Founded at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1908, the Master of Business Administration , widely known as the MBA, has evolved into one of the most popular and respectable degrees globally.
An MBA degree is now viewed as an elemental prerequisite for being employed by any self- respecting corporation. And even though there are many people who have left their mark in the business world, or have even established corporate empires, without having studied for a business degree, the possibility of failure increases dramatically for all types of business, when there is no MBA graduate on board, and the operation is run on a trial and error basis.
The MBA degree focuses on blending and interrelating business theories with practical application. During the course, students improve their leadership skills, become more innovative, get a good grasp of the organisational structure of companies, use scientific analysis to understand how the market operates, develop their creativity and their ability to think outside the box, and enhance their team work skills.
These key competences can be decisive in ensuring the success of an organisation and the further development of one’s professional career. Strategic and financial management, professional development skills and a good knowledge of business and research methods complete the MBA course subjects.
Even though the MBA is a business degree and thus considered as being only relevant to corporate jobs, it can, in fact be very beneficial for anyone running their own company or business, or holding a crucial position in an enterprise, because it improves operational understanding, management of finances and forecasting of future trends and changes in the economic climate.
Hezron Mainga Muia, Database Systems and Capacity Building Specialist, who works for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Gambia, and is currently an MBA student with UNICAF, has already experienced considerable improvement in the way he is doing his work, as a result of knowledge and skills he has acquired during the course. “This is the most transformative course I have taken in my life. I am sure that it will fix all that I thought was lost. I am in my first module, yet I feel transformed”, Mr Muia stated.
“This is the most transformative course I have taken in my life. I am sure that it will fix all that I thought was lost. I am in my first module, yet I feel transformed”
The MBA course material not only enhances and evolves the way students and professionals approach their work, it also makes graduates more employable; an internationally recognised MBA degree is universally considered as proof of graduates’ mastering of all necessary knowledge on the conduct of business, as well as of their ability to handle complex issues and carry out their duties responsibly, innovatively and creatively.
“With all I have learned so far, I am consciously building the disposition befitting a professional.” Ifeanyi David, Head of the Customer Service Unit for Keystone Bank Limited, Nigeria, said when he was asked if the MBA course has had an impact on his daily work.
“With all I have learned so far, I am consciously building the disposition befitting a professional.”
UNICAF offers prospective MBA students the choice to keep their job during their studies. A regular university degree usually requires that the student attends several lectures, scheduled at specific times sometimes, at far away campuses. Because all UNICAF degrees are available online, students can choose the time of day and the place where they wish to study. This leaves room to pursue work, take care of family and significantly reduce the amount of money one needs to pay for expensive tuition fees, accommodation, even air travel and visa in a foreign country, etc.
All UNICAF degrees can be earned with a UNICAF Scholarship and are equivalent to traditional university degrees; they are taught and awarded by the specific university the student chooses for their studies (University of South Wales, Unicaf University, Marymount California University or University of Nicosia). This avoids the confusion that some respective employers may have if presented with an online degree. The course material is the same as that taught to students attend classes in campus; all MBA students are required to submit assignments in order to earn the degree. This ensures the high quality of degrees offered through UNICAF and their internationally recognised status.
For more information about the MBA degree or the UNICAF Scholarship Programme, please visit https://www.unicaf.org/scholarships/