Collaboration. It’s important ingredient in successful teams: teams on the court, teams in battle, teams in the business world.

Collaboration is also a critical ingredient for success in the classroom. If you’re considering a return to school to upgrade your skills for a transition to civilian life, pay close attention to face-to-face networking opportunities, especially if you’re looking into online programs.

 Former U.S. Army Major Brad Bertinot graduated from the online format of UNC's Master of Accounting Program this past fall. He shared his thoughts on the importance of collaboration as well as his experience participating in the on-screen courses. "Seeing your classmates and professor on screen allows for the same type of collaboration that would occur in the classroom", said Bertinot. 

Bertinot, a former scout pilot, served a variety of roles in the military ahead of his transition to a role on Deloitte's tax strategy team in suburban Washington. The flexible online format was, for Bertinot, an excellent way to manage his studies alongside his military commitment and a busy life at home. 

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From military to MAC

The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School delivers its top-ranked Master of Accounting degree in online and on-campus formats. GMAT waivers and fellowship awards are considered for those with significant work or military experience and GI Bill Benefits can be used to fund the program’s tuition.