Debbie Stone

MS Project Management
Previous Institution: University of Missouri - Kansas City
Hometown: Lenexa, KS
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Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?

The KU School of Engineering was at the top of my list for graduate degrees because of its reputation, academic programming and location.  The high quality and superior reputation of KU’s engineering program attracted me to pursue my master’s degree at The University of Kansas. Also, KU offers a Master of Science Degree in project management, which was the advanced degree that I was seeking. Though I considered pursuing my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, I preferred a more formal academic program offered by a college or university. Finally, the convenience of completing an entire master’s program at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas was a critical decision factor for me as a working professional. KU’s School of Engineering was definitely the right choice for me.  

What are you currently researching?  

My current field of study is focused on project management, which compliments my work experience in the telecommunications industry.  I am also considering completing a Graduate Certificate in Professional Workplace Communication.

What has been your experience being a full-time employee who returned to graduate school?

I was pleasantly surprised at the extent of available resources at KU for graduate (and undergraduate) students. Also, I enjoy the interaction in the classroom with students from other companies and industries in the Kansas City area and beyond.  I have expanded my professional network beyond contacts within my specific industry to include fellow graduate students.

What is your favorite thing on the Edwards Campus that a prospective student should check out?

My favorite event that is presented at the Edwards Campus (as a satellite location) is the annual TEDxKC conference.  It is usually held every August and I highly recommend checking it out if you get the chance!  The mission of TED (Technology, Education and Design) is “ideas worth spreading.” The Edwards Campus supports this mission not only by offering a simulcast of TEDxKC annually, but also by offering conferences for professional and continuing education and sponsoring events at the KU Osher Institute of Lifetime Learning. 

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students? 

My advice is focused toward working professionals who are contemplating obtaining a graduate degree.  I highly recommend choosing KU.  For individuals living and/or working in the Kansas City area, the Edwards Campus caters to prospective graduate students by offering evening courses and flexible scheduling.  Graduate degrees can honestly be pursued at the student’s own rate and on their own terms.  In my opinion, KU Edwards is the right choice for working professionals.


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