One-Year MBA Option

Students without an undergraduate degree in business or accounting have an opportunity to earn an MBA in only one calendar year with our One-Year MBA program option.

Binghamton University is now one of the only institutions in the United States offering this type of program option, providing students without a business background an incomparable value of time and money.

Program highlights
  • Save time and money by earning an MBA in only one calendar year (June to May)
  • Earn an MBA from a nationally-ranked institution
  • Increase your marketability and earning potential, adding value and unique insights to future positions in any field
  • Explore coursework in finance, leadership/consulting, supply chain management, management information systems, marketing or business analytics, or customize your curriculum through numerous elective offerings
  • Move through the program with a cohort of highly-motivated students

Course Curriculum

To participate in this option, candidates must have taken college coursework in microeconomics and statistics, or online coursework offered in these areas by Binghamton University prior to starting the MBA program.

Learn more about our elective course offerings here.

Summer Semester
MGMT 500: Management Information Systems
MGMT 501: Accounting for Managers
MGMT 505: Corporate Finance for Managers
MGMT 508: Organizational Behavior
MGMT 516: Business Communications
Fall Semester Spring Semester
MGMT 506: Marketing for Managers MGMT 540: Strategic Management
MGMT 507: Operations Management MBA elective
MBA elective MBA elective
MBA elective MBA elective
MBA elective MBA elective


Offered as a one calendar year program option, the One-Year MBA option is available to students with diverse backgrounds and professional experiences who have clearly defined career goals and have taken coursework in economics and statistics.

Admission will be made on a rolling basis. Capacity for this program option is limited.

Information regarding admissions, applying, financial aid, housing and program costs can be found on the Graduate School website.

If you have questions about the program, contact:

Alesia Wheeler-Wade
Assistant Director and Academic Advisor

Frequently Asked Questions 

Below are some of the most common questions we get about the One-Year MBA program option. Please visit our graduate advising page for more information.

What is the difference between the One-Year MBA option and the four-semester MBA option?

There are a few key differences to consider that can guide your decision of which program is the best option for you:

  • Prerequisite coursework: the One-Year MBA option requires completed courses in microeconomics and statistics before enrolling, while the four-semester MBA option does not require any prerequisite coursework.
  • Availability: the One-Year MBA option has a mandatory, on-campus summer session spanning from early June to early August. If you are not available during that time, you will not be eligible for this program. The four-semester MBA option, however, follows a traditional academic year and only requires you to be on-campus during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Career considerations: if you are confident of the industry/position you would like to work in post-grad, the One-Year MBA option can help you to get there faster. The One-Year MBA option additionally does not require a mandatory internship experience. If you are unsure of which career(s) interest you, we recommend pursuing the four-semester MBA option, as it gives you more time to explore core business courses and requires that you pursue an internship.
What is the application deadline?

Admission will be made on a rolling basis, but the program has a suggested application deadline of March 15 for the summer start. GMAT/GRE scores and letters of recommendation may follow at a later date. 

What are the requirements for admission?

Admission to the program requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (preferably a 3.2 or higher), a GMAT score of 600 or a GRE score of 312.

Can I start this program option in the fall or in the spring?

No, this program option only begins in the summer, and runs from June to May.

Are there pre-requisites?

Yes, students should have taken statistics and micro-economics prior to enrolling in the program.

I'm a business major. Should I take this program option?

While this is an option, Binghamton University's School of Management has other MBA program options that may be more suited for you and your previous experience and education. Explore all of our MBA options here.

Can I take part in this program option on a part-time basis?

Classes are only offered on the Binghamton University campus during both the daytime and evening. If your schedule allows for enough flexibility to take these classes, then you may be able to take part in this program option on a part-time basis. Reach out to Alesia Wheeler-Wade at with questions.

Can I select a career-oriented area of focus?

Students have the option to customize their curriculum with elective coursework in the areas of: finance, leadership/consulting, supply chain management, management information systems, marketing or business analytics.

What is the cost of the program?

Students pay full-time tuition for the fall and spring semesters, and per-credit tuition for the summer courses. Questions regarding costs can be directed to Student Accounts. Approximate tuition and broad based fees breakdown for the 2019-20 cohort was:

New York State residents
Summer: $9,594
Fall: $8,767
Spring: $8,767

Non-NYS students
Summer: $15,068
Fall: $13,462
Spring: $13,462


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