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A Look Into Getting Your Degree Online

Florida International University’s MBA online format offers flexibility for busy working professionals to study when and where they want and at their own pace. Mediaplanet asked 2020 graduate, Corwin McCammon, how this format benefited him professionally and how FIU’s program helped prepare him to achieve future aspirations.


Corwin McCammon

Professional Masters in Business Administration Online (PMBAO), Florida International University

Why did you choose to pursue your degree, and why did you choose to pursue it online? How has this format benefited you professionally and personally? 

I was looking to transition from working in startups to a more traditional corporate role within finance. I was mindful of my knowledge gaps and believed an MBA would provide me a great foundation to build a new career. I chose an online program because I wanted to pursue international consulting opportunities and experiences while completing the program.

I was fortunate enough to live and work in nine countries during my two-year program. This decision placed my coursework in a global context, and the program helped me further my interests in renewable energy and e-mobility. My online MBA at FIU prepared me to excel in my new role by supporting my learning goals in a format that worked for me.

What has your university/school done to engage you as a learner, despite the remote format? What strategies have you, your classmates, and your instructors used to maintain a relationship?

The [Professional Masters of Business Administration Online] program at FIU is designed for working adults who juggle many hats in their day-to-day lives. The program team understands that remote learning can be challenging and provides many resources to support the virtual environment.

Earn your MBA without putting your life on hold. FIU’s fully online program gives you the opportunity to learn from esteemed faculty, as well as network with professionals.

As a student, you get on-campus residencies, industry nights, professional development seminars, and the amazing business career management team at your disposal. I took advantage of many of the services offered by the business career management team. They helped me update my résumé and cover letter. I had virtual coaching sessions to prepare me to succeed at the job fairs I went to my last semester. The team played a pivotal role in the job I have now. The program has the right mix of resources and support to give you that edge you need in the job market.

How has participation in your degree program better prepared you to achieve future aspirations? How has this education impacted your life? 

In my new role at Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automotives [FCA]), I am financially responsible for the product development of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango and play a crucial role in the electrification strategy for my vehicles. I didn’t know this is where my MBA journey would lead me, but I am grateful the FIU business program helped facilitate this new reality. 

FIU introduced me to FCA when I participated in a school sponsored business case competition sponsored by the company at the National Black MBA Association. Participation on the FIU team opened more doors within the company than I could have ever imagined. Further, the program helped reinforce my commitment to educating future business leaders. The professors I met in the program inspired me to share my knowledge and experience with others. This month, I officially start my Executive Ph.D. in Business Administration.

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