Graduates from nearly any type of business program soon discover why they should pursue their MBA. Although the acronym stands for “Master of Business Administration,” the degree itself actually involves a course of study with more specialty variations than any other type of degree you could have. Having the MBA is also one of the quickest ways to get to the top in your corporation and to command the salary you want. People with the MBA degree don’t go to the local employment office looking for work. Instead, they often have headhunters who negotiate for them (at company expense) and locate the job that suits them best. read more »
Nearly every executive of any major or mid-size corporation has an MBA, so the degree is something you need in order to be competitive in the business world. Perhaps because the degree is so highly coveted, there are plenty of organizations or “degree-mills” that will provide you with a copycat version that is cheap to get, and involves less rigorous study, but is scoffed at by the business people who know what a real MBA involves.
When you begin to pursue your MBA, you want to locate the best programs for the area of business where you want to build your career. Although some online programs are shortcut variations of the real thing, if you need to continue your current job while working on your degree, online or distance learning is the most flexible and least expensive way to study. As long as you choose a certified program, your degree will be identical to any degree earned at a regular campus.
The MBA degree actually developed in the United States in the late 19th century as businesses looked for a way to improve their management activities. The forerunner of the degree was known as a Masters” in Commercial Science and represented early scientific approaches to commerce and industry. Today’s MBA degrees cover specialties from technology management to health care, from non-profit management to global commerce. Since the degree is so broad, most people today specialize in a particular field such as MBA in Accounting, or MBA in International Trade, and so on.
Just as there are hundreds of different programs, there are also many different ways to earn your MBA. You must have your Bachelor degree first, but then the typical MBA program is a two year degree like any other masters’ degree course of study. However, since it is so highly demanded, many accelerated programs exist that allow you to either take a higher course load or to continue study year around and thus earn the degree in as little as 12 to 18 months. If you must continue your current job while studying, you can also work part time on the degree, thereby taking longer than two years, but also applying your new skills to your current job as you learn.
Because most people who pursue the MBA are already working, the Online or distance learning route is becoming more and more popular. It is the most flexible way to study and is often less expensive than attending the campus itself. Use our student friendly search engines to locate a credited program and learn your way to the salary you want.