The driving force behind the Arden Executive MBA is to transform professionals like you, by encouraging you to disrupt conventional ways of thinking to gain the competitive edge in your industry. Rooted in a learning-by-doing methodology, our Executive MBA degree places an emphasis on directly applying what you learn on the course to your day-to-day role, allowing you to demonstrate immediate impact in your organisation.
The Executive MBA prepares you for the challenges of modern leadership by focusing on the development of holistic management skills that you can apply to a range of business functions. You’ll cover topics including personal and business transformation, ethical leadership, and implementing strategy. You’ll also have the chance to complete your own original research project in an area of business that drives your passion for success.
All of this has been designed to bring out your best qualities as a manager and future leader. You’ll be encouraged apply what you learn on the course to your current role, giving you an immediate taster of how your new skills can help you go on to outperform the competition. What’s more, the Arden Executive MBA course has been developed in consultation with our international alumni and leading UK employers, so you can be confident that your studies will focus on the skills you need to gain today to become a leader of tomorrow.
We also offer MBA pathways focused on finance and data analytics, as well as a specialised MBA to help those without work experience break into the world of business management.
Our Executive MBA syllabus has been designed to accelerate your career by helping you develop the skills and knowledge demanded by the industry you want to work in. Through this, we’re preparing you for the next step in your career as a senior professional. During the course you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with classmates and fellow professionals with a breadth of experience, helping you build your international business network.
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.
We’ve planned our assessments to give you a variety of ways to demonstrate your strengths. This includes writing case studies and reports, delivering presentations and creating proposals. Alongside these, you’ll also have the opportunity to carry out your own original research project relating to a management issue that’s relevant to your role and organisation. Ideal if you learn best by putting your new knowledge into practice in real-world scenarios.
We provide the opportunity to substitute the 'Managing within a Competitive Environment' and 'Leading Transitions' modules 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.
You can apply for a loan of up to £11,836 from Student Finance England to fund your studies. UK students in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are also eligible for postgraduate loans.
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.
A Master of Administration degree is still the gold standard for employers looking for leadership potential. Our modern, international learning approach means your CMI accredited MBA will give you the edge in the eyes of employers all over the world. Whether you want to progress with your current organisation or to take on a new challenge, the Arden MBA provides the tools you need to unlock your full potential.
You’ll gain a wide range of leadership and management skills by completing this course. Best of all, because the focus is on adopting broader perspectives and taking a wider view of business issues, you’ll find these skills are transferable to a range of different roles. Whilst studying, you will:
Graduates of our MBA degree go on to a variety of different senior roles within national and international organisations. You may decide to progress with your current employer or to embark upon a fresh challenge with a new organisation – the flexibility of the skills you’ll gain on this course mean your options are open.
This course awards a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice.
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with like-minded professionals across diverse sectors.
The CMI is the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status – the gold standard in management. They are also active in business policy-making across the globe and ensure that their more than 140,000 members are represented in policy decision-making.
You will have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of exclusive resources, mentoring services, and networking events.
Upon completion of one of Arden University’s CMI-accredited courses, you will be automatically awarded CMI Foundation Chartered Manager (fCMgr) 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 clear pathway to full Chartered Manager status.
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: