A year­long sab­bat­ical to Boston has trans­formed the life of Mau­reen McMullan, a Scot­tish singer and Evening MBA stu­dent at North­eastern who was fea­tured in last weekend’s WGBH con­cert cel­e­brating Irish music.

The entre­pre­neurial spirit that Amer­i­cans have made me realize that I can create a lot more by com­bining my artistic pur­suits with solid busi­ness training,” said McMullan, who per­formed in WGBH’s “A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan” and is sched­uled to grad­uate from the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness next summer.

I started as a singer and a song­writer, but I real­ized that I could find a place for myself in the music busi­ness and do even more with a degree,” she added, noting that she had man­aged projects and bud­gets on past musical endeavors.

McMullan came to the United States in 2008 to spend a year at Berklee Col­lege of Music. So moved by her expe­ri­ence, she stayed for another year to com­plete a degree, and then spent a third year in Nashville, Tenn., working for the pub­lishing wing of Warner Bros. Records.

Later she moved back to Boston, becoming the artist-​​in-​​residence for the National Trust for Scot­land Foun­da­tion USA, a non­profit orga­ni­za­tion that encour­ages Amer­i­cans to par­tic­i­pate in the care of Scotland’s cul­tural and nat­ural trea­sures. She started taking classes at North­eastern, earning a grad­uate cer­tifi­cate in busi­ness before entering the Evening MBA pro­gram full-​​time.

North­eastern is a great fit,” McMullan said. “It’s such a global school, and I think its rep­u­ta­tion speaks for itself.”

What she has learned in her busi­ness courses has already empow­ered her to create new pro­grams for the non­profit, which draw atten­tion to Scot­tish cul­ture in new and engaging ways. “I have this amazing oppor­tu­nity right now to exer­cise my love of the arts with these new busi­ness skills,” she said. “It’s a great oppor­tu­nity to fly the flag for Scot­land while finding new ways to sup­port some great projects back home.”

Her new job has not required her to cut back on per­forming. One of her biggest achieve­ments over the course of her 17-​​year career as pro­fes­sional musi­cian was singing with the Boston Pops during its “Visions of America” series last year.

That was prob­ably one of the greatest moments of my life,” said McMullan, whose family came over from Scot­land for the con­cert. “I don’t know if there’s any­thing like the feeling I had when I heard con­ductor Keith Lock­hart intro­duce me and walking out onto the stage. I’d seen so many per­for­mances there, but I’d never seen Sym­phony Hall from that angle.”