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Take 5: A Moment with NCU Alumni, Dr. Liza Janette Peña

Portrait of Northcentral University Alumni, Dr. Pena

Dr. Peña earned a Doctor of Business Administration with a specialization in Advanced Accounting from Northcentral University in 2018.  She obtained her master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in communications from Texas A&M International University

Dr. Peña shares why she chose to go back to school, her reasons for selecting NCU and her future plans to continue her education. 

Why did you decide to go back to school?

Ever since I graduated with my Master's in Public Administration, I was longing to get my doctorate. I didn’t know if I could get into graduate school and my city did not have a physical doctoral program available at the time. In 2013, I decided to follow my goal of pursuing the highest education I could attain because I feel like something is missing when I am not in school.

What drew you to NCU?

NCU did not require any residency requirements and offered weekly classes. This meant that I got to focus and take one class every 8 weeks, rather than taking 4 courses per semester. After doing my research on other schools, I decided that NCU was also the most suitable for my needs and is regionally accredited. I had a terrific experience with NCU staff, faculty and mentors. Overall, I would say I had a virtuous experience and I’m ecstatic with the results.

Who is your biggest source of inspiration and why?

My biggest source of inspiration is and will always be Jesus Christ. I want to help heal people and be an inspiration to others through love, empathy, and compassion the way Jesus was. I also want to serve God and put Him first in my life.

Have you inspired any friends or family to pursue a higher degree?

I inspired my little sister to go back to school and pursue her master's degree. I am the first doctor to graduate in my family.


Dr. Peña’s dissertation, “The Role of Management Accounting in Hospital Management Support,” was published and is now available on ProQuest