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Accelerated Master of Business Administration (AMBA)

Get moving toward achieving your career goals fast, with our accelerated one year MBA program. Courses are offered online or on weekends on campus, so that you can earn your degree without taking time away for your career. Learn more today.

Program is offered at the following campuses. Select a campus to learn more.


South University's intensive AMBA program can be completed in as little as 12-months.

Prepare for the Next Stage of Your Career

Our accelerated MBA program is designed for working professionals who seek a greater understanding of the concepts, organizational structures, and strategies driving today’s complex organizational environments.

Whether you take classes online or on campus, our one year MBA programs can enhance your knowledge in economics, behavioral sciences, and business strategy and teach you how to:

  • Improve your skills in negotiation, conflict resolution, and long- and short-term decision-making.
  • Influence individuals and entire organizations through effective leadership, communication, and teamwork.
  • Recognize and solve business problems through gathering, evaluating, and using data ethically and strategically in your organization.

To prepare you for the challenges you’ll face in diverse industries, organizations, and global environments, each of your business instructors* will share their own past professional experiences and serve as your mentors throughout the program. As with most executive MBA programs, this intensive 12-month MBA program is presented from a management perspective.

Learn How to Help Your Organization Succeed

The courses in our accelerated one year MBA program cover topics essential to any organization’s success, including:

  • Financial accounting and reporting
  • Organizational behavior and communication
  • Leadership ethics, culture, and politics
  • Law and ethics for managers
  • Quantitative analysis and decision making
  • Managerial environment
  • Managerial finance
  • Strategic marketing
  • Operations and supply chain management
  • Strategic human resources management
  • Organizational development and change management
  • Strategy development and implementation

Options for Where and How to Get an MBA

Our accelerated 1 year MBA programs are offered at our Savannah campus and the Atlanta Learning Site.

In our face-to-face executive MBA environment, your classes will be held over 24 Saturdays throughout the year. These in-person classes will be supplemented with online coursework, synchronized conference calls, and web-based meetings.

South University also offers a traditional MBA program that you can complete fully online in 16 months or in 18 months if you prefer to split your time between on campus and online.

Accelerated MBA Requirements for Admissions

Not sure whether MBA requirements for admissions include taking the GMAT or GRE? At South University, neither test is required, as we have alternative admissions criteria for accelerated MBA applicants without GMAT or GRE scores.

Our accelerated MBA requirements and admissions criteria include a completed admissions application and:

  • An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a CGPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • -Or-
  • An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a CGPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale during the applicant’s last 60 semester or 90 quarter hours earned on the bachelor’s degree or subsequent graduate work
  • -Or-
  • An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum combined GMAT score of 400 or GRE score of 150 Verbal and 150 Reasoning
  • -Or-
  • An earned graduate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0).

In addition, applicants must submit:

  • Career resume
  • A 1,000 word personal statement of academic and career goals highlighting interest in and readiness for this unique and challenging program.

Scholarships and financial aid are available to those who qualify. Some employers may also offer partial or full tuition reimbursement programs that can lower your total MBA cost.

To review information about MBA cost, graduation rates, and more, select your nearest campus from the list above and then follow the gainful employment page link at the top of your chosen program page. For answers to questions about admissions or financial aid, call 1.888.444.3404 or complete a request information form today.

How Earning Your MBA Can Enhance Your Career

Our MBA programs can prepare you for a variety of business management, operations, and strategy positions in businesses that range from small startups to multinational corporations and everything in between.

Graduates of South University’s accelerated one-year MBA programs are equipped with the knowledge and skills for business problem analysis, team and group leadership, and the execution of effective solutions in various business situations. Graduates will have developed or improved competencies in critical thinking, persuasive communication, systems thinking, change management, leadership, diversity, and business ethics.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

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