1-MBA Student and APSEA Scholarship Recipient, ‘Kayode Ajayi-Smith, writes about Investments in Health as a Driver of SME Growth in Africa

Africa is poised to reap a windfall from its fast-paced urbanization; technological acceleration, with investments totaling $129 million in 2016; abundance of natural resources; and rising workforce — estimated to top 1.1 billion workers by 2034 according to McKinsey Global Institute.

A Day in the Life of a 1-MBA Student

An inside perspective on a typical day in the 1-MBA program

"A typical day for a 1-MBA student is similar to working in a fast-paced, career driven environment." -Suzanne Zar, 1-MBA student 

What's your morning routine?

I usually get up at 6 am to get my day started and arrive at school around 8 am. On many mornings, I am meeting with team members for an assigned presentation or reviewing a case study for that day’s class.

What's your class schedule like?

Cohort Experience in the 1-MBA

1-MBA student, Mat Tillotson, discusses the unique experience of a cohort MBA program 

Lehigh’s 1-MBA program is comprised of a rigorous academic curriculum presented in a 1-year timeframe, providing us, working professionals, the opportunity to withdraw from our professional life and immerse ourselves in an academic environment full-time, while minimizing loss of income associated with longer full time programs. 


“The program has been an awesome experience.  It has forced us to grow and begin to think in ways we have not thought before.” 

We sat down with 1-MBA student, Richard London, to find out what he would say to anyone considering the 1-MBA program. 

1. What have you found out about yourself as a result of attending the 1-MBA program?

I can do anything I set my mind to.  Getting in has been a reward in and of itself.  I am confident I earned it.  Being able to get into a prestigious school has given me a lot of self-confidence.

Why the 1-MBA is Perfect for Engineers

Engineers think about the world differently. And different is good.

Most colleges in this country don’t offer a one-year MBA program, but we at Lehigh University have a strong desire to create new innovative programs for students who thrive on thinking outside the box. We have provided an alternative model for people who think creatively, put a premium on critical thinking skills and possess career experience that make them eager to always learn more. And they have to be motivated to undertake an intensive workload by earning a master’s degree in just 12 months.

The Benefits of Having Mentors

Why Solid Guidance and Sounding Boards are Vital to Success

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Asking for help and receiving guidance is not a sign of weakness. On the contrary, finding a quality mentor and benefiting from a valued sounding board is instrumental to strengthen personal success. Whether talking about a young person going through school or grown men and women in business, trusted advisers and people you can turn to in a pinch are invaluable resources.

5 Reasons to Get Your MBA Right Now

Lost in all the talk of WHERE you should get your MBA is a much more basic question: WHY should you get your MBA right now?

Going back to school for your MBA isn’t for everyone, and whether or not to do so will depend on a variety of factors. Where are you in your career? Do you have the time? Is it financially feasible? Will the return on investment be worth it? The answer will be different for everyone, but here are five rock solid reasons earning an MBA benefits you immensely.

5 Fast Facts About Lehigh University’s New One-Year MBA

“A one-year MBA? I didn’t even know that existed!”

Good news: it’s real and we think it’s pretty amazing. Even though our 1-MBA program is fairly new to the United States, the model has been hugely successful in Europe for a number of years. By taking a new approach and building an MBA program from the ground up, we feel this one-year, intensive program allows people with at least three years of work experience to get an MBA quickly while also saving you money on program and opportunity costs.