So, I have been working for the last two years on my MBA. I normally get two questions when I talk to people about this:
- How do you juggle going to grad school with everything else (family, work, church, workouts, sleep, etc.).
So as far as why. I received my undergrad degree in Computer Science. And I spent the first tens years or so of my career doing software development hands on, typically on business applications and typically using Microsoft technologies. As time went by, I slowly transitioned from developer to technical lead, to architect and then to various levels of management.
As I moved from solely a technical realm into more of a business one, I started to become very interested in business and business management. Specifically, in how the business side of the world (operations, accounting, finance, marketing, etc.) does their job and how we in Information Technolgy can put tools in place to help them. Because, let’s face it, typically in the real world we are not a profit center, but are there to support those areas of the business that are.
As this transition happened, and I became more interested in business and how IT can help business, I realized that if I understood more about the way business works I would be better able to help create technology tools to help the business do their job.
So, in short, I feel my Computer Science bachelor degree plus my years of software development experience, combined with my management experience and a Masters in Business Administration, will set me up for what I see as the next phase of my career.
Then on to how I’m doing it. The answer is very slowly. I am taking two classes per semester in Fall and Spring plus one class in the summer. Typically I spent at least one hour each evening after the kids go to bed, Sunday – Thursday, studying. I go to no more than one class on site per semester, and do the other one online. It’s very important to me to take as little time away from my family as possible during this. So, really the main thing that I’m giving up is reading/TV/sleeping time. And who really needs sleep anyway, right? 😉
So, that’s where I’m at. Below is a chart showing my MBA Plan and where I currently am:
- Spring 2011
- TCOM -5223: Information Assurance Management (Elective) – DONE
- Fall 2011
- ACCT-5183: Financial Accounting – DONE
- MGMT-5553: Management of Technology and Innovation (Elective) – DONE
- Spring 2012
- ACCT-5283: Managerial Accounting – DONE
- MGMT-5553: Project Management (Elective) – DONE
- Summer 2012
- MKTG-5133: Marketing Management – IN PROGRESS
- Fall 2012
- FIN-5013: Business Finance
- EEE 5113: Entrepreneurial & Venture Management (Elective)
- Spring 2013
- ECON-5113: Managerial Economics
- FIN-5053: Theory & Practice, Fin. Mgmt.
- Summer 2013
- MGMT-5113: Management & Organizational Theory
- Fall 2013
- MSIS-5303: Quantitative Method Of Business
- Spring 2014
- MBA-5303: Corporate Strategy
- LSB-5163: Legal Environment Of Business
Still a long ways to go, but I’m making progress!