MBA in Information Security


Anybody have any suggestions for a full time MBA program that has a focus on information security?

I'd like to do the focus to transition from my military/tech background into a consulting position at a firm like Booz Allen.

The only program I've been able to find is the James Madison infosec MBA - but it's more of a part time/online program, and I'd really like the immersion of a full time program.
Anybody have any suggestions for a full time MBA program that has a focus on information security?

I'd like to do the focus to transition from my military/tech background into a consulting position at a firm like Booz Allen.

The only program I've been able to find is the James Madison infosec MBA - but it's more of a part time/online program, and I'd really like the immersion of a full time program.
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Duncan
I don't think that Booz would hire full-time MBAs from a specialist programme in information security. Look at the schools that Booz hires from.
I don't think that Booz would hire full-time MBAs from a specialist programme in information security. Look at the schools that Booz hires from.
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ezra
That JMU infosec program is actually offered in partnership with Booz; although I would hesitate to say that it's the best route into the firm, as the partnership effectively allows Booz employees to do their MBA at JMU. It's ideal for the firm because it's nearby and it's part-time.

My feeling is that a general full-time MBA or one with a concentration in IT or MIS might be a better option, especially if you could do an internship at an infosec firm. For instance, Virginia Tech's location is a good place to be for access to infosec firms - maybe look into the Pamplin program?

Likewise, I know that MBA candidates at Wharton and Notre Dame Mendoza regularly land internship at Booz, among other firms. But I am not sure about how many turnover this experience into full-time jobs.
That JMU infosec program is actually offered in partnership with Booz; although I would hesitate to say that it's the best route into the firm, as the partnership effectively allows Booz employees to do their MBA at JMU. It's ideal for the firm because it's nearby and it's part-time.

My feeling is that a general full-time MBA or one with a concentration in IT or MIS might be a better option, especially if you could do an internship at an infosec firm. For instance, Virginia Tech's location is a good place to be for access to infosec firms - maybe look into the Pamplin program?

Likewise, I know that MBA candidates at Wharton and Notre Dame Mendoza regularly land internship at Booz, among other firms. But I am not sure about how many turnover this experience into full-time jobs.
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ralph
I think if that by combining your background in military technology with a strong general MBA program, you'd be a pretty attractive candidate to Booz or other information security firms.

I looked at the James Madison program, and other than a couple courses, there isn't a lot of intensive curriculum in information security - it's mostly a lot of general MBA fare with a smattering of operations and information technology classes. I think it would probably be more for people who are already working in the sector.

What's your GMAT score? Or what do you expect to score?
I think if that by combining your background in military technology with a strong general MBA program, you'd be a pretty attractive candidate to Booz or other information security firms.

I looked at the James Madison program, and other than a couple courses, there isn't a lot of intensive curriculum in information security - it's mostly a lot of general MBA fare with a smattering of operations and information technology classes. I think it would probably be more for people who are already working in the sector.

What's your GMAT score? Or what do you expect to score?
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Thank you all for the advice. My practice GMAT scores have been in the 650-670 range, but I'm not scheduled to take the exam until the beginning of November so I have some time to study and prepare.

If I could score 700 or higher, which I'm fairly confident I could, would the Darden MBA program be a good one for my chosen career path?
Thank you all for the advice. My practice GMAT scores have been in the 650-670 range, but I'm not scheduled to take the exam until the beginning of November so I have some time to study and prepare.

If I could score 700 or higher, which I'm fairly confident I could, would the Darden MBA program be a good one for my chosen career path?
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ralph
It might be good to check with Darden's career services department to see if they have relationships with any infosec companies, and what kind of employment outcomes they would expect for grads in these kinds of positions. The location is certainly right.

I did a search on LinkedIn for MBAs who are working at Booz - and these are the top business schools they come from:

Maryland Smith
Georgetown
George Washington
It might be good to check with Darden's career services department to see if they have relationships with any infosec companies, and what kind of employment outcomes they would expect for grads in these kinds of positions. The location is certainly right.

I did a search on LinkedIn for MBAs who are working at Booz - and these are the top business schools they come from:

Maryland Smith
Georgetown
George Washington
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mba hipste...
I just saw that George Mason offers an MS in "Cybersecurity and Management Leadership." If you're looking at ranked MBA programs, this may not be for you, but perhaps there are others who are interested in this space, for whom it might be worth considering.
I just saw that George Mason offers an MS in "Cybersecurity and Management Leadership." If you're looking at ranked MBA programs, this may not be for you, but perhaps there are others who are interested in this space, for whom it might be worth considering.
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