While the MBA is the most commonly discussed master’s level degree offered at elite business schools, there are an increasing number of other degree options becoming available for those looking for an Ivy League business education.
In fact, 3 of the M7 schools now offer non-MBA master’s level degree programs. These degrees are in addition to the specialized, dual degree and Executive MBA programs available. If you look beyond the M7 schools, there are countless programs available, with more arising each day. For example, just last week NYU Stern announced a new Online Master of Science in Quantitative Management Program.
Below we have listed a selection of options currently available.
Non-MBA Degrees Offered at M7 Business Schools
Columbia Business School
MS in Financial Economics
MS in Marketing Science
MS in Accounting and Fundamental Analysis
MS in Management Science and Engineering
MS in Business Analytics
Beyond The M7
Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business
Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University
Master of Quantitative Management: Business Analytics
Master of Quantitative Management: Health Analytics
Carnegie Mellon Tepper
Master of Science in Business Analytics
Master of Science in Product Management
Master of Integrated Innovation for Products and Services
Master of Science in Computational Finance
So, what does the rise of such programs mean for MBA hopefuls?
These degrees are great options suitable for MBA hopefuls who are not quite ready for the academic rigor of an MBA program. There are many reasons for this including:
Weaker quantitative skills
Limited analytical coursework
Lower GPA or testing scores
For such candidates, a master’s degree from a leading business school can be a great way to beef up your profile and analytical skills, preparing you to tackle an MBA program in the future or secure the career advancement you are looking for. While such a degree will not provide the same professional boost that an MBA program will, it will offer strong career opportunities, particularly for those looking for a highly specialized position.
These non-MBA master’s programs are also great early career options for those candidates who lack the professional experience necessary for an MBA. If you are looking to get ahead at work but have fewer than 3 years of professional experience, a shorter more entry level program could be a solid option. Upon completion of such a program, candidates can make career leaps positioning them for either long-term success or acceptance into a top MBA program.
Finally, such programs can be attractive for some international candidates. Many of our applicants from outside of the US seek out some of these programs because they may offer a 3 year OPT visa, easing any immigration concerns.
Each year, we help candidates advance their careers by pursuing a variety of degrees. Many will apply to some of these master’s programs and MBA programs before seeing which and how many they get into.
Founded by a Wharton and MIT graduate, Personal MBA Coach regularly helps applicants navigate their applications each year. Our comprehensive support includes mock interviews with a team of former M7 interviewers and customized GMAT/GRE tutoring with tutors who scored in the 99th percentile.
Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 11 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!
Sign up now and lock in rates before they increase this spring!
You may also like these other blog articles:
A Look At The 2019 FT MBA Rankings
5 Tips For Acing The MBA Interview
Want more MBA Application Tips?
Join our webinar: 8 Ways To Set Yourself Up For Application Success on 2/25 @8pm ET.