A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from September 04, 2015
Massive Bank Account ("MBA” backronym)

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree often comes with a higher salary than just a bachelor’s. The MBA is sometimes given the jocular backronym (back acronym) of “Massive Bank Account.” “The only way to survive in today’s business world is to have an M.B.A. — a Massive Bank Account” was cited in Robert Orben’s 2400 Jokes to Brighten Your Speeches (1984).

Other MBA backronyms include “Master Bullshit Artist,” “Mediocre But Aggressive” and “Mediocre But Arrogant.”

The Bachelor of Science degree is frequently called B.S. ("bull shit") and the Master of Science degree is called M.S. ("more shit” or “more of the same"), with both referenced in print since at least 1932. Ph.D. (doctorate) backronyms include “Piled Higher and Deeper,” “Pizza Hut Deliveryman,” “Poor, Hungry Doctor” and “Poor, Hungry and Driven.” M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree backronyms include “Money Doctor” and “Much Deeper.”


Wikipedia: Master of Business Administration
The Master of Business Administration (MBA or M.B.A.) is a master’s degree in business administration (management). The MBA degree originated in the United States in the late 19th century when the country industrialized and companies sought scientific approaches to management. The core courses in an MBA program cover various areas of business such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and operations in a manner most relevant to management analysis and strategy. Most programs also include elective courses.

The MBA is a terminal degree and a professional degree. Accreditation bodies specifically for MBA programs ensure consistency and quality of education. Business schools in many countries offer programs tailored to full-time, part-time, executive, and distance learning students, many with specialized concentrations.

Google Books
2400 Jokes to Brighten Your Speeches
By Robert Orben
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1984
Pg. 125:
The only way to survive in today’s business world is to have an M.B.A. — a Massive Bank Account.

Google Books
Texas Wit & Wisdom
By Wallace O. Chariton
Plano, TX: Wordware Pub.
1989
Pg. 55:
When she grew up and graduated from the University of Texas, she received an M.B.A. — Massive Bank Account — from daddy.

17 March 1997, The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, CA), “Some Lessons They Learned the Hard Way” by Jan Norman, Business Monday, pg. 12, col. 3:
John Bates of National Business Brokers of Lake Forest says, “You need an MBA—Massive Bank Account—to fund, subsidize and cover personal expenses during the start-up period.”

Google News Archive
12 May 2002, The Blade (Toledo, OH), “College ends with pep talks: Grads at UT, BGSU to find success” by Jane Schmucker, pg. A9, col. 1:
“Go get a real MBA, which is a massive bank account,” Mark Hansen, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, told graduates yesterday afternoon.

Google Books
Nothing Down for Women:
The Smart Woman’s Quick-Start Guide to Real Estate Investing

By Robert G. Allen and Karen Nelson Bell
New York, NY: Free Press
2007
Pg. 3:
The end result may or may not be fashionable in literary circles, but you’ll look good with your new MBA (Massive Bank Account)!

Google Books
How I Became A Big Money Speaker and How You Can Too!:
The 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Adding Public Speaking to Your Current Business!

By James Malincha
New York, NY: Morgan James
2010
Pg. 13:
I want you to have only one designation, which is an MBA:

M: MASSIVE
B: BANK
A: ACCOUNT

Twitter
Lamont Nelms
‏@Lamontnelms
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12:47 PM - 8 Sep 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Friday, September 04, 2015 • Permalink