The driving force behind Arden University’s Executive MBA is to help experienced managers like you disrupt conventional ways of thinking to lead business transformations. The programme equips you with the key skills needed for modern global business management, helping you gain a competitive edge in your industry. Rooted in a learning-by-doing methodology, the degree emphasises directly applying what you learn to your day-to-day role, allowing you to demonstrate immediate impact in your organisation. This, combined with Arden’s flexible learning, means your degree will complement your career, not get in the way of it.
With industries transforming faster than ever, organisations will require jobholders to be agile and tech-savvy. That’s why we’ve ensured our Executive MBA takes a digital-first, global, and contemporary approach to your learning, ensuring you gain the modern strategic, financial, and people skills you need to meet the current and future demands of a constantly evolving sector. Our esteemed lecturers bring a wealth of experience from senior roles in both the private and public sectors, along with significant academic expertise. They have designed the course in consultation with leading UK employers and our international alumni, so you can be confident your studies will provide you with the advanced skill set to become a future leader of tomorrow.
This course has dual accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), providing you with the prestigious CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management and ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management. That means you’ll graduate with professional recognition and a qualification that’s recognised across the globe. And with your CMI Level 7 Diploma, you’ll be eligible for the fast-track route to Chartered Manager status.
Combining management theory with real-world business application is at the heart of what we do. That’s why we offer the valuable opportunity to follow a single narrative throughout your studies: your organisation. At each stage, you’ll be able to apply your current work environment to your assessments, examining your organisation from a fresh perspective and adding to your management expertise and credentials with every module.
Our course is carefully curated to incorporate real-life case studies, offering content that mirrors the challenges and dynamics of today’s business world. These case studies are drawn from various industries and workplaces so that all students have the opportunity to apply their learning and leverage their understanding in context. We also ensure our module content remains relevant and aligned with industry standards to keep you at the forefront of current developments.
I’ve found that studying my degree online with Arden has given me a much more comprehensive foundation of knowledge around the topics I don’t often encounter in my work role, including financial decision-making, ethics and strategy. This knowledge will enable me to progress to more strategic roles in the future.
No exams in sight! Instead, we’ve designed innovative assessments to allow you to demonstrate your strengths and put your new knowledge into practice in real-world scenarios. This includes live projects and client briefs, virtual internships, writing case studies and reports, delivering presentations, and creating proposals. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply both assignments and an original research project relating to a management issue relevant to your role and organisation.
Connect with peers at similar career stages, share ideas, and expand your global network.
Our Executive MBA emphasises community-driven learning and reflection. You'll be surrounded by like-minded individuals at the same stage of their careers, providing an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and collaborate. The international cohort on the programme adds another exciting dimension, bringing diverse perspectives and enriching your course content through personal and cultural experiences.
Throughout our Executive MBA course, we introduce industry guest speakers who bring their valuable experiences to the table through engaging lectures and talks. You'll have the opportunity to gain real-world management insights directly from these skilled professionals, leveraging their expertise to supplement your studies. You can then apply these insights to enrich your learning journey.
We provide the opportunity to focus on a specialised degree in finance or data analytics.
Executive MBA (Finance): Develop your skills in financial decision-making with the 'Analysing Business and Financial Performance' and 'Managing Strategic Finance and Risk' modules.
Executive MBA (Data Analytics): Develop deeper insights into the data that drives business success and disrupt conventional ways of thinking with the 'Analysing Big Data' and 'Managing Cloud Based Business Solutions' modules.
MBA: If you don’t meet the entry requirements for our Executive MBA degree because of limited work experience, take a look at our MBA course, which has been designed for those with limited or no previous work or managerial experience.
At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.
To be eligible for the Masters in Business Administration, we need to see that you have:
We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here.
For those without prior work experience, we have an MBA programme that could be the perfect fit. Arden’s MBA has been designed to help students like you not only complete a full MBA, but also use their qualification as an entryway into a management position.
We’re happy to receive an application from you if you have substantial management experience (typically 5 years) and can show us that you have the motivation to study this programme.
We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study this course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience.
Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.
UK students can apply for up to £11,836 funding from Student Finance England fund your studies.
If you’re an international student, we have a number of Regional Offers that can help you save money on your tuition fees.
When you help a friend or family member to study with Arden through our Refer a Friend programme, both you and the person you refer will receive a £500 Amazon e-voucher or £500 tuition fee credit.
Here at Arden University we strive to provide a fresh and unique approach to your business and management education. With ideas and experiences taken from employers and thought leaders across the world, we give you the opportunity to put proven business skills and techniques into practice during your studies. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.
Ready to upskill and join the elite ranks of business management? A Master of Business Administration degree is the gold standard for employers looking for leadership potential. Our modern, international learning approach means your CMI and ILM accredited Executive MBA will give you the edge in the eyes of employers worldwide. Whether you want to progress with your current organisation or to take on a new challenge, the Arden Executive MBA provides the tools you need to unlock your full potential.
During the course, you’ll have the opportunity to build on your existing skills and experiences using the latest developments in business, helping you become a better manager and upskill to a more senior-level role. Because you’ll focus on adopting modern perspectives and taking a wider view of business issues, you’ll find the skills you develop are transferable to a range of industries and roles. Whilst studying, you will:
A comprehensive survey by Accenture in 2020 revealed that 74% of jobs were likely to change significantly over the next five years. In a post-pandemic world, industries are rapidly transforming, with 95% of positions requiring jobholders to be upskilled in digital technology.
Because we’ve aligned our Executive MBA with the latest developments in business management and the CMI and ILM, graduates of this degree will be ready to lead these transformations and take on senior-level roles within national and international organisations across the public and private sectors.
This course awards a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership Practice and offers CMI Full Chartered Manager Status *
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. As the CMI possesses a Royal Charter, they are the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status to their members – the gold standard in management. With 140,000 members, the institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect like-minded professionals.
As an Arden student, you’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources including a mentoring service and invitations to networking events both online and offline.
Upon completion of this CMI-accredited course, you will be awarded CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership Practice and gain CMI Full Chartered Manager Status. This recognises you have the skills needed to be an effective manager, helping you stand out from the competition and start your management career journey - with a CMI qualification and a clear pathway to full Chartered Manager status.
*Upon completion of your course, the CMI award and level of chartered status awarded will depend on your level and length of study, whether you entered your course with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) or if any compensation is applied on your modules throughout the duration of study. If this criteria applies to you, you may receive one of the 2 different levels; an Award or Certificate.
This course is accredited by the Institute of leadership and Management (ILM). You'll graduate with an ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management.
The ILM is a professional membership body for leaders and managers, with a mission of inspiring great leadership through qualifications, training, and cutting-edge research. The institute is a globally recognised mark of quality for its members and provides valuable insights through its vast industry links and publications.
As an Arden student, you’ll have free membership to the ILM throughout your studies, giving you access to over a thousand comprehensive learning resources, including webinars, videos, leadership assessment tools, a dedicated e-learning tool, careers advice, and networking opportunities.
Arden University is a member of the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide.
This membership reflects the fact that Arden University has successfully matched the high standards required by the AACSB, and enables the sharing of ideas and the exchange best practises between global business schools. Membership also gives our faculty members access to in-depth data and research to support the development of our courses and teaching methods, ensuring that we are able to provide you with the best possible university experience.
The BGA is a membership and quality assurance body. As a member, Arden University have signed up to the BGA Charter, committing their institution to responsible management practices and lifelong learning, positively impacting their students, communities, and the economy. This shows our students that we are demonstrating responsible management ourselves, as well as it being a central theme that runs through our own courses.
As Arden University is a member of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), students will receive complementary BGA student and graduate membership. Through this membership, current students will have access to the BGA Career Development Centre, packed with interactive tools, e-learning content, partner discounts and the latest job opportunities. This is a lifetime access, which means students will continue to have access to these services even after they graduate.
Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway.
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include: