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    Getting a business administration degree is it worth it?

    What kind of base salaries would you expect? Also should I absolutely pursue an MBA? Im looking to pursue marketing and advertising..

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    An mba can help if you already got enough work experience and if you aim to a management position.

    I'm seriously thinking about it, most of them are quite expensive though.

    In the end I think I'm going for a master in marketing or similar...

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    Well there are a lot of people out there with those degrees, I don't think it gives you the leg up it once did, but it's still probably not a bad idea to get one. But I don't have a degree in anything - I decided that I didn't want to work for anyone, and It's worked out so far - But not everyone wants to go down that path.

    Good luck

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    It all depends..how you use it .

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    Search MBA on indeed.com

    Click on salary

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcel View Post
    Search MBA on indeed.com

    Click on salary
    You know what M.B.A stands for?

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    a masters in business administration is the most powerful degree available, how can anyone even say it is not worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headless1226 View Post
    a masters in business administration is the most powerful degree available, how can anyone even say it is not worth it.

    MBA from Iran U is worth lots...I heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headless1226 View Post
    a masters in business administration is the most powerful degree available, how can anyone even say it is not worth it.
    Completely agree. Many may tell you how the value has been decreasing, its not as valuable as it used to be, etc. Take a look at the huge majority of those in a senior management position... MBA, MBA, MBA. Its a degree that will take you wherever you want to go. If you have the money and time, it should be a no-brainer.
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    Do you want to get hired by a corporation or do you want to go in business for yourself?

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    To be a little harsh...I could never understand people's logic in thinking that- 'if you want to work for someone definitely get the degree, if you're working for yourself, don't worry about it'.

    Company's look for candidates with certain degrees because it predicates a certain skillset. Those skills make that company money. Do those skills that are making another company money some how become non-existent when you work for yourself?

    Point being, who you plan to work for should be irrelevant.
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    Even if you work for yourself or even a corporate, an MBA can be quite valuable. If you work for yourself and you pitch yourself to a client, are they going to pick you or something else who does in a relevant field? - I know it may not sound fair but that is the reality of this world.

    I think the contacts you make while completing it is also an advantage. I have a Master of Information Systems and intend to do a MBA over the next few years. However, they are not cheap. MBA from London Business School is around 45K GBP.

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    It depends on your Dreams and Goals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by votrechien1 View Post
    To be a little harsh...I could never understand people's logic in thinking that- 'if you want to work for someone definitely get the degree, if you're working for yourself, don't worry about it'
    I disagree. A MBA is one of the most useful degrees you can get, even if you are a sole partner business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molona View Post
    I disagree. A MBA is one of the most useful degrees you can get, even if you are a sole partner business.
    I think you're agreeing with votrechien1 and disagreeing to who votrechien1 was responding to.

    An MBA is one of the most beneficial graduate degrees you can get. Furthermore, a lot of companies will even pay for you to get one.

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    MBA will make you professional in business administration field as well as marketing field.

    If you have done BBA then it would be easier for you to complete MBA. These days degrees in IT is most recommended

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Neumann View Post
    I think you're agreeing with votrechien1 and disagreeing to who votrechien1 was responding to
    Yes, I think I was

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    Quote Originally Posted by calibreeze View Post
    What kind of base salaries would you expect? Also should I absolutely pursue an MBA? Im looking to pursue marketing and advertising..
    Honestly? NO. MY MBA didn't give me that skills and knowledge that I got from working online, making my own mistakes, attending SEO/SEM seminars and meeting soul mates. I wouldn't waste my time with MBA now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serg08 View Post
    Honestly? NO. MY MBA didn't give me that skills and knowledge that I got from working online, making my own mistakes, attending SEO/SEM seminars and meeting soul mates. I wouldn't waste my time with MBA now.

    I went back to community college to get my hand dirty---winemaking and being a plumber...

    All jobs in USA are BS jobs...paper shuffing and service jobs-layers of BS bureaucratic silly lawsuits and totally meaningless function.

    Now I have my own the largest wine ecommerce sites in the world!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullshitwebsites View Post
    All jobs in USA are BS jobs...paper shuffing and service jobs-layers of BS bureaucratic silly lawsuits and totally meaningless function.
    Yes, every single job in the USA (and that's millions and millions of jobs) is BS and totally meaningless.

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    Are you trying to waste our time ?


    Note: Mr #$#$##websites, whatever you say... Keep it flame free. The guy asked a question, so try to be useful.

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    I have a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. I briefly thought about an MBA (for about 5 seconds), but then quickly decided it wasn't the path for me. If I ever find myself in a large corporation that wants to advance me, I'll gladly go get an MBA if the company helps pay for it (all or part). But if it's ever on my own, then (at least right now) I think it wouldn't be worth it for me.

    I tend to think my future is more down the entrepreneur path anyway, so for me an MBA probably wouldn't provide much value if my plans pan out the way I hope they do. If you do plan for upper management in a large corporation though, I would hold off on the MBA until that opportunity comes up, or at least until you have 3-5 years of working management experience.

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    Your salary pretty much depends on that program you get in

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    I came across this article a few years ago when a friend was going for his MBA and have to say I agree with them - I personally don't think an MBA is worth it. Other research turned up a report that showed that about 1 in 5 in the top upper management positions had their MBA so it's definitely not required to get a top paying, upper management or marketing job if that's what you're after.

    I think I've learned 100x more about real marketing on my own than I did in college, and I think most large companies are rather clueless when it comes to marketing. Someone in accounting gives them a budget they can spend on advertising and they spend it on crap that they don't hold accountable to see that it gets RESULTS and at best they guess that it's helped their business throughout the year.

    I guess if there's a dream job you want that requires an MBA and you can afford the time and money to get one then I'd say go for it, but for most people, I'd say it's not worth it.

    Just my two cents of course and you should take the time to research all the pros and cons an decide what's best for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calibreeze View Post
    What kind of base salaries would you expect? Also should I absolutely pursue an MBA? Im looking to pursue marketing and advertising..
    This might be funny. In Puerto Rico a starting BBA in a marketing major can expect a salary of $8.08/per hour to $10.50/per hour most likely part-time, full time if really on time and you force your luck the best you could without still medical benefits as often you don't start as regular. A reserve is usualy what they call it here.

    So if it's part-time $800-$1,000 per month. Full time around $1,400 clean/net income. That's $1,400 clean for around 160 hours of monthly work.

    This is what's usually funny, I really understood it in my mid 20's.

    160 hours a month easily equals 480 articles w/500 words. Make a new site with a $20 info product with a killer copywritten letter...and well... it might not be $1,400 month in the first month if the letter and product are no good...but 3rd or 4th month...401k and all that good corporate stuff needs an 'hasta luego!'

    I'm still going to finish my MBA dow, it's good to have a little bit of both on my end. Friendly chicks, high cost therapy, they all do good even if most of us are married I guess


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