Fiona McFarland

Military

Active Duty Naval Officer in the US Navy


“MBA@UNC was exactly what I needed.”

If I had asked the people at UNC to design an MBA program just for me, they couldn’t have done a better job. MBA@UNC was exactly what I needed, and I didn’t even know it before learning about the program.

“Everyone has really interesting backgrounds— and they’re all going to school and doing their jobs.”

It was fun to see where people were attending class from — what country they were in, what airport terminal. Everyone has really interesting backgrounds — and they’re all going to school and doing their jobs. It was cool to learn about a concept or strategy and be able to learn how different people employ it in different sectors at different times. That was a big benefit for me.

“The professors are great about making the information accessible.”

The program is really appealing for anyone in the military because it’s so portable. The professors are great about making the information accessible to a host of different people.

“MBA@UNC really pulled off my blinders — it opened my eyes to what all is out there.”

When I look at things like how our budgets are laid out, I’m able to take a more critical eye at our plans. My performance rankings have gone up and I’ve become a more thoughtful leader. The program really made me think a lot about how I lead my department. MBA@UNC really pulled off my blinders — it opened my eyes to what all is out there. I’m looking forward to exploring it.


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