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Old 08-12-2017, 02:26 PM
 
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If you plan on focusing on a particular major....e.g. Information Security thoughts and opinions on whether it's better for your job prospects to go for a focused degree (e.g. MBA - Information Security) at a lesser known school like University of Texas - Tyler, or if it's more advantageous for you if you take a generic MBA from a school such as UT Dallas, or UT Austin.

I have often had a theory that a more recognized brand (in this case a University) would be more beneficial, however thought to garner opinions from CD nation.
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Old 08-13-2017, 12:11 AM
 
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??? why take a generic mba, ut dallas/austin specializes in other mbas...
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:28 AM
 
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??? why take a generic mba, ut dallas/austin specializes in other mbas...
yes, but UT Austin is also known as the Harvard of Texas. Getting in is not exactly that easy. Plus, it does not have an MBA focused on Information Security like I'm pursuing. The comparison was more of mainstream public colleges in big cities (e.g. UT Dallas) compared to universities nobody had ever heard about, but which yet have the focused degree you seek (in this case MBA Information Security)
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:56 AM
 
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MBAs are a dime a dozen. Other than a few elitist firms, an MBA is a square filler for most jobs. IE, "does the applicant have a master's or not?" So then the real question is which MBA program gives you the information you need to perform better because your job performance will be what is seen in all jobs after the first.
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Old 08-14-2017, 11:42 AM
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Go to the school where they teach you how to think and solve problems. That will generally be the "elite" schools.

Your technical education will be obsolete in less than a decade. At that point, your ability to solve problems is what impresses your employers.

I found it was much easier to go to a good school where the emphasis is on thinking, than a lesser school where the emphasis is on memorizing procedures and other pretty much useless things.
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:01 PM
 
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My oldest brother got accepted to both Cornell and Syracuse with scholarships. He chose SU, because "Cornell has the campus, but SU has the program" he wanted. he went to SU for a year or two, and then transferred to SUNY Syracuse's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, which is where he got his dual B.S. degrees and his M.S.
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Old 08-14-2017, 07:48 PM
 
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Interesting. I suppose some schools, even though, they're not in the Big 12's, or PAC 10's, or SEC's of this world somehow make their name as "the place to go to for this or that major". UT San Antonio, for instance, even though it's not a Big 12 school, is still known nationwide for its Cyber Security programs.

They're recognized better for Cyber Security more than UT Austin (the flagship university of the UT System). To put things in perspective UT San Antonio has a measly endowment of $143 million while UT Austin has an endowment of $3.5 billion annually.
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:15 PM
 
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Whichever one has a better track record of placing its graduates into the type of jobs you seek.

If it's a wash go for the prestige IMO.

Really you should talk to people working in the field you want if you haven't already. It may turn out that you need a whole different type of degree altogether.
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:42 PM
 
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MBAs are a dime a dozen. Other than a few elitist firms, an MBA is a square filler for most jobs. IE, "does the applicant have a master's or not?" So then the real question is which MBA program gives you the information you need to perform better because your job performance will be what is seen in all jobs after the first.
Oh, geez.....one would really think colleges value is to teach you anything? Its just BS, all wrapped up pretty. The goal is to get a recognized degree from a recognized, respected institution. What a joke, to think colleges teach you "information to perform better"
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:01 AM
 
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As someone who lives in Austin (but is not from here), I am absolutely baffled by why people are so consumed with going to UT. Yes, it's a good school. But it's not Harvard. Honestly, unless you go to an Ivy League school, no one cares where your degree is from. And no one outside of Texas gives a rat's behind about the University of Texas.

Where you go to grad school may make difference (like going to a tier 1 law school instead of tier 3), but as far as undergrad goes, it doesn't really matter.
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