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The Master of Business Administration (MBA or M.B.A.) is a master's degree in business administration (management). The core courses in an MBA program cover various areas of business such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, and operations management in a manner most relevant to management analysis and strategy. Most programs also include elective courses.

Accreditation bodies specifically for MBA programs ensure consistency and quality of education. Business schools in many countries offer programs tailored to full-time, part-time, executive, and distance learning students, many with specialized concentrations.

An MBA prepares individuals for many types of careers. According to a survey by the Graduate Management Admissions Council, 64% of year 2012 MBA graduates used their MBA to change careers. Some of the more common jobs an MBA prepares one for include:

Business Analyst or Strategist
Business Development Analyst, Associate, or Manager
Director (of a department)
Financial Analyst
Management Consultant
Marketing Associate, Analyst, or Manager
Portfolio Manager
Project, Product, or Program Manager
Operations Analyst, Associate, or Manager.