Aashish Harneja

Eller MBA Alumni

Dual-Degree MBA/MS MIS

Aashish Harneja


BS in Computer Science, Maharishi Dayanand University, India

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I grew up in New Delhi, India—the land of good food, wonderful history, a zeal for cricket, and passion to live an exciting life. Following my undergraduate experience, I started my professional career as a content creator at a company that offered learning management and training delivery solutions to corporations, institutions, and individuals. Great start, but after having worked on various projects across IT services in India for the best part of this past decade, I felt that the time was right to begin new adventures, explore new industries, and cultures. Upon research, I realized that an MBA abroad would help me do just that. Thus, I began my MBA journey at the University of Arizona in the beautiful desert city of Tucson.

Tucson is a breath of fresh air having arrived from a big, bustling metropolis. Its unique culture, rich food history and the raw natural environment will delight your senses. In terms of weather – you get to enjoy all four seasons - hot summers, monsoon rains and, cool winters with some snow on the surrounding mountain ranges. Hiker Alert !!

Professionally, I wanted to use an MBA as a springboard to a managerial career. A year into the program though (with a global business trip to Chile under my belt), I realized that there are several career options that students with business degrees and specialist concentrations can get into apart from the usual “people management” roles. I loved that Eller afforded me with the flexibility of converting my concentration into a dual master’s in management information systems and business administration. Result – I opened myself up for the roles of the future where business models and technological advancements intersect.

The highly learned and engaged cohort reinforced my belief that the MBA program will help me achieve both my short-term goal of a transition into a new career and my long-term goal of establishing a sports-based venture.

As a first step, I set up a podcast with a friend to talk about soccer and established a website to share the rich heritage of this sport with fans across the world. Currently, my friend and I are working with two other Eller students to build an analytics platform for fantasy sports leagues.

At Eller, we have an extensive network of alumni who work in a range of companies and industries all over the United States. Be it entrepreneurship, healthcare, telecom, computer networks, cloud computing, sports management or defense, there is always an Eller alum you can reach out to and connect with.

If soccer, Tucson, or the Eller College of Management pique your interest, feel free to email me and connect on LinkedIn!

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