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M.S. or Nursing or Business? Pleasssse help me

PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:04 pm
by Joyce
Hello Sneha

In response to Erik?s comment, I would advise against the Professional Masters. I recently earned one of these degrees but have found that hiring managers in the pharmaceutical industry (mostly PhDs and MDs) are not aware that the Professional Masters degree exists. When I explain to them the intent of the Professional Masters, most do not agree that it is a valuable credential. This is because there is such an abundance of PhDs in the market and why hire an MS when you can get a PhD?

I would recommend that you first pursue the BS in Nursing. Your BS n Biology probably gets you a good start into a Nursing degree. There is a demand for nurses, and you should have no problem finding a job, either in a clinical setting or a pharmaceutical company. In addition, there are a lot of decent, relatively inexpensive schools where you should be able to get a marketable nursing degree. On the other hand, if you first go the MBA route, you limit your chances of finding a good job unless you go to a top tier MBA school. The MBA will likely cost you over $80,000. From what I have seen, an MS in biotech is of limited value in the job market, even if it is combined with an MBA.

Another thing to consider ? it seems more acceptable to hiring managers to see someone first earn a degree in nursing, work for a few years, and then go on to get an MBA. If you get the MBA first, and then go on to get a degree in nursing or an MS or PhD in a scientific field, you may be viewed as being indecisive about your career path.

Best of luck to you.

M.S. or Nursing or Business? Pleasssse help me

PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:41 pm
by Dave Jensen
As a recruiter, I can tell you that it is very difficult to present candidates with a Professional Masters degree in biotechnology. Employers, to the one, do not understand this degree and see no sense in it.

These programs were developed by funding from some major Foundation, I don't recall which one. However, they didn't spend a nickel on the long-term marketing effort required to get employers to understand what the degree is, and how it fits into their companies.