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Accelerated M.B.A.

The Stuart School of Business offers an Accelerated Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) designed for busy mid-career professionals. The program prepares students to tackle global business challenges through business innovation in the age of big data and technological transformation. 

Classes are conveniently taught at the Downtown Campus, in the heart of Chicago's West Loop. The 36 credit hour program is offered on Saturdays over six semesters taken in two years. 

Program Snapshot

Year 1                                                              Year 2         


BUS 510                                                     MBA 505  
Building Innovative and                            Economic Analysis
Sustainable Businesses                             and Game Theory

MBA 504                                                    MBA 511
Analytics for Decision Making                   Creating, Communicating,
                                                                    and Delivering Customer Value


MBA 501                                                    MBA 523
Accounting for                                           Negotiations and Strategic 
Strategic Decision Making                        Decision Making

MBA 506                                                     MBA 509
Leading and Managing Knowledge           Financial Management in
Intensive Organizations                             Globalized World


MBA 524                                                    MBA 522
Leadership in                                             The General Manager
Multicultural Organizations  

BUS 550                                                     BUS 590
Business Analtyics                                     Business Innovation in the 
for Competitive Advantage                       Next Economy (Capstone)

Application Requirements

  • Five years of professional work experience 
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • GMAT or GRE score within five years of testing date. The GRE or GMAT requirement may be waived for highly qualified applicants based on excellent professional background. 
  • Professional Statement
  • Letter of Recommendation 

Innovation Focus 

The Accelerated M.B.A. program offers a rigorous innovation-focused academic curriculum through the Stuart School coupled with real-world practical experiences through the program's partner, Chicago Innovation. Chicago Innovation will present a $10,000 scholarship for each MBA student who demonstrates a continuing commitment to innovation in the Chicago region.

Chicago Innovation will provide students with a direct connection to Chicago’s innovation community through a set of activities and projects carried out over the course of the part-time MBA program. In addition to the scholarship, each student will be a member of Chicago Innovation and will receive free admission to each of its events.

In addition to the application requirements and prior to submitting an application with Stuart, each prospective student applying for the scholarship will be asked to submit an additional 400 word statement describing their particular interest in engaging with the Chicago region’s innovation community. Eligible recipients for the CI Scholarship must be admitted and enroll in the Stuart Accelerated M.B.A. program as their primary program. Students in dual or other joint programs are not eligible to apply or be awarded the scholarship.

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Tuition for graduate programs is available via the Student Accounting website.