Small classes, big reach come with full-time MBA program


Sonya Milstead Sonya Milstead spent more than four years as a real estate agent before pursuing her MBA through the full-time program at the Pamplin College of Business.

“The number one reason I picked Virginia Tech was for its networking resources,” said Sonia Milstead, who is in her second and final year as a full-time MBA student in Blacksburg, Va.

Milstead, who earned her undergraduate degree in marketing and management at the Pamplin College of Business in 2009, said the MBA program has “a strong network of alumni willing to help their fellow Hokies.”

A Pamplin MBA alumnus, for example, sponsored an internship she received in summer 2010, with the Virginia Department of Forestry, where she worked on a business plan for tree seedling nurseries.

Milstead said the full-time MBA program’s pluses for her include the job search skills classes taught by MBA Career Services Director Barry O’Donnell. 

“I also love how small the classes are — my average class size is 20 to 25 students. I enjoy personally knowing all my classmates.”

The MBA Association, she said, is provides a further opportunity to “network with alumni, tour local businesses, and get to know your classmates better.”

Milstead, who is from Dayton, Va., sold more than $1 million in real estate annually in 2007, 2008, and 2009 and earned the Realtor® designation issued by the National Association of Realtors. During the school year, she works at Pamplin’s undergraduate programs office as an academic advisor and peer mentoring program coordinator. 

Milstead said she plans to earn a doctorate in either marketing or management and teach at the collegiate level. “Getting an MBA is a natural step toward achieving that goal.”

Learn more about Pamplin’s full-time MBA program, offered in Blacksburg.

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

About the full-time MBA program

This program is designed to allow students to access the latest business techniques in a chosen area of focus and network with a diverse group of peers in a campus environment.

  • Location: Blacksburg
  • Program starts: August
  • Classes meet: Monday through Thursday
  • Time to complete: Two years
  • Students' background: Individual contributors and junior managers with strong potential for advancement and demonstrated leadership acumen

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