By Emily Freehling
Kristen Moore (McIntire ’04, M.S. in Business Analytics ’21) worked in accounting roles for eight years before taking a professional hiatus to stay home with her children, now six and nine. As her youngest approached kindergarten, she decided to return to the workforce but craved a role that would add an element of strategy to the work she’d done earlier in her career.
The M.S. in Business Analytics (MSBA) Program, offered through a partnership between the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and McIntire School of Commerce, not only helped her find the kind of job she sought, but prepared her to jumpstart a new phase of her career armed with the latest tools and methods in the growing field of business analytics.
Moore graduated from the MSBA program in July 2021 and started work the next month as a Manager in the Americas Operations Finance group at Hilton.
“I really do feel like I landed in the perfect spot,” she said, adding that she’s pleased her role allows her to use her accounting and finance background in addition to the analytics skills she gained during the 12 months earning her degree.