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MBA Vs MiM | What’s The Difference?

Should you do an MBA or a Master in Management? Find out the similarities and differences between two of the world’s most popular graduate management degrees


Tue Aug 4 2020


For MBA alumna Alsu, stepping into a managerial role was her next career goal. She wanted to develop her skills in supply chain management. “For me, it was the right time to take a deeper dive into business studies to match the practical experience I already had,” she says. 

The MiM offers 13 modules covering the broader aspects of business. MiM students are able to work on their Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) throughout the year, and are given regular opportunities to take part in workshops focused on their personal and interpersonal skills. Hermina explains that MiM candidates should be looking to develop their core business skills to escalate career growth.  d707badcec3990fbcfb0903232177e7ceb629d07.jpg

The MiM students are given practical experience too, by conducting a group project for a company. Working alongside their peers, students solve an actual problem of a specific company in the region, and compete with other teams consisting of fellow students working on the same case for the same company. The project will be related to Sustainable Development or to the Digital Economy.

“The lessons I learned during the company project helped me to practically understand things like the supply chain process, lead time, and inventory management,” says MiM alumna Wilsasinee (pictured). 

As an MiM student, you finish up your time on the program with a compulsory academic thesis, but it can include a practical element (for example, consulting experience). If you choose the MBA, however, you get to choose between three options and can therefore finish off the program catering to their strengths: an academic thesis, consulting project, or a complete business plan.

Which program should you choose?

Similarities and differences aside, everything links back to Hermina’s analogy.  

If you are like Alsuwith more work experience and a desire to plan out your future career path, you will want to enroll on the MBA program. If you’re like Wilsasinee––nearer the beginning of your career and wanting to cover all your bases––then the MiM makes more sense. 

Ultimately it comes down to where you are in your career. If you’re looking to move into more senior roles or even start your own business, then the MBA gives you the flexibility to do so. The MiM is ideal if you're a junior businessperson looking to bolster your chances of reaching the next rung in the career ladder. 

Regardless, as an MSM student, you will be given every opportunity to grow your own networks, work on your strengths and weaknesses, and propel your careers to the next level.