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Post-Secondary Education

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.


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!!

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.

Wow... I really need to check the dates on these threads before I respond. :-)

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