Already working as a technical recruiter, Adrian Russo (business and technology management '15M) decided to pursue a master's degree because he wanted to gain a better understanding of the business professionals with whom he worked. He originally attended a well-known distance learning university but after a semester of taking a computer science course, Russo felt that there was no connection with his faculty or fellow students and was uncomfortable with the method of instruction. After some research, he chose Stevenson.
"I could tell that the Business and Technology Management program was different as early as the first open house," Russo says. "The faculty took time to understand my goals and assisted me in selecting a program that matched my desired outcome. They took care to make sure that I felt comfortable with my education plan and had the actual professors who would be teaching me give their advice. The contrast in the level of engagement between the previous university and Stevenson was stark."
Russo considers Stevenson's curriculum to be highly relevant with coursework that extended well beyond what he had expected. "My professors were very well qualified and possessed extensive academic and real-world experience. For example, Information Technology Law was taught by an attorney who practices technology transfer and eDiscovery law," he says. "My professor for Enterprise Application Development quite literally held every development certification offered by Microsoft. The faculty at Stevenson is world-class and second to none."
In fact, his Stevenson education changed Russo's career goals. Today, he owns a business and consults on the technical side of talent acquisition. "I develop applications and architect recruiting solutions," he explains. "My studies at Stevenson really changed the way I approach HR and talent acquisition."
Another difference between Stevenson online programs and those at other institutions? That it actually feels like a community, Russo notes. "I still keep in contact with classmates, professors, advisors, and staff. Everyone genuinely cares for each other. It is evident during school activities, whether in an online environment or a campus event.
"Stevenson is the type university that you just want to be a part of. I formed real connections with classmates and professors and enjoy being a part of the SU community."