Business Degrees Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Answers to some frequently asked questions about business degrees

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A business degree is often seen as a prerequisite for starting a career in management or entrepreneurship. The coursework focuses on topics such as finance, marketing, human resources, accounting, operations, and leadership. Here you'll find some common questions about business degrees.

Business degree basics

Develop skills that are essential for running a successful company by earning a business degree. These include critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and decision making.

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Careers and salary

Any degree you are seeking will require some level of investment, whether that’s measured in money, time, or energy. On the other end of that investment should be a payoff—increased earning potential, new skills, or movement toward your career goals, to name a few.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

A Masters of Business Administration, or MBA degree, is a graduate-level business and management degree with a focus on leadership and managerial skills. By earning this degree, you can equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to accelerate your career, transition to new industries, or even launch your own businesses.

Other types of business degrees

There's more than one type of business degree. Learn more about which type might be right for you.

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