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When the decision is made to pursue an MBA, there are a number of questions one must ask themselves: how will I afford this degree? How will I make time for class? And can I keep my current job? Thankfully, most business schools acknowledge that not every student has the time or money to devote to a full-time curriculum. With flex or accelerated MBA options, students today have a number of different options for earning their degree on their terms.
If you’re looking to pursue an advanced business degree in the center of the world—New York City—but are concerned about the time and money it will take to complete an MBA, you might want to consider an Fast-Track or accelerated MBA program, some of which allow you to complete your degree in half the amount of time of a full-time program.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the top New York City accelerated MBA programs:
At Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, students have the option of enrolling in the One-Year MBA program, a 42-credit degree that is completed in 12 consecutive months.
The One-Year MBA at Zicklin provides students with the same rigorous academic experience as the full-time MBA program, but in half the time. The program is perfect for students with an undergraduate business degree and at least two-to-five years professional work experience in a business-related field, who can use their strong knowledge of business fundamentals to move quickly through the degree. Beginning in June, the program consists of two Summer Blocks, a fall and spring semester and Winter Intersession with the option of studying abroad.
An Accelerated MBA is available at Ramapo College’s Anisfield School of Business in New Jersey, just outside of the New York metro area. Recognized as one of the top quality business schools accredited by the AACSB in New Jersey, Ramapo College accelerated MBA allows working professionals to earn their MBA in just 20 months while still maintaining a career. Anisfield’s Accelerated MBA also allows students the option to take two Project Management electives which will prepare them to sit for the Project Management Profession (PMP) exam along with their degree.
The Accelerated MBA at Anisfield can be completed in 20 months, which consists of 2 evenings per week on campus, three hours online and just two classes per ten-week term. The degree focuses on a foundational and functional core of knowledge, while also requiring courses on leadership, global business, and offering the chance to take electives like Supply Chain Management, Marketing Research and many more.
At the Binghamton University School of Management, students with an undergraduate business degree can accelerate their MBA timeline with one of Binghamton’s three Fast-Track MBA programs.
Any student possessing a bachelor’s degree in business from an AACSB-accredited institution may apply for the Management Fast-Track MBA, which can be completed in just one year. Accepting only students from AACSB institutions means all students entering the program have a similar strong business foundation, which allows the program to move quickly and allow more flexibility when it comes to elective courses. Undergraduate Binghamton students also have the option of enrolling in Fast-Track MBAs offered through the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. Both of these programs last only a year by combining a student’s undergraduate degree with graduate coursework.
The Lubin School of Business at Pace offers students the opportunity to take a Fast-Track MBA in Marketing Management or Financial Management. At 39 credits, both programs cut the amount of time to earn a traditional MBA in half—which also significantly cuts the cost. Students who have graduated from an AACSB-accredited business school are eligible to apply with a 3.30 cumulative GPA or higher—those with a GPA higher than 3.5 may also be able to waive the GMAT requirement.
Students in these programs also have the opportunity to take advantage of student housing, fully immersing themselves in their Fast-Track program. The Marketing Management MBA emphasizes Professional Core Courses, such as Organization Behavior and Leadership or Managing Innovation, but also offers Specialization Electives, Breadth Electives and a Capstone Course. The Fast-Track Financial Management MBA offers many of the same foundational courses, but differs in required specialization courses and special electives.
The University of St. Thomas – Cameron School of Business recently inducted the Cullen Trust for Higher Education into the CSB Hall of Fame, announced during the CSB Business Symposium in November.
As a prospective MBA, you probably already know that while an MBA degree provides students with a strong business foundation, many programs also offer students the chance to specialize their education. For students who have a sense of the career path they would like to pursue after earning their degree, earning consulting and strategic management MBAs can provide a competitive edge in the job market.
Students looking to pursue a career in strategic planning may find it useful to earn a specialized MBA with a focus on strategic or organizational management. Given the role of a strategic consultant—helping a company to grow and plan for the future through the consultant’s expertise and analysis—gaining direct experience in consulting and strategic management can be an important step in preparing to enter the field.
Students looking in Atlanta will find a number of schools offering consulting and strategic management MBAs. With these programs, students can still obtain the strong foundation of business knowledge that comes with an MBA degree, while simultaneously strengthening the specific skills needed for a career in strategic management.
We’ve rounded up some of the top Consulting And Strategic Management MBA programs in Atlanta below.
The two-year MBA at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School allows students to concentrate their degree in a number of fields, including Strategy Consulting. With a combination of business fundamentals and elective courses, the Goizueta MBA allows students to truly create their own educational experience without forsaking the development of a strong business foundation.
Below are just a few of the recent electives offered for students in the Strategy Consulting concentration at Goizueta:
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Marketing Intelligence & Customer Insights
- Corporate Governance & Firm Value
- Consumer Behavior
- Strategic Decision/Analysis
- Marketing Channel Strategy & B2B
- Forecasting & Predictive Analysis
The Robinson College of Business at GSU offers an MBA in Organization Management through the Department of Managerial Sciences. The Department has a number of faculty members within the field of Strategy Management, who work with students at all levels of education, from undergraduate students to Ph.D. candidates and everything in between. The faculty work to help students “develop their understanding of how competitive advantage is created in firms, and the decision processes, analytical frameworks and organizational systems and structures that support the creation and maintenance of advantage.”
Below are just a few of the electives offered as part of the Organization Management elective:
- Problem Solving
- Consulting Practice and Theory
- Management Studies Abroad
- Comparative Business Systems
- Organizing to Compete
The Scheller College of Business at GIT offers students the chance to earn an MBA in Strategy & Innovation as part of the full-time MBA program. The program focuses on developing each student’s understanding of how an organization gains and sustains competitive advantage. The program also aims to show the natural intersection between innovation and strategy.
The Strategy & Innovation MBA at Scheller centers around two core courses in Managerial Economics and Strategic Management, along with several elective courses for students to choose from, such as:
- Venture Creation
- Technology Strategy
- Current Thinking in Strategy
- Qualitative Research for Business
- Managerial Economics and Strategic Behavior
UGA’s Terry College of Business offers an MBA with an emphasis in consulting, one of the most popular career paths for Terry graduates. The consulting emphasis at Terry employs both an interdisciplinary and experiential approach, combining classroom experience with hands-on, project based learning. The program develops student’s skills in a variety of areas, building the necessary analytical and practical skills for a consultant to effectively improve their client’s operations. Terry graduates in consulting have gone on to work in management consulting roles at top companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, KPMG and more.
Terry MBA students in consulting have two required courses in Competitive Strategy and a practicum in Innovative Business Projects. Several additional electives are available, including:
- Economics of Management Organizations
- Critical Design Thinking
- Marketing Analytics and Decision-Making
- Business Process Management
The Women in Leadership Conference (WILC), which celebrates and encourages women in business leadership roles, will take place this February at the Rice University – Jones Graduate School of Business.