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Old 11-26-2007, 08:27 AM   #1
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OMGHi2U Anyone have their Masters in Project management or Engineering management?

I'm thinking about going back to school, and possibly looking at these 2 degrees, or an MBA.

I just want to know about any input you have on them, and what sort of jobs are out there with these degrees.
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:28 AM   #2
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I have my doctorate in bull****. does that count?
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:36 AM   #3
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I'm thinking about going back to school, and possibly looking at these 2 degrees, or an MBA.

I just want to know about any input you have on them, and what sort of jobs are out there with these degrees.
I'd be really curious what school actually offers a degree in Project Management. If you already have an engineering degree, I'd just go with the tried and true MBA. The other two just sound like slightly specialized MBA's anyway.
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:44 AM   #4
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I thought you just had to be a bad engineer to get promoted into engineering management. That might just be where I work.

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Old 11-26-2007, 08:47 AM   #5
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I'm getting my masters in business information systems right now. MBA's seem to be a little generic now, everyones getting them and its sort of silly that people are able to get them without any actual management experience in the states. MBA's have a lot of financial specifics which you won't really use depending on where you are, thats what the accounting department is for.
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:05 AM   #6
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I'd be really curious what school actually offers a degree in Project Management. If you already have an engineering degree, I'd just go with the tried and true MBA. The other two just sound like slightly specialized MBA's anyway.
Theres a University down the street from me that offers the project management degree. The engineering mgmt degree says its not just for engineering degree holders (which I am not).
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:08 AM   #7
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after new year's, i am starting my ms in operations and project management.
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:15 AM   #8
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I'm 12 hours into my MS engineering management and technology
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:16 AM   #9
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Cool, what are you guys hoping to get into after you finish?

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Old 11-26-2007, 09:18 AM   #10
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Working on getting my EMGT MBA from UofM Dearborn right now. It's a joke, 5 classes in and I'm sporting 4 A's and a 98% in my current class. The EMGT MBA program is basically the same as a MBA program except they throw a couple of engineering electives in to make it more appealing to engineers.

As far as jobs, your engineering degree will get you your job. Your EMGT MBA will help if you move up the ladder and go into supervisory positions.
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:21 AM   #11
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The problem is I don't have an engineering degree, I have an aviation management degree, which is useless.

I have also thought about just getting another bachelors in engineering instead.
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:23 AM   #12
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my wife got her MA in EM and was working at Schering plough and now works at the army. Basically, you're looking at running projects at whatever place you end up at. It's one of those degrees that isn't too specific and you can end up working anywhere.
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:24 AM   #13
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I thought you just had to be a bad engineer to get promoted into engineering management. That might just be where I work.

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If you prove that you aren't competent enough technically you just get promoted to project management!
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:26 AM   #14
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theres lots of jobs out there for project managment. I was thinking of the major myself, but went with architecture. I'm currently a pm/estimator.
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:32 AM   #15
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The problem is I don't have an engineering degree, I have an aviation management degree, which is useless.

I have also thought about just getting another bachelors in engineering instead.
Well then, depends on what you want to do. If you want to be an engineer, get a bachelors in engineering and the let work pay for your MBA degree.
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:57 AM   #16
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I have a Masters in Engineering Management. I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Honestly, go for the MBA. The MEM will teach you to manage in an engineering environment while the MBA can be applied to all fields. If I had to do it again, I'd go for the MBA.
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Old 11-26-2007, 10:03 AM   #17
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Working as a project manager right now for a battery protection circuit board company...probably one of the easiest jobs out there for what you get paid for.

I pretty much just coordinate projects internally, make sure everyone's meeting timelines, communication point between companies and make sure customers are happy. Now the ****ty part is I'm the bottom of the hill and **** rolls downhill..in this case I'm at the bottom of 2 hills (company and customer). Anything goes wrong, I get blamed for it..but it's how you deal with it.

When most companies look for a project manager, PMP is usually a requirement. If the courses don't offer this cert, don't bother.

btw, before this, I had no experiences with circuit boards or PM. Hell, I went to school for operations management. I guess when it comes down to getting any job, it's how you sell yourself. The papers you carry are just extra ammo.
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Old 11-26-2007, 05:06 PM   #18
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Thanks for the advice so far.
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Just what we need... more managers.
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Old 11-26-2007, 05:13 PM   #21
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:02 PM   #24
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:34 PM   #25
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I'd be really curious what school actually offers a degree in Project Management. If you already have an engineering degree, I'd just go with the tried and true MBA. The other two just sound like slightly specialized MBA's anyway.
The school I got my Master's from does (Brandeis U)

http://www.brandeis.edu/rabbgrad/vis...php?prog_id=20

People in the program generally were project or program managers in their companies and really liked managing projects.

There's also a certification program (pmi.org) that many companies are looking for with program managers.

PM isn't my ball of wax, but I can say that being on projects with good PM support has been better than ones without. As for easy vs hard, I'd put a spike through my head if I had to do it all day, but I can see how people like it. And when someone else does the PM, I can spend more time on "real work".

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