Student Experience

Part 1: MSIM students come from a variety of backgrounds, but what they have in common is a desire to learn how to harness IT to create competitive advantages for their companies. The curriculum of the W. P. Carey MSIM program focuses on just that: managing with technology to drive the objectives of the business, rather than managing the technology alone. Specialty masters programs like the MSIM are becoming more important for career advancers pursuing depth.

When students think of American Express, finance normally comes to mind, but that is not true for Computer Information Systems majors involved with the Department of Information Systems Club (DISC). Recently, representatives of the company visited DISC to show the innovative work American Express Technologies does to support the global firm. Company representatives and students discussed the opportunities ahead for both American Express and the talented students that W. P. Carey produces.

Computer Information Systems major Josh Valdez Elizetxe first explored a computer at the branch library where his dad dropped him every day after school. Now just 19, Josh is an entrepreneur with a track record of success. A Barrett Honors College student on full scholarship, Josh manages a heavily academic schedule while at the same time working on three new ventures. KnowIT spent some time listening to his story recently; we think you’ll agree he is a student worth watching.

Managers value employees who have career goals and the desire to acquire new skills, and many companies have education reimbursement programs. But before you discuss an MBA with your boss, it’s best to be prepared, do your research and understand the policies and procedures to secure support. 

W. P. Carey MBA students have fantastic opportunities to participate in the international and off-campus programs, which broadens your exposure to business concepts outside the traditional classroom in a hands-on learning environment and adds value to your degree by distinguishing you from other MBAs competing for the same positions and promotions.  Plus, participating in an international program gives you the opportunity to network with students across MBA platforms.