Alumni Testimonials

Ryan Nichols

Master of Arts in Diplomacy
, Class of 2014
The Norwich diplomacy master's program was the best fit to augment and formalize the experience and education I have received thus far as an Air Force officer. The program provided me a better foundation and broader perspective to understand and analyze world events.
Ryan Nichols, Class of 2014
Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Q: “Tell us a bit about you as a person, Ryan.”
A: “My wife, Stacy, and I currently live in the Washington, D.C. area. We are puppy parents of two Siberian huskies and try to take advantage of the many local tourist opportunities in the area. I am an amateur wine enthusiast and enjoy jogging and kayaking in the area as well.”

Q: “What is your current employer and what is your professional life like?”
A: “I am a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, entering my 21st year of service and I currently work in the Pentagon for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As a career F16 pilot, I’ve enjoyed a number of operational staff and training assignments including duty in Germany, Korea, and the Middle East.”

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”
A: “The Norwich diplomacy master's program was the best fit to augment and formalize the experience and education I have received thus far as an Air Force officer. I have been lucky to gain a good bit of international experience and professional military education, as well as a lot of informal experience during my military career.”

Q: “Why did you choose Norwich and how did you learn about it?”
A: “I learned about Norwich from recommendations by friends, as well as online research. I investigated international-affairs-type programs for a few years waiting for the right opportunity and ultimately found Norwich, which provided the best program for my needs.”

Q: “What makes Norwich unique?”
A: “The Norwich diplomacy program combines the ability to gain a relevant degree from a respected institution with the flexibility and online format to finish in as short as 18 months. This combination, along with Norwich’s military friendly history and administration, makes it unique.”

Q: “How have you grown professionally as a result of your education?”
A: “The program provided me a better foundation and broader perspective to understand and analyze world events. The core classes and elective specialties helped enable me to see the strategic nature of international events.”

Q: “Tell us how you were able to put your knowledge to work immediately at your job.”
A: “Finishing the program helped me get selected to become the Air Attaché to Iraq, which is a Defense Intelligence Agency billet in the embassy in Baghdad, where I’ll function as an advisor to the ambassador to Iraq and work closely with the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.”

Q: “What aspects of your Norwich experience will you carry most strongly with you?”
A: “The Norwich program, which I took concurrently with my ongoing military career, really functioned as both a personal and professional development program that will help me as a current officer and after I retire as well.”