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Profile: Sasha Stefanovic

"Rising to the Next Level," Sasha Stefanovic

Sasha Stefanovic is already known to Boilermaker faithful as a former standout on the Purdue men’s basketball team. He’s also made a name for himself in the classroom, earning a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Krannert School of Management in 2021.

Today, the four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree is pursuing an online master’s degree in human resource management from Krannert while eyeing a possible career in professional basketball. And those are only two of the giant leaps Stefanovic has made during his time at Purdue, which he describes as his “dream school.”

After redshirting his first year, Stefanovic appeared in every game during the 2018-19 season, showcasing his sharpshooting skills from three-point range. He played his way into the starting lineup by his junior season and stayed there, becoming a fan favorite and team leader.

With a full year of eligibility left after picking up his bachelor’s degree, Stefanovic chose to continue his education in Krannert’s Online MS in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) program.

“Besides developing as a player, one of the benefits of redshirting as a freshman is the opportunity to work on a graduate degree when you’re finished with undergraduate,” he says. “I thought about a residential program, but since I’ll be moving around a lot, an online degree was the best option for me from a timing and scheduling standpoint.”

Instead of extending his studies in finance, Stefanovic chose to pursue a degree from one of Krannert’s other outstanding MS programs. “I wanted to do different things in the business world, so human resources was a great choice for me,” he says. “It fits what I want to do now and in the future and has given me a lot of tools and flexibility to pursue things outside of the classroom.”

Stefanovic has been particularly impressed by the program’s focus on group projects. “I really enjoy the teamwork and communications skills it requires,” he says. “Even though it’s an online program, Krannert has done a great job of putting a system in place where we're able to have a collaborative experience.”

"Even though it’s an online program, Krannert has done a great job of putting a system in place where we’re able to have a collaborative experience."

He also has praise for the program’s faculty. “The instructors do a great job of giving me all the material that I need be successful,” Stefanovic says. “They also make themselves available for extra guidance after class through Zoom or Teams meetings.”

Stefanovic’s favorite class so far focused on talent management and acquisition. “I found it to be very unique and applicable to what I want to do in my post-basketball career,” he says. “It’s beneficial to know how to recruit and train people to be successful and have the organization's ultimate goals in mind.”

As his time at Purdue comes to an end, Stefanovic continues to display the same pride, grit, determination and teamwork skills in his studies that he showed as a player.

“My parents emigrated from Serbia and Macedonia and worked in steel mills, so that blue-collar ethic was instilled in me early in life,” he says. “I think Purdue and Krannert reflect the same values and characteristics. We’ve had a lot of group projects as part of my master’s program, and everyone is hardworking and focused on doing their best.”

Stefanovic is also driven to succeed in his next giant leap, whether thats playing at the professional level or pursuing a career off the court. “I really dont want a job thats specifically in finance or HR,” he says. “Id love to merge basketball and business with a front-office role in a sports organization. Thats my ultimate goal.”