MBA stands for Master of Business Administration. It is an internationally recognized postgraduate business degree. It is academic in nature, like Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MSc), yet it is a more practical and less scientific/theoretical. This is a “hands- on” preparation for individuals in business and management that should help them prepare for solving demanding business problems and leading their organizations. Business schools that offer MBA programs demand that students have some number of years of working experience (typically 3 – 5) before they take an MBA program, often as managers or senior managers.
The Master in Business Administration (MBA) is one of the most sought after degrees in the world. The MBA programs have been taught in the USA for over 100 years, but more recently, since the 1960s, the “MBA-craze” has spread around the world like the wild forest fire fueled by an ever-changing business climate. Today, virtually all universities and business schools offer MBA programs.
Today’s world No.1 MBA program has been taught at the Harvard Business School for over 100 years! It is a highly competitive 2-year full-time program that trains students in business problems analysis and decision making.
The types of MBA offered by institutions and universities vary wide nowadays to suit the busy schedule of executives.
Many business schools offer “basic” or general MBA that satisfies most of the students giving them solid grasp of business proficiency. Over the years, MBA has grown into a mature industry, prompted by clients and neighboring industries, schools developed more specialized MBA, like MBA in Information Technology, Finance, Human Resources, e-Commerce, even Wine! Despite their differentiation, the underlying principles of management do not vary too much. The specialization means the course spend considerably more time focusing on issues & cases in the area of choice.
Most MBA courses are quite similar in their course content. As a minimum they will cover
core and additional subjects.
Core subjects (classes):
Additional subjects (classes):
Most of the advanced MBA programs select candidates based on their GMAT score as well as their CV and an interview.
“The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized, computer-based assessment. More than 5,400 programs offered by more than 1,500 universities and institutions in 83 countries use the GMAT exam as part of the selection criteria for their programs site. Business schools use the test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of graduate management programs, including MBA, Master of Accountancy, and Master of Finance programs. The GMAT exam is administered in secure, standardized test centers in more than 110 countries around the world. On June 5, 2012, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) introduced an integrated reasoning section to the exam that is designed to measure a test taker’s ability to evaluate data presented in new formats and multiple sources. GMAC continues to perform validity studies to statistically verify that the exam predicts success in business school programs.
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