The Master of Business Administration (MBA or M.B.A.) is a postgraduate degree in business administration, which attracts people from a wide range of academic disciplines. The MBA designation originated in the United States, emerging from the late 19th century as the country industrialized and companies sought out scientific approaches to management. The core courses in the MBA program are designed to introduce students to the various areas of business such as accounting, marketing, human resources, operations management, etc. Students in some MBA programs have the option to select an area or multiple areas of concentration and focus approximately one-third of their studies in this subject.
Advanced Management Programs (AMP) and other Excecutive Educations are often available at the SIBSAN acknowledged Business Schools, particulary addressing senior excecutives or young potential with some work experience. During these programs a lot of experiences are exchanged between attendants, combined with case studies and lectures of management disciplines. These programs are intensive and comprehensive courses to enhance management performance and learn from Best Practise cases. To recoqnize these exceutive education programs for SIBSAN status, the programs should lead to a Graduation at the School.
Accreditation bodies exist specifically for MBA programs to ensure consistency and quality of graduate business education, and business schools in many countries offer MBA programs tailored to full-time, part-time, executive, and distance learning students, with specialized concentrations.