Accelerated MSQM: BA Student Carlos J. Merchan
"Be ready for an intensive curriculum that will sharpen your institutional knowledge and leadership abilities. The program prioritizes team diversity, providing exposure to a wide range of perspectives. You'll also have the opportunity to engage with knowledgeable peers and professors, enriching your learning journey."
Senior FP&A Manager
U.S. Army

MSQM: Accelerated Business Analytics

Class of 2024
Industry:
Military

Prior Education:

Florida International University
Finance
MBA
Hometown:
Miami, Florida
Nationality:
Venezuelan

Reflections

Choosing to pursue an Accelerated MSQM at Fuqua is a strategic decision that aligns with my extensive experience and expertise in financial planning and  analysis. The program's focus on business analytics will complement my existing knowledge and provide me with advanced tools and techniques to excel in my field. My background in finance, coupled with my proficiency in programming languages such as Python and R, demonstrates my readiness to tackle complex analytical challenges. By pursuing this degree, I am not only investing in my professional development but also positioning myself as a leader in the rapidly evolving field of business analytics. Overall, pursuing this degree at Fuqua will enable me to leverage my skills and experiences to make a significant impact in the field of financial analysis and beyond, while aligning with my core values of ethical leadership.

Before Fuqua

I served as senior FP&A  (financial planning & analysis) manager, overseeing a team responsible for managing budgets and forecasting requirements. Collaborating with department heads, we prioritized essential requirements for critical operational needs, optimizing resource allocation. I modernized financial analysis techniques to support strategic planning, including scenario analyses and sensitivity testing. Additionally, I provided accurate and timely financial reporting, offering insightful analysis to support decision-making and organizational growth.

After Fuqua

After completing my degree, I intend to transition to corporate America and contribute value to the finance community. I aim to utilize the analytics skills acquired during my studies to improve forecasting techniques, anticipate financial challenges for better resource allocation, and increase cost-effectiveness. Furthermore, I anticipate that the leadership development aspect of the program will equip me to lead teams and implement innovative financial strategies.

Advice for Prospective Students

My best piece of advice for prospective students is to stay curious and open-minded throughout your academic journey at Fuqua. Embrace new ideas, perspectives, and challenges, as they will broaden your understanding and enhance your learning experience. Take advantage of Fuqua's opportunities to network, learn from others, and participate in all in-person events. Additionally, actively engage with your peers and professors, as they can offer valuable insights and support. Finally, stay focused on your goals and persevere through challenges, knowing that each obstacle is an opportunity for growth.