MBA, MSEOM, or other?
February 11, 2014 5:33 PM Subscribe
I'm considering further education, and I'm looking at either an MBA or MS in Operations and Engineering Management. I've already got the MSME and significant aerospace product engineering experience, and MSOEM would help give me a leg up to Engineering Manager or Chief Engineer. But an MBA would be a more business-focused curriculum, which could help me leverage my experience and knowledge into perhaps a wider field. So, which one gets your vote, and why? How much of a factor is the choice of school? What other questions do I need to ask? (Assume that tuition is not a factor.)
posted by disconnect to Work & Money (3 answers total)
More specific background, if it helps: B.S. Materials Engineering, MSME (thermo/fluids), 17 years in various engineering functions in subtier aerospace suppliers. I honestly believe that if I were promoted to my boss's job (or even his boss's job) that I would be a fantastic lead/manager/chief. I know the product, I know how it's made, I know the common sources of nonconformances, I know the organization, I know how people work, I know how to motivate people while still treating them like human beings, and I know that doing so yields much more productivity than treating them like thieves and scumbags. But I don't have an MBA or other management credential, so I obviously am not as attractive a candidate as, say, someone without many of those things, but an MBA.
Ahem. Anyway, I'm looking down the road a ways, and I'd like to be able to branch out from engineering. So as asked above, which one, and why? (And no, I'm not looking at it as merely a signaling device, but as an honest development of my skills. And there's the rub; either way will take me away from the straight engineering that I've been doing for a long time. How can I pick which way to go?)