(Read the previous post, “E is for Executive,” here)
As I continue in the program to (hopefully) receive my EMBA degree in December, I have been considering just what an EMBA degree is, and what it means.
A master’s degree is an academic degree granted to individuals who have undergone study demonstrating a mastery or high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice. Within the area studied, graduates are posited to possess advanced knowledge of a specialized body of theoretical and applied topics; high order skills in analysis, critical evaluation or professional application; and the ability to solve complex problems and think rigorously and independently. The degree is awarded upon graduation from a university via Master’s degree – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
A master’s degree is intended to be granted to those who have “undergone study demonstrating mastery.” Someone who masters a topic.
To be clear, I don’t currently have a bachelor’s degree in anything. Considering most master’s programs don’t require a related bachelor’s (you can get a Master’s of Divinity with any bachelor’s degree) that’s not a problem.
So the EMBA program is a Master’s program: producing graduates who able to master management and business. We study finance, marketing, accounting, economics, leadership, and more because in order to master our work. We work through solving problems in our own industries, each other’s industries in team projects, and completely different industries which cause us to think through what we’re learning and apply it in concrete ways. When we’re done with the program we’ll be ready to lead and manage at a much higher level than we were before.
No matter the topic, if you’re going to excel in the field you need to master the topic. A master’s degree is (at least intended) for mastering a topic, in our case business and management, to the point of excellence.