Eileen Kiza, M.A. '18, was looking for a change of pace when she elected to pursue a graduate communication degree in fall 2016. Kiza was a professional in the field at the time as a production coordinator at ESPN. Her search for the perfect fit led her to investigate Graduate Studies within the College of Communication and the Arts. "The different course content offerings in the program, ranging from marketing to communication technology theories, really spoke to me and it was a good fit for someone with varied interest and professional experience like myself," Kiza shared.
Kiza's decision to join the program was fueled by her decision to return to New Jersey after living and working in Connecticut. She figured it was going to be a season of transition and earning an advanced degree could complement her skilled resume. Kiza immersed herself as a full-time student while simultaneously working full time in New York City. She shared tips on how she managed her busy schedule: "I had the benefit of being a little bit older than a traditional student, so I knew my work habits and how I could manage my time to complete all of my assignments." Though juggling many tasks, Kiza tapped into her full potential. "In the larger sense, the graduate communication program helped me acknowledge how much work I am capable of," she explained. "I appreciated how much I accomplished with the guidance from our sensible professors."
In addition to the motivation from the faculty, Eileen recalls the engaged classroom discussions amongst her peers. "The lively class discussion not only made the course material digestible, but it led to learning about my classmates which in turn, often led to a good laugh," Kiza shared.
Kiza's experience proves it's never too late to go back to school. "The overall lessons of earning my master's degree are incredibly impactful, simple things like considering the recipient of the message and the best methods to communicate efficiently and effectively." Though Kiza worked in the communication field for a decade prior, through the program she was able to take a different approach in her career. "It seems like a no-brainer, but after two years of thinking about simple steps, it helps you slow down and double check everything you are doing," she said.
Currently Kiza is a broadcast technician at CBS as well as a newly appointed adjunct instructor at a local county college. "I enjoy it and feel like I am making a difference," she said. "I never imagined myself teaching but so far, so good." Kiza is an example of a professional who strives to keep learning new skills.
The College's degree programs are designed to offer working professionals' new tools, enhanced methodologies and better insight that can be applicable to their profession. Courses offered in the M.A. Communication program such as Internet and Communication, Training and Development and Employee Relations, among others, allow students to become more versed while navigating their career path.
The College currently offers three graduate-level programs, including Museum Professions, Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated master's/B.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered.