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15-year-old boy graduates from US university, bags MBA at the age of 17, sets outstanding record

An exceptional 17-year-old Ian Taylor Schlitz has set an outstanding record as the youngest African American a Master’s degree from Tarleton State University in the United States of America.

Ian Taylor Schlitz earned his bachelor’s degree at the age of 15 from the University of North Texas. He remained persistent with his academic excellence and was admitted to Tarleton’s MBA program the same year.

Taylor has obtained his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Tarleton State University in the United States at the age of 17 making him one of the youngest African American with an MBA across the world.

Regarding his accomplishment, Taylor expressed his gratitude to Tarleton State University for embracing him and not allowing his age to deter him from continuing his education. He also mentioned the MBA program enhanced his potentials.

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 “The programme and professors helped me enhance my critical thinking, leadership, and communication abilities while also providing a solid foundation in business basics. I appreciate how they welcomed me wholeheartedly and did not let my youthful age prevent me from continuing my education,” he said.

Taylor disclosed that his love for video games influenced his decision when choosing Tarleton State University, he saw it as an opportunity to make a difference.

He is the CEO of Kidlamity Gaming & BeinBian, which was founded to meet the growing needs for kids to have safe and deliberate spaces in esports. He successfully grew Kidlamity in the first two years and held multiple esports tournaments for kids ages 7 to 17 across the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. 


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 17-year-old genius reshaped his business face to create BeinBian Studios, a boutique animation studio that specializes in custom block animation productions. His creative works have gained recognition in the block animation industry and his studio continues to grow.

He currently leads global animators and editors that create short videos for content.

Taylor’s determination and passion have driven him to find great success. He will be continuing his educational journey as he has been accepted to the University of North Texas to earn a learning technology for his PhD. He plans to explore how gamifying education can be used to engage students in learning different subjects.

He also plans to make sure that the use of technology in education is deliberately designed in a way that would embrace and engage diverse communities in the United States.

He shared his excitement on his Twitter page, celebrating his success and announcing his next plan.

“Thankful to have completed my MBA from Tarleton State. Ready to come home to UNT and start my Ph.D. in Learning Technologies at UNTCOI this Fall,” he wrote on Twitter.

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