrahan now provides program leadership, career management, and operation oversight to five specialized graduate programs, including Accounting, Business Analytics & Project Management, Financial Risk Management, Human Resources Management, and the newly created Financial Technology (FinTech) program.

“Meghan’s strong institutional knowledge, management experience, academic and student affairs knowledge, program development skills, and commitment to providing the best service possible to students, faculty, and staff. make her an excellent candidate for the role,’’ said Jose M. Cruz, associate dean for business graduate programs at UConn. “Meghan has the energy and an unwavering ability to lead and succeed, and I have no doubt she will lead the masters’ programs to new heights.’’

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Meet Prasad Bhadang (front right), celebrating Holi with some of his fellow MSFRM students in 2017. When he got a job at Goldman Sachs, the recruiters were impressed, and wanted more of the same. The solution? Go back to the source. Goldman Sachs has presented us with an exciting opportunity – a case challenge for our MSFRM students that could lead to a coveted internship with the financial Giant. This week, our students will participate in the case study and an internship information panel. These are the sorts of unique opportunities that you can experience if you join MSFRM. Learn more about the program at an infosession by following the link in our bio: ...

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Brittany Stephenson is a student in UConn’s MS in Human Resource Management program. She is part of a group of students and alumni who have started a committee called the Black Student Union. This group formed last year when one of our community members experienced racial profiling, amidst a national environment of police violence and protest. Through honest and difficult conversations, the HRM program leadership learned that Black students wanted a space to call their own, and to establish measurable and sustainable support from the university. Over the course of this year, the Black Student Union used their voice to enact meaningful change within the HRM program. An academic course on diversity is now part of the core curriculum. Travis Grosser, the academic director of HRM, has encouraged every instructor to dedicate class time to diversity, equity, and inclusion topics. With an overarching goal of equality on a cultural level, it seems clear that within any organization, the people responsible for hiring need to be aligned with these values. HRM does the work to prepare future HR professionals not only through its curriculum, but by establishing groups like the Black Student Union, listening, AND enacting real-time personal and professional change. To learn more about the MS in HRM program, please register for an upcoming event HERE: https://grad.business.uconn.edu/infosessions/
#UConnMSHRM #BlackStudentUnion #BLM

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This past year has made a lot of us reconsider the role that technology plays in keeping us connected and productive. Is it possible to feel that connection and make friends in an online program? You bet! Just ask Cole Crawford, Rachel Kahen (@rachelvkn), and Julia Lindwall (@juliaalindwalll) of our MS in Accounting program. Despite being at different stages in their graduate journey, these learners were connected to form a small group in professor Amy Dunbar's "Financial Reporting and Auditing" class. Over the course of the semester, they convened weekly in video chat to problem solve and complete group assignments, even having Professor Dunbar drop in to assist when necessary. Their different perspectives have made them stronger as a group, and the friendships they've made will carry on well after graduation. This is not by accident - our MS of Accounting program has had 18 years to perfect online team building. Since 2003, MSA has been 100% online, and in those 18 years, they have developed best practices for their students to achieve in the online environment. Follow the link in our bio - come to an infosession and learn more about how MSA offers online flexibility while maintaining a sense of connectivity and inclusion. ...

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Our MS in Business Analytics and Project Management alums go on to do great things, but they also commit to helping current students along in their own journey. Take Indrajit Bhattacharya ’17 for example. Since graduating, he has moved on to work at Google, and earlier this spring, Indro connected with current MSBAPM students to co-lead a presentation about Interviewing and Negotiation. It was a valuable conversation about real-world application (gotta nail interviews to get jobs, after all!). To learn more about our flexible program and community-focused approach, follow the link in our bio and register today for our infosession on 4/20! #highered #negotiation #opportunity #businessanalytics #projectmanagement ...

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