X-ccelerated 4+1 MBA Program


Program Details

Why Xavier’s X-ccelerated 4+1 MBA Program?

Created for ambitious undergraduate students, the X-ccelerated 4+1 MBA program offers an accelerated path to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) within one year of completing a bachelor’s degree at Xavier University.

Our accelerated MBA program empowers students to continue their education by diving into intensive coursework, hands-on experiential learning opportunities and building their résumé-worthy skills. At the end of the program, students emerge career-ready and equipped to tackle the challenges of an ever-changing business world.

Expedite Your Education and Professional Development

Our accelerated 4+1 MBA program gets students out of the classroom and into the workforce quickly without compromising the quality of their education. Throughout this 12-month program, students take 15 courses during the fall, spring and summer terms, delving into advanced business concepts and real-world learning opportunities.

Learn in an Inviting, Cohort-Based Community

Due to its highly selective nature, the accelerated MBA program cultivates a small cohort experience with a maximum of 30 students progressing together through a carefully planned schedule. This cohort model fosters a strong, collaborative environment where students learn teamwork and receive personalized attention from Xavier’s industry-expert faculty members.

No GMAT or GRE required to apply

MBA programs at Xavier University no longer require the GMAT or GRE test scores of applicants.


Because the accelerated 4+1 MBA program has limited capacity and a rigorous pace, the admissions process is competitive. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate a history of leadership and student involvement.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Provide a recommendation from a faculty member in their respective undergraduate major.

Applicants do not need to submit GMAT or GRE test scores.

Students must apply by May 1, 2024, for Fall 2024 admission.

To be considered for admission, the following materials are required:

  • Completed application.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, sent directly from the institution; electronic transcripts are preferred.
  • A current résumé documenting work experience; the résumé is uploaded to the MBA application system.
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources; recommender names/emails can be uploaded to the application, allowing the recommendation form to be sent to them by email.
  • A personal statement regarding the motivation and goals that have prompted the application to the X-ccelerated 4+1 MBA Program.
  • A personal interview (if requested) by the admissions committee

The review process begins once the Admissions Committee receives all of the application materials.


Our accelerated MBA program curriculum supports an efficient, holistic business education without sacrificing the quality of instruction. During the program, students enroll in 15 business-intensive courses that develop their familiarity with advanced finance, marketing, economics, business analytics and strategy concepts.

Beyond these core competencies, students partake in an education enriched with leadership, team-building and hands-on earning opportunities, including an international business trip and internship/practicum course. These experiences contribute to a transformative MBA program that supports students’ professional development and develops a global business perspective.

Students should complete the following courses online prior to beginning their MBA program:

  • ACCT 500 - Foundations of Financial Accounting (3)
  • BAIS 500 - Business Statistics (3)

These prerequisites may be waived based on students’ undergraduate coursework.

  • ACCT 550 - Managerial Accounting (3)
  • ECON 550 - Managerial Economics (3)
  • MKTG 550 - Marketing Strategy (3)
  • BLAW 550 - Business Law and Ethics (3)
  • MGMT 614 - Principles of Leadership (3)
  • FINC 550 - Fundamentals of Finance (3)
  • MGMT 550 - Strategy and Organizations (3)
  • BAIS 550 - Business Information Systems (3)
  • BAIS 551 - Operational Analysis (3)
  • BUAD 610 - Contemporary Topics with Guest Speakers and Experiential Assignments (3)
  • Summer Capstone Course (3)
  • BUAD 68-X - Summer International Immersion Experience (Includes pre- and post-trip assignments) (3)
  • BUAD 603 - The MBA Internship or Experiential Learning Practicum (3)

Sample Courses

  • MKTG 550 - Marketing Strategy - This course strives to teach students how to develop, implement and critically evaluate the marketing strategy for a product or service. It provides the conceptual frameworks and outlines how to develop analytical, quantitative and creative skills. These competencies are required to define and establish superior value, persuasively communicate that value, profitably deliver it to a carefully selected target market, and sustain both the value and the profitability in the face of ever-changing customer needs and competitive offerings.
  • FINC 550 - Fundamentals of Finance - Fundamentals of Finance helps students understand the basic principles and techniques used in the financial management of a business. This course aims to introduce the student to the core principles of finance, with particular emphasis on financial decisions within the context of the corporation.
  • MGMT 550 - Strategy and Organizations - As a strategy course, this survey course introduces students to the principles of managerial behavior (managing people and leading organizations), strategic management (setting and implementing the strategic direction for the company) and strategic human resource management (employee recruitment, selection and performance evaluation). Students learn about relevant management theories, concepts and frameworks and how to apply them to real-world business situations.

Tuition and Fees

Save time and money by earning your accelerated MBA at Xavier. The approximate cost of this program is $44,000, including the estimated costs of the international trip.

In support of your graduate education investment, we offer a range of financial aid resources to help offset the cost of your degree. Additionally, we encourage you to contact our staff members if you need assistance. They’re eager to support you, connect you with essential information and answer any questions.

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Loyal Musketeer Scholarship

Students in the full-time MBA program learning in a classroom

To support our alumni’s graduate education endeavors, Xavier proudly offers the Loyal Musketeer Scholarship, which reduces the graduate tuition rate by 25 percent. All students applying to the 4+1 MBA program automatically receive this scholarship.

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Find Valuable Internship Opportunities

Full-time MBA program student meeting with a mentor in Cincinnati

To prepare for their entrance into the workforce, each MBA student participates in an exciting MBA internship or Experiential Learning Practicum. This opportunity helps students build their professional experience and apply what they’ve learned in the classroom in the real world. In preparation, students receive personalized support to find an internship that suits their personal and professional interests.

Embark on an Immersive International Study Experience

Professor in the full-time MBA program

In our 4+1 MBA program, students dive into the global business scene by participating in a three-week international business experience, which includes five days of preplanning, a 10-day international trip and five days of post-debrief experience. Through this immersive opportunity, students go beyond their comfort zone to gain a greater perspective of the business world.

Career Outlook for MBA Earners

Pursuing an advanced degree like an MBA empowers you with highly transferable business skills and industry expertise to follow a range of business and financial career paths, including:

Employers seek qualified individuals to fill high-level positions as the business world grows. With the leadership experience and specialized knowledge gained through your MBA program, you stand out as a competitive candidate, ready to innovate, strategize and succeed.

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X-ccelerated 4+1 MBA Program at Xavier University

Pursue greatness by enrolling in Xavier University’s X-ccelerated 4+1 MBA program. With its accelerated format and intensive curriculum, students receive a top-tier business education that unlocks their potential and prepares them for an ever-evolving business landscape.

Xavier University's Williams College of Business is accredited by the AACSB. AACSB-accredited schools offer students a relevant and challenging curriculum, the highest quality faculty and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."