ACHEA Alumni Profile – Ryan Mason

SOE ACHEA Alum - Ryan Mason portrait photo
  • Name: Ryan Mason
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Current Job Title and Institutional Affiliation: Assistant Training Program Manager at Milwaukee Tool

Q: Why did you pursue a master’s in higher education administration?

A: I wanted to get my master’s to create more opportunities for advancement in my career. I had worked in higher education in a variety of roles, but I wanted to make myself more desirable as a candidate for jobs in the private sector. 

Q: What was unique about studying Higher Education Administration at UW-Milwaukee?

A: The flexibility was really unique. I was able to pursue my degree as a professional working parent during a global pandemic. I felt supported, engaged, and part of a community the entire time.

Q: How did this program prepare you for your career in higher education?

A: Currently I work as a professional educator, but not at a higher education institution. I work in an extremely exciting field for one of the top companies in my region and in my opinion the world. My career is focused on creating essential content for learners that need my skills and expertise to help them execute. The ACHEA program helped me to learn how to develop learning content, think more deeply about my audience, and to be more effective in my role. I now have the confidence to step into any situation and create opportunities to learn that I know will have meaning.

Q: What advice would you give to current and prospective students considering our master’s program based on your own journey?

A: Decide what you want. If you want to grow and invest in yourself, this is your opportunity.