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2nd Bachelors or MBA?
#1
Hello All,

I posted earlier that I finally finished my BBA at Baker College (Yay!). I want to immediately get in and start working on another degree. I own an IT business and have basically self taught myself everything over the years. However, I would like to get an IT related degree to help boost my credentials.

I was thinking of hopping into the WGU MBA - IT program. But after reviewing, I think it may be beneficial to get another undergrab IT degree from WGU first. Why? I think the certs could be very useful for me. I would like some input from anyone who has finished an IT degree from WGU. The programs I am considering from WGU undergrad are: 

1. Bachelor of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
2. Bachelor of Network Administration & IT Security
3. Bachelor of Information Technology

I am not really interested in the Computer Science degree because my understanding is that it is very math intensive (I despise math). One thing is that I am not looking to take a very hard program. I do not want to program. I'd prefer an IT program that would allow me to earn some certifications and a Bachelors degree to add to my credentials.

Considering all of this, I assume all my general education requirements would be met with my other bachelor's. What path do you think is the best? One other thing I am thinking is that I want to pad my credentials to go along with my experience so if I sell the business down the line I can try to get a high paying corporate IT job. 

Or do you think it's a waste to get a bachelors and just go for the MBA in my situation?
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#2
Is your end goal an MBA in IT Mgmt even if you do the second bachelors? If so, I'd say do the MBA first and if you still have it left in your tank you can always come back to a second bachelors (or just pay your own way on certification).

That being said, I got a second bachelors from WGU for similar reasons and enjoyed the process and don't regret it. I don't own my own business though, and my employer paid my way (and I ended up getting a promotion in the process) so I had less to lose.
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#3
Or even use the grad credits to transfer into a BA program simultaneously.
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#4
I'm not certain why you'd get an MBA when it doesn't sound like that's your ultimate goal? You want all of the IT stuff, and a possible "high paying IT job" in the future...

I would get an IT degree (BA or MA) and then consider an MBA down the line. With limited time and money, you're better off getting the degree you want and think you'll make more use of now, so that if life happens, you won't look back and think you wasted your time/money on something you didn't really want/need.

Also, if you already have a Business degree, you're better off branching out to the IT side of things. If you had an IT degree, I'd probably say to do business next. That way you're covering both.
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#5
Thanks for the feedback guys. I am really interested in WGU due to the cheap price and self paced courses. I think maybe dfrecore is right that it may be best to pursue an IT degree first.

@JSD, seeing as how you completed a BS in IT Security at WGU, can you advise as to the difficulty of the courses and how it should be for someone like me who has worked in IT for 8+ years? Do you think I'd be able to finish a similar program in one term considering that all my Gen Ed is (should be) completed?
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#6
One term is pushing it, especially with the harder certification courses (those courses ate up most of my time). I averaged probably a week per course, but some courses i was able to knock out in a say (like spreadsheets and principles of management), where as I spent about a month on certs usually (and longer on CCNA Security, which I failed on my first attempt).

I think 2 terms is probably more likely, if you really push yourself and are able to commit a lot of time to it. I did it in 2 terms and I think 2 months into my third term.

Remember there are very few gen eds at WGU. My first BA knocked out I think 47 CUs, and that was including my A+ certification i already had and an extra course I did at Study.com after my first bachelors
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#7
I would recommend taking time to think about what you wish to do. You will be spending time and money on this pursuit and therefore you want to make certain it is what you truly want. That said, an MBA is most helpful for someone who already has their foot in the door in an industry. If you want to be in IT, then get an entry level IT position, learn and prove your worth and then start on your MBA.
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(05-11-2019, 04:03 PM)ThatBankDude Wrote:  If you want to be in IT, then get an entry level IT position, learn and prove your worth and then start on your MBA.

He owns his own IT business.
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(05-11-2019, 04:15 PM)jsd Wrote:
(05-11-2019, 04:03 PM)ThatBankDude Wrote:  If you want to be in IT, then get an entry level IT position, learn and prove your worth and then start on your MBA.

He owns his own IT business.

I think it'd help if I did not reply while trying to referee my two year old twins. LOL
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(05-11-2019, 06:21 PM)ThatBankDude Wrote: two year old twins.

I have a 5 year old and a 2 year old. That's bad enough, I can't imagine two of them together at either of those ages.
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