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“I knew I’d be building a network, but I never thought that I’d build lifetime relationships. I’ve been fortunate to meet some of the best people I know. I wish the program was longer so I’d be able to spend more time with my peers.”

MMS: Foundations of Business

Class of 2021

Prior Education:

Heritage Institute of Technology
Electronics and Communication Engineering, 2018
Kolkata, India

Why I Chose Fuqua

Coming from a competitive undergrad environment, I wanted to learn at a school that fostered team spirit and integrity, and that would have my back years after I graduated. I found the ideologies behind Fuqua and its namesake, JB Fuqua, inspiring. The moment I read about Fuqua, I knew this was a place where I wanted to be.

Before Fuqua

Being passionate about music and entrepreneurship, I founded an audio development startup during undergrad. We made music for games, radio jingles, and albums. After graduating, I worked in tech and automation for over a year and was fortunate to work on groundbreaking projects.

After Fuqua

I plan to work in the tech/gaming industry. Specifically, I would like to work in the strategy/marketing division of game development. In the long run, I intend to return to my family's business in India, which is based on tech and automation and expand it.

5 Tips for Maximizing Your Time at Fuqua

  1. Focus on building relationships and not just connections. Your connections may help you land a job, but your relationships will keep you going.
  2. Managing time is an art, and you are the artist. Ask yourself, “What are you TRULY here for?” and devote your time to activities that mean the most to YOU.
  3. Share every career insight you come across with your peers. The best matches have been the ones where students shared information about jobs instead of competing for them.
  4. Make a timeline of everything you hope to achieve during the program, and keep track of everything you do. It helps to create a balance between academics, social life, and job search.
  5. Your professors are some of the greatest people you will ever come across in your lifetime. Engage with them in and out of class; spend time with them, ask questions, learn from them, and bask in their glory. 

My Favorite Professor

Professor Hemant Kakkar’s Management and Organizations course is by far the most interesting and engaging class that I have ever taken. This class has pushed me to research more about every concept that is taught in the class. Professor Kakkar teaches you to look at cases objectively, without subconsciously letting your individual biases affect your decision-making, an invaluable skill that every leader needs. Through this class, I have learned more about myself and my thinking process.

Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business

Undergraduate Majors

Liberal Arts (33%)
Business/Accounting (24%)
Engineering/Natural Sciences (18%)
Economics (17%)
Other (8%)

Typical Class Demographics
MMS: Foundations of Business

Average Age


Average Work Experience

6 months or less

Countries Represented


Non-US Citizenship



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MMS: Foundations of Business

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