West Deptford Resident Becomes First Student to Complete Rutgers University–Camden’s Accelerated Dual-Degree BS-MBA Program

Dejana Bogdanovic is the first student to complete the Rutgers School of Business–Camden’s five-year Accelerated Dual-Degree BS-MBA Program.

Dejana Bogdanovic is the first student to complete the Rutgers School of Business–Camden’s five-year Accelerated Dual-Degree BS-MBA Program.

Pursuing a master’s degree was always a goal for Dejana Bogdanovic. She simply never imagined it would happen so quickly.

The Rutgers University–Camden student will become the first to complete the Rutgers School of Business–Camden’s five-year Accelerated Dual-Degree BS-MBA Program, which provides students with the opportunity to earn a master of business administration in conjunction with their undergraduate degree.

“I didn’t expect to have this opportunity at first,” says Bogdanovic, a West Deptford resident and native of Serbia. “I was considering a dual major as an undergraduate, but when I had the chance to pursue my master’s degree through this program, I wanted to take advantage of it.”

Students accepted into the dual degree program begin taking MBA courses during their senior year of undergraduate studies. For Bogdanovic, it was a challenge, but one that she was prepared to accept.

“You have to want it,” she says. “If you feel like you’re forced into it, it’s not going to work. You have to find the motivation to keep going.”

Bogdanovic says that motivation comes from a love of finance and a desire to succeed in the business world. She says she decided to major in finance and pursue her MBA in the same field because she’s always been drawn to the intricacies of how businesses operate.

“When people think of finance, they think of investments, but I enjoy the corporate and business management side of finance,” she says. “I see that as a good fit for me. I think that’s my strength.”

She’s had a chance to hone her business skills through an internship with the Glenmede Trust Co. in Philadelphia and has accepted an offer to become a management associate in finance after she graduates from Rutgers–Camden.

Additionally, Bogdanovic performed research under Robert Schindler, a professor of marketing at the Rutgers School of Business–Camden, and Alok Baveja, a former Rutgers–Camden business professor and current professor of supply chain management at the Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick and Newark.

“In my opinion, it is best to gain some work experience while you are still in school,” Bogdanovic says. “Most of the students here are working full time and doing the MBA part time and I feel that’s how you can make connections and gain valuable business experience. You start to see things in class that remind you of your day-to-day work experience.”

“I was able to make connections between my work and class material,” she says. “The combined experiences give you valuable knowledge and ability to take a lead on things that interest you.”

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