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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 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.

Salisbury University

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
Babson College

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.

Sacred Heart
Suffolk University
Dayton University

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

Northwestern University
Northern Illinois
Notre Dame
Baylor University

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.

North Texas
University of Colorado - Denver

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

University of Houston-Downton

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. 

City University London
Imperial College Business School

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.

Binghampton University

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.

Lehigh University
La Salle

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.

Saint Joseph's
West Chester
Point Loma Nazarene University

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.

University of San Diego School of Business Administration
San Jose State

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.

San Francisco State University College of Business
Seattle University

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.

HEC Montréal

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

Western University Canada
McGill University
Queen's University
Ryerson University
University of Ottawa
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