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Purdue MSIA vs. Penn State MBA?

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Purdue MSIA vs. Penn State MBA? [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 21:53
Hi guys! I was accepted to Penn State MBA program and to Purdue MSIA and really confused which one to choose. I would like to choose Purdue, however I am concerned about the degree. I plan to continue work in supply chain/operations (I worked in this field for 5 years) and I see my career progress further from Supply Chain manager to SC Director and end up with VP Operations or COO or CEO. I heard an opinion that I might have difficulties during career progression after SC Director to executive level since the degree looks much narrower than 2year MBA. What do you think about this? Will I have to deal with employers' stereotypes if I choose MSIA? Please help asap since I must give answer to schools!!! Thanks so much!
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 22:33
Whatever degree you hold should be of little consequence by the time you reach Director level. Your degree will be critically important for the first job you get after school, and perhaps if you change jobs within 3-5 years, but after that point your professional future will be determined by your performance on the job.

You should probably base your decision on whichever school will help you the most in landing your first job, and if you think you might change professions after a few years.
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right. [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 22:44
Yup, Pelihu is totally right.
According to what you have described, maybe Purdue is a better choice, isn't it?
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 [#permalink] New post 11 May 2007, 13:42
Yes, from this point of view Purdue is better. Thank you guys for contribution into my decision -making :-D
Any other opinions? Please guys don't be passive, tell me what you think! I am almost out of time to make my choice.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 May 2007, 14:26
pelihu wrote:
Whatever degree you hold should be of little consequence by the time you reach Director level. Your degree will be critically important for the first job you get after school, and perhaps if you change jobs within 3-5 years, but after that point your professional future will be determined by your performance on the job.

You should probably base your decision on whichever school will help you the most in landing your first job, and if you think you might change professions after a few years.


I agree 100%. Plus I think you should read the following post:

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ducer+ceos

I'd say that apart from Purdue or Penn or whatever you'll need lots of other things to get there.

Hope it helps. L.
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