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Jananee Sekar was ready to get down to business when she began researching master’s degree programs that would get her closer to her career goals. So when she discovered the Accelerated Master of Business Administration program (AMBA) at CSULB, the first word immediately grabbed her attention.

“I was specifically looking for an accelerated MBA program,” said Sekar. “I chose CSULB because it was AACSB [Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business] accredited, and had an international trip as part of the program. The university also has a diverse student body, which made me feel comfortable as an international student.”

In less than two years, Sekar made the most of her AMBA experience, achieving a staggering amount of academic success and industry-related networking opportunities. 

By maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout the program, she qualified for the Wan-Lin Kiang Endowed Scholarship, and joined two academic honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma. She also took on leadership roles as the Vice President of the Graduate Business Student Association and the student representative of the MBA Advisory Board. 

The AMBA courses covered marketing, finance, business strategy, and information systems—all of which had direct applications to real-world work situations. For example, marketing professor Sam Lee shared his professional experiences with companies like Pepsi and Pizza Hut, while encouraging interactive class discussions.

Sekar advanced quickly enough to become a consul-tant for undergraduate students who needed help with their own projects, and she mentored fellow graduate students while earning opportunities to interact with industry experts in their respective fields. On top of all that, Sekar supported herself by working on campus part-time as a research assistant at the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT).

Upon graduation in May 2019, Sekar started pursuing her dream career in digital marketing and business strategy, with her sights trained on future leadership roles, either in the U.S. or her native India.

“After I gain a sound knowledge of all the functions that constitute a successful business, I would like to start my own business venture,” said Sekar. “I also want to give back to the world in a positive way by starting a corporate social responsibility program to help the underprivileged and make a difference in their lives.”

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