Is it advisable to pursue an MBA after your MS degree?

Asked by Disna Rai about 1 year ago

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Manash Bhattacharjee

Manash Bhattacharjee

Second year Undergraduate Student at Loughborough University

It depends. Are you seeking an advancement in your career? Or is it for some specific job? Either way a Master of Business Administration after a master of science is not something new. Students do it on a common basis. But to say it is advisable, it is debatable.

Unlike other master programs, MBA degrees are meant for a specific objective; career advancement. Other masters are subject-based. Basically you can do an MSc Computer Science if you want a career in computational sectors. But it would be worthless for a professional working in agriculture. An MBA however can be beneficial to anyone in any sector. Even a standard MBA will add calibur to your profile.

To say it is advisable, is to consider your needs. I can at least assure you that doing an MBA at any stage of your life is good. But given that now you can do countless specialized masters from different countries, it's not always advisable. If you are looking to shift your work in business and management, sure. Or if you just want a better chance of promotion, then as well. But suppose that you are aiming toward research in your field, then an MBA would not be good. That's PhD for you. 

An MS and MBA combination is definitely significant. If you plan on it, I recommend specialized MBA like; MBA in Supply Chain, Artificial Intelligence etc. (based on your line of work). These MBA degrees will relate to your MS specialization and offer more scope. With this, you will be packed with extra potential and when it comes to promotion, your name will be considered first. 


If we talk about how good an MBA and MS combination can be, it depends on industry as well. A more academic research industry like molecular biology or clinical research do not actually need an MBA. They are better paired with PhD programs, which will lead to extensive research options. On the other hand, if you have done an MS in hospitality, healthcare, design, masters in economics etc., an MBA can be a game changer.

I hope you get the idea. If you plan for an MBA after your MS, let me know what specialization you have completed in your MS graduation. Because based on your academic profile, we can easily find what MBA courses you should do with your MS.


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