Wharton | Mr. MBA When Ready
GMAT 700 (expected), GPA 2.1
Chicago Booth | Ms. Hotel Real Estate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Navy Vet
GRE 310, GPA 2.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
Columbia | Mr. Infra-Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Vigor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Well-Traveled Nonprofit Star
GRE 322, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Comeback Kid
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
London Business School | Mr. Family Investment Fund
GMAT 790, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Ms. Freelancer
GMAT 710, GPA 5.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Sans-Vertebrae
GMAT 730, GPA 3.78
INSEAD | Mr. Business Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
Columbia | Mr. M&A Analyst
GRE 323, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Ms. Analytical Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Non-Profit Latino
GMAT 710, GPA 3.06
Darden | Mr. Financial World
GMAT 730, GPA 7.8
Cambridge Judge Business School | Ms. Story-Teller To Data-Cruncher
GMAT 700 (anticipated), GPA 3.5 (converted from Australia)
Kellogg | Mr. Operator
GMAT 740, GPA 4.17/4.3
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Air Force Vet
GRE 311, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Engagement Manager
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Top Performer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. STEM Minor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.78
Harvard | Mr. Fresh Perspective
GRE 318, GPA 3.0
USC Marshall | Mr. Supply Chain Guru
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HEC Paris | Mr. Productivity Focused
GMAT 700, GPA 3.6
MIT Sloan | Mr. Energy Transition
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95

2019 Best Online MBAs: Eric Hensley, Auburn University (Harbert)

Eric Hensley

Auburn University, Harbert College of Business

Traveler, motivator, and risk-taker curious about all that the world has to offer.”

Age: 32

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Fun fact about yourself: During my two years in the Auburn MBA program, I have found time to run a combined six half or full marathons, ride a bicycle from Boston to New York City, and visit six countries on three continents.

Undergraduate School and Degree: Troy University – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Where are you currently working? Verizon, Consumer Group General Manager

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? In my professional career, I have had the privilege to influence, mentor, and lead countless incredible individuals. I was fortunate to realize very early that my passion for my work resided in seeing others develop and succeed, so my most proud achievement in my career has been my influence in the growth of these individuals. This has included creating and facilitating a development program for frontline managers to advance their leadership abilities, business acumen, and operational skills. Although the direct impact of my influence is intangible, I take pride in the fact that I am surrounded with countless peers and leaders who have been direct reports, mentees, and development program participants of mine during the course of my career.

Why did you choose this school’s online MBA program? Amongst the top recognized online MBA programs, Auburn stood out for its cost relative to the other institutions. My priority was to attend a program for their academic excellence, and I could not find better value to achieve this than with the Harbert online MBA program.

What was your favorite part of being in an online MBA program? Being in an online program has provided freedom to continue gaining valuable career experience (and income) while studying and has also provided the flexibility to study when and how I want. I have been able to take in lectures via audio while going for a run, watch downloaded classes on long overseas flights, and catch up on courses in comfortable environments anywhere from parks to breweries.

What is your best piece of advice to an applicant for thriving in an online MBA program? Two ideas come to mind every time that I am asked this question. The first is that you must be doing this for the right reasons and not just checking the boxes. The work only begins when the lecture ends, you cannot just watch videos and expect to thrive. Apply the concepts to your career, it’s an incredible advantage that you have over full-time on-campus MBAs.

Second, build a network that supports you through the journey. You will be making personal sacrifices during this time, but it’s only temporary. Find ways to get your friends, family, and colleagues involved in your learning and they will better understand why you made this decision and can better motivate you along the way.

What would you change about an online MBA Program? One of the most critical pieces of my success in the Auburn MBA program has been my face-to-face time with faculty and peers both on and off campus. With the exception of the Capstone project, on-campus and international opportunities have been optional, which means that a significant portion of my classmates have missed substantial opportunities for networking. By influencing more students to experience the culture of the program, the campus, and the cohort, it can enhance the overall experience of the online MBA.

If you had to do it all over again, would you? Why? Absolutely! From discovering a newfound career interest in data analytics to getting otherwise inaccessible peeks behind-the-scenes at some of the most influential Croatian companies, the Auburn online MBA has influenced and changed me in incredible ways both personally and professionally.

What is your ultimate long-term professional goal? My ultimate long-term professional goal is to have the autonomy to create and work on projects of my choice which provide value to my organization, the community, and my personal growth.