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Welcome to MetroMBA’s 1 Year MBA Programs Guide. As the world’s best business schools continue to evolve, so does the MBA degree itself. Students at many of the world’s most prominent business schools now have more and more opportunities to earn the degree in just one year, or even less time. Below, we’ve outlined some of the best business schools in the world that offer these kinds of MBA programs. But what do you need to know before you apply?

What is a 1 Year MBA?

A traditional MBA program typically takes two years to complete. In addition, many business schools that offer a traditional MBA may offer a part-time MBA, specifically made for students who wish to earn the degree but have other professional obligations. These programs typically take around three years to complete but can last sometimes as long as six or seven years, per the student’s schedule. However, as the degree continues to evolve, the inverse one year option has become more readily available. For those looking to earn an MBA outside of the United States, a one year MBA may seem fairly typical. Many of the best non-U.S. schools have been offering an MBA that only takes one year to complete for some time now, such as the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. However, these kinds of offerings were usually absent from their American counterparts, until very recently.

Why Should I Take a 1 Year MBA?

Like earning an MBA itself, there is no one reason to enroll in a 1 Year MBA program. For many students, this simply means earning the degree in as fast a time as possible in order to advance their career. For others, the allure of completing a program outside of the United States may drive the decision-making process. There are different financial implications when enrolling in a one year program as well, considering the cost of living for those taking two-year programs on-campus may be more financially burdensome than one would hope. The overall costs of these kinds of MBA programs tend to be less than two-year MBAs, especially considering the cost of living. However, before one enrolls, the factor of time commitment must be fully considered.


Mercer University-The Eugene W. Stetson School of Business & Economics full-time MBA program at Mercer University can be completed in as little as 10-12 months.


The Salisbury University Perdue School of Business offers an accelerated one year Online MBA, that can be taken in a hybrid format of both online classes and in person. Loyola University Maryland In addition to the GMAT waiver offering, the full-time MBA at the Sellinger School of Business at the Loyola University Maryland can be completed in just one year.


The Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business offers a One Year MBA alongside its traditional MBA offerings. Students wishing to enroll in the program must have completed an undergraduate degree in business or economics, or have completed prerequisite business courses.

The executive MBA Sloan Fellows Program is a full-time, year long program.

The Sacred Heart University’s Jack Welch College of Business offers an MBA that can be taken either full-time or part-time, with the full-time option lasting just one year.

The Suffolk University -Sawyer Business School offers a full-time/part-time program can complete the program in as little as 10 months, depending upon how many courses that student is eligible to waive.


The Dayton University School of Business Administration in Ohio offers a One Year Online MBA track for applicants that recently earned an undergraduate degree in business or a related field.

The Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management offers one of the most highly-rated one year MBA offerings in the world, with its Accelerated MBA (One-Year) MBA.

The Northern Illinois University College of Business offers a 12 Month MBA, with classes beginning every January.

The Notre Dame University Mendoza College of Business in Indiana offers one of the more highly-rated One Year MBA programs in entire U.S. Midwest.

The Liautaud Graduate School of Business at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers a 54-credit, 13.5 course Accelerated MBA option.


The Baylor University Hankamer School of Business’ Online MBA program can be completed in as little as 12 months, or as long as 16 months.

The University of North Texas College of Business offers an Accelerated Online MBA program that can completed in just over one year (14 months).

The SMU Cox School of Business offers a Fast Track MBA program, which can be completed in just 12 months across three terms.

The Texas Christian University (TCU) Neeley School of Business offers six different kinds of MBA programs, including a 12-month Accelerated MBA.


The University of Colorado Denver Business School full-time MBA is actually an accelerated program and can be completed in just 11 months.


The University of Houston-Downtown Davies College of Business full-time MBA can be completed in just one year, depending upon the specialization selected by the student.


The Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge One-Year MBA features four eight-11 week terms.

The City University London Cass Business School full-time MBA is a 12-month program structured around “Block Learning.”

The Cranfield School of Management One-Year MBA is divided into four separate 10 week terms.

The entirely paperless Imperial College Business School full-time MBA can be completed in just 12 months.

The University of Oxford Saïd Business School One Year MBA is broken into four different terms, with a three-week orientation at the beginning.

The University of Reading Henley Business School full-time MBA is designed to be completed in just 12 months.

Los Angeles

USC’s IBEAR MBA (International Business Education and Research MBA) is a one-year, accelerated, full-time, international MBA program designed for mid-career professionals being groomed to assume senior global positions.

New York City

The Binghamton University School of Managment Fast-Track Professional MBA program takes just one year to complete, with students meeting on Saturdays and attend class from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Cornell Johnson One-Year MBA is a full-time program designed for students who have already earned a certification or are enrolled in one of the school’s dual degree programs. Certifications include: CFA, CPA, Institute of Chartered Financial Accountants (U.K. and India version of CPA), Society of Actuaries, and PMPs. The program begins in May and ends in May of the following year, including a 10-week orientation in the summer. The entire program takes place on the Cornell main campus in Ithaca, New York.

The 47-credit 1-MBA at the Lehigh University College of Business and Economics allows students to earn their MBA in just one year, while taking classes both in-person and online.


The La Salle Business School full-time and One-Year MBA programs can both be completed in as little as 12 months. The length of time in the full-time program depends upon the specializations selected by the student.

The Saint Joseph’s University Haub School of Business One-Year Executive MBA (EMBA) is one of the few of its kind offered in Philadelphia, able to be completed in just one year.

The Graduate Director at the West Chester University Business School may offer a GMAT waiver for its Online MBA program, which may take only nine months to complete.

San Diego

The Point Loma Nazarene University Fermanian School of Business Daytime MBA was designed for recent college graduates, and also offers a GMAT waiver for potential applicants.

The University of San Diego School of Business Administration International MBA program, designed for students looking to understand the international world of business better, can be completed in just one year.

San Francisco

The Early Career MBA program is an accelerated offering, beginning every fall, with 2-3 courses per session with 6-8 weeks of courses per class.

The San Francisco State Fast Track MBA is designed to accommodate needs of both full-time students with afternoon and evening classes. Students in the program can complete their MBA in as little as 12 months.


The Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics Full-Time MBA (Bridge) is a daytime, cohort program, designed for students with little business experience (none required) that did not major in business for their undergraduate studies.


The HEC Montréal full-time MBA features 54 credits of course work over a span of 12 months.

The Western University Canada Ivey Business School full-time MBA program can be completed in just 12 months, while the Accelerated MBA version can be completed in just eight months.

The 15-month McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA program, held at both the McGill University Desautelts Faculty of Management and HEC Montréal campuses, does not explicitly require GMAT/GRE scores in order to gain admission.

The Smith School of Business at Queen’s University full-time MBA and Accelerated MBA can each be completed in just 12 months. The accelerated variation, however, can be taken outside of the Queen’s University campus in the following metros: Vancouver; Calgary; Edmonton; Toronto; Mississauga; Markham; Ottawa; and Montreal. In addition, classes can also be taken online.

The Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management MBA In Management of Technology and Innovation features an accelerated offering that can be completed in just 12 months.

The Telfer School of Management MBA program features both a part-time and full-time format, with the full-time version taking 12 months to complete.


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