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Qualifications for Business Coaches
Candidates and holders of this credential only
Type of Qualification:
Degree: Graduate degree*
Level of Qualification:
Name of Qualification:
Master of Arts in Professional Development (Business Coaching)
October 24, 2007
Open | Accepting applicants
WABC's Commitment to Excellence
The Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) is the first global professional association representing the business coaching industry. Since its inception in 1997, WABC has dedicated itself to raising the profile of business coaching—still an emerging profession—and to differentiating it from coaching in general.
How? Through our principled approach of engaging in disciplined self-regulatory activities to increase public trust in our industry worldwide as it develops. We've identified our emerging profession. We've conducted groundbreaking investigations into what defines a competent business coach. We've further defined and standardized the activities and competencies of business coaching.
The results? WABC has done more than any other organization to identify the tasks, qualities and skills of the business coach. WABC's activities set the gold standard for business coaching and help decision-makers around the world when they screen, hire, train and evaluate business coaches.
The Master of Arts in Professional Development (Business Coaching) is a logical step in WABC efforts to continually raise the profile of business coaching. The first master’s program designed specifically for business coaches, this MA offers one of the richest learning experiences you’ll encounter outside your professional practice.
About the MA
The Master of Arts in Professional Development (Business Coaching) is a unique opportunity for business coaches who are seeking top-level professional development. This MA degree, allows you to leverage the real-world experience you’ve gained in your practice. Like most master’s programs, this one involves considerable research. What’s different is that the research must be work-based; research into purely academic topics is not enough. Your research must relate to your business coaching practice and must have an effect upon it. Ideally, your research will also contribute to the business coaching field in general.
The MA in Professional Development (Business Coaching) is for master business coaches (external or internal coaching or a combination of both) who actively publish in the field, develop practice for other coaches or work with senior managers and business leaders.
Purpose of Qualification
The Master of Arts in Professional Development (Business Coaching):
- Sets global academic standards for master business coaches through a master's degree, and clearly identifies these standards for buyers of business coaching
- Provides a fully accredited, rigorous assessment process that recognizes education, professional development and research in business coaching at the master's level
- Promotes the highest-caliber research and leadership in business coaching practice for the benefit of the public and coaching clients
- Contributes to the definition, development and self-regulation of the business coaching profession
Type of Qualification
The MA is a fully accredited master's degree.
There are no residency requirements for this degree program.
The Master of Arts in Professional Development (Business Coaching) is offered and delivered by PDF, an academic partner of Middlesex University, based in the UK. The degree is validated and awarded by Middlesex University.
How to Earn the MA
You are an ideal candidate for the MA degree if you actively practice as a master business coach. Specifically, you must meet these requirements:
- Be a WABC Full Member in good standing;
- Have at least five years of business coaching experience (external or internal coaching or a combination of both);
- Hold WABC's ChBC or CMBC;
- Pass an admittance interview with a senior faculty member; and
- Successfully complete the Master of Arts in Professional Development (Business Coaching) program.
How to Maintain the MA
There are no requirements to maintain this degree.
How to List the MA
Candidates in this program may list their candidacy as Master of Arts in Professional Development (Business Coaching) Candidate, MA in Professional Development (Business Coaching) Candidate or MA Candidate.
Graduates of this program may list the degree in full as Master of Arts in Professional Development (Business Coaching). They may list it by initials as MA or MA in Professional Development (Business Coaching).
Please Note: WABC members who hold any educational degrees, or any professional designations from organizations other than WABC, must have these credentials (now and in the future) verified by WABC if they wish to list them in any materials that display WABC trademarks (e.g., WABC name, logo, designations). This requirement applies to members' own materials (e.g., marketing and promotional material, résumés, business cards, website, email signature block) that contain WABC trademarks as well as to WABC materials (e.g., website, member correspondence). For full details, refer to our Use of Designations Policy, Trademarks and Logo Use Policy and Logos and Guidelines.
What's Your Next Step?
Learn more. Get more details in the Fast Track to an MA brochure.
Get in touch. Contact WABC.
What Others Say
Here's what some of our MA graduates have to say.
*Is Middlesex University accredited?
Yes. Based in the United Kingdom, Middlesex University was created through the amalgamation of a number of long-established colleges. It has approximately 22,000 candidates studying on campus and around the world, and 2500 staff. Middlesex is the largest provider of programs for global candidates in the UK.
All universities in the UK are accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Middlesex University is regularly assessed by this body and must carefully monitor and manage the standards of all its departments, programs and courses.
You can view the QAA review and audit reports on the QAA website.
Is the Professional Development Foundation accredited?
Yes. PDF, an academic partner of Middlesex University, is accredited by Middlesex to offer and deliver the Master of Arts in Professional Development (Business Coaching) program. The MA degree is validated and awarded by Middlesex University.
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WABC, PDF and Middlesex University reserve all rights in connection with the Master of Arts in Professional Development (Business Coaching) degree, including the right to change the requirements of the MA degree, and to replace the MA degree.