How to Get an MBA Degree
Obtaining an MBA or Master of Business Administration degree can be an important step in your business career. The MBA is a common degree offered by many universities and a smaller number of colleges nationwide. It is also a common international degree, offered in many other business schools around the world. The process of obtaining the MBA degree varies only slightly by institution.
Complete your undergraduate education. You do not necessarily have to pursue a degree in business at the undergraduate level to get accepted into an MBA program. Many MBA programs look for students with diverse backgrounds and work experience. If you do happen to follow a traditional business degree route, you can obtain a bachelor’s degree in general business, accounting or business management en route to the MBA.
Work for two or more years, to gain the necessary work experience to have your application considered by business schools. Many business schools require at least two years of work experience as a prerequisite for admission.
Study for and take the Graduate Management Admissions Test. Your scores on this test are one factor that MBA programs will use to evaluate your application.
Examine your reasons for wanting to obtain the MBA degree. Your career and educational goals can play a role in determining which schools you apply to. Many business schools have their own specialties that students can choose to specialize in, while others offer the MBA only in general business management.
Apply to schools with concentrations, or specializations in the area of business in which you plan to work. Applying to most MBA programs involves submitting an application for admission, the appropriate application fee, scores from the GMAT, letters of recommendation, and possibly a personal essay stating your rationale for wanting to attend that school.
Complete your MBA coursework. Most MBA programs take about two years to complete. During your first year of study, you can expect to complete most of your core business courses. These are the courses that are common to all, or most of the students pursuing the MBA. During your second year of study, you will complete courses related to your area of specialization. Common areas of specialization include marketing, finance and accounting. Depending on the school, you may also have to complete a capstone project.
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Jared Lewis is a professor of history, philosophy and the humanities. He has taught various courses in these fields since 2001. A former licensed financial adviser, he now works as a writer and has published numerous articles on education and business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s degree in theology and has completed doctoral work in American history.