Still searching for the right Masters, I might have it narrowed to Chadron State U in Nebraska. They offer both an MBA and a Masters of Organizational Management.
MBA Master of Business Administration - Graduate Studies - Chadron State College
MSOM Master of Science in Organizational Management - Graduate Studies - Chadron State College
I think either would be suitable for me. I really want the Masters to enhance my employability and because my employer will pay for a large portion of this. Both programs are 36 hours, or 12 classes. Cost is essentially the same.
The MBA is taught in 8 week format with a rotation that appears to allow me to finish up in 2 years. There are two cons. First, Chadron requires you to pass a course centered around the business core essentials. If you fail the test, you have 1 semester to pass a 12 unit course proving basic knowledge. The test and the course are really unknowns as I have not heard back from Chadron. Here is a link to the test/course Peregrine Academic Services: About Peregrine Academic Services™, LLC . Second con is that I often think that I would like to teach at the CC level some day. I'm not sure how the MBA translates into that environment. Especially if I taught Emergency management (don't really want to pursue EM graduate studies though as I feel it's to restricting). Can one eventually go on to a doctoral level with an MBA? I understand the MBA to essentially be a "terminal" degree.
The MSOM program seems to be one that I could begin anytime, no pre-reqs. It's still management, it might even be a nice balance between Emergency Management and business. In other words in might be easier to argue that it's applicable to a wider audience. There are Doctoral degrees in Organizational Leadership/Management. I really do enjoy these sort of classes better but both degrees have a good deal of crossover. The biggest con is that it's not as recognizable as an MBA, and the format is not as friendly as the 8 week format of the Chadron MBA.
What do you guys think?
I'm not married to either, nor to Chadron. If you have a better idea I'm all ears.