How useful is an MBA to work in Data Science?

I saw HKUST MBA was offering lots of data courses, will I be able to move to data science?

First, do note that data science can mean many things. For the sake of this publication, we mean product data science where a micro decision is automated and uses machine learning.

  • Data is everywhere and you will need to handle large quantities of data in most work outside of data department: Finance, supply, strategy, marketing or product management.
  • SQL is no longer a dirty language restrained to nerds. In more classical MNC, the ability to crunch data will make you progress your career really fast. In tech company, it will be expected from you anyway.
  • Understanding the impact of data, analytic and digitalization is essential to understand the business strategy of most companies nowadays.
  • Data is fun

But I really want to get into data related role…

…Ok fine… you still can work in data-position such as:

Understand your competitive advantage…

Clearly, as an MBA graduate, your competitive advance is very unlikely to ve data science knowledge. MBA is meant to build bridges and drive business rather than going deep in one topic. It is important that you find what will be your own ability to do that.



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