School of Business Administration

Online MBA Offers Solution to Balance School, Work, Family

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Online MBA Offers Solution to Balance School, Work, Family

Iryna Nykolayko sitting on the floor in a living room with a laptop and textbooks.
With the online MBA courses, Iryna Nykolayko HRM ’17, HR generalist, TelNet Worldwide, remains focused on her MBA while starting a family and working full time. Photo by Robert Hall.

Whether working full time, traveling around the world or home with her family, Oakland University’s online MBA courses mean Iryna Nykolayko has not missed a beat in pursuit of her MBA. With access to the same accredited curriculum and quality faculty, Nykolayko discovered a way to balance the complex demands of school, work and life.

Taking full advantage of the flexibility, Nykolayko participated in online classes when she traveled for work and pleasure.

“I could study online at my own pace when I went home to Ukraine and when I visited Hawaii and Mexico,” she says.

Starting the OU MBA program paid immediate dividends. “My manager saw I was motivated to progress in my career and promoted me after I enrolled,” she says. “The courses have given me a full understanding of how all departments work, separately and together.”

With the online courses, Nykolayko could remain focused on her MBA while starting a family and working full time at TelNet Worldwide. “Then, after I had my baby, I could keep taking classes online,” she says.

The convenient online courses coupled with dedicated advising supports busy professionals interested in advancing their career without interrupting their life. Expert-led classes, real-world practice and robust discussions with faculty and peers guide OU MBA students in developing the strategic business knowledge necessary to tackle challenges across functions.

Ample opportunity for interaction with faculty and among classmates enhances the strong business curriculum. “The faculty is always very flexible and proactively checking in with students,” Nykolayko says. Some hold weekly phone-in times for lectures or open discussions so students can ask questions of the professor and each other.

Students value this access to and open communication with faculty. Discussions are not limited to traditional class times, Nykolayko notes. On the discussion boards and in group assignments, students contribute throughout the week, which makes it easy to stay up to date, she explains.

It is this interactive online community where OU MBA students immerse themselves in learning anywhere or anytime that works for their schedule.

Since she did not have to choose between work, family and school, Nykolayko is on track to return to work armed with an Oakland University MBA, ready to leverage the lessons for her organization and her career.

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