How do one year MBAs compare with two year MBAs in the job market?


I am considering an MBA. I am doing a bit of research online and would value your opinions and experiences in this regard.

How do one-year MBA fare against two-year MBAs?

Is it true some employers look down on one year MBA graduates/courses?

Finances are manageable. And I can take the time off from my career because I am really thinking of a career change.

Also, I am from Asia. Would a European MBA carry more value compared with an American one?


This is a really interesting one. I’d say that the length of the MBA is just one factor that employers take into account when deciding on its desirability. Although clearly there are advantages to the 2 year program in that it will be much more detailed but in reality an employer will want to see many other aspects of your personality such as any work experience that you have undertaken. In terms of the question of where the study should be undertaken this again largely depends on where you intend to work and the types of organisations you are targeting. Clearly a European based MBA is likely to stand you in a better position to take on a role in a European company so it may be worth thinking beyond the MBA before you decide on the best possible course.
There are some very specialist courses and units out there so that may be a good place to start as if you choose to go down a specialist route you will naturally be guided towards a specific course or location. Good luck!


I have to say I not so sure that there is the difference between a one year and a two year MBA that NIa quotes. It is I suggest a slight generalisation. The content of each course, by and large , is the same in its intensity. What does differ is that the student will have more time for instance to research for their dissertation. If research is carried out on the content and modules of MBA’s across Europe there will be a strong similarity. There will of course be a content difference between USA and Europe but the even such areas as the approach to accounting is different.There is also the fact that USA is 50 States with each one having differing laws so I suggest there is little that can be compared. As Stella says where you study depends on where you wish to ply your trade after graduating. My own MBA took me to many countries Russia included and mine was from USA , but when I was in Europe I did not find it as relevant as when I was outside.


Yes I agree by and large that the differences between a one year and a two year MBA are such that not one is better than the other. I would look more at the content of the course based on what you want to future rather than thinking that one course must necessarily be better. This is likely to be particularly the case where you are looking to focus on a very specific part of the accounting or business industry as doing a longer course may allow you longer time to research and look at the subject area. It may also be useful if students are looking to undertake other factors alongside the postgraduate course such as part-time work or family commitments.
I don’t think you can say one course is better than the other they both offer different things to different students and it’s just a matter of finding the right course for what you want from the course and not based on the numbers of months that you are actually studying for. Look at the units and what is available to you and then worry about the length of the course!


I have quite a strong opinion on this having spent two years studying a postgraduate qualification that could have been done in one year. In reality I don’t think I know a lot more than someone who did it in one year but I did gain a lot of added extras in comparison to some of my colleagues. I had much greater opportunities in terms of studying some new areas mainly because I could do a foundational unit in year 1 and then a more detailed one in year 2, this wouldn’t have been an option on a 1 year course. Also I found it gave me a bit more time to actually study and get my head round things rather than being very exam / course work based which I know some people who do the one year felt. Of course it depends on your own needs etc but personally, if I had my time again I would still do a 2 year course as I felt much more relaxed entering the world of work and it gave me more time to attend interviews etc so I think I benefited overall.



I think the statements you have made in your last post are fully understandable and the key quote is that of “Of course it depends on your own needs etc but personally,” There are those who will be able to complete a 2 year course and fit it into their lifestyle with ease. There will be others who want to complete their studies as swiftly as possible and thus they will see the one year option as best. If there is a choice, which clearly you are suggesting you had, then I can fully understand that the more relaxed approach to a two year masters holds water.
I appreciate you reference to the foundation element and believe that is very important. If you have time it might be good if you could expound on the benefits. I would be very interested to know how that foundation part allowed you to decide on modules, or if indeed it had no influence.
I also think that a two year course may have an appeal to those who funding the degree themselves as clearly this will demand budgeting skills.


I think that the 2 year courses matter much more for employers; however, it also depends that where have you invested your time. Experience with education is the full combo that a employer would look for.