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WVU Online Student Testimonial - Chris Morlock

Earning a degree while working full-time is achievable.

Chris Morlock

Chris selected WVU Online for both of his master's programs and the ability to have his classes online was a significant factor in his decision to enter both these programs.

“The Music Industry program gave me the flexibility to complete my coursework and march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the WVU Marching Band!”

Chris at graduation with professor.

Chris posing with Brand Paisley.

Chris leaning against a pick-up truck.

Chris behind a "home" sign at Woodburn Hall.


“The added flexibility allowed me to work full-time jobs that require the standard work business hours. In my previous job, it was not a typical 9-5 position. In this role, I traveled for work and had to complete my assignments on my own schedule. Professors in both of my programs were understanding if I had something come up in my day-to-day life.”

Both of Chris’s programs utilized the discussion board feature, which really helped him connect with his peers in his courses.

I felt that it was an actual conversation and not solely an assignment. I’ve connected with my peers on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter too.”

He recommends that online students use a planner or Microsoft Outlook to keep organized.

“I always made a calendar and schedule to make sure that my assignments were completed on time. Online programs require a level of independence and self-motivation to keep on track in the courses. Starting off the semester with a system for organization will help you significantly.”

Q & A

What was your biggest challenge as an online student studying Music Business & Industry?

"Starting fresh in a new program is the hardest part. In both of my programs, the challenge for me was not to be overwhelmed each semester after reviewing my syllabus. As you start fresh, remember your first courses are the foundation for you. You cannot build a house without a foundation. These courses are no different."

How did online learning prepare you for the future?

"The Integrated Marketing Communications program equipped me with a wide array of skills to complete multiple roles in different industries. Specifically, I have a firm understanding of marketing, creative tools, and the mindset to accomplish my goals."

What “big three” things did you learn from earning a degree online at WVU?

"How to appropriately prioritize my time, how to correctly study, and learning the atmosphere I need to create for myself to complete my work."

What WVU student resources did you find most helpful?

"The WVU Libraries resources were significantly helpful. Reserving rooms at the library and access to academic journals helped me finish my education."

What is your most memorable experience in a WVU Online class?

"During my Integrated Marketing Communications degree, I developed marketing materials I used in my day-to-day work. These skills continued to shape my career in other roles."

What things happened during your Integrated Marketing Communications online studies that you didn’t expect?

"In the IMC program, their well-structured assignment schedule. In the program, our assignments were due on the same day each week. Your discussions were on Wednesday, replies by Friday, and assignments due by Monday. I wasn’t expecting this from an online program."

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