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Management Degree Overview

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What Is a Management Degree?

A management degree is a type of business degree. Management degrees are awarded to students who have completed a college, university, or business school program with an emphasis on management.

Types of Management Degrees

There are four basic types of management degrees. Each degree takes a different amount of time to complete. Some degrees may not be available at all schools. They include:
  • Associate's Degree - An associate's degree can be earned from a 2-year college, a 4-year college or university, or a business school. Most associate's programs in management take two years to complete. Curriculum generally includes instruction in general education topics, such as English, math, and science, in addition to courses in business, finance, communications, and leadership.
  • Bachelor's Degree - Like an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree in an undergraduate degree. Bachelor's degrees in management can be earned from any 4-year college or university. Some business schools also offer bachelor's degree programs. Curriculum includes general education courses as well as comprehensive instruction in management, leadership, business operations, and related topics.
  • Master's Degree - A master's degree in management can be earned from colleges, universities, and business schools that offer graduate programs. One of the most popular master's degrees is an MBA in management. The average master's degree program takes two years to complete, but there are some programs that can be completed in as little as 11-18 months. A master's degree program in management generally consists of intensive study. Students will explore many different management topics and may be required to complete an internship to earn their degree.
  • Doctorate Degree - A doctorate degree is the highest academic degree that can be earned. Not every school offers this degree. However, there are many U.S. universities and business schools that do provide doctorate programs in management. These programs often focus on research, though there are some programs that are geared toward students interested in a professional doctorate degree.
Best Places to Get a Management Degree

There are many good schools that offer management degree programs. Some of the most well known specialize in business education. This is especially true of schools that offer bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in management. Some of the best management schools in the United States include Harvard University, Tuck School of Business, Kellogg School of Management, and Stanford School of Business. You can see more business school rankings by clicking on the following links: What Can I Do with a Management Degree?

There are many different career levels in the management field. You may work as an assistant manager. In this job, you will assist one or more other managers. You may be assigned a number of duties and will most certainly be responsible for overseeing other people. You can also work as a mid-level manager. In this position, you will report to one or more executive managers and will most likely have an assistant manager to help you complete your duties. Mid-level managers typically supervise more people than assistant managers. The highest level of management is executive management. Executive managers are usually charged with supervising all of the employees within a business. They are also responsible for supervising business operations.

A number of job titles exist within these three management levels. Job titles are usually related to a manager's responsibility. For example, a manager that oversees people and human resources is known as a human resources manager. An accounting manager would be responsible for accounting operations, and a production manager would be responsible for production operations.

Learn More about Management

You can learn more about management degrees and careers in the management field by clicking on the links below.
  • Management 101 - Find out what management is, what managers do, and how you can get a job in management.
  • Management Skills Pyramid - See which skills need to be mastered at each level of management and get tips on how to succeed in your management career.
  • Management Jobs - Find out what types of jobs are available to managers and how you can increase your chances of employment after earning a management degree.

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