Advice needed on Online MBA


Hello All,

Wanted to get an outside perspective on my current situation, and would appreciate any advice.

I am currently in a Senior Software Engineering Management role(working in USA)  with an emphasis in Data Science. I am also a technical product manager for some of our key products.

Over the past few years, I have also been working with several partner organizations on technical integrations, and work very closely with global teams with my organization.


Since a lot of my responsibilities are in the management sphere of things, I have been wanting to pursue an online MBA while working full time.

I do want to stay in tech, and would prefer to work in roles related to technical product management.


Keeping that in mind, I am not keen on expensive programs, as the MBA is primarily for me to fill the gaps in my business acumen, and later if I am looking for a job, a good supplement to my existing work experience in management.

I have been looking at two MBA programs, offered in collaboration with a education provider in India :

1. Deakin University Online MBA ( Australia - AACSB + EQUIS)

2. Liverpool Business School ( UK- AACSB + EQUIS(Need to confirm))

Both programs seem to have a good mix of curriculum, and are accredited. The cost is also very affordable, almost a 3rd of what I would pay for a UIUC IMBA or Boston online MBA.

Would an MBA from the above meet my requirements, and are worth pursuing? When applying for jobs, especially in tech, how important is the ranking vs the accreditation considering I have a good amount of work experience in that domain already?

If those programs are not recommended, any other programs that you would recommend?

Thanks!

[Edited by Karthik Challa on Aug 23, 2020]

Hello All,<br><br>Wanted to get an outside perspective on my current situation, and would appreciate any advice.<br><br>I am currently in a Senior Software Engineering Management role(working in USA)&nbsp; with an emphasis in Data Science. I am also a technical product manager for some of our key products. <br><br>Over the past few years, I have also been working with several partner organizations on technical integrations, and work very closely with global teams with my organization.<br><br><br>Since a lot of my responsibilities are in the management sphere of things, I have been wanting to pursue an online MBA while working full time.<br><br>I do want to stay in tech, and would prefer to work in roles related to technical product management.<br><br><br>Keeping that in mind, I am not keen on expensive programs, as the MBA is primarily for me to fill the gaps in my business acumen, and later if I am looking for a job, a good supplement to my existing work experience in management.<br><br>I have been looking at two MBA programs, offered in collaboration with a education provider in India :<br><br>1. Deakin University Online MBA ( Australia - AACSB + EQUIS)<br><br>2. Liverpool Business School ( UK- AACSB + EQUIS(Need to confirm)) <br><br>Both programs seem to have a good mix of curriculum, and are accredited. The cost is also very affordable, almost a 3rd of what I would pay for a UIUC IMBA or Boston online MBA.<br><br>Would an MBA from the above meet my requirements, and are worth pursuing? When applying for jobs, especially in tech, how important is the ranking vs the accreditation considering I have a good amount of work experience in that domain already?<br><br>If those programs are not recommended, any other programs that you would recommend?<br><br>Thanks!
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If you want to stay in tech and you see an MBA primarily as a way to close gaps in business knowledge, do you really need to do a full MBA? You could do the Maryland Core MBA Micromasters on EdX which has been mentioned many times on these forums and it costs less than $1,500. It wouldn't give you the alumni networking and careers placement of a business school but it doesn't sound like you really need that.

It's true that many big tech companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook etc are recruiting more MBAs these days, especially to work in Product Management but you would probably need to get an MBA from a much better (and more expensive) school than somewhere like Liverpool. 

If you want to stay in tech and you see an MBA primarily as a way to close gaps in business knowledge, do you really need to do a full MBA? You could do the Maryland Core MBA Micromasters on EdX which has been mentioned many times on these forums and it costs less than $1,500. It wouldn't give you the alumni networking and careers placement of a business school but it doesn't sound like you really need that.<br><br>It's true that many big tech companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook etc are recruiting more MBAs these days, especially to work in Product Management but you would probably need to get an MBA from a much better (and more expensive) school than somewhere like Liverpool.&nbsp;
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If you want to stay in tech and you see an MBA primarily as a way to close gaps in business knowledge, do you really need to do a full MBA? You could do the Maryland Core MBA Micromasters on EdX which has been mentioned many times on these forums and it costs less than $1,500. It wouldn't give you the alumni networking and careers placement of a business school but it doesn't sound like you really need that.

It's true that many big tech companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook etc are recruiting more MBAs these days, especially to work in Product Management but you would probably need to get an MBA from a much better (and more expensive) school than somewhere like Liverpool. 


Thank you. That was really helpful. Looking through the details of the program, that fits really well with my expectations. I will most likely end up pursuing this path.
Thanks for the help!

[quote]If you want to stay in tech and you see an MBA primarily as a way to close gaps in business knowledge, do you really need to do a full MBA? You could do the Maryland Core MBA Micromasters on EdX which has been mentioned many times on these forums and it costs less than $1,500. It wouldn't give you the alumni networking and careers placement of a business school but it doesn't sound like you really need that.<br><br>It's true that many big tech companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook etc are recruiting more MBAs these days, especially to work in Product Management but you would probably need to get an MBA from a much better (and more expensive) school than somewhere like Liverpool.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Thank you. That was really helpful. Looking through the details of the program, that fits really well with my expectations. I will most likely end up pursuing this path.<br>Thanks for the help!<br>
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