One-Year Master’s in Business Administration

Accelerate Your Career With an MBA

The online MBA from American University’s Kogod School of Business offers a degree track that can be completed in as little as one year, for students who are not working full-time and have the focus, drive, and motivation to complete a rigorous business education on an accelerated timeline.

Designed for professionals with a solid foundation in business who can commit to the time demand of an accelerated MBA, the program provides the same high-quality MBA education as the 15-month, 18-month and 24-month course sequences. This gives students the opportunity to complete their degrees in less time and prepare for career advancement more quickly.

Program Requirements


credits to complete


core courses


elective courses



One-Year Online MBA Suggested Course Sequence

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)
ITEC-616 Managing Digital Organizations (3)
MGMT-609 Management of Organizations and Human Capital (3)
ACCT-635 Business Law, Ethics and Governance (3)
ITEC-610 Applied Managerial Statistics (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
KSB-631 Managerial 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

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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 this one-year MBA program to develop critical business management and leadership skills. Because of its accelerated timeline, MBA@American’s one-year track is ideal for students who:

  • are not working full-time
  • can complete the program on a time-intensive schedule
  • thrive in a fast-paced, action-driven environment
  • have a solid foundational grasp of core business concepts
  • can handle a highly demanding course load

What Students Can Expect from the Program

The program places students in an intensive 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 for the program are the same as those in the 15-month and 24-month tracks.

Career Starters Welcome

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can students complete the one-year MBA program if they have a full-time job?

Due to the rigorous nature of the program and out of concern for students’ success, the one-year MBA program is not designed for students who work full-time.

Are admissions requirements for the one-year online MBA different than those of the online MBA program?

Admissions requirements, such as letters of recommendation and transcripts, for the one-year track are the same as for the online MBA program. For more information on the admissions requirements of the one-year MBA and our other graduate offerings, visit our admissions page.

How much is tuition for the one-year MBA, and is financial aid available?

Students are charged tuition on a per-credit-hour basis and the current rate of tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $1,812 per credit. Financial aid is treated the same as for our other online offerings. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for student aid, which includes federal loan programs. To find out more, visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Can students pursue a focus area in the one-year MBA program?

Students can pursue a focus area. The course sequence accounts for three 3-credit elective courses—enough to fulfill the 9 total credits required to complete a focus area. We offer focus areas in business analytics, consulting, cybersecurity, finance, and marketing.

Can students transition to another course sequence later?

Yes, students can change to the 15-, 18-, or 24-month course sequence during their program.

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