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Industrial psychology vs MBA after engineering





ravikanth
Hello,
Please post your views on the following.
Which is better for you if you want to learn HR Management:

An MBA in HR
or an MS in Organizational Psychology

I have another question. Is it possible to purse Organizational Psychology after Engineering. If it is possible what are the options?

Ravikanth
deanhills
I would do both. I would do the Industrial Psychology first. Then work for a few years to get experience. Then the MBA. Usually MBAs are of more value to people who have already got experience in corporate management, so it will have greater value when you have more working experience. Always good to take it with a group of people who come from different places in the world and who can contribute their experiences in the work place.

It is possible to do anything after engineering, not sure what you mean with options? Career wise? Not sure about organizational psychology, industrial psychology would probably be on the mark, and as back-up it could lead to career counselling or you can become a private consultant for industrial companies.

Probably best that you consult with career counsellors, or find people who have done MBAs and are working for engineering companies.
ravikanth
From what I have looked up it seems if I have to do Industrial psychology I will need a BA in psychology. Please correct me if I am wrong
jwellsy
Go for the MBA. Every field eventualy leads to marketing and business. If you went for the psych stuff, a few short years down the road you will be marketing yourself or a new business and you will wish you had the MBA.
deanhills
jwellsy wrote:
Go for the MBA. Every field eventualy leads to marketing and business. If you went for the psych stuff, a few short years down the road you will be marketing yourself or a new business and you will wish you had the MBA.
There are so many people with MBAs that an MBA will only make a difference if you have a specialist area associated with it. MBAs are generally meant as a finishing after you have made your specific mark in say engineering, psychology, marketing, etc. You're supposed to do the MBA with lots of experience that can be shared with your co-students. Usually it is best that you are employed while you are doing it, so that you can really benefit from the MBA. Almost the equivalent of a finishing school for people already in management positions and heading for higher up.
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