NYU Stern | Mr. Long Shot
GRE 303, GPA 2.75
NYU Stern | Mr. Bioinformatics
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Foster School of Business | Mr. CPG Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.9
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Digital Marketing Analyst
GMAT 710, GPA 3.27
London Business School | Mr. Impact Financier
GMAT 750, GPA 7.35/10
Stanford GSB | Ms. Retail Innovator
GMAT 750, GPA 3.84
Stanford GSB | Mr. Young Entrepreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Darden | Mr. Deloitte Dreamer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.13
INSEAD | Mr. Impact Investor
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Finance in Tech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
INSEAD | Mr. Indian Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Food & Beverage
GMAT 720, GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. PM to FinTech
GMAT 740, GPA 6/10
Harvard | Mr. MBB Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Ms. Indian Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 7.54/10
Foster School of Business | Mr. Tesla Gigafactory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Ms. Kellogg Bound Ideator
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
Kellogg | Mr. Hope-I-Get-In
GMAT 720, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Ms. Business, Tech & Education
GRE 332, GPA 3.5
SDA Bocconi | Mr. Hotel International
GMAT 570, GPA 2.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Career Coach
GRE 292, GPA 3.468
Wharton | Mr. Corporate Monster
GMAT 750, GPA 9.12/10.0
Columbia | Ms. Cybersecurity
GRE 322, GPA 3.7
Tuck | Mr. Federal Civilian
GMAT 780, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Ms. Lucky Charm
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
GRE 326, GPA 3.15
Cambridge Judge | Mr. Nuclear Manager
GMAT 700, GPA 2.4

The Best One-Year MBA Programs

Emory's Goizueta School of Business is ranked 20th among the best U.S. business schools by Poets&Quants.

Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business

Emory’s three-semester, 12-month curriculum begins in May with a mandatory week-long orientation and team-building exercise and then an intensive summer review of core business concepts. In August, students join second-year MBA students for elective courses. Students have full access to second-year electives, the MBA Career Management Center, the Goizueta Advanced Leadership Academy, as well as clubs and organizations.

One-year MBA students here get the same degree and are taught by the same faculty as students in the two-year program. The big difference: you cannot study abroad for a semester and you cannot participate in a summer internship.

The school wants applicants to have an undergraduate degree in business or economics or a strong quantitative background in majors such as engineering or mathematics. Emory wants students to have already taken such courses as Statistics, Financial Accounting, Corporate Finance and Microeconomics. As is typical in one-year programs, Emory also makes clear that the program is best suited for those who want to continue in the same industry or function because there is no opportunity for an internship that can help a career switcher.

One-year students begin their job search strategy over the summer. During the summer they attend workshops through the Career Management Center, work on a resume, practice interview skills, and develop a job search plan if they’re not returning to their pre-MBA employer.

As with all top MBA programs, this doesn’t come cheap. The total cost of the one-year option can set you back $182,967 once you include lost income and ten years worth of interest payments on financing your entire education. These numbers could well be conservative because Emory’s recommended budget does not include such things as a travel allowance, personal expenses, or loan origination fees–all items that are included in Kellogg’s budget.

Class of 2013 Two-Year and One-Year MBA Student Profiles

Class size14048
Middle 80% GMAT Score Range610-730570-710
Average Undergraduate GPA3.33.4
Average Years Work Experience56


The graduating Class of 2013 is very diverse with 32% women, 11% U.S. minority and 31% international.

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.