When Stephanie Downey was deciding on graduate school she chose Delaware Valley College’s MBA program for the practical reasons – it was convenient and affordable – but also for personal reasons. “DelVal had times and classes that worked for my job and family schedules,” Downey said. “I also preferred a smaller program that could offer me more of an individual experience.”

Those individual experiences translated to professors who provided the opportunity “to bring our own work experiences into the classroom,” Downey said.

The practitioner-based faculty, a hallmark of the DelVal MBA program, helped Downey through specific situations she was involved with by bringing in their own real-world experience. “And many of my professors became coaches, advising  us on how to handle a potential situation that may arise in the future.”

Since graduating in 2013, Downey has been promoted twice and is currently a senior clinical quality analyst at Optum. In addition to the promotions, Downey has been able to move onto special projects and has been given high-profile project management roles.

“I decided to pursue my MBA degree from DelVal based on my career aspirations,” Downey said. “It will continue to help me grow within my organization and in my industry.”