I just got another email from somebody whose email signature is “So-and-so, MBA.” Which reminds me of the business cards, and letters, and promotional material I see where people brandish those three letters after their name.
I don’t think that “MBA” thing behind your name works out for you.
Have you heard the joke about how to create a small business? The answer is take a medium business and put an MBA in charge. And the magic MBA investment formula for guaranteed profit? The answer is buy MBAs for what they’re worth and sell them for what they think they’re worth. Do you know how many people blame MBAs in general for the current financial disaster?
It’s not a matter of licensing and regulation, like MD or CPA. It’s just a master’s degree. In this country alone, accredited institutions grant several hundred thousand masters degrees every year. That’s not including the fake degrees.
So that MBA you earned? Put it on your resume, put it on your blog’s “About” page, and put it in the management team section of your business plan when seeking loans or investment. Use it to know what you’re talking about. But leave it off your name.
Edit, 2018: In response to the T. King comment below, I guess I should make this clear. I have an MBA degree from Stanford. If you look at other posts in the MBA category in this same blog, you’ll see that the degree has served me well. And if you look at my bio on any of the multiple places that it appears, you’ll see that I show that degree proudly in every bio. My post here is my honest opinion about a specific tactic, not a dig on the degree itself. Oh, and a while ago I added this one to explain more: Put Your MBA in Your Work Not Your Title — Tim