Choosing an MBA program for Engineers – how to CLARIFY your priorities
Course: Specialist MBA for Engineers
This is a detailed look at one of the first elements of our unique CLARIFY headings, enabling you to focus exclusively on MBA programs that meet all your personal needs!
We outline here aspects of the specialist MBA for engineers. Look elsewhere on this site to consider in broad terms the relative merits of generalised or specialised provision, full-time or part-time study.
What relevance does an MBA have to the highly technical skills of a professional engineer, and is there a need for an MBA specifically for Engineers?
Broadening your skills
As an engineer, you must widen your knowledge and skills in management areas if you wish to become an effective senior manager in manufacturing industry. Following your technical degree, an MBA can complete your education in areas such as finance, marketing, human resource management, lean operations and management strategy. With this background, you should have the opportunity to progress quickly in your career, usually through fast-track promotion into very senior management posts.
In the rapidly changing world of industrial production, the engineer is likely to be the manager who has to implement new practices and new technology. In this role, you are likely to be the primary instigator of change in your organisation and for this you need specific skills and knowledge.
A postgraduate qualification will be of ever greater importance for engineers in the future. In the UK, for example, the Engineering Council and the various professional bodies require that to attain Chartered Engineer status (CEng), the graduate engineer must have studied to MEng level through an accredited degree route or alternatively studied a 'Matching Section' (equivalent to an MEng) through postgraduate study. One of the requirements of this 'matching section' is in the area of management.
One way of attaining the required management skills is through study on a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Most MBA courses are aimed at all graduate disciplines, although a few universities offer a technical program.
Relevant work experience is usually essential before starting an MBA program. Sharing this experience in seminar classes is one of the benefits of studying on an MBA. Additionally, assignments often require you to relate theory to the world of work by using your own company as a case study. You therefore have the opportunity to understand the workings of the company in greater depth, in areas not usually covered in your engineering role. The company can also benefit from this work through your assignment output.
You may, for example, consider how to improve the supply chain for particular products in your company, or develop a marketing strategy for the launch of a new product.
Having an MBA will enable you to enhance your technical engineering abilities with management knowledge, skills and techniques, and to have the confidence to apply them to develop strategies for growth.
Don’t stop now…
We have considered here some of the key issues in determining whether a specialist MBA is the right program for you. Continue to CLARIFY your MBA objectives by working through all the CLARIFY links to identify the best routes to achieving your MBA:
You can proceed in any order you like and take as long as you need to explore each area thoroughly.
- Why do an MBA, Diverse Opportunities, Demand for Training
- Why do an MBA? - Diverse Opportunities. Recent years have witnessed a rapid growth in the UK and international MBA market. The increasing demand for training in what is now routinely accepted as the graduate management degree is in part due to the MBA's growing reputation with senior executives in the business world.
- Distance Learning MBA, Full Time Programmes at all Levels
- Distance Learning MBA. There are various approaches to learning. Full time programmes at all levels require a career break of some sort. This may be acceptable especially for short courses or where you get leave of absence but you also have to consider access, location, timing, the quality of the group and of the deliverer. Local courses may be of restricted quality and you may not be able to afford overseas courses.
- Online MBA programs, The Continuing Development of Internet Technology
- Online MBA Programs. The online MBA is a relatively new development and as such there are very few business schools that are offering an MBA program entirely online. Many online programs still require students to attend mandatory residential courses as part of their syllabus. The length and frequency of these "contact" sessions vary depending on the school and program.
- MBA Rankings, Are a Great Way for Perspective Students to Select
- MBA Rankings. MBA rankings are a great way for perspective students to select between the best business programs offered at reputable universities. With future students in mind four main sources, The Financial Times, Business Week and The Economist publish a list of universities that offer the best program to earn a Master's in Business Administration. Taking the MBA rankings into account, perspective students will have a general idea of the status and value of their future degree in the business world. When selecting a school students should be aware of these rankings, even though they are debatable since they are seen by so many hiring companies.
- MBA Rankings, Business Week and U.S. News & World Report
- MBA Rankings. The ranking of business schools has been a controversial subject for a number of years. It is only recently, however, that they have become popular with the press, publicized and generally accepted. As a matter of fact, one of the principal reasons for the rankings has been the ability of the articles to boost the circulation of the magazines.
- Full-time MBA
- A global MBA with an Asia Pacific focus. Students can choose an Asia specific track such as China, Japan or Vietnam. Hawaiiâs only AACSB accredited MBA program. The cohort format fosters teamwork and peer learning
- Full-time MBA
- The Full-time MBA is an intensive one year programme, which offers a rigorous and challenging process of personal and management development.
- Part-time MBA
- The Part-time MBA is a 3 year part-time programme, designed for those working in a wide variety of managerial, technical and professional roles.