May 16, 2012, 12:30 PM EST


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Date: Originally aired on May 16, 2012, 12:30 PM EST
Session Title: Master of Science in Management of Projects and Programs Information Session – Meet the Alumni

Panelists: Frances Stearns, Associate Director of Admissions and Student Services; Rupal Patel, Manager, Consulting, EMC Corporation; Erin Seiden, MS; Michelle Runge, MS, VP of Business Development, Scientific Software Services; Monica Perez, Enrollment Advisor.
Description: In this information session, Brandeis University’s Master of Science in Management of Projects and Programs is discussed and alumna and student panelists share their experience in the program.

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Speaker: Hello Everyone and welcome to Brandeis University Rabb School of Continuing Studies, Graduate Professional studies, Master of Science in Management of Projects and Programs Information Session. Meet the Alumni. Please note this webinar is needed. If you have any questions during the presentation please type them in to the chat box which is located on the right hand side on the control panel and submit your questions. After the webinar you will be able to obtain the slides in our archives recordings. Please contact your enrollment advisers. The contact information will be listed on the left side of the presentation.

Today we have five speakers who will be leading the webinar. We have Frances Stearns who is the Associate Director of Admission and Student Services at the Division of Graduate Professional Studies at Brandeis University. In addition to admission, Frances coordinates Brandeis graduate ceremonies and provides support to academic advisers. Frances has several years of experience and higher education and had been with Brandeis University for over 6 years.

For our alumni panelist we have Rupal Patel who is the Manager and Consultant at EMC Corporation Extensure and Cardinal health. She has had engagements in various industries including financial, travel, insurance, government, automotive manufactory, health care and banking. Most of her projects consist of managing data center consolidation including discovery of client environment, migration planning and execution. Rupal earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and computer science at the College of Engineering. At Brandeis she has been able to expand her knowledge on information technology, learned detail project management techniques and utilizes new concepts on her job. Rupal recently finished her final project management capstone and will be graduating with the class of 2012 this month.

We have Erin Seiden who is a project manager with over 10 years of experience in software companies. She has completed her undergraduate degree in computer science. Over the course of her career she had held roles in both quality engineering and project management on different products working with various global teams. Erin also volunteered for helping hands for the disabled running internal research and developing project.

We also have Michelle Rundy, Vice President of Business Development at Scientific Software Services. Michelle is the Technology and Project Management Professional whose career has expand software technology, health care, government, the internet and academia ranging from start off of a handful of employees to Fortune 500 companies. She had worked on the internet when it was known and assessment in the 80s, supported the human genome project at a company that contribute 50% of the sequencing effort and she led a global team defining and promoting a methodology supporting an annual hundred and 85 million European Portfolio of RT projects executed around the world. Michel graduated with a master’s of science in Software Engineering from Brandeis Graduate Professional Studies in 2010 and will graduate with a Master of Science in Management of Project and Programs from Brandeis Professional studies this year.

In today’s webinar we will also talk about admission requirements. We have Kelsey LeVert who is the enrollment adviser for Brandeis University, Master of Science in Management of Projects and programs and has over 20 years of experience in account management. Kelsey LeVert and Monica Chris make up the recruitment team for Brandeis University’s Master of Science in Management on Project and Program and will be able to answer any enrollment related questions you have towards the end of this webinar.

Today, Francis will go through a brief overview of Brandeis University, talk about the learning outcome and required elective courses of the Master of Science in Management on Projects and Programs. WE would then have our webinar panelist share their experience in the program. Kelsey LeVert will discuss the admissions requirements and will conclude the session answering any questions you may have. So please submit your questions through the chat feature, again, which is located on the right hand side of your control panel.

And now I’ll turn you over to Francis Turns.

Speaker: Thank you Celina. First, I’d like to tell you a little bit more about Brandeis University. We’re located in Waltham Massachusetts, just outside the … We are a private, co-educational, non-sectarian institution, named and honored of the US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. Founded in 1948 by members of the American Jewish Community, the university today combines the best and scope of a world class research university and the accessibility of smaller art college. Brandeis is consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities, recognized for the excellence of its teaching, the quality and the diversity of its student body and the outstanding research of its faculty. The Brandeis community representing more than 100 nations consisting of 3,400 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, more than 350 full time faculty and more than a thousand administrator and staff members. Brandeis and its master’s program are headed by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges also referred to as NEASC. And we have a strong commitment to academic excellence.

This slide illustrates several defining teams of our MSMPP program. First, the program is balanced and I won’t spend too much time on it because this has been the main theme of today’s session. Next, the curriculum is relevant and this manifests itself on a couple of ways. We have a professional advisory council of senior projects and program management executives across several industries who are assisting our program requirements and in recommending additional courses such as special projects. You’ll also see that our curriculum is consistent with the project management institute standard such as the PIMBAC and its many practice standards. As the PMI publishes updates for the standards, our curriculum, when applicable evolves to remain consistent. And that our team, the program is portable and that’s – what I mean by that is there are graduate programs explore the application of project and program management within the context of numerous industries from software to financial services, construction, pharma, non-profit and so forth, covering the factors of management, leadership and technology. In court discussions, students are collaboratively and gain from experiences, challenges and best practices of our student who may be working within several different industry. And finally our curriculum is adaptable. Meaning the technologies covered in the courses maybe tailored based on organization size, structure and culture. As a great example, in the risk management course, we explore a vast process to identify, analyze and respond to risk. Many students report that in their work group on the jobs may need much more informally. In the course then we discuss how students can take many of the techniques we cover and adopt them so that they become cost-effective, workable approaches for the project is very much in applied approach.

The program outcomes of the management approaches and programs master’s degree are shown here. I find it important to [inaudible] today that you are aware that all our programs and courses have outcomes which indicates the skills that students will be expected to demonstrate upon program and course completion. Within a particular course, outcomes are broke down into weekly outcome. That is the module to the course explored, students can be aware of the skills that they are expected to demonstrate upon week or modular completion. Our focus on outcomes aligns well to a practical approach. We hope that students will be able to leave our courses in readily and simulated concepts in their places of work. This program’s outcome encapsulates essential skills for today’s project and program managers. From managing a project, from initiation to closure, communicating at all levels on an organization, ensuring that projects and programs contribute to organizational strategic objective and leading teams with the tailoring and application of project management techniques on projects of various size, scope, rich collaborationing, and complexity.

The required courses in the program are shown here. The first course, we ask students to take the foundations of project management. This course is accurately made. It’s foundational in nature covering many of the core techniques of project management in a broad overview incorporating both hard and soft skills. The process from initiating to closing and the knowledge areas that [inaudible] them to do as the leaks unfold. And students complete the [inaudible] which is writing a project charter developing a work structure and building a Microsoft project schedules and an accompanying report. Students will see that many of the topics that you do in one module a week from the foundation course are then explored in a more in-depth in another core or elective core. Of the remaining core courses, we focus on softer interpersonal skills such as professional communication, leadership and decision making, negotiating conflict resolution. Three of the required courses focus on the heart of technical skills aligned with advanced scheduling, risk management and project – I’m sorry, program management. Note that while the primary focus of the given course maybe on hard to soft skills, within each course the need for an integration is highly rated. The techniques covered in these courses are affordable meaning that one can apply the concepts of organization of various sizes or miniature structure industries from software to financial services, construction, pharma, non- profit and so forth covering the factors of management and leadership and technology.

The six elective to the program are listed here. While the core courses encapsulate skills that we believe are essential for our project and program manager, the elective allows students to focus on particular areas of interest. For example in some organizations, project and procuring managers are responsible for working with vendors and managing contracts. The procurement and contract management course covers the procurement process in-depth including principles and ethics, pricing method and administration of contract management and administration for various types of contract and pricing mechanism. Another elective is agile project management. Helpful to those who work in organizations that are adopting agile method, some or all of their projects. The two electives from the virtual team management and communication programs are helpful for those who work with or manage virtual global team. The challenges in project management course will expect a very challenging set up in the rise within the project life cycle strengthening project success. The course examiners [inaudible] when they occur and how we can anticipate, prevent and minimize them. We also have special topics in project management elective course. This allows us to introduce new topics on the programs based on recent industry trends or particular application areas. For example we have offered a special topic course in clinical trial project management and we are currently developing two additional special topic courses. One more focus is on managing government projects and contracts and the other will cover business analysis techniques for a project manager. In addition you’ll find that on the hard and soft skills parameters. Each elective have essential lean level balance. From these six electives, students select three to complete their master’s program.

Speaker: Thank you Francis. And now I’ll turn you over to [inaudible], a consultant Manager of EMC Corporation who will share her experience in the program.

Speaker: Hi everyone. My name is [inaudible] and I basically had a great experience with the masters and project program and management program. The reason why I chose Brandeis was because the online curriculum made it easy for me to continue my full time job as a project manager and also be able to complete the courses over two year time period, facing them and getting them down in a reasonable time as well. So that was one of my primary reasons for choosing Brandeis. The program has impacted my career in a really great way. I started off as a project manager when I started the program and throughout the two years as I build my skills up, I just recently got promoted to manager and consultant team at EMC Corporation. So I definitely value all the skills that I learned through the program.

And at first it was kind of nerve racking, taking courses on mine because I’ve been with fearing not having face to face time with instructors, how other, as soon as I started my first [inaudible] into master I found the rhythm and made my own schedule and realized that I was saving so much more time by building my own schedule, managing my own time and able to finish the task for the classes at my own leisure. So that ended up being a great thing. So I worked with conflict or personalized conflict, I can manage my school schedule around those conflicts.

On some of the courses that have helped me in my current position include advanced scheduling, also risk management, and negotiating in conflict resolutions. Those courses in particular really stand out to me. Negotiating and conflict resolution has definitely helped me build my interpersonal people skills in help resolving conflicts at work, trying to get customer violence, management violence, some of those skills that I learned are truly valuable. As well as advanced scheduling I learned how to use my [inaudible] in in-depth format where I can manage these costs and schedule all that one with [inaudible] and risk management truly valuable as managing a project manager after report with risk on a daily basis. So all those skills definitely helped me in my real working environment.

I met amazing instructors that I dealt and keep in touch with. Whenever I have questions or concerns they’re always available that I can reach out to even though I’m completed with all my courses. And I feel like having the master’s degree that gave me an advantage at work in terms of promotion because I have learned some of the underlying skill tests for project management that higher people are learning and apply on the job and haven’t had the time on any of them or build structure about them. So I really thought that the program helped me on that one. And the reason I chose a masters over PMP is because I wanted more of a full understanding of project management and even what it would take to be a virtual project manager, global manager, since everything is becoming more globalized rather than just understanding basic principles that PMP covered, that are not covered in-depth by just taking a task. So these are basically the reasons why I chose Brandeis and had a successful experience there and recommend it to any future students.

Speaker 1: Thank you [inaudible] for sharing your experience. And now I turn you over to Erin Simon who will share her experience in the program.

Speaker 4: Hi. This is Erin Simon and you can see from the blur by my slide that I really enjoyed the Brandeis courses. I found everything in them with directly applicable to the thing that I’m doing on the job. A lot of the courses start with, we have discussion questions that you have to do weekly so the discussion questions were actually things I would experience in day to day about risk management or scheduling projects or I could ask questions of my classmates and my professors that were then directly applicable to things that I would see day to day on my job. So it was great to get that real time feedback and have a community to bounce that off where I was working with the team where I was the only project manager. So I’m able to use my classmates and my professors so that my peers which was a great opportunity to the Brandeis program.

I found that I really be at least taking classes online. I was very skeptical at first wondering how it would be, not you know seeing other students and having direct access to the professors. And if you think a little bit of being used to but it ended up being great, all the professors were accessible. I did make a lot of online friends that I still keep in touch with now that I’m a graduate of the program and it does work. It’s great to be able to schedule the classes that you leisure when you’re working full time. You know 40 to 60 hours a week and not having to worry about being online for a class, just being able to move around your work and see the readings or posting that were there. So that’s, the online experience was great for me.

A couple of the classes that I really liked were one of the core classes that everybody has to take is professional communications and this one really allows you to work on your presentation skills. So as you run through doing a couple of different presentations that you have to record yourself. So not only do have to learn how to get the right structuring and pacing and knowing your audience but then you also get to see, watch recordings of yourself so you can listen to your voice and your mannerisms and see how that goes. So that was great that we were able to do that with an online experience but still get that breath and depth of what it really feels like to give your own presentations and see you doing that work. So that was the next one course. And another one on the electives was the foundation of virtual team. In my roles I’ve worked at a large global company with global team. We have teams in Massachusetts, California, India, Ireland and Israel. So I’m used to working on global teams. So it was great to sort of have the discussions of what techniques work with different teams, what different cultures. And one of the things I had to do was we have to research one specific culture and give a presentation on it in the class. And what I did was I chose to research Israel since that was the group that I have worked with currently in my job. But I was getting a new role and I’m gonna have to work with the team in Israel so it was great to be able to do the background. We start to be able to bounce questions off the classmates on Brandeis and made working with that team a lot easier. So overall I’d say my Brandeis experience was excellent. It’s a wonderful program that helped my project my management skills and I’m actually been looking forward to going to graduation this weekend.

Speaker 1: Thank you very much Erin. And now I turn you over to Michel Rundy who will talk about her experiences in the program.

Speaker 5: Hi. I think as evident of completing two programs in the Rabb School, the programs are fabulous. Two things that I find has greatest takeaways are every course has such relevance and it’s updated to continue to be current with what is happening out in the areas and for me it was software engineering and projects and programs management that I looked forward to every week and just about every one of the courses in regards to what I’d be exposed to, what I could apply, what I could take back to work. I started in the Rabb School back in 2004 when I was looking for a software engineering program, a master’s degree. So typically I felt it wouldn’t be quite sufficient and at that time what was being offered met my needs.

From 2004 to the present there was this continual effort of improving the delivery both on campus and online to the point where watching each program moving online and continuing to be relevant and presented in such a fashion that everyone could kind of get the message given that it’s in an online environment, you know which is different. So it met my needs for those entire seven years as I was working full time. And many times working 60, 70 hours, 80 hours a week and having kids at home. So I was juggling the three and succeeding.

I chose this particular program when I was three quarters on the way into the software engineering program. And that I got a new job which was on a project management office, entered as a manager and I saw that I wanted to contribute more what I learned on the job prior to just when satisfying enough. So I was able to overlap three courses and kind of finished one and moved right into the other one and the benefit was I received two promotions in two and a half years where the last promotion was to Director of a global group for a Fortune 500 company responsible for the oversight of all IT projects in the organization. Very rewarding for myself and I contributed a lot to the organization. So much of it is directly due to what I learned on the program. I feel like I did not waste one minute in anyone of the 10 programs for the – 10 courses for this program.

One thing that is good and it’s bad and it’s basically , that’s such a negative word, if you understand it and embrace it and you work with it, it then works for you. Online learning is tricky and for me, I’ve been around for a while. I did not grow up with the social media. It was challenging but I didn’t give up. I still pulled everything I needed from the course in order to succeed and meet my personal challenge of good grades. So it’s a matter of becoming aware of what is working for you and what is not working for you and trying a couple of different things until it works. But it’s the way things are heading and I am so impressed with the delivery mechanism that the Rabb school has in using model for their platform, using all of the features and functionality of that and using it to the benefit of the student. I’m certainly impressed with that.

Another thing that is a takeaway for me is the program is very rigorous and it can be hard and sometimes you’re thinking why in the world am I doing this but it has to be that because I’m surrounded by so much you know dumbing down both my kids you know, what they experienced at school and other you know institutions providing learning and training. You got to have the rigor because that quality deserves you so well when it comes to your career and in the workplace. The competitive advantage was so wonderful for that.

Speaker 1: Thank you very much Michel for sharing your experience. And now we’ll have Chelsea Roberto over for the admissions requirements.

Speaker 6: Thank you Celina. Hello everyone. The items required for the application package are shown here on the screen. Interested candidates are to complete an online application form that will capture your contact information, your intended entry term, details on your prior academic history, and the name of your recommendation letter provider. The application can be completed in one sitting and usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Accompanying the application form is a $50, non-refundable application fee. A statement of goal must also be completed. This consist of a narrative of at least 500 words that addresses your motivations for pursuing your graduate degree and the description of how your personal and professional goal online with our programs outcome. A letter of recommendation is required from a previous faculty member or an employer supervisor who is qualified to evaluate your potential success in the program. This letter is sent directly from the recommender to our enrollment office. All applicants must have a four year, regionally accredited US bachelor’s degree or equivalent with official transcript from all institutions sent directly to us. Applicants who earned their bachelor’s degree outside the United States must submit their records for a course by course evaluation, official transcripts and or mark sheets by education credential evaluators, ECE and we can provide you with more information on this as you work on your application package. A current resume should be submitted describing your professional and educational background and experience. Finally, TOFEL is required for individuals who are non-English native speakers and who have earned their undergraduate degree outside the US. There are some exceptions which can be addressed individually. We will assist you on completing your application items, addressing any questions or concerns you might have during the admissions process. And please contact the enrollment office directly for any additional information. The contact information is shown below. Thank you.

Speaker 1: Thank you Chelsea. We have a few questions upcoming and we also want to remind everyone of some important dates. For the whole term the application deadline is July 15, 2012 and class start date at September 12, 2012. Moving on to the first question and I’ll direct this to Erin Simon. The question is how many hours a week do you typically spend studying at your taking one course at a time?

Speaker 4: It really depends on the class, different classes where, and different professors were different than others. But I think it was probably somewhere between 8 and 12 hours. It would really depend on the class in the different meetings but expect to do like say an average of I guess 10 hours a week for each class.

Speaker 1: Thanks Erin. We have another question. I’ll direct this to Raquel and Erin and Michel if you wanted to join in. The question is how do you feel the program helps benefit your career compared to where, compared to if you did not have a Master’s Degree in Project Management?

Speaker..: When I started out the program I actually set it out as a Senior Consultant and naturally became a project manager actually project managing at my client site. And then the program actually enhanced my skills to make me a better project manager. It’s kind of hard to explain but the risk management portion, the professional communication, I could see myself doing a better job at work using those skills that I built from the curriculum and at my management side and my client side and my peer side. So it basically helped me, had given edge to promotion compared to other people who were competing for the promotion of as well.

Speaker: Thank you.

Speaker: This is Michel. I could add a couple of words and that is from my perspective I learned software engineering and project management on the job prior to either programs and completing or being in during the program I could tell the difference between myself and others who had picked it up on the job also. And the programs fill in the gaps. So that’s not to say you can’t be successful without the program but to have all of the tools available to you in order to do your job the best and that then benefits the organization, it’s huge.

Speaker: This is Erin. And I found too just with the on job interviews, it’s also, it’s great to talk to the Brandeis. The degree is much more than just the PMP certification. You did really get some more hands on experience and companies do seem to be pretty impressed with the work in the program, the different classes. So I found its good build on the job and now looking for a job as well.

Speaker: Thanks everyone. We have another question that came in. The question is do you get to work on teams? Do you get to meet in person your teachers and classmates? I’ll direct that question, we can start with Erin and then Raquel and Michel if you wanna join in.

Speaker: So for me you definitely work in teams and thinking pretty much all my classes we had some sort of group project. A lot of it we did with teleconference, usually phone and occasionally I think one or two with video. I’m lucky being located in Massachusetts that a lot of my classmates were actually from Massachusetts as well. So we did actually end up meeting in person a few times but I also had classmates in China and other places. So you wouldn’t always be able to do it. And there was only one professor I met. I met with my adviser. The way the program was structured before. So does that answer the question of some people?

Speaker: Yes. Thanks Erin.

Speaker: This is Raquel. I actually did a program on mine from Chicago and I would have to say maybe 70% under the classes have at least some kind of team work or activity involved. And we typically use conference bridges and also we used [inaudible] some of the tools that Brandeis provides so that we can have a block cam and be able to see each other and hear each other. And whenever we would plan team projects or team presentation it be kind of neat because you learn how to plan a full project virtually and sometimes with folks from all cost of US country or other countries to present the material without even meeting in face to face. So you kind of learn how to become a better virtual worker which is becoming more and more popular and common as globalization continues to take place and the virtual world takes over.

Speaker: Thanks Raquel. We have another question and I’ll direct this to Michel and Erin and Raquel if you wanna join in as well. The question Michel is who did you feel that you learned the most from, interaction with your peers or with your instructor?

Speaker: I believe it’s hard to pinpoint on one so I would say from the three vehicles of the instructor, the student contributions and the materials all provided different perspective but then also complemented each other. You know the students brought the real world experience, the instructor and almost every single case was above and beyond kind of an expert in the area. And then the materials were always so enriching. I never felt like I had either the online documents or the textbooks has been frivolous or a waste of time. I personally read every book and every assignment. So I would almost say everything complemented each other very nicely with relevance and enriched.

Speaker: Thank you Sam. We have another question that I will address to Francis. The question is what if any course requirement maybe waved in lieu of career experience or PMP certification?

Speaker: Sure. Thanks Celina. Unfortunately in terms of work experience or PMP certification we don’t wave any courses. We do use work exams and I might have certification during the application process to evaluate the admissions to be used it to evaluate the person in term of the fit for the program. But in terms of work experience it, you could contribute to the courses but we do not wave based on some work experience.

Speaker: Thank you Francis. We have another question that’s coming for the alumni speakers. The question is a Master’s Degree is a big time and cost commitment. Is it worth your time and expense? Let’s go ahead and start with Raquel and then Erin and Michel if you wanna join in?

Speaker: [inaudible] that it was worth my time. As far as expense I was fortunate enough to have my company pay for it. So, however it is a huge time commitment and you have to make the grades to get the reimbursements. So definitely I have to put on my energy towards that. So it’s worthwhile. However I’m fortunate enough not to have the expense but to really see the benefits even if I worked for them I still, I would have gotten the promotion which would have ended up paying itself off.

Speaker: This is Michel. Between the two degrees, I have to split in half with regards to I paid for you know the software engineering one. My company paid for the projects and programs one, definitely worth the money, definitely worth the time. It’s, it adds to your street credibility. If you can talk your experience you know to many people in regards to selling yourself, that’s great but in order to make yourself visible in terms of street credibility out there, you know on the internet, it is huge. What comes my way because of the additional education is definitely worth the investment.

Speaker: Yeah and as far as for me I was fortunate enough to have my company pay for it so I can’t really speak to the cost. But the time commitment I found was definitely worth it. I mean it is a big time commitment. You do have a lot of work but I found everything was directly applicable to on the job. So it was like going to you know trading classes for my day to day job but I got you know, I have an immediate return on the classes. So it wasn’t like so you put in this time and you’re waiting. You see the benefits and it’s helping you day to day but it’s definitely worth it.

Speaker: Thanks everyone. We have another question. I now address this to Francis. Is there a thesis or a final group project?

Speaker: With the project, thanks Celina. With the project program, [inaudible] program that is no final project or thesis. Again, our programs are more applied and practical. So we shy away from the whole thesis portion of it. And you’ve heard from Erin, Raquel and Michel a lot of the courses do have the group work and final group projects on each course or majority of them. But in terms of the entire program there is no thesis or comprehensive exam.

Speaker: Thank you Francis. We have another question which I’ll direct to Chelsea Reverts. The question is how long does it take to complete the program and also when can I start the program?

Speaker: Very good question. Thank you Celina. It takes between one and a half to three years. Typically you do have up to five years to complete the program and that depends on how many courses you take each year. So that’s –

Speaker: Thank you Chelsea. We have another question. I’ll direct this to Francis. Is the distance learning degree any different from those earned on campus at Brandeis University?

Speaker: Sure. That’s a very common question. The simple answer is no, it’s the same degree. The long answer is that the degree awarded to this performing students on campus is same curriculum. It’s, sometimes it’s the same instructors that have transitioned from on-campus to now teaching the degree that you receive does not say anything in terms of distance learning. It’s the same degree awarded by the university and the Board of Trustees. The only difference is, is the course manager system, you’re online versus sitting in a classroom.

Speaker: Thank you Francis. Another question for you Francis. The question, will I receive course materials through the program and are textbooks, the materials online?

Speaker: Sure. Textbooks and materials vary for each course. You will have to purchase your own textbooks. Some courses have materials online or textbooks online but for the most part you will have to purchase your own and it varies from course to course for what is required or recommended text or software.

Speaker: Thanks Francis. We have another question for you which is kind of related and also if any [inaudible] in, the question is is there any training needed to use the online delivery software?

Speaker: There is no training. We do offer a orientation actually that way you become familiar with the course management system. So it goes through how you post, how you submit an assignment, and just become familiar with the structure and the format of the, of the system but there is no special training course that you have to take. DL orientation is enough, it’s a self-take course and it is enough for you to become familiar with the system.

Speaker: This is Michel. If I could add, it was a great receiving syllabus that week before the class started. The syllabus I’ve been used as my road map in the sense of it still dealt where I needed to go when in the week drawing attention. So I did not have to guess where I needed to, where I needed to go for the next assignment, the next reading, etcetera. And there’s a consistency between the courses. So you’re not, you don’t have to worry about what am I supposed to do about this class because there’s a structure that repeats itself with everyone and it just makes the world the difference because you hit the ground running in that first week you lose very little time because everything, there’s so much similarity.

Speaker: Thank you Michel. We have another question. I’ll direct to Chelsea. How long is the average admission process?

Speaker: Well, it’s typically between 2 to 4 weeks. That includes the application completion and the evaluation of a file.

Speaker: Thank you Chelsea. It looks like all the questions that we have for today will conclude our session. If you have any questions regarding Master’s in Science in Management and Projects and Programs you can contact your enrollment adviser either Monica Pares or Chelsea Lovett at 877-960-2037 at the extension posted. Thank you everyone for attending today’s webinar and enjoy the rest of your day.

Speaker: Thanks.

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