One Year MBA

One Year MBA

For students who have the focus, drive, and motivation to complete a rigorous business education on an accelerated timeline, the online MBA from American University's Kogod School of Business offers a degree track which can be completed in as little as one year. This highly demanding program is the only online program in the Washington, D.C., area—and one of very few AACSB-accredited programs nationwide—that can be completed in just one year.

Program Requirements


total credits to complete


core courses


elective courses



Who Should Pursue the One-Year MBA?

Whether they are interested in launching, re-launching, or transitioning careers, students of all experience levels can take advantage of the program to develop critical new skills. Because of its accelerated timeline, MBA@American’s one-year MBA track is ideal for students who:

  • Thrive in a fast-paced, action-driven environment
  • Have a solid foundational grasp of core business concepts
  • Can handle a highly demanding coursework load

What Can Students Expect from the Program?

The one-year MBA program places students in a fast-paced environment where they will be expected to completely immerse themselves in the MBA experience. Students will be challenged to push themselves intellectually, manage their personal and professional commitments, and make themselves fully available to their peers and professors. The curriculum, faculty and coursework delivery methods for the one-year MBA are the same as those in the traditional, 15-month MBA program.

Why Is There No Work Experience Requirement?

The Kogod School of Business does not require a minimum amount of work experience in order to bring a diverse body of motivated students to our collaborative community. Those interested in efficiently building upon their undergraduate business degrees can also benefit from the accelerated MBA, however a degree in business is not required.

12 Month Online MBA Suggested Course Sequence

12 Month Online MBA Suggested Course Sequence
Module Number Course
1 KSB-612 Strategic Thinking for Decisions (3)
FIN-605 Managerial Economics and Corporate Strategy (3)
MKTG-612 Marketing Management (3)
ACCT-607 Financial Accounting (3)
2 ITEC-616 Management Information Systems (3)
MGMT-609 Management of Organizations and Human Capital (3)
ACCT-635 Business Law, Ethics and Governance (3)
ITEC-610 Applied Managerial Statistics (3)
3 FIN-614 Financial Management (3)
IBUS-618 Manager in the International Economy (3)
Elective 1 (3) KSB-630 Business Capitals Immersion (1.5)1
4 KSB-631 Management Accounting and Operations Management (3)
Elective 2 (3)
Elective 3 (3)
KSB-613 Strategic Decision Making (3) KSB-630 Business Capitals Immersion (1.5)1
1 Students may choose the modules in which to take each section of KSB-630 to suit location preferences. Return to footnote reference

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