Top Ten One Year MBA Programs

One-year MBA programs are the perfect solution for people who already have a master’s or graduate degree in a complimentary subject and for those who cannot afford to spend two years in school or away from their families. Whatever your reason may be, here is a list of some of the top one-year MBAs around the world. Note: Unless otherwise noted, the Rankings and Tuition Fees published on this article are believed to be true for the academic year 2008-2009.


1. Northwestern University

Kellogg School of Management

Location: Evanston, Illinois, USA
Program: One-Year MBA
Rankings: #4 by BusinessWeek, #5 by US News and World Report, #22 by Financial Times
This 12-month program at Northwestern focuses on core courses during the summer and electives during the following year. The program is tailored for students who possess an undergraduate or graduate degree in business.
Tuition: One-Year MBA Program $72,000 (for 2011-2012)


Location: Fontainebleau, France and Singapore
Program: MBA
Rankings: #5 by Financial Times, #1 by BusinessWeek, #7 International by the Wall Street Journal

INSEAD offers two campuses and two start dates. Students can choose to apply to the European campus in Fontainebleau, France or to the Asian campus in Singapore. The program has two start dates per year – August and January. The INSEAD MBA lasts 10 months and is divided into 5 periods that include core and electives courses.

Tuition: €56,000 (approximately $80,000 USD)

3. IE Business School

Location: Madrid, Spain
Program: International MBA
Rankings: #3 Business Week, #7 by Financial Times, #1 by The Wall Street Journal

The International MBA at Instituto de Empresa lasts 13 months (November – December) with a pre-program/orientation session that starts in September and includes an intensive Spanish course. The program includes core courses, electives, forums, optional business Spanish lessons, and projects.

Tuition: €58,200 (Approximately $83,000 USD)

4. University of Cambridge

Judge Business School

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Program: MBA
Rankings: #10 by Business Week, #21 by Financial Times

The One-Year MBA program at Cambridge starts in October and ends in August with the culmination of an individual project. The program includes core courses, electives, a Cambridge Venture project, a global consulting project, and an individual project. One thing that distinguishes this program from the rest is its location at the heart of Silicon Fern – a concentration of new high-tech and bio-tech businesses.

Tuition: MBA Program £36,000 College Fee £2,289 (Approx. $62,000 USD)

5. University of Oxford

Saïd Business School

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Program: MBA
Rankings: #16 by Business Week, #16 by Financial Times

Oxford’s one-year MBA program starts in October and ends in September. The program includes core courses, electives, and an entrepreneurship project. Most of the core courses focus on quantitative subjects such as Finance, Economics, and Decision Science, while electives include marketing, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, private equity and other subjects.

Tuition: MBA Program £36,300 College Fee £3,150 (Approx. $64,000 USD)

6. Cornell University

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Location: Ithaca, New York, USA
Program: Accelerated MBA
Rankings: #13 by BusinessWeek, #16 by US News and World Report, #36 by Financial Times, #11 by The World Street Journal

Cornell’s One-Year Accelerated MBA program lasts 12 months starting in May and graduating the following May. This program is specially designed for individuals who already possess a graduate degree in a technical, scientific or quantitative field. It requires strong quantitative skills and professional work experience.

Tuition: $51,480 USD (for 2011-2012)


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Program: One-Year MBA
Rankings: #4 by BusinessWeek, #19 by Financial Times, #6 by The Wall Street Journal

ESADE’s One Year Full Time MBA program lasts 12 months starting in April and ending in March. The program starts in English with parallel Spanish classes. Business electives can be taken in either Spanish or English after the core program has been completed. The program is designed for students who have a bachelor’s in business, economics or engineering.

Tuition: €54,500 (Approx. $78,400 USD) for 2011-2012

8. Emory University

Goizueta Business School

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Program: One-Year MBA
Rankings: #22 by Business Week, #23 by US News and Week Report, #34 by Financial Times, #10 by The Wall Street Journal

The One-Year MBA program at Emory starts in May and lasts 12 months. The program requires that applicants have a business or economics degree, or an engineering degree and business experience. Applicants should have strong quantitative skills and significant work experience. The program focuses on core courses and electives with the majority of core courses being completed during the summer.

Tuition: $63,600

9. University of Florida

Warrington College of Business Administration

Location: Gainesville, Florida, USA
Program: Traditional One-Year MBA
Rankings: #77 by Financial Times

Besides traditional two-year and online programs, the University of Florida offers two options for its one-year MBA. Option A is designed for students from all majors. This option lasts 12 months and focuses on core subjects and electives. Also, option A offers a 1/3 scholarship to all students. Option B is designed for business majors who completed their bachelor’s within 7 years. This option lasts 11 months and focuses mainly on electives.

Tuition: Florida Residents $15,555, Out-of-State $38,745 (including 1/3 scholarship for Option A).

10. Babson College

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Program: One-Year MBA
Rankings: #51 Overall (#1 Entrepreneurship) by US News and World Report, #1 Entrepreneurship by Financial Times
Description: Ranked as the top MBA in Entrepreneurship, Babson offers an MBA program that starts in May and lasts 12 months. This program requires that applicants have a business undergraduate degree and at least 2 years of professional experience. The program focuses on core courses during the summer months, and allows students to choose their electives during the following two semesters.
Tuition: $60,326

Rankings are based on regular MBA rankings.

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40 comments to Top Ten One Year MBA Programs

  • Harika

    I have 10 months experience in software Industry in India after my Under Grad. Now I would like to pursue 1 year MBA course. Please help in finding the universities in Singapore and USA that offer 1 year MBA program. Thanks in advance!


    I am interested one year MBA either General management of Entrepreneur. I have 3 years of experience our family business. which B schools suits me



  • Amit Kapoor

    Hi I am a banker for past 5 years in India and now want to do accelerated MBA programme can you please guide me which universities are good and about the fee part.

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  • murad shahid

    hello i have a managerial experience in a manufacturing firm but now i plan to do an accelerated mba program . Can you please guide me about good universities around in us. Furthermore, please let me know about any scholarships program which i can opt….thanks

  • Casesourav

    I have total 8 years of IT experience in top MNCs like Accenture, IBM and Deloitte as system administrator, ABAP developer and technical manager. Now I am in Top Indian research institute doing Mtech in Computer (as BE grade was below 70% from a NIT). Now as per my plan i would do PHD from a reputed |or || tier US university. After that i want to do a one year MBA/MS in management. Can anyone advice where should i pursue management degree/certi and which program i should enroll in. How about sloan fellow program in MIT and Stanford. Which one is better. I want to stick to technical career path.And what about Harvard. If i don’t consider harvard, would i miss big brand name, networking security. Please advise me. I will do anything to fulfill the criteria to enroll in top 3/4 business school.

  • I am a Chartered Accountant with 11 years experience in MNC Banks…can I know of good Bschools in the US which have one year MBA program? also, need to know about their placements..thanks

  • MBA Blog

    can you please provide details about the 1 year MBA programs in united states

  • Deepa

    I have 2years work experience in IT industry. please suggest me universities for executive MBA

  • Nishant Sharma

    hi,i am a doctor working in India with o work-ex of 5.5 years in a tertiary care hospital after graduation.which one year mba programme would be suited for me?,thanks.

  • UM

    I have a Master’s degree and possess 16+ yrs of work ex mainly in IT, Supply Chain and manufacturing in mid-management level. I am keen on a taking a leap in my career path. I would like your advice on what schools I should apply to for a 1 yr fast track MBA. I am 39 now. Pls. guide. Thanks.

    • Denisse Romero

      UM – Any of the programs listed on this page would probably be a good fit for you, but you need to filter them based on your goals and objectives. Is there a particular location where you want to be? Europe or USA? Chicago or London? Florida or Massachusetts? Do you want to work for a specific industry? Try to select a program that allows you to gain some managerial experience as well as contacts in that industry. Also, contact the programs you are interested in attending and ask about alumni placement statistics. This will give you a better idea of the types of positions available after you finish your MBA.

  • Navya

    I’m planning to apply for MBA in France.I have 3 years of exp and really good extra curricular and co-curricular activities.
    Can u kindly suggest some reputed univerities in France (or Europe) which accepts candidates with 3 years of experience?

    • Denisse Romero

      Navya – Most MBAs require a minimum of 2 years of experience. Having said this, keep in mind that the more experience you have, the more valuable you will be as a student, team member, or project partner. Some of the top MBA programs in France include INSEAD, HEC Paris, EDHEC, ESSEC, Grenoble.

    • Aakash

      hey navya, so did you finally go to any bschool in Europe?? if yes, where??

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