One-Year MBA Program

Accelerate Your Career

Our One-Year MBA Program is your fastest path to a Kellogg MBA. It is designed to build upon your business fundamentals and get you back in the workforce with new skills and knowledge that will propel your career forward. From June to June, you'll immerse yourself in the rigorous curriculum, learn from world-class faculty and build leadership experience and a supportive network that will help you immediately and throughout your career.

Our Proven Success

50 Years of Transforming Business

As one of the first One-Year MBA Programs in the country, more than 3,500 of our graduates have made an indelible mark on business and the world, with many of our alumni leading some of the most notable companies in the world, including:
  • Robert Eckert ’77, Former Chairman & CEO, Mattel
  • Richard Lenny ’77, Former Chairman & CEO, The Hershey Company
  • Thomas Wilson ’80, Chairman & CEO, The Allstate Company
  • Ivan Menezes ’85, CEO, Diageo
  • James Keane ’87, President & CEO, Stealcase
  • John Wood ’89, Founder, Room to Read
  • Emmanuel Kostas ’84, CMO, Symantec
  • William Sickles ’94, Team Lead of Retail, Google
  • Edmund Lin ’98, Partner & Global Head of Financial Services, Bain
  • Vijay Karnani ’98, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
  • Martin Lau ’98, President, Tencent
  • Garrick Rice ’99, Managing Director, Sterling Partners

Superior Curriculum

Unlike other One-Year MBA programs that consolidate two years of classes into one, our program builds on your business experience and gives you the option to bypass the core curriculum so you can focus on the electives that are pertinent to your personal and professional goals.

Best Return on Investment

If you have focused career goals and are not seeking to make a major career switch, the One-Year MBA Program builds on your experience and gets you back in the workforce quickly with new skills to propel your career forward.

Program Highlights

  • Start in June
    The program kicks off in the summer to get you accustomed to the rigorous academic pace of MBA studies and complete three to five courses. In September, you’ll join the second-year Full-Time Program class and complete the electives that match your interests and enhance your career goals.
  • Choose from among 200 courses
    Bypass core courses and focus on the electives that best meet your career goals. Delve into a select number of disciplines or go as broad as you like.
  • Finish faster
    After completing the required 15.5 course credits, you’ll receive your MBA degree in June — one year after you started.

Juliana Merola '14

Juliana was laser-focused on financial services – and had been for some time. She had worked in banking for years, and even had a finance degree. So Kellogg’s One-Year Full-Time Program was a perfect fit. Its accelerated format enabled her to bypass core curriculum and zero-in on courses that would strengthen and propel her career.

Flexibility & Choice Across Disciplines

Unlike other programs, our One-Year MBA allows you to bypass core classes and immediate dive into advanced studies that are customized to your career goals and set you apart from the competition. At the same time, you still will be able to take advantage of the vast experiential learning opportunities; world-renowned faculty and distinct cross-disciplinary thought leadership model that makes Kellogg stand out. Start exploring to see if our One-Year MBA Program is right for you.

Pre-Enrollment Courses

Kellogg is designed to build on your business fundamentals. Prior to enrollment in June, we require that 3 of the 4 below courses are complete. It is most typical, but not required, for our students to have Undergraduate business degrees to meet these course requirements.


For the above courses, the transcript graduation date must fall within 10 years of application submission and the course must be completed with a grade of B or better. Online courses are not accepted. 

 Verify which classes you have completed and which are outstanding by completing the Eligibility Form. Should you have outstanding courses to complete, please consult with Admissions once an application decision is rendered to receive appropriate guidance on course registration.

Academics

Kellogg One-Year students enroll with business fundamentals and immediately build on this foundation.  The summer quarter begins with required courses in Strategy and Management and Organization and is supplemented with courses in Accounting and Finance appropriate for your level.  Accounting and Finance courses may be waived with successful completion of an exam.  The remainder of your academic journey at Kellogg is focused around advanced electives to accelerate your career.  We offer a flexible curriculum to fit your needs and future plans.  Our catalog contains more than 200 courses, and like the business landscape, our offerings constantly evolve.

Majors & Pathways

Kellogg’s approach to majors gives our students the flexibility and guidance they need to carve out a unique intellectual experience that is relevant to their specific educational and career goals.

You may opt to choose from seven majors: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Operations, Strategy and Managing Organizations. A major requires that a student complete the core course for the major and a minimum of four electives.

If you choose not to elect a major, “General Management” will be noted on your transcript.

In addition to majors, Kellogg provides “pathways” to our students who are interested in building expertise in emerging areas and evolving industries.

A pathway is an integrated, cross-functional sequence of courses designed to address a particular skill set or industry for which there is active student and recruiter demand. You have the flexibility to pursue any number of pathways and go as deep as you’d like into each one. 

Explore pathways for Data AnalyticsEntrepreneurshipGrowth and ScalingHealth Enterprise ManagementReal EstateSocial Impact and Venture Capital & Private EquityLearn more >

Applies to Full-Time students who matriculate June 2015 or after.

Student Perspectives

A portrait of Cheng Li , a one-year MBA student at Kellogg.

Cheng Ji

“I wanted to take a step back and focus on leadership development and personal growth. The One-Year Program is a perfect match because it helps accelerate my career progress.”
A portrait of Santiago Loizaga, a one-year MBA student at Kellogg.

Santiago Loizaga

"The One-Year Program gave me the opportunity to live the Full-Time MBA experience, both in terms of access to great career opportunities and incredible personal experiences."
A portrait of Quentin Jadoul, a one-year MBA student at Kellogg.

Quentin Jadoul

"I’d been in consulting for about three years and wanted to broaden my horizons with an MBA. I knew the One-Year Program at Kellogg would do that in a very short period."

Application Dates

Round 1

Sept 22, 2015

Round 2

Jan 6, 2016

Round 3

April 6, 2016