Jessica Brinkert, Camden Mills and Rachel Xu.
Online MBA Class of 2025 students (from left) Jessica Brinkert, Camden Mills and Rachel Xu.

Meet the latest incoming University of Florida Online MBA class

The Warrington College of Business is proud to welcome its latest class to the UF MBA Online program. We invite you to meet some of the Class of 2024 and 2025 by learning more about who they are, what they do, why they chose the University of Florida and more.

Class of 2024 and 2025:

  • Class size – 276
  • Average age – 31
  • Average years of work experience – 9
  • Women – 33% / Men – 67%

 Home state*:

  • Florida
  • Virginia
  • Arizona
  • Wisconsin
  • California
  • Tennessee

 Degrees from*:

  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida International University
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • New York University
  • Norfolk State University
  • Troy University
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Miami
  • University of Southern Mississippi

* Select listing. More states, employers, universities and majors represented in the full class. 

Undergraduate majors*:

  • Advertising
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • International Relations
  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
  • Psychology

Current roles and employers*:

  • Medical Device Product Manager – Becton, Dickinson, & Co. 
  • Program Execution Leader – Boeing
  • Co-Managing Director – Conforma Compliance Group 
  • HR Technologies and Strategy PMO – Cummins, Inc. 
  • Associate, Enterprise Restaurants Account Management – DoorDash
  • VP of Marketing – Guardian Recovery Network
  • Medical Science Liaison – HeartCare Imaging
  • Senior R&D Engineer – Johnson & Johnson
  • National Communications Coordinator – Liberty Military Housing 
  • Anchor – Spectrum News 
  • Senior Manager – ThermoFisher 
  • Project Manager – Woolems, Inc. 
  • Global Licensing, Manager of Financial Planning & Analytics – United States Polo Association 

What do you hope to get out of your UF MBA experience?

  • “As a first-generation college student, my primary aim in pursuing an MBA is to enhance my analytical and critical thinking skills, equipping me to be a more effective and strategic leader. During the program, I plan to build a strong foundation in core business disciplines, develop problem-solving abilities, foster valuable networks, and refine leadership qualities.” – Daniel Rodriguez
  • “My primary objective is to broaden my understanding of business domains that I have had less exposure to. Despite reaching an executive level in marketing, my scope was somewhat siloed in this area. By delving into the dynamics of other departments through this MBA program, I aim to acquire a holistic understanding of organizational operations. This newfound knowledge will equip me to lead my team more effectively, fostering enhanced collaboration and overall business success.” – DJ Prince
  • “Become a well-rounded business leader. I have extensive leadership experience from my time as a naval officer, however, there are some gaps in my knowledge as I transition from the military to the business world. I hope to fill some of those knowledge gaps through work experience and with my MBA course work. The online MBA program is an excellent opportunity to not only learn new material, but also apply it at work as I take the courses.” – John Kashmanian

Why did you choose the University of Florida?

  • “One of the primary factors that influenced my decision to apply to the UF MBA program is the opportunity to be exposed to some of the nation’s top professors, elite coursework, and leadership development opportunities, while earning a graduate degree 100% online. This will allow me to earn a well-respected MBA degree within a 24-month timeframe during my free time while maintaining a full-time work schedule.” – Camden Mills
  • “Growing up in Miami, the University of Florida always had a great reputation for being an elite institution. Some of my closest friends and peers attended UF and only have positive things to say of their experiences. Additionally, the University of Florida Online 1-Year program was an amazing fit for me since I currently work in Los Angeles and wouldn’t be able to otherwise attend in-person classes.” – Kevin Diaz
  • “As a veteran my college experience was non-traditional. I loved my undergraduate school but dreamed of going to an institution like UF. Living in Florida and being a part of the Gator network will help me open doors. Having a degree from the best university in Florida will help stand out to employers. I am proud to be a Gator.” – Lindsey Bennett
  • “I opted for the UF MBA program due to the University of Florida’s exceptional academic reputation nationally and globally. A degree from this institution carries significant credibility, and it would be a true honor to complete this program and earn my degree from such a prestigious university. Moreover, being raised in a household of crazy Gator fans, I’ve had a lifelong affinity for the orange and blue.” – Jessica Brinkert

What advice do you have for others on the admissions process?

  • “Take a moment to reflect on your career goals! It all makes sense once you take this step. It is important to be genuine and authentic in your application. Use your own experiences and aspirations to create a compelling narrative that showcases your unique qualities and potential for success in the MBA program. Good luck with your application!” – Diego Matayoshi
  • “My advice for others going through the admission process is to be yourself. The admissions committee is not just looking for academic excellence but for individuals who are genuinely passionate about their chosen field of study. When writing your essays or interviewing, be authentic and let your personality shine through. Share your unique experiences, aspirations, and what drives you. Don’t be afraid to convey your enthusiasm for the program and the university. Additionally, make sure to thoroughly research the program, demonstrating that you’ve considered how it aligns with your goals and values. This will show that you’re serious and well-informed.” – Kayla Patak
  • “Pick the program that is right for you. Think about why you want an MBA. Don’t think of it as just a resume booster or a 3-letter acronym to add to your LinkedIn. This is an opportunity to learn and enhance your skills. Have a plan for what you want to do after getting your MBA. Most importantly, find what you are passionate about and look for career avenues that bring out those passions. Don’t be afraid of things. We only get to do life one time, so do things that your future self will be proud of.” – Hunter Marshman
  • “UF’s MBA program is a huge commitment. Be prepared for that commitment, but also be confident if you know you can do it.” – Nicole Stanford