Sean J. Ryan
"You come to a point in your career where there is no longer a question of whether or not you should get a master’s degree. It is just something you need to do to stay competitive," says Sean J. Ryan, vice president for enrollment management at Bellarmine University. Delighted with his position at this highly-ranked Catholic university located on a scenic 135-acre campus in Louisville, KY, Sean says, "I would not have this job if I had not earned an advanced degree. It was a big investment of time and money, but the return was well worth it. I am happy that I made the decision."
Ryan accepted the Bellarmine position in 2006, immediately after completing his master’s degree in Organizational Communication at Regis. He says he chose Regis for three reasons: quality, convenience, and cost. "I was impressed with the faculty at Regis, from my initial interview through graduation. I had a comfort level with the professors and the curriculum throughout the program," Sean said. "The classes were challenging and gave me a strong foundation in the skills I need in dealing with communication challenges in the workplace."
Convenience was also important for Sean. "Regis allowed me to set my own pace and take as many or as few classes as my work and personal life would allow. (This was especially important for Sean, since he and his wife Holly are parents of four pre-school children.) And getting there was easy," he continued. "I was working in Nashua, N.H, and living in Lowell. I could drive down to Regis from southern New Hampshire, getting there before rush hour and doing a little reading before class. By the time class ended, it was a breeze getting back to Lowell."
Cost was also a consideration for Sean when choosing a graduate program. "I knew it was not realistic to expect to earn a master’s degree without a significant investment of time and money, but I did not want to amass a lot of debt. After a lot of research, I found the Regis program to be very competitive. Regis was definitely the best choice from a financial standpoint," he said.
"Since I work in higher education, some people have asked why I did not get a degree in that field. I chose communication because it is much broader. Learning how to communicate and relate to people, whoever and wherever they are, is essential in every career field, including education. Learning how to communicate your messages effectively is a critical skill for success in today’s world," he added.
A native of Hingham, Mass., Sean graduated from Boston College High School and Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business. He thinks that the combination of business and communication study has been a key factor in his success. "I feel that I have a strong foundation to build on. I am continually growing and learning, challenging myself to think more critically and strategically. I have no doubt that getting the master’s in Organizational Communication at Regis was the right choice for me."