Does a PR pro need an MBA? Here are 5 benefits

From nuts-and-bolts knowledge to a boost in credibility, the pluses are evident.

I took part in a #pr20chat last week. As usual, it was worthwhile.

The best part, though, was the side conversation I had with Justin Goldsborough about MBAs and PR.

MBAs are much maligned. People say you don’t need one to start/fix/manage a wildly successful business. They’re right. People also contend that MBAs think in a box and lack creativity. They’re right, too. Sometimes.

Few PR people have MBAs. This makes some sense, because our craft involves a fairly specific range of tasks that are best learned by doing. But as an MBA holder myself (I graduated from the Executive MBA program at Concordia in Montreal in 2009) I can say without reservation that the notion the degree holds great value for PR pros is worth considering.

Here are five ways that getting an MBA can help a PR pro:

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