Computer Systems MBA

Pursuing a Master of Business Administration, or MBA, might provide a variety of personal business advantages including increased salary potential, career change or advancement, and increased managerial and business skills that may provide the maximum edge that businesses require to succeed in today's competitive marketplace. Completion of an MBA, which can be time consuming and expensive, also demonstrates commitment.

“An MBA [program] teaches you to look at problems and opportunities holistically," wrote Tomas Mackay in a 2007 CIO article. “The business mindset that an MBA gives you becomes habit because you use those frameworks repeatedly in a rigorous academic environment, and you see how they can be applied in a variety of situations from one course to another.”

An MBA may open doors to myriad career options including the C-suite level of executive positions: chief executive officer, chief information officer, chief financial officer, or chief operating officer. A 2012 U.S. News & World Report list of eight ideal jobs for MBA grads includes financial analyst, financial advisor, and accountant; management analyst and human resource specialist; and computer systems analyst, web developer, and database administrator.

What is an MBA in computer systems?

In additional to a general business MBA, specializations can increase a student's knowledge base in a specific area of interest such as accounting, finance, health care, operations, supply chain, and marketing, as well as more specialized fields like technology and computer systems. Broader MBA fields include international management and entrepreneurship with innovation and sustainability as newcomers to the list of MBA specializations.

Depending on the specific program focus, a computer systems MBA could include coursework such as information systems for managers, IT and business process integration, managing and harnessing technology, globalization and technology, systems analysis and design, computer security and risk management, e-business principles and technologies, database management, networks and telecommunications, IT development, IT project management, and the IT role in sustainability.

The technical nature of a specific MBA program such as a computer systems MBA may dictate how much computer technology knowledge is required but many programs offer optional seminar classes or workshops in technology and technology trends.

MBA program admission requirements

Admission to an MBA program generally requires a four-year bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, and completion of a standardized assessment test such as the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with a minimum score set by the program. Some MBA programs waive or do not require standardized exams and base admissions on proven work experience.

Additional requirements are defined by the individual program and can include a minimum number of years of work experience, letters of recommendation from current or past employers, and proficiency in English for international students.

Computer systems MBA programs

MBA programs generally take two years of full-time study to complete with the first year devoted to business coursework and the second to the MBA specialization. A capstone course or written research project that helps students develop analysis and strategic planning skills may also be a requirement for completion. Individual universities and colleges have accelerated programs that involve shorter completion time but may require undergraduate degrees in specific disciplines or significant prior work experience.

MBA business core courses vary by program but can include accounting, economics, ethics, finance, human resources and labor relations, law, management, marketing, operations, organizational behavior, statistical data analysis, strategy, and team dynamics.

Second year coursework is specific to the student's specialization. A computer systems MBA program, for example, may prefer an undergraduate degree in business administration, information technology, or networking for admissions or may require additional foundation coursework that does not count toward the MBA.

Sources and further reading:

Jada Graves • 8 Ideal Jobs for MBA Grads • Mar 21, 2012 • http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/articles/2012/03/21/8-ideal-jobs-for-mba-grads

Management Information Systems Specialization - Master of Business Administration • http://www.ncu.edu/northcentral-programs/specializations/BUS/mba/management-information-systems

Master of Business Administration Program • http://www.csuohio.edu/business/mba/

MBA Information Systems Specialization • http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=1595

The 10 Best Careers with an MBA • http://www.thebestschools.org/blog/2011/12/30/10-careers-mba/

Thomas MacKay • 10 Reasons Why You Should Get an MBA • Jul 05, 2007 • http://www.cio.com/article/122508/10_Reasons_Why_You_Should_Get_an_MBA

Which specialization are you considering? •http://onlinemba.neu.edu/mba-program-online/?kwdmt=bm&kwd=mba%20specializations&gclid=CLGf9caP9rQCFUjZQgodSDMAIg

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