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How Do I Get an MBA in Business Communication?

Terry Masters
Terry Masters

A Master's of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in business communication is available from most business school that offer the degree. Communications is considered a core business subject, along with operations, marketing and finance. To obtain an MBA in business communication, you must first pick a school and meet admission and degree completion requirements.

Though business school education varies between different countries, the MBA has become the popular degree choice for many business schools around the world. This helps the standardization of business school credentials when candidates from different countries apply for positions at major multinational corporations. Additionally, this gives students a wide variety of schools to choose from to pursue the degree.

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Businesswoman talking on a mobile phone

To complete an MBA in business communication, you must first choose between a number of business schools that offer the types of communications courses that appeal to you. Business communication changes with advances in technology. Some school take a very modern approach to the subject, while other schools take a more traditional approach. You typically want to apply to five schools or more to ensure you get accepted to a school of your choice.

Admissions requirements are mostly standardized. You must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, though that degree does not need to be in a business major. The undergraduate degree you have may be in nearly any concentration to pursue an MBA. You may be a bit more competitive coming from an academically rigorous program that demonstrates your ability to handle master's level work, but there are no undergraduate major requirements.

Prior to admission, you must also take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Your score on this standardized test will be a determining factor in where you should apply. Schools set a range of GMAT scores for their ideal candidate. Scores must fall within that range to have the best chance to gain admission to a school that offers an MBA in business communication. Many MBA programs also expect you to have relevant work experience before you apply.

Once you have been accepted into an MBA program, you will be required to complete approximately 30 course credits in a combination of required and elective classes. Typically, your selection of elective courses is how you demonstrate a particular academic focus. If you want to complete your MBA in business communication, your elective selection should come almost exclusively from the course offerings from the communications department. Some schools will append an official designation to your MBA that denotes your communications specialty, while others will simply award you the MBA.

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