Many admission professionals take on a master’s degree program early in their career; for others, the pursuit of an advanced degree might come later, alongside a significant amount of additional responsibilities and commitments. What are the pros and cons of this later start? How can one utilize advanced knowledge of the industry to complement one’s education?

In this episode of Admissions Live, we’ll break down some of the benefits and potential pitfalls of this educational timeline. We’ll also speak to the pros and cons of pursuing a career at one college or university, and how to take full advantage of the networks at and beyond that institution to grow as a professional.


Admissions Live is sponsored by mStoner, Inc.

Episode Host

Nicole Lentine

Nicole Lentine

Nicole Lentine is associate director of admission at Champlain College. Along with recruitment goals and activities, she serves as community manager to prospective and admitted student social media communities, develops admissions and alumni partnership strategies, and develops events and visit programs for special populations. Nicole has over nine years of experience in the industry, and thrives on networking and learning from others to constantly improve and find new ways to connect with students. She speaks about college admissions and digital communication strategies at regional and national conferences including NEACAC, HigherEdWeb, and UBTech.


Jayson Hodge

Jayson Hodge is a Senior Admissions Officer with the University of Connecticut Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  He has spent nearly 2 decades with UCONN, during which he has recruited students from across the United States, Europe, and Asia.  Jayson’s current role at UConn has him involved in the management of Honors, Scholarship, and combined undergraduate and graduate programs in Medicine, Pharmacy, Law and Dental Medicine.  Jayson has enjoyed a long professional relationship with the New England Association of College Admission Counseling, and currently serves as the Chair for the Articles of Organization and Bylaws Committee.