Graduates of M.B.A. programs can be found in almost any type of organization. Business school will prepare you to create or lead an organization, manage resources, develop effective operational strategies, and more. Once admitted, required coursework typically includes: organizational behavior, marketing, accounting, finance, strategy, and operations management. This is followed by elective coursework that allows the student to customize their experience. Some students consider an M.B.A. as essential for advancement to a management role, while others will use it as a means to change careers. As an undergraduate student, it is unlikely that you will be admitted to enter directly into an M.B.A. program without first working for a few years. This period of employment will give you time to think about your long term goals and help you determine if a graduate degree is appropriate.
A good place to begin is by asking these simple questions:
- Why do I think a graduate business degree is right for me?
- What do I have or do I want to have in common with business professionals?
- What future careers fit my personal strengths, interests, abilities, and values?
- What kinds of business schools, companies, and corporate cultures seem to be the best fit for me?