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can PMP certificate is equivalent to MBA project management
Last Post 08 Aug 2013 07:24 AM by Mark Schaaf, MPM, PMP. 9 Replies.
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saadat.ali Posts:2

22 Dec 2012 06:25 AM
    my concern is that if you are getting PMP certificate than MBA-project management is it really required for enhance your education skill or we can use the PMP certificate as an equivalent to MBA-project managemnt or PMP certificate can help us for getting MBA-project management.
    Sergiopmp Posts:1

    22 Dec 2012 07:55 AM
    In my opinion, No . In MBA you have to delve every topic
    sachinzgupta Posts:2

    24 Dec 2012 02:29 AM
    These 2 entities have different purpose and must be kept seperate. MBA is more focused on the detailed area knowledge practices followed in the one area of speciallisation where PMP focussed on common Project Management concepts can be followed to manage the project in efficicent way.
    Laszlo Kremmer, MBA, CLC, PMP Posts:2

    25 Dec 2012 12:30 AM
    In my opinion the two certifications are different.

    MBA: The master of business administration (MBA) program provides training in business for students interested in understanding the working nature of business in a competitive environment. Courses in the MBA program integrate information and theories from various disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, production operations, and strategic management. The objective of this program is to develop students into broadly educated business managers and executives who understand the nature of business as a whole, with the tools and techniques applicable to a wide variety of business situations.

    PMP: The PMP recognizes demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams. If you’re an experienced project manager looking to solidify your skills, stand out to employers and maximize your earning potential, the PMP credential is the right choice for you.

    Laszlo J.Kremmer, PMP, MBA
    390409 Posts:1

    26 Dec 2012 10:44 AM
    As I interpret your post, I believe your question is, "Does a Master’s degree (M.S. or MBA) in Project Management have the same value as a PMP?" In my view, no. I have a MBA and PMP and feel by far the MBA has provided me with the education and foundation for career advancement. On the other hand, the PMP was instrumental in helping me transform from practicing project management as a hobby to a full-time profession.

    Faced with a decision whether to get a PMP or the MS Project Mgt, I'd say that depends. If I was already a project manager (or in the field) and my goal was to be a better project manager, I'd elect to get the PMP. If my goal was to become enter the profession as a project manager, I'd get the master's degree.

    Just my humble opinion...
    soodmi Posts:1

    10 Jan 2013 09:16 AM
    Having completed an MBA, it teaches a lot more than a PMP does covering Finance, Marketing and HR. An MBA also allows networking with other students from a host of backgrounds and experience
    shadymustafa Posts:2

    29 Jan 2013 03:08 AM
    Actually, they are different as The MBA (Master of Business Administration) is a postgraduate degree that is awarded to students who have mastered the study of business.

    MBA programs covers the following:
    Business Management
    Global Management
    Human Resources Management
    Information Systems
    Operations Management
    Strategic/Risk Management
    Technology Management

    PMP(Project Management Professional) is a credential offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). it covers generally the following Knowledge areas:

    1- Scope management
    2- time Management
    3- Cost Management
    4- HR Management
    5- Communication Management
    6- Procurement Management
    7- Risk Management
    8- Quality Management
    9-Integration Management
    10- Stakeholder Management (new knowledge area added in edition 5 of PMI-PMP book)

    afmsys Posts:2

    01 Feb 2013 07:36 AM
    In my opinion no. In MBA exams you do not have question regarding the real life, just technical questions.
    lcampbell010 Posts:1

    15 Jul 2013 11:47 AM

    Not to beat the issue, but I also have both an MBA and the PMP. Both are career enhancing credentials to the holder. I agree with so many other comments that the MBA is both broader and deeper, as well as holds more weight in the field. Advanced professional certifications such as the PMP credential augments graduate degrees such as an MBA to provide a point of distinction when two MBAs are pursing the same opportunity.

    If you or anyone else is evaluating the cost and benefits of pursing one before or over the other, I would say that your/their decision should be based on their circumstance (i.e. professional background, career and personal goals, financial picture, and current opportunities).

    To note, these are very different. Lastly, I completed my Executive MBA program back in Fall 2009, I earned the PMP credential back in June 2013. Working in Higher Education as an Administrator and a faculty member, in addition to working in industry Strategic and Marketing Management Consultant, the MBA was a smarter initial career move in my situation.
    Mark Schaaf, MPM, PMP Posts:2

    08 Aug 2013 07:24 AM
    One more take on the question, from a perspective/combination I did not see in the above replies - someone who has both a PMP and a Master of Project Management (MPM).

    I agree with the majority of the posters above - the PMP certification and MBA degree are vastly different and are not equivalent. A degree is a degree - it comes from in-depth academic study across a focused, yet wide, set of topics (well documented in replies above for the MBA degree). The certification is, IMHO, aimed at a more practical level, meaning some experience in the field (as that is part of the requirement to get certified), as well as knowledge of what it takes to lead projects. It has breadth - across the PMBOK knowledge areas - but not much depth (as compared to the academic degree).

    Taking that line of thought a step further - what's the difference between a PMP and an MPM? I earned my PMP in 1993 and my MPM in 2001. The PMP was a great door opener, as it showed focus and specialty within the PM discipline - as a practitioner. I know my resume/CV was read by recruiters and hiring managers because the credential was there - it got me in the door... The MPM was a career-builder, much like an MBA might be, in the sense that it opened up a range of positions (beyond project manager) that wouldn't be possible without an advanced degree. It implies expertise in the field. My thesis work was aimed at strategic project management. This means I could engage with employers in conversations about value of doing the right (strategic to the company) projects in the right (strategic in the choice of how to pursue them) way. Those are very different from 'just' being able to lead projects, or say that I was a certified practitioner. Both are needed and important, but they are different.

    The MBA tends more to the strategic level, as well. (Note - I pursued an MBA earlier in my career, but didn't finish it. I found it much too theoretical for my taste (and, at that point in my career). Pursuing the MPM degree much later in my career, I had a much better practical and experience based understanding and that was very helpful when pursuing case studies and 'research' for the MPM degree. The me, the MBA is business focused while the MPM is program/project focused. They relate, but are different).

    There is another option - an MBA with a minor/focus in Project Management. At some universities, pursuing that option, or the MPM degree, also achieves PMP certification as part of the process/program (assuming you can meet the experience requirement).

    If your question comes from the place of trying to decide which to pursue, I'd challenge you to consider an 'and' solution vs. an 'or' solution. Getting your PMP, regardless of what other graduate degree you may pursue, will be of value to you (if you choose to stay in the PM field) as a door opener and good foundation/grounding in the discipline. If you pursue a higher degree, no matter what kind, having the PMP credential won't hurt you. It is also much cheaper and quicker to get than a master's degree.
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