Value of MBA in Private Credit

Currently a first-year analyst in PC at BX/Ares/Apollo thinking about getting an MBA after gaining 4-5 years of experience. Based on my conversations, private equity seems to greatly value the MBA for its general management curriculum and network. Does the same hold for private credit? Do most MDs and Partners at your PC shop have MBAs? 

The half-million price tag of going back to school is something that I'm concerned about. However, given how fast the alternative/private credit industry is growing I definitely want to climb the ladder in the shortest amount of time possible.

Would sincerely appreciate any insight.

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  • Associate 1 in PE - Other
Jul 28, 2021 - 12:50pm

Minimal value of getting an MBA while at a credit fund. Perhaps an opportunity to network and build relationships with contacts at future Sponsors, bankers, lawyers, etc. But even then those relationships can be gained without the need for an MBA. Would recommend against it and continue on with your credit fund - 2 additional years in a credit investing role >>>>> MBA if you plan on staying in credit. 

Jul 29, 2021 - 5:38pm

Only reason to do an MBA is if you think you might want to start your own fund one day and you didn't go to a name brand undergrad. If I were you I would wait a few years and try and get an executive MBA and/or be sponsored by your firm.

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  • Associate 1 in PE - Other
Aug 1, 2021 - 8:01pm

One of the reasons why I chose Private Credit, was so I don't have to waste my time, money, and effort getting an MBA. You're a debt investor - you gain your acumen and reputation on the job. 

Sep 26, 2021 - 1:03pm

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