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April 1, 2014
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With changes in demographics and health-care delivery systems, professionals like Katie Knudsen are finding SUNY Oswego's suite of health-related programs a great way to advance their careers.

Knudsen, associate director of marketing, development and project management at Loretto, began her MBA degree in spring 2012 at SUNY Oswego.

Knudsen takes on many roles at Loretto, including marketing, development and implementation of strategic marketing initiatives, analysis and interpretation of operational statistics, employee customer service activities, and fundraising and coordinating Loretto’s annual celebration luncheon.

As a busy full-time employee, Knudsen decided to return to school to expand her career growth opportunities and chose SUNY Oswego for its flexibility.

“I have a full-time job and I needed something that was going to work with my schedule,” Knudsen said. “Oswego had the hybrid option and I was able to do classes online as well as night classes at the Metro Center.”

Knudsen decided to return to school to expand her career growth opportunities and chose SUNY Oswego for its flexibility.

SUNY Oswego’s flexible MBA programs are made to fit any schedule. Degrees and certificates can be completed fully online or as a hybrid with courses offered at the SUNY Oswego’s Metro Center in downtown Syracuse.

“The Metro Center is great because you can still meet with professors at a convenient location, on your own time,” Knudsen said. “Oswego gives you the option to take a course online, but also allows you to go to a physical building to utilize resources if needed.”.

Knudsen started the program before the MBA in health services administration was approved in fall 2013, but chose to do a concentration in health services administration.

“The MBA HSA is very beneficial to have while working in a health care organization,” Knudsen said. “Last fall, I was taking my health informatics course and I took on the project management for Loretto’s Key Performance Indicator Reports. It was very rewarding to help with operations.”

“Oswego gives you the option to take a course online, but also allows you to go to a physical building to utilize resources if needed.”
Katie Knudsen
Associate Director of Marketing, Development and Project Management at Loretto

Loretto provides tuition assistance to its employees for programs that are beneficial to their advancement in the organization.

“My colleagues are also open to hearing what I am studying and what I’ve learned to help improve processes and operations within Loretto,” Knudsen said. “Certain classes were really relevant to certain projects that I took on within the organization.”

SUNY Oswego’s MBA Director Irene Scruton and MBA HSA coordinator Sarah Bonzo host free information sessions both online and in-person at the Metro Center to introduce prospective students to SUNY Oswego’s MBA program options, coursework and flexibility. To register for an information session, visit oswego.edu/mbainfo.

Along with the MBA HSA, SUNY Oswego’s health-related programs also include 12-15 credit graduate certificates in integrated health systems, health information technology, gerontology, trauma studies, play therapy, health and wellness, and nursing home administration licensure coursework.

To learn more about these programs, visit oswego.edu/gradstudies or call Oswego's graduate office at 315-312-3152.

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