About the One-Year International MBA

We are pausing enrollment for the IMBA Program and focusing our energies on developing a distinctive and responsive one-year global MBA that best prepares our future leaders to move nimbly and thoughtfully through an increasingly interconnected and fast-paced world.

For an overview of the past IMBA offerings please explore this page and please contact the Graduate Admissions team with any questions or concerns.


  • Student ProfileTiffany Lee Cupertino, California

Do you understand the advantages and limitations of international deal-making? Do you embrace global thinking? Are you open to widely different methods of collaboration?

Accelerated MBA, global edge

About the One-Year International MBA

  • Start with a summer in Shanghai, Beijing  and Singapore. Combine intensive classwork and multicultural teamwork visits to multinational and local companies, meet with government officials and local academics and immerse yourself in the culture. You can even begin your studies with an optional Mandarin immersion course.
  • Complete the MBA in Boston, USA. In the fall you will continue your MBA at Boston University School of Management.
  • Earn your MBA 40% faster. Complete your MBA in only 12 months,
    matriculating in May and finishing as
    early as May of the following year.

Compare International MBA curriculum vs. Two-Year MBA curriculum.

Multicultural team experience

The International MBA immerses you in a multicultural learning community. At the program’s start in Shanghai you are assigned to a culturally diverse team that you will work with through the summer. You and your teammates will leverage the diverse cultural and professional backgrounds of the team to solve complex business cases and enhance each other’s learning.

Teamwork extends beyond course work; you live with your classmates and down the hall from School of Management faculty and staff.

When you return to Boston, you engage in further collaborative work, through BU’s unique team learning approach.

The degree

Students enrolled in the One-Year International MBA earn a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with the ability to add on a concentration in International Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Operations & Tech Management or Strategy and Business Analysis Policy. The program combines a rigorous core business curriculum with elective courses.