Cranfield School of Management MBA

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Location: United Kingdom
About Cranfield School of Management
  Cranfield School of Management is one of the oldest, most prestigious business schools in Europe, with an MBA that consistently ranks amongst the best in the UK.  Cranfield is known for its focus on transformation, excellence in leadership development, and strong connections with global businesses. Our long tradition of management education means we have a global alumni network of over 30,000 members across 130 countries worldwide. The Cranfield Full-time MBA brings these same strengths to provide practical real-world learning and a focus on leadership development.   The Cranfield MBA enables students to achieve their professional vision, gain an in-depth understanding of the essentials of a successful business, and thrive amongst a diverse cohort of experienced, like-minded professionals.   Our one-year MBA programme is designed for ambitious professionals with at least three years' work experience and for those who recognise that business success is about people, collaboration, and intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligence. Cranfield’s MBA suits professionals who are motivated to become better leaders, team players and individuals; those who are committed to developing themselves and others, and who want a real-world business education where world-class theory, tools and techniques are complemented by learning to apply them to transform the way the world works.    The Cranfield MBA is ranked:   • In the Top Five in the UK (The Economist Which MBA 2021) • 1st in UK (2nd in Europe, 7th in the world), and 1st  in the world for engagement in The Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal 2018 (World University Rankings - Business School Report) • 1st in the world for breadth and effectiveness of alumni network (The Economist Full-time MBA Rankings 2021) • The top 25 in the world for quality of faculty (and 2nd in the UK) in Bloomberg’s European Best Business Schools Rankings 2021-22. • Our MBA is 3rd in Europe for entrepreneurial education in Bloomberg’s European Best Business Schools Rankings 2021-22. • 5th in Europe for the quality of education (Bloomberg Best European Business Schools 2021/22). • Top 19% globally for alumni success (QS Global MBA Rankings 2022) • Top 19% globally for rapid ROI (QS Global MBA Rankings 2022) • Top 20 in the world for networking opportunities (Bloomberg European Best Business Schools Rankings 2021-22) • #1 in the world for range of and access to overseas study programmes (The Economist Full-time MBA Rankings 2021) To find out more please visit our website:
Programme Presentation
Cranfield is one of the leading business schools in the world. At Cranfield, we believe passionately that your success as a business leader depends not just on what you know, but on how you apply what you know, how you collaborate with others, and how you operate within and beyond organisations. It is for this reason that real-world practical learning and leadership development are at the heart of our MBA programme.
Programme Info


Cranfield builds careers and people. We think it’s because we genuinely transform lives and the paths our students take. Being a business leader is bigger than just doing business. And we’re more than a business school. Cranfield School of Management proudly puts the emphasis on the word ‘management’, a much more complex, rewarding, and transformative perspective.

The areas we help you manage are broad, diverse, ever-changing, and challenging. The world is going through immense change and uncertainty, and business leaders are more and more looked to as the ones who need to take responsibility. Are you ready to transform?

Be the one everyone looks to in the boardroom.

It’s called The Transformation MBA because Cranfield’s Full-time MBA has never been just about salary uplift or getting hired quicker. We will help you transform your network, your knowledge, and your career. With year-long career and executive coaching, and access to a vast alumni network that’s been ranked #1 in the world for its breadth (The Economist WhichMBA? Full-time MBA Rankings 2021), we help you unlock new connections, new mindsets, and new ambitions.

Our Full-time MBA programme has been redesigned for 2023. It’s now more international, more personal, and even closer to business. It’s a one-year immersive experience that includes opportunities to work with real clients, secure an internship, spend a month abroad, attend networking and speaker events at our dedicated entrepreneurship hub – even host a press conference with real journalists – all as part of a senior peer group that’s one of the most gender diverse cohorts in the world!

  • 1 Year (12 Months)
  • Full Time 
  • On-Campus

Why do the Transformation MBA at Cranfield?

With so much choice, we know choosing where to study is not an easy decision! At Cranfield School of Management, we truly believe that unlocking a transformation, unique to each individual, actually influences the course of your life. We have lost count of the number of CEOs, COOs and CFOs we have put into Fortune 500 companies.


A globally recognised MBA programme…

UK top 5 MBA (The Economist Which MBA? 2021)

#17 in Europe (Bloomberg Businessweek Best B-Schools List 2022-23)

No. 1 in the world for the breadth and effectiveness of the alumni network (The Economist Which MBA? 2021)

No. 6 in the world for teaching influence (Business School Teaching Power Rankings 2021 compiled for the Financial Times)

Top 5 in the world for innovation and entrepreneurship (América Economia Global MBA Rankings 2022)

Top 3 in Europe for entrepreneurial education (Bloomberg Best European Business Schools 2021/22)

Top 19% globally for speed to ROI (QS 2022 Global Rankings)

Top 5 in the UK for salary outcomes (QS Global MBA Rankings 2023)

#2 in the UK and in the top 25 in the world for quality of faculty (The Economist Which MBA? 2021)

Top 20 worldwide for diversity of recruiters (The Economist Which MBA? 2022)

And, we’re quadruple-accredited for quality. Only 1% of business schools worldwide hold a triple-accreditation, but we go one further. We’re accredited not just with AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, but also The Small Business Charter.


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Student Body

Typical class profile:

  • 40 - 60 -  Class size
  • 24 - 38 -  Age range


Career Statistics

  • $124,086 - Average salary after three years
  • Sign-on bonuses as high as $28,400
  • 92% of students employed six months after graduation


Companies recruiting Cranfield MBA students include:

  • Amazon
  • PayPal
  • Barclays 
  • HSBC
  • Santander
  • Accenture
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Cognizant
  • PA Consulting
  • Infosys Consulting London
  • BNP Paribas
  • Jaguar Landrover



  • 11% started their own business within 3 months
  • Successful Cranfield start-ups:
    • StepEx
    • Moonpig
    • Nightcap
    • CSR
    • Harry Specters
    • Equus
    • ETCapital
    • The Font
    • Pomelo
    • WestAfricaENRG
    • TopGolf
    • Verifile
    • RingGo 
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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

University degree: Yes (degree requirement can be waived for candidates with exceptional professional experience)

Aptitude tests:

  • GMAT: Accepted but not required
  • Executive Assessment: Accepted but not required
  • GRE: Accepted but not required
  • Alternative aptitude tests: Cranfield Admission Test
  • GMAT/GRE Waivers are also possible for exceptional applicants

Language tests:

References: 2 professional references

Minimum length of work experience: 3 years of professional experience minimum

Managerial experience is not required




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Application fees: 0 - We do not charge an application fee

Tuition fees: GBP £40,175 (generous scholarships available)

Scholarships: Large number of generous scholarships available for the Full-Time MBA. Values range all the way up to 100% of the tuition fees.



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