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One-Year MBA Program

The NIU One-Year MBA is a lock-step study track that allows you to accelerate through the program for quick return. With classes meeting in the evening, you can apply new ideas in your workplace while progressing through the program. This program is designed for the working professional with a minimum of three years experience and a business undergraduate degree.

Why choose the One-Year MBA Program?

  • 12-month program that begins in January
  • Meets two nights per week.
  • Program offered in Hoffman Estates.

Program Demographics

Class Size: maximum of 40
Average Age: 33
Work Experience: 9.5 years
Male/Female Ratio: 60% : 40%

Administrative Support throughout the Year

Because of the rigorous and intense nature of the program, the One-Year MBA staff offers a broad range of services to minimize distraction and to ensure academic success. Student services include registration for classes, delivery of all books and academic materials (which are included in the fees). On class days students are given a refreshment break, with beverages and snacks provided. We understand that family, work, and school create a busy schedule, which is why the program staff handles most all of the administrative necessities. We don't make school easy, but we do make going to school easy.

"NIU's One-Year MBA program is outstanding! The faculty is second to none. You will not find a more experienced, dedicated, and caring group of educators anywhere. The classes were demanding, yet engaging and I was often challenged to perform at levels that went far beyond what I thought were my personal limits. The International Marketing Seminar offered tremendous insight as to how business is done in Western Europe. It also gave me the opportunity to become closer with my study group and the rest of my classmates. The experience was second to none. The Capstone Course was by far the most challenging and rewarding aspect of the program. At the start of the program, none of my team members could have imagined we were capable of producing a business plan and presentation that included proposals the company would actually use!

NIU has a fantastic reputation and the University seems to have a knack for attracting not only the brightest and most talented, but also the most caring and personable students around. My life has been enriched beyond words as a result of attending NIU. The analytical, decision making and problem-solving skills I developed through this program have given me the confidence and the comfort in my "professional skin" needed to reach all of my professional goals. Without question, completing the One-Year MBA program at NIU was one of the best decisions I have ever made."

Ryan Sims
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Class of 2010