The Accelerated MBA Path for Working Professionals

The accelerated MBA path is designed for business professionals who have eight or more years of full-time work experience. If you have relevant professional and academic experience, you may be able to complete the program in as few as 15–18 months, depending on how many courses are waived.

With the accelerated program path, you will receive the same business expertise as the full MBA without spending time gaining skills you have already mastered. In the accelerated path, you will:

  • Complete fewer foundation courses, allowing you to advance your career more quickly, for less of a financial investment.
  • Earn your degree from UD’s AACSB-accredited School of Business Administration.
  • Network with expert faculty and like-minded students online and in person.

Program at a Glance

14–19
courses

31.5–39
credits

2
immersions

15–18
months to complete

Who Is Eligible to Pursue the Accelerated MBA?

The admission committee will closely review your application to decide how many course waivers you will receive based on your prior education and experience. If you earned your bachelor’s degree in a business-related field within the last seven years, you may be eligible for the one-year MBA path. Learn more about this option.

To determine if you are eligible for the accelerated online MBA path, the admission committee may look at the following qualifications:

Work Experience

  • Have eight or more years of professional experience in a business-related role
  • Held roles in middle- or senior-level management
  • Had job functions and experiences specifically related to topics covered in MBA@Dayton foundational courses (such as finance or marketing)

Undergraduate Education

  • Graduated in a business-related discipline (such as accounting)
  • Completed undergraduate coursework in business topics
  • Strong quantitative and verbal skills demonstrated

Accelerated MBA Curriculum

The number of credits in the accelerated MBA path depends on how many course waivers you qualify for. You may be eligible to have as many as 13.5 credits of foundation courses waived. Most students who are eligible for the accelerated path complete between 31.5 and 39 credits.

Foundation courses

1.5–6 credits

Core courses

12 credits

Elective courses

6–9 credits

Integrated Strategy

6 credits

Integrated Ethics

3 credits

Immersions

3 credits

If you choose to pursue a concentration, you will take three elective courses instead of two. Explore the MBA@Dayton curriculum and course descriptions.

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How Flexible Is the Accelerated MBA Path?

The amount of time it takes to complete the program will vary based on how many credits are waived and how many credits you take per semester. If you qualify for several course waivers and take 7.5 credits per semester, you can complete the program in as few as 15 months. Most students take approximately 18 months. You also have the flexibility to complete the program at a slower pace as your schedule demands.

Example 18-Month Course Sequence

The following course sequence reflects one possible schedule. The time to complete the program will also vary based on the number of foundation courses waived.

Term 1:
6 credits

  • Foundation
  • Foundation
  • Foundation
  • Foundation

Term 2:
6 credits

  • Foundation
  • Foundation
  • Foundation
  • Foundation

Term 3:
6 credits

  • Managerial Economics
  • Performance Measurement and Control Systems Perspective
  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Corporate Finance

Term 4:
7.5 credits

  • Principled Organization: Integrating Faith, Ethics and Work
  • Business Analytics
  • Information Systems and Business Decisions
  • Marketing Management

Term 5:
7.5 credits

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Leadership, Strategy, and Stakeholder Management
  • Elective Course*

Term 6:
6–9 credits

  • Integrative Project
  • Elective Course*
  • Elective Course*

* If you choose to pursue a concentration, you will take three elective courses instead of two.

Admission Overview and GMAT Waiver Policy

UD accepts applications to MBA@Dayton on a rolling basis. A bachelor’s degree is required for admission. No work experience is required to be admitted into MBA@Dayton, but your work experience will determine your eligibility for the accelerated path.

To apply, you will need to submit the following materials:

  • Current resume
  • A statement of purpose
  • One letter of recommendation

The GMAT/GRE requirement can be waived if you have three years or more of relevant full-time work experience or an undergraduate GPA above 3.0. See our application requirements for more information.

Do You Qualify for the Accelerated Path?

Request information about MBA@Dayton today to see how you can make a difference in your career and community in as few as 15–18 months.