The MBA degree is regarded as a terminal and professional Masters degree in business administration. Commonly abbreviated as M.B.A., the Master's degree in business administration is an internationally recognized business graduate degree.
Many students pursue an MBA to fine tune their skills in preparation for today’s competitive business environment.
Initial MBA programs rose in the 20th century as a response to industrial development. Companies started to seek science-based approaches to management. Today’s MBA programs teach basic business courses, strategy, and team building.
MBA programs cover a wide range of business fields, such as marketing, finance, accounting, business management and more.
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The first step in earning a MBA degree is to earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. This does not have to be a business degree. Aside from this, university requirements for MBA degree programs vary. Some business schools look for specific qualities in their future students. Others look at level of management experience. Some possible requirements are listed below.
Many MBA graduates chose to pursue a career in business. However some might want to consider earning a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree. As the highest professional practice degree beyond the Master of Business Administration, it may help individuals distinguish themselves from other MBA graduates, or, establish further expertise through research and advanced coursework.
We asked Executive Chef of Wednesdays Jenny Dorsey how earning an MBA helped her in business:
My MBA truly showed me what "networking" - the effective, powerful kind - means. I learned how to network and prospect new clients, building my two businesses from the ground up. As the saying goes, people will forget all about what you say and do but they will remember how you made them feel.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents had the biggest wage premium of any of these occupations: workers who had a master’s degree earned a wage that was nearly 90 percent higher than that for workers with a bachelor’s degree. Many of these sales agents earned a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), which may be required for high-level jobs."
Some common jobs available for those awarded with an MBA:
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Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise Specialization
Non Profit Leadership & Management
Since not all students can participate in a two-year full-time MBA, business schools have adapted.
An Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) degree is an MBA for executives. EMBA programs may be accelerated or more flexible. Some schools offer these programs during the evenings or weekends.
Many MBA programs focus on a specific concentration. MBA concentration areas are elective courses that tailor the degree to a student’s interest. Or, it can be used to gain extra skills in one domain. These areas differ from school to school, so it is one way of narrowing down what schools you apply to. Sample concentrations are listed below.
MBA degree program accreditation by external agencies offers students and employers an independent perspective of the school or program's quality. In addition, it could speak to whether the curriculum meets professional standards. This is an important aspect to consider when choosing an MBA Program. Some examples of the major accrediting bodies in the United States are listed below.
The traditional MBA degree is a two-year full time program. In many MBA schools, this means four terms, summer breaks and pre-set holidays. However, there are other formats that either speed up or slow down the time to graduation.
MBA degrees may consist of about 18 credits of required core business courses and 42 credits of electives for a total of 60 credits. There is are varying credit stacks, however. Programs with fewer credits are likely aimed at students with a Bachelors in Business or prior work history.
Are you hoping to climb up the corporate ladder? MBA programs typically encourage students to develop the professional skills thought of as critical in today's business environment.
If you are interested in earning your MBA, here are some skills that may be useful:
We asked Honor Society Executive Director Mike Moradian about the possible benefits of an MBA:
Aside from the ROI, students who earn their MBA undoubtedly leave with a strong understanding of management and an advanced business acumen.
It requires big-picture thinking to succeed in business. The Strategic Management MBA specialization at NCU is designed for you to learn how to examine the long-term needs of an organization and implement plans necessary to address those needs. Throu...
The MBA degree with a specialization in General Business allows students to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals.
This MBA degree with a specialization in Management focuses on the leadership functions of environmental and legal compliance, dealing with contemporary policy issues in business, economics, and marketing management.
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Business activities have an increasingly global reach. Successful business professionals must have a thorough knowledge of international business environments and be able to operate within individual foreign markets.
The e-Business Management Concentration at Westcliff University is designed to integrate technology, business, marketing, and employability skills to prepare you for jobs in the burgeoning field of e-business.
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CalSouthern's Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in organizations of all sizes and across all business sectors.
California Yuin University
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara offers a general MBA Program with an opportunity to emphasize in a number of different areas. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we e...
New in 1998/99, the Executive MBA program offers an accelerated path to the degree for experienced managers.
Presidio Graduate School
Mills prepares you to excel in a collaborative environment that fosters confidence and competence—not cutthroat competition.
Founded in 1918, over 80 years of tradition and culture! Our University is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Scholarships and no-interest loans a...
Huron International University
The mission of Huron is to offer high quality post-secondary education to capable domestic and international career students who seek entry or advancement and who possess the motivation and maturity to pursue higher education. Huron emphasizes individua...
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Long Beach's College of Business Administration offers three MBA programs that accommodate the...
University of Pennsylvania
New West Coast ProgramWith the launch of our West Coast WEMBA program beginning August 26, 2001, we now offer the same top-ranked Wharton MBA program...
California State University, Northridge
University of Southern California
The objective of the Master of Science in Information and Operations Management is to develop sound technical competence in the creation, evaluation a...
The Master of Science in Business Administration enables students to pursue an area ofspecialization after successfully completing the M.B.A.
American Jewish University
The MA in Nonprofit Management prepares nonprofit professionals for the challenges of running a nonprofit enterprise.
California State University, Sacramento
Northwestern Polytechnic University
Point Loma Nazarene University
Point Loma Nazarene University's MBA is designed for full-time working professionals. Classes meet one evening a week for two years in Mission Valley,...
San Francisco State University
St. Mary's College Of California
University of California - Davis
The School is located in the quintessential college town of Davis, near two of California's key business communities--the fast-growing capital city of...