MBA

Do you need a business background for an MBA?

Do you need a business background for an MBA?

The simple answer? No, not really. Here’s why: the MBA is not an academic degree focused on research and knowledge. In fact, it actually covers a broad range of general business subjects and can be the first step in many career paths, including anyone in the science or technology fields who wants to move into management.

Many MBA graduates come from non-business backgrounds today because science, technology, and professionals from many other fields choose to pursue an MBA as a way to advance their career.

What is an MBA

The Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) is considered a professional degree and is intended to prepare you for practical skills and leadership training. An MBA usually has a final project, where you find a research problem to solve and present your findings in a formal business report.

You’re probably looking into this because you want to rapidly advance your career, become more specialized or fast-track an increase in your salary. But what if you don’t have a background in business in any shape or form?

Changing Needs of Corporate World

You don’t have to worry if you don’t have a business degree, it is not a hindrance to get your MBA. The world is not divided into specific skills anymore. You’re going to be expected to have expertise in various areas. Earning a Master’s of Business Administration will mean you can merge your background with business know-how. Having an understanding of finance, marketing and other core business functions will also help you be well equipped to lead others in your field.

Because of this, many schools are offering dual degrees or MBAs that simultaneously incorporate specific backgrounds in the programme. These degrees will let you blend industries like medical, law or engineering – combining specific technical skills with general MBA knowledge. Being well versed in both will make you very marketable in the workforce.

Benefits of Being a Non-Business Major

Pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration degree without a bachelor’s degree in business also gives you a number of benefits. For one, business schools like enrolling non-business degree students because it makes a class more diverse. Diversity is always important in an MBA cohort, it benefits both you and your other coursemates – you’ll get to give ideas and insight from your expertise and you get to hear theirs too.

There are also a lot of industries in need of leadership talent from non-business backgrounds. A lot of companies in specialised fields such as Engineering, Technology, and Medical Research even prefer to hire non-business majors because of the larger worldview they can bring to the table.

To get ahead in the game, you can always try to get some foundation in business. Without these basic skills, you might struggle to catch up with your peers. It’s not that hard to do, either. Some schools that offer MBAs also have preparatory courses available.

Your Key To Success

Now that you know you have every chance of success at an MBA even without a business background, give more thought to where you want to specialise. Most MBA’s will also give you the option to do research or an internship at the end of the course.

Where do you see yourself, or what problems are you passionate about solving? List them down and start looking for the schools that will give you the opportunities you seek. With so many combinations of Master’s of Business Administration programmes available today, you’re bound to find the right place for you.

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With a wide-ranging professional and educational background, Anna is passionate about travel and learning. Originally from Poland, she considers her time studying abroad in Italy one of the most valuable experience she's ever had. Today Anna lives in Stockholm and loves helping other international students succeed in their academic journey.