MBA specialisations- Pick the one with Good future!

Amazon JjEa51
Nov 1 28 Comments

My cousin has a bachelors in Computer Science and is currently persuing MBA in a tier 1 university in India. He is supposed to select his specilisation in a week but he is confused.

Adding extra info: Business Analytics MBA is a brand new one in his college. Syllabus had Predictive Analytics, Business Analytics papers, Programming with Python, Linear regression, Big Data Analytics, BI tools, Cognitive Analytics etc.

Unfortunately Product Management is not available as a specialisation in his college.

Please don’t advice to follow his passion or heart. Also dont ask why is he doing MBA! I wouldn’t be posting this here for such answers.

Assume that the student doesn’t have clear picture of what he wants to do after MBA.

This poll is for getting guidance and open opinion on different streams of MBA from you guys!!

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  • SAP mjgatp
    An MBA professor gave this advice:

    When studying the MBA, take the hard-functional courses that will actually help you develop the necessary skills, don't take the 'soft' courses or specialization that you can acquire later.

    The 'hard' specializations in your list are Business Analytics and Financial Management. Depending on your cousin's inclination/ career aspirations, he could choose one. The rest, in that sense, are 'soft' courses that can be acquired later (with experience).
    Nov 1 3
    • Amazon JjEa51
      OP
      I suggested him to take Finance as core, and learn data analytics on side through course era etc and go in to Fin Tech companies. What do you think?
      Nov 1
    • Bank of The West antlerwaff
      I couldn't disagree more with this. You can't teach yourself the soft skills without a group setting and a Prof who forces you to think on your feet under pressure.
      Nov 1
    • SAP mjgatp
      +1. Also, instead of requesting further general advice here from folks in a job market very different from your cousin's, I think you/ your cousin should consult alumni, local Fin Tech professionals, university professors, university career counsellors, etc.. for context-based advice.
      Nov 1
  • Cisco tKxI42
    PM has a heavy marketing component to it. Finance management and lean operations isn’t meaningful.
    Nov 1 2
    • Amazon JjEa51
      OP
      Thanks. But why do you think it is not meaning full?
      Nov 1
    • Cisco tKxI42
      You’ll gain enough finance tools in your normal MBA coursework to be effective as a PM.

      Finance management is likely for people who want dedicated finance careers. That’s not you (if you want to be PM).

      Same reply for operations. You’ll get plenty of understanding in the foundational coursework.
      Nov 1
  • Cisco tKxI42
    I’m getting the impression the student doesn’t know what he wants to do post-MBA. That’s a mistake before entering a program. For instance consulting internship interviews begin the second month of a program.

    For reference purposes, I graduated from a top-10 school.
    Nov 1 3
    • Amazon ahole
      Curious, what do you do at Cisco? Did MBA increase your TC?
      Nov 1
    • Bloomberg GO<GO
      ^ curious as to the same
      Nov 1
    • Cisco tKxI42
      PM, went to school for a repivot of my career.

      TC increased substantially but my starting point was non-profit.
      Nov 2
  • Intuit MHIX47
    Marketing - this should have good coursework including consumer behavior, tons of framework related to product. DM me. Happy to help.
    Nov 1 0
  • Amazon ahole
    Finance Management...
    Finance is the King

    Analytics sounds like (un)glorified data scientist work! I’m sure he’a not doing MBA for data scientist/Python coding skills.
    Nov 1 0
  • Microsoft / Product Itis
    Depends on his skills. He should Max them or compliment them. Depends on what jobs he wants as well. Those would help his answer.

    Not: lean ops or hr though
    Nov 1 0
  • Bank of The West antlerwaff
    My undergrad was in marketing, I did my MBA in business analytics. Because of that, I can do things most people in either discipline can't do. Ambiguity, bring it on. Technical issues, engineers love working with me.
    Nov 1 5
    • Amazon JjEa51
      OP
      CS undergrad and BA MBA sounds right combo to me. But wondering if BA skills is something that can be self thought on the side and get core Finance major so that you have wide options?
      Nov 1
    • Bank of The West antlerwaff
      I don't think so. The right-brain type classes require good instructors who ask hard questions and teach you how to think/communicate under pressure and in front of an audience. There's also a lot of debate among students you can't teach yourself. The reason is because many times there is no "right" answer. There is the range of "least worst" to "moon shots" and it boils down to how you think about ambiguity and most importantly, how you explain it.
      Nov 1
    • Bank of The West antlerwaff
      When you can whittle down ambiguity to more technical composite solutions, you wow people on both sides.

      Finance will be automated soon anyhow... In my humble opinion. ☺️
      Nov 1
    • Amazon JjEa51
      OP
      @antlerwaff where did you graduate? If you can’t share that, Can you pls share the courses you had part of MBA in BA.
      Nov 2
    • Amazon ahole
      But might be hard to climb! Being good at multiple things is good for early stages and being easy to work with though!

      But you won’t score very Sr. positions for your beginner level analytics or marketing “expertise.”
      Nov 2
  • Microsoft Christmama
    Does he need visa? If yes, BA specialization counted as sTEM degree
    Nov 1 4
    • Amazon JjEa51
      OP
      He is doing his MBA from a tier 1 university in India.
      Nov 1
    • SAP mjgatp
      You should have mentioned that OP. A lot of advice could be geography-specific.
      Nov 1
    • Amazon JjEa51
      OP
      MBA is a global degree and the specialization should be considered geographically agnostic. Yeah, the quality, syllabus and standard might vary but while debating among the specializations, I think location doesn’t matter.
      Nov 1
    • SAP mjgatp
      Well, it could matter. See Christmama's question above
      Nov 1
  • Bank of The West antlerwaff
    Best advice I was given is do the opposite of your undergrad in terms of left brain/right brain. You'll have an edge anywhere. Computer science and marketing are a good combo.
    Nov 1 0
  • Amazon JjEa51
    OP
    Assume that the student doesn’t have clear picture of what he wants to do after MBA. This poll is for a guidance from real professionals giving open opinion on different streams of MBA!
    Nov 1 0
  • Amazon JjEa51
    OP
    I suggested him to take Finance as core, and learn data analytics on side through course era etc and go in to Fin Tech companies. What do you think?
    Nov 1 0

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