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I think that in most cases, the right kind of career experience is more important than academic study.
Akbar - if you want to shift your career from engineering into project management a project management or construction management degree would be quite helpful. Skills and competence you gain on the job but a degree will give you a good foundation, especially from a good university.
Mr. Samuel and Mr. Mounir,
Thank you for sharing your thought.
How about the market value? I browsed several website, until now I haven't seen any vacancy which indicate academic education in project management as requirement.
Maybe because you are looking at the wrong websites --- also many organizations in most industries do not REQUIRE a master degree but if you are an engineer and want to shift to project management how would you do it? Either get your company to move you to project management; if they consider you qualified or pursue a degree
Is a degree required? Most likely NO
Would it help you shift career? YES
Adding to suggestions above, the degree will help you make a shift in career, will definitely add to your knowledge but getting to managerial level, I'm not sure. Here in the field of project management what I have seen that most often relevant experience is required BUT.....BUT the trend is changing and companies are developing themselves requiring even their current experienced employees to earn a certification. I'd say your degree; in addition to career shift; will work as a head-start to get a certification.
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