Hi Product Managers, what is your education background? Are masters degrees ever needed?

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PMing is one of those jobs that draws from many difference backgrounds. I know one PM who got the job mostly because he was a former user. I know another who started in HR. And, others who were designers. In fact, I don't know any PMs who actually went to college to be a PM.

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Most times, a masters degree makes a candidate overqualified but under-skilled. I prefer to hire people with solid experience and domain expertise over someone who only has theoretical knowledge of the business.

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Bachelors - IMO, no.

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I have seen PMs from every educational background.
IMHO it’s not exactly required, but a masters helps especially if you’re trying to break into Product in Tech. Else you need to have deep domain expertise. Or, maybe you moved from being a developer or analyst into Product, and then kept growing in that function.

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MBA and a BA in English, but what got me a job in product job was deep domain knowledge, not my ed background. The MBA was definitely not required, although I'm glad I got it because certain elements from the curriculum have been useful as I've navigated the business world.

My boss (director of product) only has a BA.

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Bachelor's degree. A masters degree is not required for PM but is desirable if you keep climbing the product ladder.

A masters degree could be helpful if the school you attend has good relationships with tech companies and funnels graduates into early-career PM positions. That's one option for getting started in product but it isn't the only one and certainly isn't the norm.

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MBA helps if you’re competing for upper level product jobs against people coming out of big consulting firms.

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High School, lol

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Bachelors in community development and business management.

Core skills in community development are assessing the needs of a segment of people and providing plans to fulfill their needs and improve their lives. Business management is, business management.

All of which are core competencies of a PM. It’s all about how the depth of your experience and exposure relates to tech and product. Post Bachelor’s it often cuts into your time in the field.

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Bachelors here

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I’m a PM in non-tech, bachelors in ME.

Still I get interview calls from tech companies for PM role. Given roles could be business PM without dealing with technicalities.

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Associates and 5+ YOE

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People with degrees only hire others with degrees.

I don’t even have a bachelor’s.

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