MBA vs MS in Finance Alexander Lowry with Gordon College

Alexander Lowry

Alexander Lowry Gordon College

Alexander Lowry is a Professor of Finance at Gordon College, head of the Master of Science in Financial Analysis program. He’s also into advising businesses that students can potentially work for. In this week’s episode, Alexander shares with us an affordable option to get a finance degree for veterans who wish to transition into the finance world.

“From my perspective, hands down, the best leadership guys are military… But on the flip side of that, you’re competing against people who have been doing a certain job for many years.” – Alexander Lowry

Alexander Lowry – From History to Wall Street

Alexander was a history major and always assumed he was bound to go to business and finance. Deviating from this path, he got into management consulting. This field, he thinks, is a great training ground, as it gives exposure to different industries and sectors.

The Cohen Veterans Network, a not-for-profit philanthropic organization, was created to serve them by providing high-quality, accessible, and integrated mental health care.

But even after over a decade in this profession, his “Wall Street itch” just had to be scratched. With a Wharton Masters in Business Administration experience, he was finally able to move across.

MBA vs MS in Finance

For most people who’d like to be part of the business industry, it’s mostly a choice between MBA or finance. Picking one is easy. It’s a matter of whether you know where you want to go in the future.

Taking up MBA entails learning all the subjects from operations, accounting, and finance. There’s the eventual internship that matches you up with the right job that suits you. You also get to choose any field of specialization that you want.

But if you’re pretty set on finance, you wouldn’t want to take up two more years of learning basically everything. Taking up a one-year finance program like the one offered at Gordon will save you over a hundred grand. It will also allow you a few years of working experience.

On Military Fitting in Finance

A lot of hiring managers seem to prefer experienced financiers over military veterans. It’s the easy way, but it’s not always the right way. Alexander maintains that veterans have a lot more to offer, owing to their training and inherent leadership skills.

“When hiring someone, I only need two things. I need to know they’re intelligent and passionate. Because if you have those, I can train you to do any job.” – Alexander Lowry

Good news is, many companies have been exerting effort to understand veterans and the actual value they can bring.

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