How do I get a Graduate Degree in Management?

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  • Written By: Sherri Anderson
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  • Last Modified Date: 31 July 2019
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When considering a graduate degree in management, there are many options to choose from. The field of management is quite wide, and your first consideration should be what area you want to specialize in. Degrees range from master of business administration (MBA), accounting management, information technology management, operations management, and many others. Once you've chosen your area, you'll need to decide if you want to attend in person or pursue distance learning and online courses, then research the specific requirements and deadlines for each school that might interest you.

Management, as a field, is vast, but most graduate studies in this field include some focus on leadership. No matter what your specialty, you'll need to know how to assemble teams, foster positive interaction among team members, and lead a group of employees toward greater productivity and success. While a marketing manager might be more focused on understanding advertising and consumer behavior, and an office manager focused on the the smooth running of the workplace, to be successful both need to know how to work with employees to effectively get the job done.


There are many graduate degree programs available in management, and some schools may offer more classes in one specialty over another, so it's important to find the schools that fit your interest. Although historically, students pursing a graduate degree in management would have had to commute to a campus to obtain this education, online colleges have sprung up around the world, and distance learning has become quite common. Many students pursuing their graduate degree in management are already working full-time jobs, so online learning can be a great way to get your degree outside of regular business hours.

Getting a graduate degree in management can be quite expensive, depending on which school you choose to attend. Many companies encourage their employees to continue their education in fields that can increase the employee's value to the company, however. If you are currently working, you should ask your human resources department about the company's continuing education policies and if they offer tuition reimbursement. A graduate degree in management can be an excellent addition to your portfolio, and may help you to move up the ranks.

Regardless of which colleges or universities you choose to apply to, you will need to know their application deadlines and requirements. Many graduate programs have special requirements for their management applicants, including grade point average expectations, work experience, and other related qualifiers. Also be sure the colleges you choose will accept your prior degrees; transferring to universities in other countries could prove to be more tricky due to different school requirements. Many graduate programs also require standardized tests, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in the United States, although this can vary by institution.

Management is a very time sensitive field; the best techniques and methods change as rapidly as the business market does. A graduate degree in management can show that you are dedicated to your field and to being a valuable employee. Getting a graduate degree will likely require a lot of time, money, and hard work, but can bring significant career benefits.



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