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

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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.

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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

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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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@leviabrands is our UConn Startup for April - Read more about Alum Matt Melander '09, and his journey to introduce a cannabis-infused seltzer into a largely untested market: Follow the link in our bio! ...

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Thinking about #gradschool? Join us tomorrow, March 31st 2021 for a free mini course in our new Collaborative Classroom Series. Business law professor Robert Bird offers a course about overcoming your bias to make better ethical decisions. Follow the link in our bio and Register now! ...

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UConn School of Business is proud to announce our brand new Online MBA program. We are now accepting applications for the inaugural cohort - Fall 2021. Follow the link in bio to learn more! #onlineMBA #UConn #Graduate #OnlineLearning ...

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Save the Date - on March 23-24, we are going paws in for #UConnGives! Support the UConn School of Business fund you’re passionate about and share in the excitement surrounding UConn’s bright future. Follow the link in bio and learn more! @uconnalumni #Giving #PawsIn #UConnNation ...

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In the past year, instances of anti-Asian violence have increased dramatically. Our Asian and Asian American Studies Institute has issued a statement regarding this phenomenon, and we are encouraging alumni, students, faculty, and staff alike to attend a virtual seminar addressing these issues on Thursday, March 18th. Please follow the link in our bio and register today. #asian #asianamerican #webinar ...

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Business Owners: on March 18, take 30 minutes and learn a little bit about Work/Life Balance - how to juggle it all during a challenging time. From our friends at Liberty Bank, Timely Topics in 30: Follow the link in our bio to register today! #business #worklifebalance #webinar #timelytopics ...

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Coming this fall, earn your MBA online – join our program from across the world, on your schedule. With concentrations for analytics, finance, management, and digital marketing, this is MBA your way. Follow the link in our bio to learn more.
#mba #onlineMBA #UConn

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The UConn School of Business honors our state’s Black-owned businesses during Black History Month.

Erin Ivy Fletcher is the owner and lead designer of Vine & Ivy Flowers (@vine_ivyflowers)
in Suffield, Conn. But she’s also substitute therapist and a little bit of cupid, too.

“My accountant, who is one of my best friends, always says, ‘You are also everyone’s therapist.’ Yes, that sums it up well!,’’ Fletcher said.

“I talk to people who have lost loved ones, people who have just had babies, and people about to get married. I help people write cards after an argument,’’ she said. “Sometimes I feel like a therapist. I do know a little about drama!’’

Fletcher is a 2008 UConn alumna who earned a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture, with a concentration in landscape design. Initially a biology major, she soon sought a new direction after some of her classes “made me pass out.’’

In 2018, Fletcher finally had the chance fulfill her dream of buying a flower shop. On March 6, 2020, she invested $10,000 to move to a different location in town. Ten days later everything closed due to COVID-19 and she had to let her whole staff go.

“Running a business is really difficult under normal circumstances. COVID really put a wrench in things. The last 11 months have been hurdle after hurdle after hurdle, but we’re still here,’’ she said, adding that she has been able to rehire her staff.

After wrapping up a busy holiday season, Fletcher is getting ready for the arrival of spring, when her shop features sunflowers, dahlias, peonies, tulips and daffodils, most locally grown.
The joy she gets from helping customers is Fletcher’s biggest reward.

“I’m a people person and I love making them happy,’’ she said. “My greatest joy is when someone says, ‘You’ve read my mind and put it in flowers.’ ’’

Vine & Ivy Flowers is located at 1087 East Street South in Suffield, Conn. and can be reached at vineandivyflowers.com or at 860-623-8774.

#blackownedbusiness #blackhistorymonth #localbusiness #florist

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On Thursday, February 18th, join author & leadership speaker Steve Farber for the latest Timely Topics - this month, we are expanding to 60 minutes, and welcoming businesses of all kinds for "Love is Damn Good Business." Brought to you by our friends at Hinckley Allen, Liberty Bank and UConn's Family Business Program. Follow the link in our bio and Register Today! ...

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Dean Mahoney '09 has a lot to celebrate - when people looked to at home alternatives to traditional bar and restaurant refreshment, his 'Merican Mule canned premium cocktail saw a dramatic increase in sales. Follow the link in our bio to read about his success so far, and how he's lending a helping hand to the next generation of UConn entrepreneurs.
#UConnAlumni #Innovation #entrepreneurship #foodandbeverage

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If you're wondering what sorts of local gifts and goodies might be available this holiday season, UConn alum Donald Pendagast '20 MBA has created Curated CT, a subscription box service featuring products from local CT businesses. You can still sign up for the December box (through tonight, 12/10 at 11:59pm)! Read more in the link in our bio.


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Family Businesses - on Decemebr 9th, join us for Timely Topics in 30, presented by Liberty Bank. For this Installment, we will be joined by Indrajeet Chaubey, Dean & Director of UConn College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources (CAHNR). For a variety of family business owners, there’s a wealth of opportunity to learn, grow and collaborate. Follow the link in our bio and register today! #familybusiness #uconn ...

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