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I have been looking for a new as an IT manager. However, most of these jobs say that a BA or MS is required. I have an AAS in CS and 9 years of IT experience. Should I appky for these jobs any way and list why I think I'm qualified in my cover letter or would I be wasting my time?

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Some companies require a degree and some don’t. However just about every posting will say that you have to have one even if you don’t. I would say go for it.

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  • Wrobinson
    It is SOP to list an undergraduate degree as a requirement and a graduate degree as a preference but an equivalent amount of experience, as determined by the company in question. Line managers typically do not require an undergraduate degree per se; especially when there is sufficient experience but middle- and senior-management positions tend to require undergraduate degrees at a minimum, though I have seen people without degrees promoted up the chain base on performance. There are a lot of topics covered in undergraduate and graduate information systems and similar programs that is fundamental to the ability of a manager to manage effectively. These topics are more high-level and abstract than matters of a technical implementation nature. Hiring decisions are not always made based on who has the best credentials on paper; there is often a personal/emotional side to it. I encourage you to pursue opportunities of interest, so long as you feel that you are qualified to perform the duties that they require.
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