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It was a cold March morning and my stomach was full of butterflies. Graduation was two months away and I couldn’t help but feel excited and nervous about walking across the stage. As I sat in my bedroom reflecting on my four years of college at the University of Colorado, Boulder, I realized that I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the classroom. I wanted to expand my knowledge through a graduate degree. I’ve always been interested in Business Management and I believed that there was no better place to study business than at the University of Denver.

Joy Barber, Master’s in Management 2019

I found various benefits to applying to the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business through the Master’s Accelerated Admissions Process (MAAP). One of the most significant benefits that drew me to MAAP was the opportunity to be automatically considered for scholarships and graduate assistantships. Financial aid played a major role in my ability to attend graduate school. In addition to scholarships, another benefit that drew me to MAAP was the opportunity to waive the GMAT due to my academic achievements in undergrad (I graduated Summa Cum Laude with distinction with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in English). It was one less thing to check off my long to-do list in the busy months before graduation!

You may wonder, why a graduate business degree? I was attracted to the Master of Science in Management (MSM) program at Daniels because it’s the only MSM in the country to emphasize the importance of leadership knowledge. I strongly believe that leadership is a key component of being successful within the business world, and pursuing a Management degree at Daniels has helped me hone my leadership and critical analysis skills.

After graduate school, I’d like to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. I realized that the entertainment industry lacked female representation in the areas emphasizing in business leadership. One of my professional career goals is to become a showrunner. A key component in working as a show runner entails managing a television production. With this career goal in mind, I believe that my professional experience combined with my MSM degree, will equip me with the talents I need to perform, manage and lead within the multiple facets of the entertainment business. I can say with certainty that the MAAP played a significant role in helping me achieve my dream of earning a graduate degree.

Want to know more about Joy and her experience as a Master’s in Management student? Check out her profile!