Q&A: Getting an MBA in the Middle of Nowhere

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Cory Broussard can safely say he is unlike almost any other MBA student. An engineer for Shell Oil, Broussard participates in the MBA@UNC online program from a cubicle on the company’s Mars Tension-Leg Platform, which is a permanent offshore oil drilling and production platform 130 miles southwest of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico and 3,250 feet high above the seafloor. Built to withstand hurricane force waves of 71 feet and winds of 140 miles per hour, the platform is home to 106 people, a control room, and emergency response center.

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