Georgetown MSF vs EMBA

I was recently accepted to Georgetown's Online MSF program, and am strongly considering accepting the offer. I am a former Naval Submarine Officer/Nuclear Engineer who is working as a Consultant at large, Washington, D.C. consulting firm that specializes in cost analysis, primarily on government/defense projects. My goal is to break into private equity at some point, and one day become the CEO of a company.

I am weighing up my options, and would appreciate any insight. I am 32, and have 10 years work experience in both the Navy and private sector. I did not go for an MBA because of the opportunity cost associated with it (I was offered several lucrative jobs when I was transitioning from the military, so I did not see the need to spend time and money on an MBA when I could be getting work experience and making money). At this point, I am too old to get into a top 10 program, so I do not want to waste my time applying. The MSF program intrigued me because it will be virtually free for me because I have GI Bill benefits, and the online format will work well with my schedule. However, I am not sure if the juice will be worth the squeeze. I am primarily relying on my work experience and job performance to get me the jobs I want. I thought this degree would give me the background in finance I need to transition from consulting to PE. I am also looking into getting a part time/EMBA at Wharton, UVA, Columbia, or Georgetown. The few people I have spoken with have advised against the MSF and advocated an MBA. However, I would rather go the MSF route because it will give me a harder skillset and the format is better for me.

Should I go for the MSF or apply for part-time MBA/EMBA programs?

Comments (4)

Jan 12, 2015 - 3:31am

@ArnoldRobocop Salute to you for your commit to the military. I think a lot of us would've done the same thing as you going through transition phase.

My suggestion is go to Georgetown first, since your already accepted and do the 2 year crash course in finance. Then chase a part time EMBA from Wharton or Columbia immediately right after.

Whats your educational background? Besides the Navy.

Jan 12, 2015 - 3:44am

It sounds good except for the "online" part, but the biggest drawbacks of that program can be mitigated if you aren't just sitting at home taking classes and you have networking resources to compensate for the lack of peer interaction and access to on-campus recruiting.

The first part doesn't sound like it's the case and you'll have to subjectively assess the latter.

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