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Sarah Buck, MSEM '13

VP - Product Development
Decision Resources Group

Undergraduate University: University of New Hampshire
Degree and Major: B.S. in Mathematics

Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?

I was managing a team of Requirements Analysts at EBSCO Publishing, and while I was very busy and satisfied with my job and life, I was ready for a new challenge.  I have always loved going to school, and wanted to get my Master’s degree for many years.  It seemed like a good time since my kids were getting more independent (they were 13) and I had been in my role for a couple of years so was fairly comfortable in my work.  Of course, as luck would have it, 2/3 of the way into my first year at Tufts I was promoted at work, so life has been crazy ever since!

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts? Why did you select Tufts’ MSEM over an MBA?

I investigated many programs before deciding on the Tufts MSEM.  I looked at 100% online courses, as well as a couple of more local MBA programs.  I didn’t think the online experience would offer me enough of an experience, and I was worried that if it was all online I wouldn’t really carve off the time.  I was afraid I’d still come home from work and take care of kids and housework for several hours before engaging in school work, and that just seemed like an extra burden instead of a new experience.  The local on-campus MBA programs didn’t seem like they were challenging enough.  When I visited a Tufts MSEM class, I was immediately impressed by the professors – they are top notch experienced professionals – and the curriculum seemed focused, suited to my skills, and varied.

What was your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience?

I loved the cohort program.  I bonded with my fellow students and gained so much from our project work and collaboration.  Working with others from different backgrounds and age groups adds a dimension well beyond the classroom.  I also liked the schedule, and the fact that Tufts provided dinner on class nights.

Favorite blog:
blogs.hbr.org

Favorite place you’ve visited:
Quebec City

Company you admire:
Zappos