Lehigh University to Launch a One-Year MBA

New program aimed at career-changers, will launch in January 2017

Lehigh University's College of Business and Economics has announced that it will launch a one-year MBA program in January 2017.

Branded "1-MBA," the new full-time program is aimed at those who did not study business for their undergraduate degree but want to switch into a business-related role.

The program will begin with a two-week long orientation session, which will be followed by core business classes in accounting, economics, finance and management.

Other courses will address the perspectives of stakeholders like suppliers and customers. The program will also delve into societal shifts, like changing demographics in the US.

Unlike some other one-year MBA programs, the new Lehigh program will feature an eight-week long summer internship.

One-year MBA programs, while typical in places like the UK and Europe, are rarer in the United States, where two-year MBAs are far more common. Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management was one of the first US business schools to launch a one-year MBA; other offerings are available from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, SMU's Cox School of Business, and Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management, among others.

Lehigh's new one-year MBA program is aimed at students who have at least three years of work experience. To apply for the program, potential candidates should submit a GMAT or GRE score, along with transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a resume and personal statement. International students must also submit TOEFL scores.

The application deadline for the new one-year MBA program is September 15, 2016. According to the school, "generous financial aid (merit and need-based) is available."

Lehigh University's College of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB International. The school also offers a Business Week-ranked part-time "Flex MBA, which can be completed in as few as 18 months.

See FIND MBA's list of the Top 10 One-Year MBA Programs in the US


Photo: "Rauch Business Center at Lehigh University" by English Wikipedia user Matt Casey / CC BY-SA 3.0)(cropped, rotated)

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