Is a MBA even worth it in today’s job landscape? Would a masters of finance or data science (hard skills) mean a lot more than just learning “business” especially coming from consulting work experience? Thoughts?

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Companies pay for signaling effect more than anything. The difference in what top 10 MBAs command over generic state school MBA is huge because of the barriers to entry not be cause of skill or knowledge. In my opinion, the only reason to do an advanced degree is for the hard cash opportunities it affords you. Unless you’re independently wealthy then go for. Source I hold an engineering masters and an M7 MBA.

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Agreed. You do learn things at your MBA but it’s widely available knowledge and not that challenging for the price. I really enjoyed my experience but do wish I had more data and coding skills to go along with it.

The problem with thinking like that is you forget that the concept of network is still the most important thing in the realm of business. Yes, if you’re applying for a data science role, those hard skills help. But no, if you’re looking to get a job at google, you’ve a way higher chance getting an MBA from Stanford than its master of finance degree just because specific MBA programs are targeted by prestigious companies (I.e. they go directly onto campus to meet students, and even interview in first rounds) in top ranking MBA programs. The same can’t be said for many other programs like masters of finances even within same schools.

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Pretty spot on. An MBA is really only worth it for the global or local network that it provides when you are switching fields or industries.

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Once spoke to a recruiter at a bulge bank who told me they love MS students because they have more knowledge than UGs but you can bring them in at the analyst level.

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Do people feel that getting an MBA and learning a “hard skill” are mutually exclusive? You may end up hating your life, but nothing would be stopping you from taking additional courses focused on “hard skills” or in some instances trying to do a dual degree program.

The main advantage of an MBA (at least at a T15 or so) is that it can allow you to make a career switch that otherwise is very hard - it's not about what you learn!

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