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Do business schools offer the MA degree?

You people do a great job. Thanks. I'll tell more friends about this site. One question: Do the business schools offer the MA degree? How can I start to find out which business schools to apply for from a cornucopia of them in the list?

Follow Up, Delhi, India

Dear Follow Up:

First, we would like to thank you for your kind comments. We would really appreciate it if you could tell your friends about iMahal. You, our audience, represent the best source of promotion for iMahal. Thank you.

We recognize that your question is a follow up to a previous question from a recent Dear Mentor column.

Yes, many business schools in the US do offer MA degree in various areas of expertise. Selecting prospective colleges requires a somewhat methodical approach, combined with research and effort. The idea is to match your interests with the most reputable colleges that are likely to accept you as a degree candidate. Reputation or prestige of colleges can be determined from various sources. For example, you can look at the US Business School Rankings conducted by independent sources. You have to be careful while using these rankings. You must understand the methodology; it is a methodology such as this that leads to different rankings of colleges by different sources. Another source of information would be other people - your friends, family, and colleagues. Yet another source would be the current students at the institution, with whom you can communicate through Student Associations.

After identifying some prospective colleges, you should visit their websites or communicate with them directly to determine whether their offerings match your interests. You should also learn about the research conducted by their faculty. If you have a specific area within the discipline of business administration that you are particularly interested in, you might want to look for professors with a reputation for well-recognized expertise in that discipline.

Having identified prospective colleges, you can narrow down the list further by determining which schools are likely to accept you as a degree candidate. You can use the iMahal College Finder to identify colleges that best match your performance and needs.

This is an iterative process - you may have to repeat the process a few times to produce a target list of colleges. Thus, the selection process for you requires research and effort. We wish you the best.

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