Online MBA/MSc programs suitable to my goal


sabbir_47

I'm a long follower of find mba and find mba online without being a member. I think i have read almost all the posts in this forum still i would like to get feedback from you. I would like to discuss about online MBA/MSc options.

Context: I have a PhD in computer Science with roughly 7-8 years of work experience and currently employed as Principal Software Engineer at a US tech firm. I'm based in France and not willing to relocate to across the pond. So my preferred location of working and networking would be at western europe and/or UK.

Goal: To break into management within Tech industry, not looking to move to any other industry unless otherwise offered something interesting. To do that, acquire soft skills, apply them in the workplace, do projects with geographically distributed people, increase networking etc. would be my top priority, and doing an on campus mba/msc is not going to help me.

Constraints
- Budget : max 30k euro
- Time flexibility: can't commit more than 15h per week. Less credits work better for me and/or longer length of MBA.
- Location of schools: Prefer anglophone countries, otherwise France.

MBA programs: (Short listed)
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1. UK: (i can only stretch the fund, if it is the best choice, but still will be hard)
- Manchester Alliance (good reputation in uk tech industry)
- Durham (one of the oldest and competitive price)

2. USA:
- Gies (72 hour credits, it would require extensive hours per week)
- Nebraska lincoln (no idea)
- Isenberg (no idea)
- Questrom (The curriculum lacks rigorousness and whether it will help engineers not sure )

3. France (Exec MBA)
Since i'm based in France i can attend those monthly seminars/classes

Exec MSc:
- MSIE from HEC: This is a very interesting proposition for me. Innovation and management matters in my career. Knowing about Entrepreneurship is never a negative thing, rather these skills can be applied for Intrapreneurship within the company, initiating innovative projects etc.

- MS in International Business, Edhec: another interesting proposition to know about ins and outs of international business and strategic management.

I know i have listed lots of option, but your feedback may help me to make the list even shorter.

[Edited by sabbir_47 on May 31, 2021]

I'm a long follower of find mba and find mba online without being a member. I think i have read almost all the posts in this forum still i would like to get feedback from you. I would like to discuss about online MBA/MSc options.

Context: I have a PhD in computer Science with roughly 7-8 years of work experience and currently employed as Principal Software Engineer at a US tech firm. I'm based in France and not willing to relocate to across the pond. So my preferred location of working and networking would be at western europe and/or UK.

Goal: To break into management within Tech industry, not looking to move to any other industry unless otherwise offered something interesting. To do that, acquire soft skills, apply them in the workplace, do projects with geographically distributed people, increase networking etc. would be my top priority, and doing an on campus mba/msc is not going to help me.

Constraints
- Budget : max 30k euro
- Time flexibility: can't commit more than 15h per week. Less credits work better for me and/or longer length of MBA.
- Location of schools: Prefer anglophone countries, otherwise France.

MBA programs: (Short listed)
------------------------------------
1. UK: (i can only stretch the fund, if it is the best choice, but still will be hard)
- Manchester Alliance (good reputation in uk tech industry)
- Durham (one of the oldest and competitive price)

2. USA:
- Gies (72 hour credits, it would require extensive hours per week)
- Nebraska lincoln (no idea)
- Isenberg (no idea)
- Questrom (The curriculum lacks rigorousness and whether it will help engineers not sure )

3. France (Exec MBA)
Since i'm based in France i can attend those monthly seminars/classes

Exec MSc:
- MSIE from HEC: This is a very interesting proposition for me. Innovation and management matters in my career. Knowing about Entrepreneurship is never a negative thing, rather these skills can be applied for Intrapreneurship within the company, initiating innovative projects etc.

- MS in International Business, Edhec: another interesting proposition to know about ins and outs of international business and strategic management.

I know i have listed lots of option, but your feedback may help me to make the list even shorter.
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Duncan

Right now, you have too many questions and too little focus to allow us to really come to choice for you.

I'm not sure what your language skills are, but Europe has profoundly national labour markets and, with your budget, you can't afford a school with brand equity and alumni networks that run across all the major markets. Pick one country.
The US schools make no sense to me, since you need brand equity and alumni leverage in your target market.
I'm also not sure you need an MBA. Very few senior software managers have an MBA. In the UK, a more common qualification would be the Chartered Engineer qualification. Supervisory experience, soft skills, influencing skills.... these sound more important. They are probably the block to your progression, not your lack of general management tools.

Right now, you have too many questions and too little focus to allow us to really come to choice for you.<br><br><div>I'm not sure what your language skills are, but Europe has profoundly national labour markets and, with your budget, you can't afford a school with brand equity and alumni networks that run across all the major markets. Pick one country.</div><br><div>The US schools make no sense to me, since you need brand equity and alumni leverage in your target market.</div><br><div>I'm also not sure you need an MBA. Very few senior software managers have an MBA. In the UK, a more common qualification would be the Chartered Engineer qualification. Supervisory experience, soft skills, influencing skills.... these sound more important. They are probably the block to your progression, not your lack of general management tools.</div>
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Duncan

I don't think a masters degree is the answer. I suggest you find a career coach to work with you to make an inventory of the skills you need to develop and find ways to grow those skills. Start applying for jobs now. That will give you feedback. Executive development programmes are great, but they are better when they are part of a conversation with your employer about how to structure your professional development: you need to not just understand these missing skills and but also the ability to test and develop in practice, repeatedly. If you can't do that in your current workplace, then 'extra-curricular' activities are a great way to develop them.

I don't think a masters degree is the answer. I suggest you find a career coach to work with you to make an inventory of the skills you need to develop and find ways to grow those skills. Start applying for jobs now. That will give you feedback. Executive development programmes are great, but they are better when they are part of a conversation with your employer about how to structure your professional development: you need to not just understand these missing skills and but also the ability to test and develop in practice, repeatedly. If you can't do that in your current workplace, then 'extra-curricular' activities are a great way to develop them.
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sabbir_47

Hi Duncan, Thank you for your reply. 

Hi Duncan, Thank you for your reply.&nbsp;
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