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A Change for the Better

Andrew with his girlfriend, Danielle

Andrew with his girlfriend, Danielle

Back in 2010 Andrew Hornyak was working as an investment specialist for a major bank in downtown Pittsburgh when he decided he needed a change.

“I knew I wanted to go back for my master’s degree,” says Hornyak, who earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from Grove City College in 2008. “I just wasn’t sure where to go or what to specialize in.”

Through a friend, he heard about RMU’s Competitive Intelligence Systems (CIS) degree program,
which teaches business and information systems professionals the concepts, activities, and issues related to business intelligence systems. This December he’ll be graduating from the program.

“What attracted me to RMU’s CIS program was how the degree would complement my accounting degree,” he says. “I knew it would give me a background in information systems that would enhance my accounting and strategic decision-making skills. It was the perfect fit for me.”

Last spring Hornyak approached David Wood, Ph.D., associate dean of RMU’s School of Communications and Information Sciences, about potential job opportunities on how to improve his resume. “Dr. Wood helped lead me to my new job, and now I’m working in business analytics for an IBM Premier Business Partner and learning so much on a daily basis. Without RMU I would still be trying to figure out what to do and where I am going.”

Hornyak, whose girlfriend, Danielle Kayser, is also graduating from RMU in December with a degree in English studies, says that RMU’s professors really made a difference throughout the program. “They were engaging and there for us, 24/7. They are extremely knowledgeable and informative, and they were always there to assist us. They didn’t just teach us from the texts; they applied real-world scenarios as well.

“Robert Morris University is a wonderful establishment with great individuals and a vast amount of resources,” Hornyak adds. “The faculty was able to provide me with the skills and establishing myself in a new, exciting, up-and-coming career.”

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