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MITs Master of Science in Engineering and Management (SDM) [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2006, 17:53
Paul,
I would like to know whether you have heard of MIT's MS in Engineering and Management (SDM) program?

The program is jointly offered by the Sloan School of Management and the School of Engineering. It's a 24 month program that involves distance learning, one semester in residency, and several one week trips to the class during the semesters. [http://sdm.mit.edu]

I have the following questions:

1. Have you heard of this program at all. Supposedly its a 10 year old program at MIT.

2. How is the program viewed in the Business community?

3. Is the degree viewed similar to an MBA degree?

4. Apart from the MIT name, is there any benefit the program provides?

Any other thoughts?

I am attaching SDMs Employment report 04-05 that contains some information on the salary earned by the graduates of the program. I wasn't very impressed compared to the employment reports of top MBA programs but this may be partly because the sample size in SDM is small (35-50 students) compared to the top MBA programs.

P.S. I am posting the same question to Scott and Hjort.

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Re: MITs Master of Science in Engineering and Management (SD [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2006, 21:07
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Paul,
I would like to know whether you have heard of MIT's MS in Engineering and Management (SDM) program?

The program is jointly offered by the Sloan School of Management and the School of Engineering. It's a 24 month program that involves distance learning, one semester in residency, and several one week trips to the class during the semesters. [http://sdm.mit.edu]

I have the following questions:

1. Have you heard of this program at all. Supposedly its a 10 year old program at MIT.

2. How is the program viewed in the Business community?

3. Is the degree viewed similar to an MBA degree?

4. Apart from the MIT name, is there any benefit the program provides?

Any other thoughts?

I am attaching SDMs Employment report 04-05 that contains some information on the salary earned by the graduates of the program. I wasn't very impressed compared to the employment reports of top MBA programs but this may be partly because the sample size in SDM is small (35-50 students) compared to the top MBA programs.

P.S. I am posting the same question to Scott and Hjort.

Thanks
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Spiderman,

I have heard of the SDM progam, of course. I am sure that engineering-related segments of the business community view graduates of the program very highly, but I seriously doubt that they would view it as any kind of substitute for an MBA. It's mission is much more focused and technical than is that of a general MBA program. The salary reports you referenced suggest this: employers view it as more of a technology management degree than a general management degree. Whether the SDM program is appropriate for you depends entirely on what your long-term goals are. Are the positions that SDM graduates hold long-term the kinds of positions that you want to hold? That question should be your starting point.

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 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2006, 09:17
Thank you Paul.

My short term goal is to move to a business development position (related to technology, telecommunications). My long-term goal is to start my own telecom consultancy firm. The focus of the firm would be to assist wireless operators and start-ups in creating wireless business plans. Additionally, the firm would assist its clients with telecom investments, and position appropriate wireless technologies for the client’s consumer market.

Do you see an MBA a better option to achieve my above goals (short and long term) or a technology management degree, such as MIT's SDM, is a better alternative?

I would appreciate your feedback.

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Thank you Paul.

My short term goal is to move to a business development position (related to technology, telecommunications). My long-term goal is to start my own telecom consultancy firm. The focus of the firm would be to assist wireless operators and start-ups in creating wireless business plans. Additionally, the firm would assist its clients with telecom investments, and position appropriate wireless technologies for the client’s consumer market.

Do you see an MBA a better option to achieve my above goals (short and long term) or a technology management degree, such as MIT's SDM, is a better alternative?

I would appreciate your feedback.

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Spiderman,

I am not a career counselor, but to me your goals sound sufficiently broad and entrepreneurial in nature to warrant an MBA over the more technology management degree.

Good luck!
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