Concentrations

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Andrew E. Bunting

Andrew E. Bunting

Hometown

Sewell, New Jersey

What is your favorite part about being a Mason student?

As a full-time employee, balancing my day-to-day work responsibilities with educational commitments was, at times, a challenge. Mason, because of the incredible diversity of students at the university (many of whom are also working professionals), was more than accommodating with this fact. With evening classes and online/hybrid course sections, I never struggled to find appropriate and convenient courses to take, and the faculty were extremely understanding.

What is your favorite part about your degree program?

My favorite part of my degree program is the ability to take a wide array of classes from some of the most knowledgeable and impactful university leaders. From higher education finance and budgets to diversity in higher education, the topics of courses offered within my program are intellectually stimulating, and the in-class experience is amazing.

What is the one part of your degree program that has had the most impact on you?

I think the most impactful aspect of the degree program is my work on my thesis. My thesis afforded me the opportunity to do a deep dive into an aspect of the work that I do every day, allowing me to gain a better understanding of how the work that I do has an impact on students. While one of the most challenging academic endeavors that I've ever undertaken, the program provided amazing support and resources to help ensure success. I never though of myself as a researcher before, but I certainly do now!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

As a current Higher Education professional, my degree from Mason will only help further my career and achieve my professional and educational goals. In the next five years I hope to be in an advanced university leadership position where I can use my experience and education to assist students.