Resources › For Students and Parents How Long Does It Take to Get an MBA? Share Flipboard Email Print How long does it take to get an MBA?. Ana Barateiro / Getty Images For Students and Parents Business School Business Degree Options Business Specializations Choosing A Business School Business School Admissions MBA Programs & Rankings Business Careers and Internships Student Resources Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Admissions College Life Graduate School Law School Distance Learning View More By Karen Schweitzer Business Education Expert Karen Schweitzer is a business school admissions consultant, curriculum developer, and education writer. She has been advising MBA applicants since 2005. our editorial process Karen Schweitzer Updated December 03, 2018 How long it takes to get an MBA degree depends on the school you attend and the type of program you select. For example, part-time programs last longer than full-time programs, and accelerated programs typically take less time to complete than traditional programs. Executive MBA programs and dual degree programs also have their own timetable. MBA Program Lengths at a Glance Traditional MBA programs: 2 years, full-timeAccelerated MBA programs: 10-13 months, full-timePart-time MBA programs: 4-6 years, part-timeExecutive MBA programs: 18-24 months, part-timeDual MBA programs: 3-5 years, full-time MBA program length also depends on where you get your degree. In the United States, traditional MBA programs take approximately two years of full-time study to complete. This two-year model is less common in other countries. For example, in most European countries, MBA programs take just 12-18 months of full-time study to complete. Traditional MBA Program Length In the U.S., traditional MBA programs take two years to complete. Students usually get time off during the summer and winter, which means that the programs really require only a 20-month commitment, rather than 24 months. However, these programs require full-time study and may even require summer internships, summer classes, or global experiences. The rigor and depth of a two-year MBA program often varies from school to school, but you should expect to devote most of your time to studying. In other words, it is very difficult to attend a full-time MBA program and work full-time or even part-time while classes are in session. Executive MBA Program Length Executive MBA programs are similar in length to traditional MBA programs. Although some programs can be completed in 18 months, many take two years to complete, and in a few unique cases, up to 30 months to complete. Since these programs are typically geared toward executives and other working professionals, classes are held on weekends and weeknights rather than weekdays. In certain programs, students are only required to attend class one weekend per month. Students may also have to participate in a global experience. Part-Time MBA Program Length Part-time MBA programs are designed for working professionals who want to study part-time while they continue to work. These programs often hold classes on the weekdays or weekends. The course load is similar to that of a traditional MBA program, but course requirements are spread over a longer period so the curriculum doesn't feel as demanding or rigorous as a full-time program. Part-time MBA students may have to participate in one or more required global experiences. Accelerated MBA Program Length Accelerated MBA programs are fast-paced MBA programs that allow students to earn an MBA in less time than a traditional two-year MBA program. Most accelerated MBA programs take somewhere between 10 and 13 months to complete. These programs are often very intense and come with a heavy workload. Accelerated MBA programs are immersive and often require an internship and/or a global experience. Dual Degree Program Length Many business school students choose to simultaneously earn an MBA and another type of degree through something known as a dual degree program. For example, students who want to earn a law degree and a business degree may enroll in a JD/MBA degree program. Other common dual degree options include: Doctor of Medicine (MD)/MBAMaster of Science in Urban Planning/MBAMaster of Science in Engineering (MSE)/MBAMaster of International Affairs (MIA)/MBAMaster of Science in Journalism/MBAMaster of Science in Nursing (MSN)/MBAMaster of Public Health (MPH)/MBAMaster of Science in Social Work/MBA Master of Arts in Education/MBA The amount of time it takes to complete a dual degree program is often dependent on the school or schools you will be attending to earn your degree. However, you can usually expect an extra year of study, meaning that most dual degree programs can be completed in three years (9 quarters). The more rigorous programs, such as the MD/MBA program or the JD/MBA program, often take more time. Most MD/MBA programs take five years (17 quarters) to complete, and most JD/MBA programs take four years (12 quarters to complete).