Graduate school is a major investment in one’s professional future. Here at ValueChampion, we hope to make this financial decision more approachable. By interviewing students and sharing their stories, we hope to shed light on key decision making factors for prospective students.

Following his bachelor’s degree and several years in the working world, Joel NG decided to return to SMU in order to pursue a Master of IT in Business (MITB). In our interview we asked him what made him choose this degree and learned more about how he was able to finance this career investment.

What influenced you to pursue the SMU MITB? What excites you intellectually?

I had been working about a year in Bloomberg before I realized that I needed to learn programming to efficiently work with the large amounts of data that I deal with every day. Books and MOOCs served me well for about …