Master of Business Administration

Study level
1 to 5 years
Study locations
Berlin or Online
Accredited by
Master of Business Administration

Course Overview

Prove you have the skills to take your career to the next level with Arden’s Master of Business Administration. This course places an emphasis on directly applying what you learn to your day-to-day role, allowing you to demonstrate immediate impact on yourself and your employer.

Our MBA degree will prepare you for modern leadership, by focusing on holistic management skills that apply to a range of business functions and themes. You’ll cover topics such as personal and business transformation, ethical leadership and implementing strategy, as well as having the chance to complete your own original research project.

All of this is designed to bring out your best qualities as a manager and leader, by providing you with plenty of opportunities to apply what you learn. What’s more, the course has been developed in consultation with our international alumni and employers, so you can be confident that it’s geared towards the skills that organisations and senior professionals need right now. 

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Your CMI membership
This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), so you’ll leave with a CMI qualification in leadership and management alongside your degree. The cost of CMI membership is included while you are actively studying with us, which gives you access to a range resources and events.

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By giving you the skills and knowledge you need to demonstrate leadership capabilities, we’re preparing you for the next step in your career as a senior professional. You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with classmates and alumni, building your international business network.


  • Personal & Business Transformation
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Managing within a Competitive Environment
  • Leading Transitions
  • Implementing Strategy
  • Sustaining the Business
  • Research Project

How do we assess you?

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.

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.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.

For UK students

To be eligible for the Masters in Business Administration, we need to see that you have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent
  • 2 years’ suitable work experience

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English; a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted

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.

Non-standard entry requirements

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.

Find your country

Use the dropdown above to find course fees and funding information for your country. If you can’t find information for your country in the dropdown, visit our International support page.

Before you enrol onto any degree, it’s always nice to know exactly who you’ll be learning from and spending time with. The Arden MBA is taught by The School of Business & Management. This department is formed of a group of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic tutors who design the courses alongside leaders from the business community.

An MBA degree is still the gold standard for employers looking for leadership potential. Our modern, international learning approach means your CMI accredited MBA will stand out and appeal to employers all over the world. Whether you want to progress with your current organisation or to take on a new challenge, the choice is yours.

What can the Arden MBA degree do for me?

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’ll:

  • Demonstrate you can apply your knowledge and skills at a strategic level
  • Complete projects or tasks that have directly improved your organisation
  • Developed confident communication skills and adapted these to a variety of settings and contexts
  • Used problem-solving skills to find innovative solutions to business challenges
  • Developed deep knowledge in your chosen specialist area

What can I do after Arden University?

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.

Prepare for the next step in your career

Achieving your Masters in Business Administration will help you accelerate your progression into a senior management or leadership role. Beyond the MBA degree itself, Arden students are also offered several more opportunities for professional development, enhancing your CV even further.

Alongside your Masters, you’ll receive a CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership – industry-recognised, and a fast-track route toward Chartered Manager status.

Throughout your studies, you’ll also have access to student support advisors who are here for you 24/7. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

Which study mode is right for you? You’ll have the choice to complete your MBA degree via online learning or blended learning. Here’s a quick summary of both options, so you can choose the flexible learning model that works best for you. 


As a mature student the key factors that I wanted when deciding which university was best for me was quality content, a flexible learning schedule, and programme accreditation. During my research I found that Arden really stood out, and I could study without having to give up my job.

Abdulrahaman Usman
Abdulrahaman Usman
Master of Business Administration
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Blended Learning

How does it work?

Blended learning involves face to face, on campus, teaching, including eight hours of time-tabled classes spread over two mornings, afternoons, or evenings, at one of our study centres. This study mode provides an element of structure to your day, where you’ll join your fellow classmates at specific times to learn. 
Students are then required to complete the rest of their studies online at a time and place that suits them.

With blended learning you can choose to study weekdays:


  • two mornings (9.00am to 1.00pm)


  • two afternoons (1.30pm to 5.30pm)

Find out more about Blended Learning.

Online Learning

How does it work?

Looking for an MBA qualification that fits in around your busy work schedule? Have you considered studying your Masters in Business online? Our online learning approach makes it easier for you to achieve your study goals. Thanks to a flexible study schedule, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials – no need to stick to a set lecture timetable. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.