If I have a finance background, would a masters in analytics from Georgia tech give me an edge for biz ops & strategy and product roles, or not really?

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That online degree has been oversold for years now .

How skilled are you in advanced analytics :
< excel (beyond pivot tables)
< BI tools
< Visual based tools
< R
< Python


You could pay for online lectures with same content for less money . I don’t see it opening doors , as in any organizations it’s about what you know and skills you have .

There is a higher preference for the actual skill and how well you know it , rather than the additional diploma. They want to see how you think .

I have interviews for Product Manager roles and decline after I passed all the case study tests they gave me .

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In my experience, online degrees have just as much rigor. I have an online masters in CS from UIUC (comparable in rankings per https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-science-schools/computer-science-rankings) and an in person MSBA from a third school.

What differed in my in person vs online masters:
- the degree of independent learning (online study groups are unlikely to form naturally)
- trading inability to ask questions in class for being able to replay lecture
- some admin issues in the online program

What was (surprisingly) similar:
- office hours availability
- rigor of what's covered
- access to research opportunities

It's also important to remember that every program has good and bad classes. To avoid this issue and compare apples to oranges instead of apples to chairs, let's take two stats classes: my Casella Berger class in the MSBA and my BDA3 class in the online MCS. Both are statistics canon textbooks in their respective sub-subjects, and are extremely dense mathy reading. Both classes were top notch, though I think I actually preferred the instruction in the online program. Being able to rewatch the math and not miss something frantically scribbling notes is an absolute godsend. Professors were equally available, and exams were both proctored and on paper.

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Yea, I think it will give you a leg in. I have an accounting and finance background and went back to school for Masters in DS & business analytics and I’m now in the Strategy & Analytics group at Deloitte

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You are right on that. I would say OP if you really want to go into Strategy go get and MBA

Unlikely to help at all
Prolly best to join a strat consulting firm or attend a good MBA program to earn exp and pivot. Or you can keep trying to apply in the meantime

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If you want strategy then a top MBA may be better for you

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Georgia tech does a good job at hiring after the fact. If you’re based in ATL and want to stay, the GA tech degree is good for that

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The analytics masters at GT is more like a Data Science course - overkill/mismatch for strategy and product roles

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