Spotlight On: Michael Lincoln, Director, Admissions, School of Graduate Studies

Michael Lincoln is the Berkeley College Director of Admissions for the School of Graduate Studies. In this role, he manages the enrollment and recruitment process for the School of Graduate Studies, beginning with the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree program.

Mr. Lincoln, who has been at Berkeley College for nine years, previously served as Director of Adult Admissions at Berkeley College in Woodland Park. He is a nationally ranked 5K runner and the coach of the Berkeley College men’s and women’s cross country teams. Before joining Berkeley College, he held several positions in corporate sales. Mr. Lincoln has an M.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a B.A. from California State University, Northridge.

Mr. Lincoln discusses the best M.B.A. candidates, and what makes the program different.

The types of students who make the best candidates for the M.B.A. program:

We are looking for students who have a strong business acumen and did well during their undergraduate studies. I am excited when I see a candidate who has shown success in the real world through promotions, career advancements, and ambition. We are also interested in career changers, and entrepreneurs looking to better themselves with an advanced degree.

What makes the Berkeley College M.B.A. program different?

The Berkeley College M.B.A. program is special because it follows the unique teaching and learning philosophy of all of Berkeley’s programs. We provide hands-on learning from professionals in the field. They have exceptional academic and corporate backgrounds. Each have built their corporate credentials in diverse industries, and have undertaken numerous management roles and responsibilities throughout their careers. As a team they have a broad range of business experiences and analytical perspectives on contemporary issues that prove to be invaluable to our students. Also, we have small classes where students can interact with their professors and fellow classmates.

What makes Berkeley College Graduate students special?

The one thing that I notice about our college graduate students is they have an “extra gear.” Let me use a running analogy to explain; top runners will push themselves to the point of exhaustion in practice and in races because they want to win. Business is very much like that; people that are driven to succeed are willing to work exceedingly hard and despite numerous obstacles and failures, they always seem to finish first. It’s my job to identify good M.B.A. candidates. I begin my review by looking at transcripts, but I also look for people that have an “extra gear” and want to be successful in life. This translates not only into a successful M.B.A. student, but also into the workplace and life.

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