MSc Management VS MBA for someone with a non business background


habdul

Hi, I am a dentist currently working, I have 2.5 years of experience in dentistry, I am looking forward to apply for a post grad education in Management. I want to quit dentistry and enter the management side, not necessarily related to healthcare. I want to try out some thing new and the management side feels interesting. I started searching for proper courses and came across MSc in Management, truns out it is for people who did not study business or do not have managerial experience. So I applied to a few unis in UK and got accepted in all of them. I got offers from Bradford, Strathclyde, Essex, Sussex, Royal Holloway, Birkbeck, Dundee and Kent. I was all set to go for it but now my friends are telling me that a MSc is useless as compared to an MBA and should wait and work for 1-2 more years and then go for an MBA. I can not delay this as I know I wont be able to pursue any education after 2 years (family issues). My confusion is that I do not have prior business education plus by the end of this year I will complete my three years of work experience as a dentist, and according to all sites MBA is focused on older more experienced candidates already in business related fields . What do you suggest , I want to change my career path, and I am not sure which specialization to take, in my situation is getting an MBA better than an MSc in Management ?

Hi, I am a dentist currently working, I have 2.5 years of experience in dentistry, I am looking forward to apply for a post grad education in Management. I want to quit dentistry and enter the management side, not necessarily related to healthcare. I want to try out some thing new and the management side feels interesting. I started searching for proper courses and came across MSc in Management, truns out it is for people who did not study business or do not have managerial experience. So I applied to a few unis in UK and got accepted in all of them. I got offers from Bradford, Strathclyde, Essex, Sussex, Royal Holloway, Birkbeck, Dundee and Kent. I was all set to go for it but now my friends are telling me that a MSc is useless as compared to an MBA and should wait and work for 1-2 more years and then go for an MBA. I can not delay this as I know I wont be able to pursue any education after 2 years (family issues). My confusion is that I do not have prior business education plus by the end of this year I will complete my three years of work experience as a dentist, and according to all sites MBA is focused on older more experienced candidates already in business related fields . What do you suggest , I want to change my career path, and I am not sure which specialization to take, in my situation is getting an MBA better than an MSc in Management ?
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yipkc

I would advise you not to quit your profession as a dentist. After all, it is a really specialised area and will do you good in the long run. From my perspective, it's better for you to work for a couple more years, at least 2 I would say, to get into a better MBA programme. I supposed you can build your network through a ranked school around where you might, if you have ever thought of, open a dental clinic. Don't go to any of the schools you have listed above.

You cannot afford to make a wrong step, especially when you have previously invested such a huge effort, time and money in such a professional field.

Just my 2 cents. Good luck!

I would advise you not to quit your profession as a dentist. After all, it is a really specialised area and will do you good in the long run. From my perspective, it's better for you to work for a couple more years, at least 2 I would say, to get into a better MBA programme. I supposed you can build your network through a ranked school around where you might, if you have ever thought of, open a dental clinic. Don't go to any of the schools you have listed above.

You cannot afford to make a wrong step, especially when you have previously invested such a huge effort, time and money in such a professional field.

Just my 2 cents. Good luck!
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habdul

Thank you for your reply, can you suggest which MBA schools are better than the ones I have listed above ? I can not afford the big guns like Cass, Imperial

Thank you for your reply, can you suggest which MBA schools are better than the ones I have listed above ? I can not afford the big guns like Cass, Imperial
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Duncan

Take a look at:-
Best schools for international students' placement http://www.find-mba.com/board/41143
Is there an efficient frontier in MBA selection? http://bit.ly/MBAfro

Take a look at:-
Best schools for international students' placement http://www.find-mba.com/board/41143
Is there an efficient frontier in MBA selection? http://bit.ly/MBAfro
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maury

I would refine your career goals and try to select a school/program based on those goals. Depending on where you are located now, it might be better to do an accredited MBA in your home country, rather than going to the UK for a lower-tier MSc program.

I would refine your career goals and try to select a school/program based on those goals. Depending on where you are located now, it might be better to do an accredited MBA in your home country, rather than going to the UK for a lower-tier MSc program.
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