Part-time MBA program provides timely curriculum


Justin Knight Justin Knight is senior manager of subscriber forecasting at SIRIUS XM Radio in Washington, D.C., and is earning his MBA through the part-time program at the Pamplin College of Business.

Justin Knight has been a part-time MBA student at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center for the past three years. He juggles classes with the responsibilities of a family — he and his wife have two children — and the demands of a full-time job, including the challenging aftermath of a corporate merger.

Knight worked at XM Satellite Radio when it merged with SIRIUS Satellite Radio in 2008. SIRIUS employees made up a good portion of the upper management that remained with the combined company, he said, which required him to forge relationships with the new decision-makers.

“I have been able to use many of the techniques and philosophies I learned in the Pamplin program to demonstrate my value to the new company,” Knight said.

Knight, a 1998 graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, previously worked at Nextel, Qwest Communications, and Sallie Mae. “Some might think that an MBA would be a redundant learning of business practices, but I would beg to differ,” he said.

“Taking MBA classes after having worked in the business world for several years has allowed me to focus on the subject areas that are appropriate for my particular career development and enhance my business skills set. I have found Pamplin's curriculum to be extremely helpful as I advance upward within my present company and would recommend it to anyone.”

Learn more about Pamplin’s part-time MBA program at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center, National Capital Region.

  • For more information on this topic, contact Sookhan Ho at (540) 231-5071.

About the part-time MBA program

This program is designed for full-time professionals who need a flexible schedule. Classes are once a week for 15 weeks, and students learn using case and lecture methods taught by full-time resident faculty.

  • Location: Falls Church, Va.
  • Program starts: August, January, May, and July
  • Classes meet: Weekday evenings
  • Time to complete: Two to 3 1/2 years
  • Students' background: Junior- to mid-level full-time managers, professionals, and entrepreneurs with potential for significant advancement or need for additional management training

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