NYU Stern | Ms. Legal Officer
GMAT 700, GPA 4
Wharton | Mr. Mobility Entrepreneur
GMAT 760, GPA 1st Division
HEC Paris | Mr. Business Man
GMAT 720, GPA 3.89
Harvard | Mr. Football Author
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Deferred Admission
GRE 329, GPA 3.99
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Chicago Booth | Mr. Plantain & Salami
GMAT 580, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Non-profit
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Mr. Running To The Future
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Digital Finance
GRE 327, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Mr. Filling In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
Tuck | Mr. Tech PM
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Tech Impact
GMAT 730, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
London Business School | Ms. Social Impact Consulting
GRE 330, GPA 3.28
Ross | Ms. Business Development
GMAT Targetting 740, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Triathlete
GMAT 720, GPA 2.8
Columbia | Mr. Oil & Gas
GMAT 710, GPA 3.37
Chicago Booth | Ms. IB Hopeful
GMAT 710, GPA 2.77
Kellogg | Mr. Digital Finance Strategy
GRE 327, GPA 3.47
Wharton | Mr. Market Analyst
GMAT 770, GPA 7.2/10
Harvard | Mr. Banking & Finance
GMAT 700, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
MIT Sloan | Ms. Canadian Civil Servant
GRE 332, GPA 3.89

Has The One-Year MBA Come Of Age?



That’s not always true for every applicant, of course. As Shinewald readily notes, “there are always exceptions to the rule – the Columbia J-Term is a very good option, though it is a touch longer than a year, for those who truly have no use for a summer internship. Similarly, the Kellogg Accelerated MBA could be an option to consider if you have a very clear and attainable professional goal and already have a profound background in management study. These are specialized programs and the schools do the vetting of applicants; the schools are not one-year degree programs where it is presumed that all students will do the diligence themselves. So, applicants have to really check themselves before applying to one-year programs and be honest about their existing abilities and expectations. If you have real gaps to fill, a one-year program will likely be the wrong choice. Remember, you will only find a better ROI, if you get the job you want and then excel in the workplace.”

What of the FT’s ranking halo on many of these one-year options? “INSEAD, the highest ranked, one-year MBA program on FT.com’s list, is undeniably world-class and comparable to the world’s leading two-year programs,” says Dan Bauer, founder and CEO of The MBA Exchange, another leading admissions consultancy. “However, as you move down the list, there’s plenty of room to argue that FT.com is overstating the caliber of some one-year programs. For instance, ranking HKUST above Dartmouth Tuck, Duke Fuqua, Yale SOM and Michigan Ross is counter to how many veteran experts and astute applicants would view those schools. Since the FT takes a global view, and is U.K.-based itself, it’s not surprising that their rankings would feature so many one-year programs as that’s the norm in Europe. However, market demand from top applicants does not align with the view that more than half of the top 50 are one-year programs.”

In general, Bauer believes that one-year programs are best for

• More mature candidates, not seeking a do-over of their undergrad experience.

• More worldly, not needing international study trips that help “globalize” domestic students.

• Committed to their current employer, or at least same industry, since fewer electives and the absence of summer internship discourage career changes.

• Budget conscious in need of lower tuition expense and less foregone income.

• Have an undergrad degree in business, or at least strong quant skills, since there’s less time and opportunity to ramp up.

• Prefer a summer start rather than the traditional fall start.

• Seek intensity rather than duration of networking with classmates.

• Prefer a U.S. school but are less ranking conscious since most American one-year programs are at schools outside the top 20.

Which schools offer accelerated options? Among the Top 50 schools in the latest FT ranking, here are those that offer shorter MBA programs. Some schools give students the choice. London Business School, for example, allows students to choose between completing the program in 15, 18 or 21 months. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, for example, has both as 12-month and a 16-month option. CEIBs in China launched a one-year MBA program in 2015 so students there have the choice between the standard 18-month curriculum and the shorter and more intensive accelerated offering.

One-Year Options On The 2016 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking

2016 Rank & School2015 RankChangeWeighted SalaryPay Change
  1. INSEAD4+3$166,51096%
  3. London Business School2-1$154,150100%
10. Cambridge (Judge)13+3$156,32395%
11. Northwestern (Kellogg)14+3$162,92393%
12. IE Business School12—–$159,266104%
13. IMD20+7$157,266104%
14. Hong Kong UST14——-$117%
15. HEC Paris16+1$134,299108%
16. IESE7-9$140,185121%
17. CEIBs11-6$147,716157%
23. Esade19-3$132,119117%
25. SGA Bocconi26+1$122,955116%
26. CUHK30+4$124,268120%
28. Oxford (Said)22-6$136,95981%
29. Indian School of Business33+4$138,454142%
29. Nanyang Business School40+11$119,032105%
31. Cornell (Johnson)28-3$142,764102%
35. Imperial Business School34-1$112,30183%
35. Lancaster50+15$106,638111%
37. City University (Cass)45+8$121,40282%
40. The Lisbon MBA36-4$123,584100%
42. Rotterdam (Erasmus)45+3$107,99881%
44. University of Hong Kong28-16$112,518106%
46. Warwick Business School38-8$112,28770%
49. Mannheim55+6$109,62279%

Source: The Financial Times


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.