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Im a M at a Big 4 firm working M&A strategy. 10+ YOE, no MBA. I got here with an engineering degree. 200k+ TC. I’m considering a MBA, in fact, I got accepted to a top 20 school and will start part time in just over a month. Is it necessary at this point? Im already doing the work and learning what I need on the job. Do I need to put the stamp on it and make it official?

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Look, MBA is a personal choice. No matter how much research you do you will never understand the value until after you go through it. It’s a credence good in that respect. I ended up going through the back door - EMBA - at an M7. Very similar background (always been a good earner and wasn’t sure I needed it) Depending on how high of a brand it is in the top 20, I’d consider doing it PT or EMBA format. Don’t do it for the brand and definitely apply it to your daily effort. It was hands down the best thing I’ve ever done. Good luck.

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A lot of Partners at my Big 4 have MBAs. Having one from a top school won’t hurt. With that being said, I doubt T20 is worth it. Can you aim for T15?

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T15 (technically 16) schools. I’m not saying other schools are bad. I’m just saying, given the position OP is in - anything outside T15 may not be worth the time and money.

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Good question! I went thru the same thinking about 12 years ago...was an MD at a global financial institution specializing in integration work (M&A post close), all things PMO and change management. I ended up doing an online MBA which was ok but definitely not the caliber of a top 20. It gave me a bit of street cred but it was my experience that really got me more deals and opportunities. I was also early 40s so keep that in perspective. Question is what do you hope to gain and what do you want to do with it? Part time would be ideal as I found that I was able to apply and relate my learnings immediately in my work life. Also consider your ROI...tuition, loss of income, etc... Reach out if I can help. Best of luck!

Lol if you have to ask.

C1, I’m 100% sure SM is a few promos away for you based on the maturity of your response. Good luck

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If you are doing part time, do in top 5 worst case top 10. Top 20 is not worth it. You won't realize thtle power of network and cohorts until you are done blowing through your 150k+

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