Francis Antony

Master of Science in Information Systems

Current MS Program: Master of Science in Information Systems

1st or 2nd Year: 1st Year

Hometown: Bangalore, India

Undergraduate University and Major: Manipal Institute of Technology, BE Biomedical Engineering

Are you a member of any student clubs or organizations? Smith Masters Students Association (SMSA). I’m one of the SMSA Ambassadors.

Francis Antony

Why did you choose to attend the Smith School of Business?

Smith school is undoubtedly one of the industry thought leaders when it comes to business education. Besides having highly qualified faculty, the school is strategically placed in the DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia) - a teeming business hub. Additionally, a proximity to other metropolitan cities like New York and Baltimore also gives the school a unique disposition in the number of job opportunities it presents. Speaking of jobs, the Office of the Career Services team is highly supportive in the students’ job search and provides ample resources in the form of resume-reviews, mock interviews and various workshops.

In your opinion, what makes your Smith MS program unique?

The Master’s degree in Information Systems at the Smith School is one of the top-ranked programs in the country. The expert-designed program offers a unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen that will put students in the best position to pursue a career in any of the various synergic job-roles such as technology analyst, business analyst, project manager, enterprise architect, etc. The program is interdisciplinary and well-paced, with the earliest completion time being 9 months and a typical time being 16 months. Juggling the workload in the program, including the homework, assignments, quizzes and the student activities that are underway all-the-time, will truly teach you to master your time and be well prepared for what lies ahead in a professional career.

What advice would you give to a future applicant?

Success lies outside your comfort zone! Merely being a part of an excellent program doesn’t mean your job is done. It is all about taking those chances and going that extra mile. This means participating in various student activities, meeting new people and learning new things. Personally, it is my first time outside of India and it has been an eye-opening experience so far. I hope you choose to apply to the Smith School of Business. I look forward to communicating with you soon!