Is an MBA still worth it?

Microsoft Jeph Bezos
Apr 10 42 Comments

I’m a mid 30 year old male living in the Bay Area working in finance (M&A) at a Tech company. My TC is 225k with 8-9 YOE. I have a masters in finance.

In your opinion, would going back to school and getting an executive MBA at Wharton ($140k) be worth it in terms of salary bump? is be taking out a loan.

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TOP 42 Comments
  • Lyft PcKT80
    Not really adding anything here, but I feel your pain. Wharton would be so baller.
    Apr 10 1
    • Microsoft Jeph Bezos
      OP
      Hoping it would help down the line...
      Apr 10
  • Twitter feUG50
    No
    Apr 10 0
  • Chase 8==D~
    No, for a couple of reasons:
    • you’re making more than the comp of an average Wharton mba grad
    • you have a job the most Wharton mbas want
    • you need an MD to practice medicine and a JD to practice law, you don’t need an MBA to practice anything
    Apr 10 1
    • Microsoft Jeph Bezos
      OP
      Good points. I don’t see the MBA helping increase income by much TODAY, but could be worth it in the long run.
      Apr 10
  • Broadcom Ltd. rFkd21
    You know the NPV is negative, so why are you asking?
    Apr 10 0
  • Capital One / Product
    bun114

    Capital One Product

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    startups
    bun114more
    Would an EMBA be worth it if you are a PM with a technical background and looking to get the finance/strategy experience?
    Apr 10 1
    • Microsoft Jeph Bezos
      OP
      Make your own thread
      Apr 10
  • Nvidia cuisine
    No
    Apr 10 0
  • Tableau smVr34
    Definitely not
    Apr 10 0
  • Google / Sales QuietNinja
    It is. If you have to ask, you're not ready. Come back in 10 years
    Apr 10 8
    • Credit Karma ceasar
      Plus your a freaking finance (Master's) major working in M&A
      Apr 10
    • Google / Sales QuietNinja
      There are such things such as Technology Management MBAs. It's *not* all about Finance and M&A
      Apr 10
    • Credit Karma ceasar
      I thought he wanted to make more in the future. My bad.
      Apr 10
    • Microsoft Jeph Bezos
      OP
      I do want to make more in the future. More than one path to get there. CFO, COO or any sales executive banks in tech.
      Apr 10
    • Google / Sales QuietNinja
      TM MBAs get you ready to be a proper CIO/CTO
      Apr 10
  • Salesforce xortah17
    No if you’re taking out a loan.. besides you already have a masters in finance anw..
    Apr 10 0
  • Airbnb abshdirb
    No way
    Apr 10 0
  • Capital One
    Drake

    Capital One

    BIO
    Nothing was the same.
    Drakemore
    Useful if you want to be an executive one day.
    Apr 12 2
    • Microsoft Jeph Bezos
      OP
      Only reason is consider, although plenty of top executives don’t have MBA’s.
      Apr 13
    • Capital One
      Drake

      Capital One

      BIO
      Nothing was the same.
      Drakemore
      But most do. And I'd look at the background of those who didn't.
      Apr 14
  • Bank of America herculez
    The time, energy, and money spent into getting an MBA seems too costly for any marginal pay raise you're hoping for with an MBA
    Apr 10 0
  • US Bank MasterFlap
    A definite no. IMO MBAs are only useful if you’re in consulting.
    Apr 10 0
  • Apple
    kalank

    Apple

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    Spittoon of Upper Mgmt
    kalankmore
    Exec MBA is useful only when your company is sponsoring for that.
    Apr 10 0
  • American Express vista133
    I am wondering how many of those who comment have an MBA?
    Apr 11 3
    • Microsoft / Sales
      Bekr45

      Microsoft Sales

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      Google
      Bekr45more
      I do
      Apr 12
    • Microsoft / Sales
      Bekr45

      Microsoft Sales

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      Bekr45more
      Me too
      May 6
    • Goldman Sachs ivyfinance
      How many doctors who are curing cancer have ever had cancer?
      Aug 18
  • BNY Mellon Bvwh32
    May be worth it for Wharton, Harvard and Stanford. All others are not worth it!
    May 2 0
  • American Express vista133
    It depends.... for money, not the best investment. For personal growth, enlarging your perspective, changing career track , become a learner again if you lost that in your daily specialized narrow field, I would say yes. But again it is about opportunity/cost.
    Apr 11 0
  • Credit Karma ceasar
    Asked by someone who's done a finance (Master's) major and works in M&A. Feel free to ask us confidential M&A questions too.
    Apr 10 0
  • Chase onlypjay
    If you want to be on management track then MBA is a welcome addition for you and employer, but I wouldn't spend that much money of my own.
    Apr 10 0
  • Salesforce zqwy71
    A big fat no
    Apr 10 0