MBA@UNC Graduate: Daniel Hager

“When UNC Kenan-Flagler set out to create the MBA@UNC program, they took their mission seriously,” says Daniel Hager. “They demonstrated a real commitment to doing everything they can to make not only this program a success, but online learning in general. They are really shaping what an online degree can truly be.” An embedded software engineer at Lockheed Martin and a participant in the company’s Engineering Leadership Development Program, Hager was interested in developing new skills he could use to advance his career. He considered pursuing a PhD in engineering, but decided that an MBA would be a good way to gain a better understanding of business concepts and prepare for future roles in project or program leadership. “I really wanted the flexibility that an online MBA program would offer, but I didn’t want to compromise the quality of the program,” he says. “Out of the blue, I came across an ad for MBA@UNC and I thought it was perfect for what I wanted to do.”

"Finding a program that had the prestige of UNC and still made it possible for me to balance my work and family commitments — it really worked for me.”

“From day one, I was impressed by the level of faculty and the quality of the teaching,” Hager says. “Everything was extremely top notch. It’s what you would expect from a top-level program, but maybe not necessarily what you might expect from an online program.” MBA@UNC is as rigorous as UNC’s full-time program, Hager says. “MBA@UNC is a challenging program that really requires time and a commitment.”

“Another thing that impressed me about the program is the caliber and diversity of my classmates. Their experiences and resumes are really impressive. The interactions we’ve had and what I’ve learned from group projects, immersions and class discussions has been great.”

When asked about learning in a virtual classroom, he says, “I got more personal attention and interaction than I’ve gotten in the past from some of my other, on-campus, learning experiences. I think it has a lot to do with how UNC created the classes to foster interaction. After graduation, Hager is looking forward to leveraging the new contacts he’s made and focusing on what comes next. “My personal goal for earning an MBA was that I wanted a better understanding of business concepts — I definitely achieved that. Now, I’m looking forward to exploring opportunities with my company that involve more leadership and responsibility.”