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Executive MBA vs PHD


Your career goal will play a major factor in making this decision. Answer the following questions: Why you want to pursue a PHD?

After you have thought about your motivation, read about the following scenarios.

a) Teaching Jobs

Although MBAs will vehemently dismiss the need for PHDs in a teaching Job, most professors in top Business Schools have a PHD. So if your goal is to be part of a prestigious institute like Harvard, Wharton or any other Ivey league schools, doing a PHD after Executive or Full-time MBA would be a good move. Mind you, if your goal is to be part of 2nd tier Business Schools, PHDs are not a requirement. If you are an MBA and have considerable number of years of experience and achievement to show, you will be valuable for top Business Schools. So understanding the teaching qualification of your target schools is necessary.

b) Research Jobs

Although teaching is a logical step for PHDs, the primary motivating factor is the ability to research about cutting edge developments in your chosen field. MBAs might just not understand this. But there are individuals who want to excel in their chosen field by understanding in depth about every aspect of the subject and not just the peripheral to get things done. But understanding just enough will help Managers and...