The Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business has introduced an Accelerated MBA that can be completed in 12 or 16 months, compared to a two-year, traditional full-time MBA.
The Accelerated MBA is designed for business graduates or those with undergraduate business coursework who want to take advantage of their educational experience to accelerate their degree. Candidates should have at least three years of work experience and have taken courses in accounting, finance, marketing, microeconomics, and operations in the last ten years from an accredited undergraduate institution. While they are enrolled in the same technology-anchored Tepper curriculum and receive instruction from the same faculty as in the traditional program, Accelerated MBA students receive credit for their preexisting training and business knowledge, enabling them to waive introductory classes based on previous coursework. Credits are given for classes where the student received a B or higher.
“This Full-Time Accelerated MBA allows students to work through a world-class curriculum, and receive personalized leadership coaching while learning how to lead businesses in a global economy – in only three semesters,” said Kate Barraclough, Associate Dean of Masters Programs at the Tepper School in the school’s press announcement.
The program begins in the fall, so the Accelerated MBA students join the same cohort as traditional full-time MBAs. By taking three semesters instead of four in either a 12-month program or 16-month program with the summer internship option, students benefit from reduced tuition costs. In addition, they are still eligible for the same merit scholarships as the traditional program. Refresher courses are offered in the first semester to ensure program participants have the same comprehensive foundation as the rest of the cohort.
The program is also offered in an online hybrid format, which is completed in six semesters rather than eight. The next deadline to apply is coming up on January 8, 2024. More information on how the Accelerated MBA program works can be found here.