Allen Morgan ’14

BBA Management Information Systems
Texas A&M University
May 2013

MS Management Information Systems
Texas A&M University
May 2014

Anadarko Petroleum; The Woodlands, TX
Summer 2013

Entry-Level Position:
Anadarko Petroleum; The Woodlands, TX
August 2014 – Present
ITS Analyst

Why did you pursue a master’s degree? College degrees are much more prolific in today’s environment, so a Master’s degree was another way I could differentiate myself from the pack. In addition, I wanted a chance to get some more technical experience before I left college, so the one year plan made perfect sense to me.

What would you tell someone who is considering returning to school to earn a master’s degree? Every situation is different, so make sure you understand where you are, what you are capable of, and what your goals entail. All of that being said, I highly recommend it. Graduate school has a plethora of benefits, ranging from the network you create to the financial potential that opens up. In my own experience, I was able to learn much more in my field, meet more professionals than I ever could as an undergraduate, and meet a vast array of peers in the classroom. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to go back, so if you think you are capable of going back, make the jump.

What was the biggest challenge you faced when pursuing your master’s degree? Juggling the projects. Due to the advanced coursework and some unfortunate injuries that occurred, I often had a lot on my plate (even excluding the job hunt). It was difficult to manage what all was required sometimes, but the program was filled with people always willing to help.

What was the biggest reward for earning the master’s degree? Knowing the work that was put in for the degree. Most of my courses were project based, so at the end of every semester I had a much more tangible product to turn in to show my understanding of the material and the amount of work I put in. It helped visualize my path to where I am and helped me remember what all it took to get there, which made the value greatly outweigh the cost.