Your point seems moot in that you never went to school or started something on your own. Your recommendation would be more appropriate had you done one or the other with feedback on your decisions. It’s like recommending a Honda over a Ford, but never owning either. You’re also an ME, which is a different career path than ID, GD, or IxD, and your degree grants certain advantages that a BS in ID doesn’t.
If Boosted/Charles had left a comment that “my eMBA was useless and not worth it”, it would carry more weight.
I was simplifying. Carton’s comment seemed dismissive of MBA degrees and I was padding my answer.
Actually, I did months of research, I discussed the decision with current designers in MBA programs and those that graduated, and then I discussed the concept with multiple top tier graduates as well as lower tier graduates. I also discussed the idea with the VP’s of multiple companies and the two CEO’s of billion dollar companies. Within those groups of people were graduates, 1st years, and 2nd years from Harvard, Booth, MIT, Wharton and Stanford while also the University of Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Babson.
And, while I believe that Georgia State was the right choice for you, I had an opportunity to take 2 years off from work to complete a program. And of those that I spoke with, given that the only local school was the University of Kentucky, it was universally stated that I should try to attend a better program, attempting to get into the best that I could (that fell within my realm of interest – Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Design) and then choose from there. Additionally, I asked the top tier graduates what they valued most about their MBA, and each stated the network and the school name, because each of these opened doors for them that otherwise would have been closed.
As for my experience: I applied to 11 schools, interviewed at 9, and was accepted by 7, but before that, I attended their classroom visits and participated in the school tours/information sessions. I hung out with the students (through friends), and on rare occasions, the professors. And while the educations may be similar in many programs, the “big” in the “big name” programs comes from something tangible:
- an enormous alumni network to interact with and reach out to
- the ability to pull incredibly gifted professors (some of the best I’ve ever heard/seen speak, including an Obama advisor)
- the ability to bring in top companies for recruiting
- the opportunity to create a network with some amazing, brilliant, motivated individuals on the same path
- a large endowment that permits the construction of some amazing learning environments
- an international reach that can put students in unique learning environments in places like Uganda, Bangladesh, and Thailand for months at a time in hands-on, learning exercises with real companies in real-life, international situations.
- there’s more, but my list is long enough.
In the end, your education at GSU was probably very similar to the education of someone that went to Yale (material wise), but the network and the prestige that comes with the degree is a huge differentiator. Arguably, if you were motivated enough, you could learn the material on your own; but it’s not about the material, it’s about the degree and the proof that you certifiably know the material. Otherwise, why bother with the eMBA or your Six Sigma Yellow belt?
And given that Gregorio up at the top is currently in Canada, I’m betting that, like me, his local options aren’t as good as some that are abroad, and if he’s going to spend $100k on school, I think that he should go to the best school possible that matches his criteria.
As for Carton’s comment. Eventually, there will be specializations, but for now, no.
btw, why GSU and not Georgia Tech?