MBA (Top-Up)

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1 to 5 years
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MBA Top-Up
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MBA (Top-Up)

Course Overview

The MBA (Top-Up) is a globally recognised qualification that will help you fast-track your way to the top. Are you ready to take the next step of your career? This top-up degree will give you the opportunity to build on your existing qualifications and unlock enhanced career prospects. 

On our MBA (Top-Up) master’s degree, we go beyond the basics. While studying, you’ll learn everything there is to know about the development and implementation of business strategies, how to manage and sustain large organisations and how to be an influential leader in your chosen industry. During this postgraduate top-up degree, you’ll focus on a wide range of management disciplines - with ideas and experiences taken from organisations and thought leaders across the world. You’ll also have the opportunity to put your learning into practice, providing immediate value to yourself and your organisation.

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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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This top-up master’s degree is designed for practising managers who are looking to take the next step up. When creating the program modules, we listened to fellow graduates and worked with experienced industry leaders to produce a well-rounded, innovative course of study for students. 


  • Implementing Strategy


  • A Research Project


  • A Dissertation 


How do we assess you?

A big part of your online MBA (Top-Up) work will be the opportunity to create and take ownership of a detailed piece of research relating to a management issue. To back your development, Arden will provide you with academic support to make sure you have the skills and resources you need to successfully complete the assessments. Your tutor will also be able to give you suggestions and tips for improvement - and help you learn how to apply your newly-acquired skills to real life settings. A variety of methods are used to assess your progress, allowing you to demonstrate your strengths as you study. These assessments include:

  • Case studies
  • Proposals
  • Dissertation

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.


To be eligible for this MBA (Top-Up) course, we need to see that you have:

  • 120 credits at Level 7 in a broadly-based business/management award, for example a Postgraduate Diploma in Business
  • 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.

If you don’t already have the required qualifications for this MBA (Top-Up), Arden may be able to offer you a place on our full MBA programme. You can also explore our MBAs.

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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 join a degree programme, it’s always nice to know exactly who you’ll be learning from. The School of Business & Management is formed of a group of experienced, qualified, and enthusiastic tutors who design our courses alongside leaders from the business world. 

By graduating with an MBA (Top-Up) degree, you’ll be setting yourself up to take on senior leadership challenges in any organisation or business, both in the public and private sector. An MBA (Top-Up) qualification will equip you with the skills you need to progress to a senior management role in a variety of industries all over the world. The specialist skills you’ll have after graduating are highly valued by employers, giving you a competitive edge in the job’s market. 

What will I gain from completing this degree?

After graduating, you’ll have: 

  • Demonstrated you can apply knowledge and skills at a strategic level
  • Undertaken activities that have improved your own organisation
  • Used your personal development and planning skills to contribute to society and the workplace
  • Used your problem-solving skills to find innovative solutions
  • Shown genuine deep knowledge in your chosen specialist area
  • Taken a world view, demonstrating that you understand global issues, diversity and ethical questions
  • Developed your communication skills

What can I do after Arden University?

So where will your career take you next? Our MBA (Top-Up) gives you the scope to take on new and exciting challenges while preparing you for senior and leadership roles in any industry of your choosing.

Prepare for your next step into the professional world

Applying your learning to real-world situations is a big part of our MBA (Top-Up). You’ll have the opportunity to do this through a variety of learning methods and your very own research project. You’ll also be applying what you learn directly to your day-to-day role, so you’ll be in a position to demonstrate an instant impact and value to your employer. 

Beyond the everyday, this course also allows you to take a world view of business issues, demonstrating that you understand global issues, diversity and ethical questions – all critical topics for leadership.

Throughout your studies, you’ll 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 receive direction 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.

Our study options make it simple to achieve your degree around any other commitments you have. Our online learning model is designed to give you the freedom you need by fitting your studies around your lifestyle - so you can work at a time and pace that suits you.


I’ve found the Arden MBA 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.

Simon Henry
Simon Henry
MBA Online
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Online Learning

How does it work?

With Online Learning, your study schedule is completely flexible, so you will decide when and where you work without being tied to a set lecture timetable. This is an ideal way of learning if you have a busy professional schedule or other commitments. Collaboration is a key part of the Arden Online Learning experience. With this in mind, you’ll be able to communicate with your tutor and classmates through online forums and email - so you’ll be fully supported at every stage of your study.