“I never thought of myself as techie,” said Kasie Kyle. “But I wanted to excel in businesses that focus on technology. I needed to understand that world and how to speak their language.”
For Kasie, the MS in Information Systems degree at the Kelley School of Business provided the technical, business, and managerial expertise to achieve her goals. Since graduating in 2015, she’s worked at top tech companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle. She’s currently leading a team of 20 as Head of Content COP at PayPal.
It was an unlikely path for Kasie, who worked as a part-time event planner during her senior year as an entrepreneurship major at the Kelley School. When a staff member suggested she’d be a great fit for the Kelley MSIS program, she initially brushed it off.
“I loved business, but I wasn’t interested in engineering or development,” Kasie said. “But the more I learned about the program, the more it excited me. I thought, ‘this could propel my career.’ So I jumped in.”
Though many MSIS students bring technical experience, it’s not required. The program gives students from all backgrounds a strong technical foundation while developing skills in analysis, design, IT management, and strategy.
Without technical know-how, Kasie questioned she her ability to succeed in the MSIS program. Could she understand and keep up with coursework? Would she enjoy it?
“I found my classes intriguing, and I started to excel. I enjoyed figuring out solutions to problems,” Kasie said.
After 10 months, Kasie earned her MSIS degree and launched her career. She quickly realized the value of her experience and continues to credit the program with jump-starting her success.
“The Kelley MSIS experience is so hands-on and foundational that you will be ready to go to work on day one. I learned critical functional skills, and also soft skills that set me apart. I can speak confidently with executives, engineers, product managers, architects—anyone. It’s been beneficial to my credibility,” Kasie said.
“The Kelley MSIS program opened doors that I didn’t know existed.”