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Hello! Wanted to get thoughts on if people would return to school for an I/O psych degree or MBA?

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I got my Master’s in Organizational Development and use it every day. Was a good mix of strategy, org psych, org design. Lots of self development type work as well. Was the best experience of my life. Might be worth exploring... has advanced my career greatly.

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I got it from Pepperdine. They have an international program where you get to go to China, France, Chile etc. and do OD consulting in the context of different cultures. I was in consulting before but at a really small company and use the advanced degree to level up a bit

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I have my Masters in I/O from Columbia. I love the field and love what I learned. That being said, being a HC practitioner at Deloitte I quickly learned an MBA (even from tier 2 schools) is weighed more heavily than my degree. While I personally use my degree everyday the firm doesn’t recognize it as an Advanced Degree. If you want to make more money get an MBA. If you want to learn more about I/O and personally be a better / more well rounded practitioner get a degree in I/O. I wish someone told me my firm doesn’t recognize it as a degree as that would have helped me at least have the appropriate expectations.

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Hi from your fellow alum. 😀

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I had this same question and decided on the I/O Psych degree. Just started last month!

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Best of luck on your new adventure ☺️

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I have my MBA and PhD in I/O. The I/O degree is basically an MBA program through the perspective of a psychologist. I think that's more beneficial. Especially considering organizations are putting much more emphasis on caring about their people (or at least they say they want to :) )

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A4, maybe marketing is the way to exploit the “taking care of people” slant :D

Consider MSLOC

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I have a master’s degree in Org Psych. Some companies, such as Deloitte, offer significantly different pay for people with MBA vs. no MBA. If money is important to you, MBA might be better (but the program itself is also more expensive so you may wanna do some ROI analysis). Also, I do think MBA offers you more options, unless you are 100% sure you wanna pursue a career in I/O. Personally for me my program opened up doors for me but I barely apply anything I learned in school in my day to day job. It was simply for resume building.

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I have an MBA and work at a consulting firm with a lot of I/O psychologists. Both are good, depends what you are more interested in. Follow your passion and you will have the best outcomes.

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I have both. What are you trying to determine?

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@ Accenture - I went to Walden University @ OP- I joined the Army so I used the GI bill to fund both of these degrees so essentially they were free to me. Yes, if I had to choose again (with the GI Bill) I would do both again because I have a very rounded understanding on business and business psychology. I can talk to business leaders and understand business principals which fuels the recommendations I provide to clients. I understand the language and the restraints. IO is my anchor and not having that degree would mean a key part of my professional identity would be vastly different. I value having that IO/HC/OD expertise and most of my work is in that space. So for me— both knowledge set compliment each other. They make me a much more well rounded professional. I also see my value add on projects to be vastly different from my colleagues (which I like). Keep in mind both of these degrees just give you foundational knowledge. You have to seek out more information from various sources to have more relevant and actionable knowledge. If I had to pay for the degrees and could only choose one— I would chose based on my long term goal. My long term goal has always been to be an IO and so I would pursue the IO degree. I love HC/OD centric work. If money was my mission, then the MBA. If I was more certain I wanted to lead organizations, then it would be an MBA.

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I have a Masters in I/O. Use it sometimes. Loved the subject matter.

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Masters of IO here. I value it more than the traditional mba because like others have said, it's analyzing organizations through a different lens. I use my degree everyday, and have gotten great feedback from my clients.

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Have a masters degree in I/O and never get to use it because where I live you need at least 5 YOE before someone hires you

Get MBA if you want to get paid more.

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