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How to Earn an MBA in One Year

If you spent years in college mastering the basics of business, why should you have�to spend time in graduate school learning them all over again? �That is precisely what more and more graduates with a BBA degree are considering when making plans for business school.

The BBA, short for�Bachelor of Business Administration, takes students through their paces in a diverse curriculum, often with a business concentration. �That prepares students for both the business world and for entering a�one-year MBA.

What is a one-year MBA?

This is a graduate-level business degree�that is designed for highly motivated students. �Consider it a fast-track solution for focused students who want to begin enjoying the benefits of an MBA as soon as possible.�It is important to note that not all programs are created equal. Check for an institution’s ratings by�third-party sites like Forbes.

Those who already have a (BBA) business degree have an edge because they can choose from among the programs that require a BBA for admission.

How is a one-year MBA possible?

There are two ways to turn a traditionally two-year degree into a one-year degree. One way is to condense the coursework. This option is for students who have the time and the circumstances allowing them to handle a more intense curriculum.�Why more intense?�Because unlike the traditional two-year degree programs, the�one-year MBA, online�or otherwise, usually requires students to take more than one course at a time.

Some programs go as far as to condense that whole first year into three intense months during summer. �Many prospective�one-year MBA�students may like the sound of getting an entire year of study behind them in just three short months, but in reality it is not always practical. For one thing, a high percentage of MBA students work on their degrees while continuing to hold a job. In fact,�more than half of all MBA students are part time. �That means the intense summer session might just well be out of the question.

There is another way

The second option for the�one-year MBA�is to require that applicants have a BBA degree, as described earlier. �That way, students may continue in their present full-time jobs so no salary is lost, no time is wasted, and they still graduate with high-level knowledge of the business world and full understanding of topics like governance issues and effective leadership.

Learn more about Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s online MBA program.

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