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February 15, 2010

La Salle University Announces
New Accelerated MBA Program
Students can earn degree in 12 or 15 months

La Salle University announces a new full-time accelerated MBA program, known as the One-Year MBA, to begin in the fall. It is designed for recent college graduates and those new to the business world. Students with an undergraduate business degree or business administration minor are able to complete the program in 12 months. Students without an undergraduate business background must complete an additional three months of pre-MBA foundation courses.

“The program is designed to be very intensive in nature. Students will take a full course-load during the traditional fall and spring semesters in addition to a winter intersession and summer semester,” said David Martin, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Business. “Students will gain the professional and personal skills to be a leader in their chosen field.”

Students can specialize in one of three tracks: the investment analysis track is designed to prepare students to become a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA); the managerial finance track provides students with the leadership skills necessary to succeed as a finance professional. Following this track, students who majored in undergraduate accounting can complete their 150-hour CPA requirements. The marketing track provides a thorough understanding of the marketing discipline while gaining competencies in all major areas of marketing activity.

The program is designed as a cohort-based format, allowing students to proceed through the program as a group. This format allows students to create a community of learners while building a foundation for future professional networking. “Unlike many other schools, our students are simply not a number,” said Martin. “Class sizes are purposefully small, allowing students to work closely together and with faculty members.”
The MBA curriculum includes half-credit to three-credit courses focusing on both traditional as well as new and emerging business topics. “Offering half-credit courses allows us to update and replace these modular courses, keeping pace with the changing business environment,” said Martin. “In addition, we can introduce students to timely subjects, such as current economic events or a mini-course on the effectiveness of Super Bowl advertisements, that do not require a full semester.”

In addition to classroom instruction at La Salle’s main campus in Northwest Philadelphia, students are encouraged to take advantage of the many faculty-led travel study trips available. Past courses have visited Germany, France, Singapore, and China. “The travel study course allows students to explore beyond their boundaries, giving them a global perspective on business,” said Martin. “Students learn about other cultures and how businesses may operate differently than in the U.S.”

The La Salle University School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a distinction held by fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide.

Applications for the new MBA program are currently being accepted. For additional information, visit