Find out what studying for an MBA can do for your career and what the prestigious degree involves…
A Masters in Business Administration, or MBA as it is more commonly known, is an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification.
It is designed to give an overview of business management practices taught through various subjects, so graduates are accomplished and ready for any eventuality.
The MBA originated in the USA more than 100 years ago and made its way to Europe in the late 1950s. Today, the qualification can be found in business schools around the world.
The workload is heavy and a lot is expected of an MBA student. For example, on the Lancaster University Global Executive MBA, students are assessed via: assignments; individual and group presentations; and exams.
Course structure can vary depending on the institution and type of course. Full-time courses generally replicate the working week and classes are normally held between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Part-time programmes are less rigid and tailored to fit around work and so classes often take place on evenings and weekends.
MBA courses are typically diverse and business schools will promote this fact.
Students will come from all corners of the globe with varied levels of work experience, ranging from 3-10 years.
Some of the reasons that people choose to study for an MBA include:
The majority of MBA courses take one or two years to complete. However, some part-time and distance learning programmes can take longer.
For example, the part-time Executive MBA at the University of Bath takes from two to five years to complete, depending on your flexibility.
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