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Accelerated 18-Month MBA Program

Ideal for busy professionals with a real-world track record, this accelerated program lets your relevant work experience speak for itself. Keep your career on an upward trajectory, or build a new professional future, with this fast-paced and rigorous MBA program.

The Accelerated 18-month MBA cohort begins each January and includes identical degree requirements as our traditional two year MBA program. The accelerated MBA is appealing if you have significant prior work experience and do not need to complete an internship; are sponsored by your employer; or wish to accelerate earning a degree with less time away from your career.

Internships for Accelerated 18-Month MBA

The accelerated 18-month MBA curriculum was not originally designed to accommodate a summer internship. However, pursuit of an internship may be possible for a highly motivated student if certain conditions are met. Students should consider the following when determining eligibility to pursue an internship:

  • Immigration regulations require enrollment of international students for at least one full academic year (three quarters) before eligibility is granted within the United States for paid off-campus employment, including an internship. Participation in our English Language and US Culture (ELUSC) Program, is one option that may fulfill this particular requirement and requires approval by the Admissions Committee.
  • Your choices of concentration within the MBA program may only allow for a Rochester-based internship if the courses required to graduate on time are only available during the summer quarter. You should carefully review the timing of course offerings before considering pursuit of a summer internship to ensure that all degree requirements are met within the required timeframe.