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Both are different things. Advantage for earning a certification depends on market demands. In some markets the certification is most requested than a master degree in project management.
Like Sergio say, check in your region what is requested?
PMP is international, each master is a bit different.
It is all about your market, I would get PMP if I can, it is Double edge sword
Thanks for the advise.The question i rised because many people who have PMP but no practical knowledge.
I faced lots difficulties from these people.They are brilliant to write the exam .But practical knowledge is very less.
Neither a Masters degree nor a PMP is worth much from an industry perspective if not coupled with sufficient actual hands-on PM experience.
While the Masters degree will certainly help in academic or research roles, the PMP would likely be referenced more in job postings for non-academic PM positions.
I agree with Kiron on this.
Totally agree withe Kiron. There are some different between two fields!!!
I appreciate your query and the opportunity to comment on a subject that has bothered me generally, but specifically while recruiting staff in the Middle East.
1) I have seen Engineer Candidates from various countries who simply could not pass a skills test for their field, and could not bring much to the Project upon Mobilization-without significant mentoring and training.
2) I have also utilized staff with MBA degrees from various 3rd world countries that did not possess any advanced business skills. Simply put- the degree was not worth the paper it was written on. I think you know the Counties I am talking about!
3) Privately, I suspect that many degree mills produce these docs for $$$.
Lastly, I would strongly suggest that the skills and processes information provided by PMI is very standardized, and the process of testing seems incorruptible. I know if I hire a PMP certified candidate, that I have a baseline to work with, and can easily integrate that Candidate's knowledge with Field Practices. It is a great First Requirement for hiring, in my opinion. This is why places like Saudi Aramco, and many US Companies, are now requiring the PMP for all new Hires.
From the Trenches!
I have an MS in Operations and Project Management plus a PMP. One thing I did like about MS program was that I was able to learn about some real world examples and applications of methods and techniques. I was also able to take classes on LEAN and Six Sigma as well. But I do agree it all depends on the industry and market. I received my PMP in 2015 and my MS Degree in 2017. I believe the combination of the two helped me but, I strongly believe it only helped my because our CEO has a strong belief in project management, process improvements and the structure that goes along with them.
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