Harvard | Mr. Soldier Boy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Stanford GSB | Ms. CPA To MBA
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. Michelin Man
GMAT 780, GPA 8.46/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Airline Developer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.48
Harvard | Mr. Latino Banker
GRE 332, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Lean Manufacturing
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Native Norwegian
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 Auditor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55
Tuck | Mr. First Gen Student
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
GMAT -, GPA 2.9
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Darden | Ms. Environmental Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Go-Getter
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. Global Healthcare
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
HEC Paris | Ms Journalist
GRE -, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Ms. Social Impact To Tech
GMAT -, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. First Gen Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD Explorer
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Automotive Project Manager
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Mr. Honor Roll Student
GRE 320, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthtech Venture
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
MIT Sloan | Mr. AI & Robotics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Social Entrepreneur
GRE 328, GPA 3.0

The Best One-Year MBA Programs

Cornell's Johnson School of Management is ranked 15th among the best U.S. business schools by Poets&Quants.

Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management

Cornell’s accelerated one-year MBA program is atypical largely because the school requires applicants to have earned master’s or doctoral degrees in rigorous quantitative fields. So if you merely have an undergraduate degree in business, you’re not meant for the Cornell experience. Neither are major career switchers. The school tries to steer those who plan major career changes into its two-year MBA program.

The accelerated program kicks off in May with an intensive 10-week summer term that covers orientation, core courses, leadership and professional development work. Remaining core courses are completed in the fall semester, along with a semester-long management practicum and a two-week internship. Electives are taken during the spring semester with graduation the following May.

Concentrations are optional, but available to help position students for their post-MBA goals. Cornell offers five “breadth concentrations”: Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Global Management, and Sustainable Global Enterprise. The school also offers seven “depth concentrations”: Corporate Finance, Financial Investing, Financial Analysis, Marketing Analytics, Marketing Management, Private Equity, and Strategy. Not bad for a one-year MBA program.

Cornell’s accelerated students, moreover, are not isolated from its more traditional two-year students. They share courses, faculty and resources with the mainstream, flagship MBA program.

In a typical year, Cornell will take in about 50 accelerated students (the Class of 2012 are made up of exactly 45). The advanced degree requirement clearly makes the program less appealing to women. In the latest class, only 13% of the accelerated students are female. But the standards are high with a median GMAT score of 710 and an average undergraduate GPA of 3.56. The median work experience is four years, while six of every ten students in the latest class are U.S. citizens.

How do they fare in the job market? Very well, thank you. Cornell reports that 97% of the Class of 2012 that sought job offers received them. The average reported base salary $106,400 and the average signing bonus of $17,600 compares favorably with graduates of Cornell’s two-year MBA program ($103,600 base and $23,200 signing bonus).

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.