From Covert Missions To An Online MBA
Air Force pilot by day, Kelley online MBA student by night
Poets & Quants - Benjamin Golata, 27, or Captain Golata as he’s known around Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, is an Air Force pilot of the KC-10 Extender, the oil tanker of the sky. He is also one of 1,072 students enrolled in Indiana University’s Kelley Direct program, where he’s earning his MBA online.
For Golata, flying the KC-10 is merely another day’s work. After work, he’ll drive home to Vacaville, California, power up his computer, and pull up a Google Hangout. He’s got a two-hour group meeting for a market simulation project with classmates from around the country. Afterward, he’ll spend another hour or two reviewing business law cases so he can post his observations in an online course forum. Most nights, he spends three to four hours on coursework as he pursues his Kelley MBA.
Kelley was among the very first business schools to offer the virtual version of the degree in 1999. Since its inception, 2,298 MBAs have graduated from the program. This year, the program topped U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the best American online MBA programs.