MS/MA to support an MBA?

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by jpoliveira, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. jpoliveira

    jpoliveira New Member


    I recently earned my BBA and I am determined to continue my education. However, I do not want to immediately enter an MBA program since I do not have much relevant work experience. I also hope that by earning a Master's before my military service expires I will be qualified for a variety of entry-level graduate internships and jobs. I am considering pursuing a Master's in numerous fields: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Commerce/International Development, and even IT Management. I don't know what degree to pursue considering I am interested in all aspects of business and international trade.

    So, I guess my question is, what do you think is the best Master's to support an MBA? Keep in mind... I already have a BBA.

    Thanks :arms:
  2. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    I'd go with Accounting. Opens plenty of opportunities for jobs pre-MBA.
  3. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Go for what you like. It would be painful to go for a graduate degree in an area you hate.
  4. Boethius

    Boethius Member

    You can get an MBA in accounting, finance, commerce/international development, and IT management. But here's the thing: I think your MBA can benefit tremendously if you sharpen your core executive skills, which you would find in the liberal arts. An MA in a liberal art will help your creativity by broadening your mind, sharpening your writing and public speaking skills, etc. You will bring more value to the company than if your were just a quant, techno, or finance jock. Business needs these core exec skills. Notice that company leaders and top management honed their liberal arts skills. They are also very politically savvy. So, go liberal arts with your MA and then focus on your niche with your MBA.
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  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Picking up an advanced degree in accounting or IT is rarely a bad idea, particularly on someone else's dime, and either one complements an MBA pretty well.

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