At the Crosby MBA program, students can pursue a variety of concentrations and dual programs to tailor their career and personal aspirations. The flexibility of the program allows each MBA candidate to truly customize his or her degree from an array of options. Kyle Brethower (Crosby MBA ’13) decided to add an MBA to his undergraduate Industrial Engineering degree because he knew the MBA was going to help his future career. Kyle said that the MBA coursework enhanced his BSIE knowledge by providing a more holistic view of an organization and the decision making process.
While enrolled in the Crosby MBA program, Kyle took full advantage of the variety of opportunities that were available. One of these experiences was his summer study abroad experience in Ireland. In the classroom, he learned about the unique Irish business culture and policies that help grow their economy within the Eurozone. Outside of the classroom, Kyle worked on a consulting project for Ina’s Handmade Foods, a family run bakery and food supplier in Ireland. He had the opportunity to work alongside fellow MBA students from various places with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Kyle said he learned to lean on their experiences in order to positively impact the Irish company.
As a Crosby MBA student, Kyle also embraced outside-the-classroom activities which enhanced his learning. He held a Graduate Research Assistant position with the Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations where he conducted market and prior art research for intellectual property created at MU. In this position, he took a leadership role in organizing a Tech Expo for the entire MU System that showcased technologies developed by MU to over 100 regional investors. He also served as the CEO of the Crosby entrepreneurial society, C.L.I.M.B.
“The decision to earn my MBA coursework paid off when I started my career search,” said Kyle. He was able to confidently line up potential companies and select which one best served his career goals. Kyle currently serves as an Industrial Engineer at Garmin where he has the opportunity to work with directors in Receiving, Replenishment, Shipping, and Customer Repair. “The Crosby curriculum provided me with the skill set to evaluate the different initiatives and align my projects with each director’s goals and overall objectives of the organization,” says Kyle. “Prospective MBA students should look towards their coursework as an advancement to the next stage in their career. The MBA program they select should align with career goals as well as personal ones.”
Kyle participated in the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering/MBA combination, one of the dual programs that Crosby offers. This option allows current BSIE students to begin MBA coursework during their senior year of undergrad and graduate in only one additional year.