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The Top One-Year MBA Programs in 2020

One Year MBA Programs

We have compiled a list of some of the top one-year MBA programs in 2020, compiled from the MetroMBA program search tool.  The programs listed below all can be completed in 12 months or less, enabling you to complete your degree quicker and in many instances, much cheaper than their two-year or part-time counterparts. There are also full-time programs and online programs that can be completed in 12 months or less, however, this list only focuses on one-year specific programs.  To see a full list of programs that can be completed in 12 months or less view our program search tool here.

School/ProgramLocation
Arizona State University – W.P. Carey School of Business – Fast Track MBATempe, Arizona
Babson Univerity – Olin School of Business – One -Year MBAWellesley, Massachusettes
Cambridge Judge School of Business – One-Year MBACambrdige, England
Cornell University – Johnson School of Management – One Year MBAIthaca, New York
LaSalle University – One-Year MBAPhiladelphia, PA
Lehigh University – Full-Time One Year MBABethlehem, Pennsylvania
Miami Herbert Business School –  Accelerated MBAMiami, Florida
Northwestern University –  Kellogg School of Mangement – Accelerated MBAChicago, Illinois
Oxford University – Said Business School – One-Year MBAOxford, England
Saint Joseph’s University – Haub School of Business –  Executive One-Year MBAPhiladelphia, PA
SMU Cox School of Business –  One-year MBADallas, Texas
University of Notre Dame – Mendoza College of Business – One Year MBASouth Bend, Indiana
Western University – Ivey Business School – Accelerated MBALondon, Ontario

Can you get an MBA in one year?

Yes, there are top-ranked programs that offer one-year programs globally.  When researching one-year programs, there are three main categories that schools will list these programs: One-Year MBA programs, Accelerated MBA programs, and Fast-Track MBA programs.  These programs can all be completed in 12 months or less.

Is a one-year MBA worth it?

One-year MBA programs have advantages compared to two-year programs and part-time programs. For example, these advantages include a lesser time commitment to complete your degree and a lower overall cost.  Part-time programs can take anywhere from 2-5+ years to complete.  Two-year programs obviously are double the amount of time of the one-year MBA programs.  In addition, a one-year program won’t increase your cost of attendance for living expenses and typically lower your student fees associated with your program of study. 


Arizona State University – W.P. Carey School of Business – Fast Track MBA

The Fast Track MBA at the W.P. Carey School of Business is for working professionals who need an MBA to advance in their careers but prefer to work while going to school. Fast-track MBA classes are held two evenings a week on ASU’s Tempe campus — with online courses also available — allowing you to earn your MBA in 12-18 months, depending on your incoming discipline.

Babson Univerity – Olin School of Business – One -Year MBA

The Olin One-Year MBA can be completed in 12 months and is the #1 ranked entrepreneurship program according to U.S. News & World Report. The Babson MBA is 45 credits. All full-time students earn their first 15 credits through the Core, a collection of courses and real-world learning challenges designed to build a practical business foundation. Your remaining 30 credits are to explore electives in the topics that matter most to you.

Cambridge Judge School of Business – One-Year MBA

The Cambridge One-Year MBA program has four distinct phases, arranged across four terms. The curriculum is designed to produce graduates who demonstrate intellectual rigor and who are skilled in the practice of management and core business principles in finance, strategy, marketing, operations, accounting, economics, corporate governance, organizational behavior, technology, and entrepreneurship, within a global context. The MBA is taught through a blend of workshops, seminars, lectures, small group work, group discussion, presentations, and experiential learning.

Cornell University – Johnson School of Management – One Year MBA

In 12 months, students can advance their career with an Ivy League MBA—and you’ll enjoy the benefits of a residential MBA program in Ithaca.

Johnson’s STEM-designated, full-time One-Year MBA program in Ithaca offers a sequenced, yet flexible, curriculum, which includes the option to take courses at Cornell Tech in New York City. You’ll not only learn foundational business principles but also skills related to the industry that makes the most sense for your career advancement as you choose electives.

The program’s STEM designation recognizes a path in management science with an emphasis in data analytics, technology, and other similar disciplines integral to contemporary business leadership.

LaSalle University – One-Year MBA

La Salle University’s One-Year MBA program is for recent graduates and those with working experience who are in various stages of their careers. Students with an undergraduate degree or minor in business are able to complete the program in as little as 12 months.

The program is designed to be very intensive in nature. Students take a full course load during the fall and spring semesters in addition to a winter intersession and summer semester. Students will gain professional and personal skills to be a leader in their chosen field. U.S. and international students are eligible for partial scholarships.

Lehigh University – Full-Time One Year MBA

The Lehigh one year, full-time 1-MBA program is designed for professionals who wish to either pivot their careers toward a business-related area, which may not be in their previous field of employment, or accelerate their career growth within their chosen field. It is a one year, rigorous curriculum that includes the functional areas of business and embraces the shared value model that recognizes various stakeholders in today’s high-tech, modern societies.

The one year duration of this full-time, cohort program model, when compared to the traditional two year MBA full-time model, significantly reduces the opportunity costs of those who forego their current employment to attend.

Miami Herbert Business School –  Accelerated MBA

The Accelerated MBA at the Miami Herbert Business School allows you to fast-track your career through hands-on opportunities in the city that is shaping the future of business. The Accelerated MBA gives eligible students the unique opportunity to earn an MBA in less than a year. The Accelerated MBA at the Miami  Herbert Business School is an innovative and intensive seven-month program that begins in May and ends in December. Designed for students who already have advanced business or quantitative skills, the curriculum enhances core business concepts through higher-level coursework, an experiential consulting project, and a diverse selection of electives.

Northwestern University –  Kellogg School of Management – Accelerated MBA

The Kellogg Accelerated MBA option is designed for students who have completed requisite business courses and want to dive into advanced electives sooner. With fewer credits to graduate, the Accelerated Option allows you to complete your Kellogg MBA in as quickly as just one year and at less expense than earning your Evening & Weekend MBA at a traditional pace. Students can choose between the evening schedule and the weekend schedule. Take up to four classes per quarter.

Oxford University – Said Business School – One-Year MBA

The Oxford MBA courses comprise an intensive series of stimulating lectures, energetic seminars and small group work, which can take students anywhere in the world. The Oxford MBA is an intense, one-year program designed to empower you to lead with purpose. Commencing in September, you will experience an exciting launch period helping you to get to know your fellow classmates, assimilate into life at Oxford Saïd, and begin learning fundamental leadership skills.

Saint Joseph’s University – Haub School of Business –  Executive One-Year MBA

Saint Joseph’s University offers the only one-year executive MBA program over three-to-five semesters. The program incorporates an international residency, which gives students a deeper understanding of the managerial, political and cultural concepts that influence and drive international business. The one-year program is a rigorous, accelerated program designed for students with at least five years of professional experience and an undergraduate degree in business.

SMU Cox School of Business –  One-year MBA

The One-Year MBA at SMU Cox is tailored for early-career professionals who are looking for a rigorous, personalized experience in an intimate small-school setting. Their streamlined, modular curriculum lets you tailor your learning to your specific career focus by choosing from a wide range of electives in several concentrations; you can also opt for a minor.

University of Notre Dame – Mendoza College of Business – One Year MBA

The One-Year MBA program is an accelerated program for those already building a career in business. After an intense 10-week summer session, students declare a concentration and then join the second year of the Mendoza Two-Year Program. During the Fall and Spring semesters, you’ll earn the rest of your required 46 credit hours and have the ability to participate in an International Immersion experience.

Western University – Ivey Business School – Accelerated MBA

Ivey’s 12-month Accelerated MBA allows you to earn an MBA while you work. Designed for working professionals with an undergraduate business degree. Classes start in January each year with online access beginning in November to prepare you for the program start. The blended program delivery combines online learning with live in-class sessions for a truly modern experience. The interactive online portion allows you to complete studies in a flexible format – at your own pace, wherever you might be. The program also allows you to maintain your career while completing an Ivey MBA with 3 classroom days per month (Friday through Sunday).

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Ryan Nemetz
Ryan Nemetz

Ryan is the Director of Client Services at MetroMBA and Clear Admit. He has over six years of experience in higher education including his current role and serving as a college basketball coach at Eastern University for four years.

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