Entry requirements

Who we are looking for

We are looking for candidates who aspire to – or currently hold - senior leadership roles. We also want to work with entrepreneurs eager to grow their businesses and the economy. People with the integrity and vision to drive organisations forward.

You will have proved your potential through at least three years of professional experience, or earned your entrepreneurial stripes by starting a business. And now you are ready for more.

Whether that’s:

  • accelerating your current career or confidently changing direction
  • developing business acumen to help your start-up skyrocket
  • challenging yourself to deliver stronger professional practise

Our intensely personalised MBA programme will develop your unique strengths, to unlock the leader you’re meant to be.

Entry requirements

We welcome MBA applications from talented candidates from all backgrounds. Professional experience and personal qualities are equally important to us. We want students who will challenge us and their classmates, people that know their own mind and strive for both personal and team success. We want to know how ambitious you are, how determined you are, your potential to develop and make a difference.

You will need to have:

  • A minimum of three years' post-qualification work experience
  • A good degree and / or professional qualification
  • Applicants who do not have a degree are welcomed provided they can demonstrate high levels of achievement, exceptional career progression or evidence of leadership potential.

If you are unsure if you qualify for our MBA programmes we are happy to assess your profile and give you feedback on your suitability for the programme before you make a formal application.


We welcome candidates with Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores over 600. The average score for our Full-time MBA students is currently 680.


We welcome candidates with a minimum GRE score in the 80th percentile for both verbal and quantitative reasoning. Our Designated Institution Code is 3641.

Cranfield admission tests

We also offer our own admissions tests as an alternative to GMAT, for candidates who are able to come to Cranfield for interview. There are two paper-based tests, designed to assess candidate's numeracy and problem solving skills.

English language

To study for a formal award at Cranfield you will need to demonstrate that you can communicate effectively in English in an academic environment.

For further information please visit our webiste.

Months of entry


Course content

If you are an ambitious individual – ready to tackle global business challenges with clarity and confidence – the Cranfield full-time MBA is designed for you. This immersive 12-month programme is consistently ranked one of the world’s best MBAs.

Within our inspiring global community, you will be: supported to unlock your unique leadership potential; challenged to become a strategic leader, critical thinker and innovator; empowered to pursue your professional goals on the international stage. On graduation, you will be poised for success in any sector thanks to expert teaching, real-world projects, 121 career coaching and mentoring.

What we offer

You will join a close-knit international cohort of no more than 100 fellow professionals. That’s large enough to challenge your perspectives and introduce new ideas. But small enough to guarantee individual attention thanks to an 8:1 staff to student ratio.

Your tutors are all management and leadership experts, infusing their teaching with the latest insights from their industry experience. They will equip you with an in-depth understanding of business and finance, so you can assert your expertise confidently in any business function or sector.

You will have access Cranfield’s Career mentoring programme, where successful professionals offer advice and guidance to support you through your studies.

You will also receive 1-2-1 career coaching to discover your unique strengths as a leader. We’ll then support you to develop a personalised progression plan to help guide, inspire and accelerate your career after Cranfield.

Fees and funding

Payment schedule

Once you have been offered a place on our programme, you will need to pay a £3,000 non-refundable deposit. You will have a period of 30 days following receipt of your offer to pay your deposit to accept your offer. Your place is not guaranteed until you have paid your deposit. The remainder of the tuition fees is payable at the start of the programme.

Total fees are: £40, 175


Cranfield School of Management is delighted to offer a range of scholarships, many of which are funded by our generous MBA alumni. We are proud to offer awards that support diversity, recognise leadership potential, and strive to improve the practice of management across various sectors and regions worldwide.

Ready to apply for a Cranfield MBA but want to explore your funding opportunities? Book a call with one of our recruitment managers today. A personal consultation with a member of our team will help you discover which scholarship opportunities are available to you based on your profile. Our recruitment team will provide you with all the support and guidance you need to complete the Cranfield MBA admission process successfully, and painlessly!

Alternatively fill in a short form to discover which scholarship opportunities are available to you based on your profile.

We look forward to helping you on your MBA journey.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MBA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1234 758081