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








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 professional experience.

When you apply, use the optional statement to explain how you believe your academic and/or professional experience demonstrates mastery of skills developed in the foundation course(s) for which you seek waivers. Your resume should provide a detailed description of relevant work experience including dates, specific day-to-day responsibilities and outcomes that demonstrate your aptitude for the course content as described. Include specific examples.

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


6–9 credits

Integrated Strategy

6 credits

Integrated Ethics

3 credits

In-Person 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


Term 2:
6 credits


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 in marketing or business analytics, you will take three elective courses instead of two.

Admissions Overview

UD accepts applications to MBA@Dayton on a rolling basis. A bachelor’s degree is required for admission. GMAT or GRE scores are not required to apply. 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:

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts
  • Current resume
  • A statement of purpose
  • One professional letter of recommendation

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.

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