FULL TIME MBA
The full-time MBA is the traditional MBA degree format; the vast majority of the world's top business schools offer this mode of MBA education. Even in a world where there are an increasing number of options at the disposal of the prospective student - brought on, in no small part, by the expansion of executive MBA programs and improvement to the technology behind the distance and online MBA degree - research by MBA Bangalore shows that the full-time MBA is still by far the most popular format and is under the consideration of a little over 80% of international MBA candidates.
The full-time MBA (master's of business administration) degree is a general management degree that seeks to give students a detailed understanding of how business functions and how business leaders rise to meet an ever-changing set of circumstances and challenges.
The core (required elements) of an MBA program will almost always include courses in finance, marketing, strategy, human resources and operations management - no matter where in the world a student opts to study.
Outside of the core, course options - or electives - are offered by the world's top business schools to allow students to gain a specialization (or concentration) in a particular area of interest - most often one that is closely related to the industry in which the student wishes to work post-graduation.
Areas of specialization/concentration that are currently of most interest to MBA candidates, as highlighted in MBA Bangalore's annual survey of applicants from around the world, include international management, strategy and leadership.
Quantitative, analytical and strategic-thinking skills
Foreign language skills