Gain Global Work Experience While Earning 3/2 Degree
Kevin F. Minard MBA '11
New York City, NY
“GAP was unbelievable in helping me prepare for my career. The professors really know how to teach under real-world conditions … The way we’re taught to deal with constant change and uncomfortable parameters in the 3/2 Program really makes you believe that you can handle any situation, that anything is possible.”
When he arrived at the Kelley School of Business as an undergraduate, Kevin F. Minard soon made up his mind that he would also get an MBA—and take advantage of as many opportunities available as possible, no matter where in the world that might take him.
“I decided that as a long-term goal, I wasn’t leaving without my MBA. When I learned of the 3/2 MBA program that allowed me to get an MBA before I left, accounting it was,” Minard says. “There is so much knowledge to be gained in a short period of time. You’ve got one shot at graduate school. Make the most of it.”
Two degrees in five years
Minard chose the Graduate Accounting Program’s 3/2 MBA, which puts students on an accelerated path to receive an undergraduate business degree and an MBA in accounting in just five years. But, while the program is accelerated, it doesn’t take short cuts.
“GAP was unbelievable in helping me prepare for my career,” Minard says. “The professors really know how to teach under real-world conditions. Whether it was Dave Greene’s case projects with strict judges or Professor Hopkin’s extremely difficult tests, there were always elements of the real world built in. The way we’re taught to deal with constant change and uncomfortable parameters in the 3/2 MBA program really makes you believe that you can handle any situation, that anything is possible.”
Real-world, global experience
Those real-world elements lead to real-world career success. Minard, who now works for PwC in New York City, got a taste of his career future as an intern with the professional services firm during his first year in Graduate Accounting Programs. In addition to his NYC internship, Minard took advantage of the international opportunities with an internship for JDQ Services doing tax accounting in Barcelona, Spain, and for PwC’s Capital Markets Group in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
“What made my Kelley experience special is the way they went about doing it: experiential learning, cutting-edge research, being genuinely invested in the student … the list goes on. The quality of the people in this institution and the quality of time they put in to each student’s experience sets Kelley far above the pack,” Minard says—a quality he noticed even as a visitor in high school.
“Kelley made me feel like I could make a difference. Everywhere I looked at schools, it was all about the school. When I came to Kelley, it was the complete opposite—it was all about how Kelley isn’t anything without its students. We’re the ones that make the school, that make a difference. That was an amazing feeling.”
A feeling that keeps Minard involved with his alma mater, and makes him want to return.
“The 3/2 Program has become my extracurricular activity. The best part is meeting with, mentoring, and guiding prospective students. I’ll be back to teach someday,” Minard says. “I want to fly as high as I can and take advantage of as many opportunities as I can while working in New York. Eventually, I would like to come back to Kelley and teach. Whether I come back as a tenure track PhD or a retired executive remains to be seen, but I know for certain that I will return.”