What would you rather have MBA or CISSP? Why?

MBA / Master's Degree72%

CISSP / Comparable Certification27%


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Director in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
I did the management route with my Masters.  I would be happy to be a technical individual contributor now
CIO in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
It totally depends on where you want your career to head. If you want to eventually be in a management role, the MBA will be much more valuable than CISSP.
Director, Information Security Engineering and Operations in Manufacturing, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
It's like comparing apples to oranges. I have both. I think both are beneficial.
CIO in Transportation, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
All depends on your career track -- MBA = Management
CIO, Senior VP in Finance (non-banking), 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Id rather have the technical competency at this stage.
CTO in Software, 201 - 500 employees
I have answered - CISSP, but I don't really see this as either/or question. I think this is the case when one complements the other (though I believe in Europe CISSP is now considered ~ MS equivalent). To me it simply boils down to personal preference.
CTO in Education, 2 - 10 employees
I select my talent by character, once you know what to look for education becomes obsolete very quick. I do however recognize that the IT branch is unique in this. The value of a true software engineer is in retention not acquisition.
Vice President of Information Technology in Finance (non-banking), 501 - 1,000 employees
I would choose an MBA because I feel like the Market place puts more value in it.
ISSO and Director of the IRU in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
My two cents is that anyone can take a test and pass it but that doesn’t mean you have the skills and knowledge or the experience to do the job. As a hiring manager I care more about your experience and not about any certification all that means to me is your good taking a test. I have a MBA and a MSM and you have to put in the time to get those and shows dedication to me.
Director, IT Architecture in Software, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
MBA is too broad. CISSP is very focused and pragmatic and less text book.

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