One-Year MBA

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Program Description

One-Year MBA

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

The Kellogg School’s One-Year (1Y) MBA Program, established in the late 1960s, is an accelerated program designed to enable applicants with clear and consistent career goals to return to the work force quickly. Applicants are required to have completed undergraduate or graduate courses in business to be eligible.

Each year, approximately 70 to 80 1Y students enter the program in June and complete the 15.5 courses necessary to earn their degrees. They may major in any of the areas described in the Two-Year MBA Program. During the summer quarter, 1Y students take courses designed to complement their undergraduate business studies. In September, they join the second-year class and complete at least 11 additional courses chosen to meet their needs and interests. Because of their previous business education, 1Y students generally may not take 2Y core courses.

The 1Y Program is flexible, as it allows a student to design highly individualized courses of study while completing the requirements for his or her major(s). Students in the 1Y Program must complete Management of Enterprise and the half-credit Pre-term course, Values and Crisis Decision Making during their first quarter at Kellogg. During the summer quarter, students choose from courses in finance, statistical decision analysis, economic analysis, operations management, and managerial decision analysis.

One Year Program Required Courses

While most 1Y students have undergraduate business degrees, the program is open to both undergraduate business majors and non-business majors. All candidates must have graduated within the last seven years and must have completed accounting and at least five of the other courses listed below. The seventh course may be completed upon enrollment as a non-credit class, either during the summer quarter or as an additional class during the fall quarter. Please see the Kellogg School application for more details.

  • Accounting
  • Introductory Economics or Microeconomics
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations or Manufacturing Engineering or Industrial Engineering
  • Organizational Behavior or Management of Organizations
  • Statistics


Eligibility for the One-Year Program

The Office of Admission will determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis by reviewing transcripts and work experience for candidates who do not have the requisite coursework; however, preference is given to those who fulfill the academic eligibility requirements. Candidates should submit supporting information to the Office of Admissions to determine eligibility prior to applying and include the subject or title “1Y Eligibility” in correspondence.

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Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
64,000 USD
Start date Sept. 2017
USA Evanston, Illinois
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 64,000 USD