Fulton Breen

Master of Arts in Educational Studies: Educational Policy and Leadership & Master of Business Administration (MBA) Dual Degree

Fulton  Breen, School of Education

Student status: Second-year, full-time student

Geographic region of origin: Greater Chicago Area

Previous education: Williams College, BA in Economics

Prior to joining the program: Financial Analyst and Associate at Merrill Lynch and JPMorgan in Chicago, London and Hong Kong; Associate in a Beijing-based microfinance non-profit; High school coach and classroom volunteer for a public school district in Chapel Hill, NC.

Why the Educational Studies MA and MBA dual degree? I selected the program to study at the intersection of two fields central to educational leadership: environmental factors such as education policy and community engagement; and private sector factors such as economics and organizational management.

Highlights of the Michigan experience: Excellent coursework including classes on Financial & Legal Policies for Schools (EDUC 555), Common Core State Standards (587) and Administrative Leadership in Schools (553). Cross-campus collaboration with the Ross student club Education + Business, and the Center for Social Impact. Great people from classmates to professors to administrators, all who contribute to the learning experience in different ways. Lastly, Michigan is known for having over 100 nation-leading graduate programs – being invested in a program at U-M provides exposure to interesting and impressive work being done throughout the town and university.

Internship: Fellowship through Education Pioneers, with placement at a K-8 public charter school on the east side of Detroit. The internship involved financial and operational project management, such as leading a procurement RFP, reconstructing the student data systems, and working closely with the CEO and Chief of Staff on financial and strategic planning.

Fulton invites prospective students to contact him/her with any questions on completing either the MA in Education Leadership & Policy or the MBA (or both) with an interest in K-12 education.

Breen’s program of study:
Educational Studies and MBA (Dual Degree)