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MBA Degrees And Their Place In A Business Career

By Susan Bean

Undergraduate degrees at universities do not aim to provide students with specialist knowledge or training, as is the case with MBA degrees. The aim in an undergraduate course of study is to lay a groundwork of fundamental concepts that will enable students to move on in their education.

After a first degree has been completed a choice emerges. A student may decide to continue in a particular academic discipline. This will involve attending further courses and conferences, reading specialist journals and writing papers in particular ways. Study becomes more circumscribed, though deeper. This may provide intellectual satisfaction and the opportunity to become a world authority on a particular subject. Generally speaking, the financial rewards will be outweighed by intellectual stimulation.

Alternatively, students may aim to continue towards gaining entry to one of the professions such as law, medicine or accountancy. This will involve intense study of the particular profession’s key concepts and ethical standards.

An alternative is to proceed towards one of the professions like law, medicine or accountancy. This means further intense study of the key practices and concepts leading to acceptance into the profession. These may be made very demanding in order to limit entrants to the particular field, or to maintain high standards.

The business world constitutes a wide area of activity offering employment to both professionally qualified people and school drop outs. Mid way through the twentieth century MBA degrees developed in response to the need for people who had professional skills in the areas of business in particular, rather than in a related profession such as accountancy.

MBA classes often have interesting and diverse composition. This is because students come from a wide variety of previous academic courses be it Music or Mathematics. Entry conditions, set by individual institutions, are demanding. Actual business experience and previous academic qualifications are usually not sufficient in themselves. Entry tests are set by particular institutions. Most American institutions require a level of performance on the GMAT standardized tests which aim to measure aptitude in English and Mathematics.

Students are presented with many different study options once they have gained acceptance. They may study obvious course such has human resource management and financial planning, and sauce these up with other exotic options such as economic development in foreign countries.

MBA qualifications were first offered in America, but quickly spread throughout the world. They may now be found in a very wide range of universities and organizations and also on the World Wide Web. The internationalization means an inevitable variety of standards, and attempts are made to accredit the qualifications and rank the courses offered by different institutions across the globe.

People interested in MBA degrees have a very wide range of choices. They need to study the rankings and particulars of the many courses available before deciding on one which is feasible in their particular case.

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