Typically, to qualify as a graduate degree in business, a degree program must be offered through the college or university's school of business or management. While most candidates are likely to satisfy this requirement with an MBA degree, it might also be satisfied with a more focused business degree in what would be considered a traditional business subject. Thus, a candidate would be considered as having a graduate degree in business if he or she completed a MST or a MSAIS/MSMIS.
Other traditional areas of business include, but are not limited to, subjects such as: decision sciences, finance (including banking, insurance and real estate), human resources, management science, marketing, operations management, organizational behavior, organizational development, strategic management, supply chain management and technology management (excerpted from AACSB International Accreditation Standards). A focused graduate degree in any of these areas will be considered to be a graduate degree in business.
To qualify, a graduate degree in law should be offered by a law school recognized by the American Bar Association or authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to grant law degrees. While most candidates are likely to possess a Juris Doctor (JD) degree or a Master's degree in law (LLM), other postgraduate law degrees will also qualify as appropriate graduate degrees in law.