MBA Alumni Highlight: Katherine Horvath

Katherine "Katie" Horvath '15, '16 is a Supplier Quality Control Specialist working for Bertrandt Engineering at the BMW US Manufacturing Company, the largest BMW facility in the world. She attended Appalachian State University, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science: Pre-Professional Legal Studies with a minor in Violin Performance in 2015, and her Master of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in International Business in 2016.

Since childhood, Katie has always had a passion for traveling and learning through cultural experiences, which is what inevitably peaked her interest in global business. After studying abroad in undergrad and graduate school, she realized that she could utilize this passion in her career to be a liaison between companies in the United States and overseas. The MBA program at Appalachian provided her with the necessary communication and business skills to manage supplier relations within the supply chain of an international corporation.

Katie is an active member of the cycling community in North Carolina and - as someone who has benefited from mentorship - she has aspirations to be a mentor, providing leadership development to others.

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About Appalachian's MBA Program

Appalachian State University's MBA Program provides educational experiences to prepare our students for life-long learning and professional leadership responsibilities in a dynamic global environment. The program provides individualized attention through extensive student-faculty collaboration and offers frequent networking and team building opportunities. Flexible programming allows each student to receive the best educational experience possible through full-time or part-time tracks in two locations with the opportunity to complete the degree in as little as a year. Students can earn concentrations in: Sustainable Business, International Business, Economics, Business Analytics, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, and Interdisciplinary Business. In addition to giving students the technical skills and knowledge to be successful in the business world, the Walker College also provides students the soft skills necessary to be complete professionals. Through executive skills courses, students develop resumes, improve interview skills, and expand networking skills, and a career advisor offers support with job search and interviews. For more information, visit

Published: May 30, 2017 10:06am