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The Career Challenge – Master’s Degree


Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years? Are you thinking of graduate or professional school but finding the whole process a bit intimidating? You are not alone!

There are many factors that can impact the decision to pursue a graduate degree. From finding the right program to securing resources and making personal sacrifices, the decision process is undeniably hard.

We have created a checklist to help you make the decision that is right for you.

Click here to download The Career Challenge Checklist.

For more information, you can always reach out to a member of our team by sending an email to

The Engineer’s Career Challenge: Master of Engineering and Technology Management or MBA? webinar engaged two practicing Engineering Managers in a discussion about career planning and choosing a master’s degree program.

Click here to watch a recording of the webinar.

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Master’s Degrees Comparison

CurriculumTechnical & operational knowledge/skills (EMBOK)Core business and marketing knowledge for general business
IndustryManaging & Leading in Engineering & Technology (90+%)General Business Management
BackgroundSTEM; mostly engineering
Work experience
No restriction (Art to Zoology)
Work experience
Learning Env. & ExperienceStreamlined courses & resources
Cross pollination of ideas
Academic preparedness & perspectives
Credit hoursMost 30 creditsMost in 40s and higher
FocusOperations & functional level
Applied; Immediate job utility
High; Firm/Business Level
FacultyEngineering degrees
With Industry experience
Business degrees
Academic experience
FinancesEmployer Tuition Reimbursement Benefits
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