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I recently transitioned out of the military, and I'm now looking to get my foot in the door in IT. However, I'm finding that having a BA and worked in a decidedly "low tech" environment for the past several years is making that exceedingly difficult.

My question is, in order to obtain a job as an IT PM, would it better to pursue a MBA with a specialization in information security management, or get a MS in a field such as cyber security?

Any advice that you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi Brian,

Well, frankly speaking, higher education will give you a foundation but in order to become a PM in IT, I believe you need the practical experience but if you are willing to take it one step at a time, then definitely education is the first step.

I noticed that you have your PMP which is a great asset for what you are looking for. As a PM, you do not need to be involved technically in all aspects so if you have the PM experience even though it was in a different environment, you should be able to manage other projects.

Just my two cents & Good Luck.

Cheers,
RK
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Hello Brian,

MS is well suited for those interested in analytical & technical domain, while MBA for those having aptitude for entrepreneurial and managerial skills.

You have to carefully take decision. Do self-appraisal, and look for the area of interest and your liking. Do not end up studying something that becomes archaic, and will not help in securing job.

Good Luck!!
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As an IT PM, I can tell you that technical knowledge is far more valuable than formal education when it comes to getting a PM job in the IT field. This is because technical people hate dealing with PMs who don't know enough about technology to hold a meaningful conversation with them. You don't need to be a Developer, but you need to demonstrate that you know what's going on. Getting a technical certification or two would benefit you far more than an MBA if you're seeking to become an IT PM.
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Wow... I really need to check the dates on these threads before I respond. :-)

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