Graduate Course – Technical Management?
Question by Space B: Graduate Course – Technical Management?
I am working as a Senior Developer and want to go back to school and take a management course. However, I would like to keep it technical; that is, managing a pool of developers or managing a development project. I have BS in Comp Engineering, MS in Computer Science and have 8 years of professional experience in IT- ERP.
I looked at the local universities and colleges. Most of them have MBA. I do not like MBA because I am afraid it won’t touch on any technical matter.
Is there any grad course out there that deals with “technical management” or something similar?
Answer by Prof
Some MBA programs are more technical that others. If you want to get into management and already have technical degrees, then the MBA is what you should consider. The MBA degree was originally created because technical people were promoted to managerial positions, and often they did not know how to manage, although they were good engineers, or scientists, or factory workers. Companies needed managers who could understand what the workers were saying, and managers without the technical experience often did not understand the people they supervised. Business schools responded by creating the MBA degree. It is a general degree designed to train student to enter any area of management up to CEO. MBA programs accept students with any undergraduate degree. The MBA is in contrast to the MS degree which trains students to reach higher levels of knowledge in their specialty so that they can serve as better staff and researchers, with no intention of becoming high level managers.
Before you decide on an MBA program explore the Internet for information on available programs. There is a lot of information available. Some sites are limited to specific countries, such as Germany, UK, or Australia. There is a comprehensive free public service with more than 2,000 MBA programs listed worldwide. The nice thing is that it allows you to find the program that best fits you. It allows you to search for programs by location (US, Europe, Far East, etc.), by concentration (finance, marketing, aviation management, health management, accounting, etc.), by type of program (full-time, distance learning, part-time, executive, and accelerated), and by listing your own criteria and preferences to get a list of universities that satisfy your needs. Schools report their accreditation status, tuition cost, number of students, class sizes, program length, and a lot of other data. Schools provide data on entrance requirements, program costs, program characteristics, joint degrees, and much more. You can use it to contact schools of your choice, examine their data, visit their web site, and send them pre applications. You can see lists of top 40 schools ranked by starting salaries of graduates, GMAT scores, and other criteria. some of the other sites are less comprehensive, but all are useful.
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