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MBA in Finance vs MBA in HR: Which one has a better scope?

How to choose a Right MBA Programme? This 10 step guide will help you choose between MBA in finance vs MBA in marketing. Read on to find out which MBA course has a better scope.

Apr 18, 2019 11:51 IST
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MBA in Finance vs MBA in HR: A Detailed Comparison
MBA in Finance vs MBA in HR: A Detailed Comparison

Before getting admission into MBA course, often a candidate comes across a choice to pick one MBA specialisations that would serve as the foundation for his/her career growth. There are several specialisations which being offered by the B-schools in India and globally. However, the decision is yours to pick and choose one MBA specialisations among many at the end of the day! Among all the top specialisations that are high in demand, MBA in finance and MBA in HR are two specialisations that are quite financially rewarding for the MBA aspirants. Making a decision to choose one between the two requires great deal of time and thought.

To help you streamline this decision, we have prepared a list of various parameters basis which, you can decide the best option for your career growth. There are institutes that even offer dual specialisations but a candidate needs to choose one as a major and another as a minor specialisation. In that case also, this article will come to your rescue when filling the form at the B-school.

Read on to find out which one has a better scope: MBA in Finance vs MBA in HR:

Also Read: MBA in Finance: Prospects and Career Options

Discussions with his professors, friends, and professionals in the HR and finance world helped to an extent. Some of the key things that he had to keep in mind while coming to this decision were as follows:

1) SUBJECTS of INTEREST

Whichever branch of MBA you decide to pursue, it is essential that you identify with the subjects that are offered in the program. If your favorite subject features in the program you are more likely to ace in it.

2) INDIVIDUALITY

Are you a people person or are you more comfortable solving mathematical problems?

It is no longer true that being a people person is helpful only for a HR professional. Even in finance when it comes to mergers and acquisitions, besides crunching numbers you need to be able to sweet talk the opposite party in agreeing with you. Hence, whichever field you choose, you should be ready to develop skills that are deficient.

3) AMBITION in LIFE

Is earning money is the end goal of your life or do you also want to learn and impart knowledge? Many people today are in high paying jobs, but job satisfaction is absent. Do not get into myths that MBA in finance can offer you high paying jobs whereas MBA in HR can’t. A highly skilled and developed professional irrespective of the field he is in, will always draw head hunters to bid over him.

Also Read: MBA in HR: Prospects and Career Options

Once my brother walked past the above three steps he studied the difference between MBA in HR and Finance in detail.

MBA in Finance or MBA in Human Resource?

Basic

HR

Finance

Eligibility

1. Any graduate

2. Clearing the MBA entrance exam

1. Commerce graduate preferred

2. Clearing the MBA entrance exam

Key topics/subjects

1. Management  concepts & organizational behavior

2. Business environment and Law

3. Human Resource management

4. Performance management

5. Operations research and management

6. Compensation management

7. Employee legislation

 

  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing management
  • Financial management
  • Strategic management
  • Investment and Portfolio management
  • International trade and finance
  • Financial derivatives
  • Merchant Banking & Financial services

Skills

1. People person

2. Communication skills

3. Listening skills

4. Negotiation

5. Discretion

6. Innovation

7. Easily approachable

8. Emotionally Strong

1. Analytical skills

2. Mathematical skills

3. Logical thinking

4. Problem solving

5. Time management

6. Market savvy

7. Technology savvy

Job Roles

  • Screening and Recruitment
  • Orientation
  • Performance assessment
  • Resolution of employee concerns
  • Building relationships
  • Reviewing salary and policies
  • Legal compliance
  • Project valuation
  • Developing funds
  • Financial statement interpretation
  • Tax planning
  • Forecast Economy trends
  • Managing investment portfolios
  • Risk management

Potential work place

  • All corporations
  • Human resource consulting firms
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Entrepreneur
  • Investment Banking
  • Multinational Banks
  • Brokerage
  • Insurance
  • Mortgage
  • Investment firms
  • Consulting firm

Job title

(Extensive list, quoting a few)

  • Human Resource officer
  • Human Resource Generalist
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Sr. Human Resource Manager
  • Administrator Human Resource
  • Employee benefits Director
  • Manager Training and development
  • Manager Employer employee relations
  • Manager Personnel and industrial relations
  • Labour relations specialist
  • Talent acquisition manager
  • Human resource IT specialist
  • Financial analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Research analyst
  • Operations manager
  • Assistant Finance manager
  • Trader
  • Audit manager
  • Investment banker
  • Risk manager
  • Broker
  • Budget analyst
  • Financial advisor
  • Securities analyst
  • Cost analyst

Remuneration

Starting salary of Rs. 1.3 LPA for a entry level position as per Payscale India

Starting salary of Rs. 1.9 LPA for a entry level position as per Payscale India

Top Professionals to follow

1. Jay Thakkar (Head-Compensation & Benefits and HR Operations- Aditya Birla Housing Finance Limited)

2. Neha Sharma (Relation Manager, ICICI Bank)

3. Avijit Shastri (Channel HR-TATA Motors)

4. Benjamin Rajkumar (Titan Company ltd.)

 

1. David Ogilvy (Ogilvy & Mather)

2. Theodore Levitt (professor at Harvard Business School)

3. C K Prahalad (Originator of Bottom of the Pyramid)

4. Nandan Nilekani (Chairman - Infosys)

5. Sachin and Binny Bansal (Flipkart)

 

Salary Difference as per experience

Experience

MBA- HR

MBA- Finance

0-2 years

Rs. 3.12 LPA- Rs. 3.45 LPA

Rs. 3.19 LPA- Rs. 3.80 LPA

2-5 years

Rs. 4.20 LPA- Rs. 7.50 LPA

Rs. 4.45 LPA- Rs. 7.75 LPA

5-10 years

Rs. 7.50 LPA- Rs. 12 LPA

Rs. 7.75 LPA- Rs. 12.75 LPA

10 Years and more

Rs. 12 LPA and more

Rs. 12.75 LPA and more

Life of an HR Professional

Contrary to popular belief, it must be noted that the HR professionals do not have an easy job. They are no longer restricted to doling out salaries at the beginning of every month. Besides recruiting new staff, they need to ensure that orientation and training programs for the new recruits are in place.

They need to be well versed with all the job roles of the company's employees and should be able to troubleshoot even in their sleep. Jokes aside, the function of a HR professional has to be cohesive in nature. They deal with the foundations of the company, the employees, everyday.

Hence it is essential that they are patient, a good agony aunt and easily approachable.

Life of a Finance Professional

Similarly a finance professional is not somebody who just crunches numbers in a cabin and is devoid of human contact. Today a finance professional is also expected to interact with clients, understand their needs and develop a good strategy to satisfy them. They need to maximize profits and minimize risks. They are expected to think about the big picture and not restrict themselves to their daily goals.

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Conclusion

With the nature of the job roles changing rapidly, it is evident that whichever MBA program you choose, you have to be constantly upgrading and developing yourself.

It is also essential that you make your decision and be at peace with it. In case of doubts, always talk to your professors and professionals in the field who can enlighten you about the practical realities of their profession.

Confucius said,

The best way to achieve this is to choose to study something that equips you with the skills necessary for the aforementioned job.

We wish you Good Luck for a Well-Informed Future!!

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