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Masters in Business

If you’re considering a postgraduate-level degree in business, there are three main options available to you: MA, MSc or MBA. The core courses of any postgraduate business degree aim to introduce advanced-level topics in areas of business such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and operations management. Many programs then offer a wide range of elective courses, although some are specialized in one particular area of interest right from the start.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) remains a popular choice for business-related studies, both among students and among potential employers (read more about MBAs on our sister site, TopMBA.com). Nonetheless, there are many reasons why students may choose to opt instead for an MA or MSc in Business (Master of Arts or Master of Science).

Key Skills

Common skills gained with a graduate business degree include:

  • Solid understanding of business practices, principles and theory
  • Strong grasp of business models, tools and techniques
  • Strong understanding of business-related statistical techniques
  • Broad knowledge of different fields in business
  • Broad understanding of how organizations operate
  • Strong communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Nuanced entrepreneurship skills
  • Ability to think critically, logically and make sound decisions
  • Ability to be self-aware and self-critical
  • Presentation and report-writing skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills including how to interpret and use financial data
  • Ability to manage time effectively, take initiative and work independently
  • Ability to manage projects and resources effectively
  • Knowledge of global markets and issues relating to business
  • Enhanced research skills – useful for proceeding to a PhD program
  • Computing skills – particularly if taking an IT specialism
  • Leadership skills