The Open University’s MBA is an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification.

The programme teaches a range of core disciplines and skills, all of which are intended to enable you to ‘master’ this fascinating subject.

An integrated programme, the MBA course comprises 75% of compulsory elements (including the final organisation-based project) and 25% optional modules. 

Study topics include organisational management, corporate finance, change management, marketing and entrepreneurship, to name but a few.

You’ll need to have practical management and/or decision-making experience, so that you have a practical business base on which to build your learning.

Is this the right course for me?

Opting to study for an MBA with The Open University is an exciting decision - and not one to be made lightly. This intensive course requires dedication, hard work and personal sacrifice, but will, of course, be hugely rewarding too. Before enroling, here are three key points to consider:

What’s my long-term plan?
An MBA qualification will open doors, whether you wish to advance within your chosen career or move into a different industry entirely. Either way, it’s important to have an idea of what you want in advance, and to use the training you receive during the course to your best advantage.

Do I wish to improve my leadership skills?
Among many other skills, studying for an MBA will teach you how to manage people effectively in a business environment. As such, it’s useful to have a prior interest in leadership.

Do I have sufficient experience?
Ideally, as an MBA student you’ll have some real-world industry experience; the average age for enrolment for this course of study is mid-to-late twenties. College graduates are, of course, welcome to enrol; it’s just more likely that having spent some time in a professional environment, you’ll have a good, basic understanding of how business works. Plus, you’ll have more to contribute to your peers' learning experience. 

Why study the MBA with The Open University?

The Open University Business School is one of less than 60 business schools worldwide to have triple-accredited status. Therefore, studying with us will position you among the business elite.

Our MBA programme is developed by leading business academics, and we work alongside businesses to deliver an MBA that will take your career to a new level.

Our vast experience of developing study programmes, allied with our individual approach to business education, equals a tailored and effective MBA that is uniquely placed to assist you to achieve your business potential.

With our Master of Business Administration the quality of your experience is matched by our unrivalled approach to learning:

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Career prospects for Open University MBA graduates

Career prospects for our MBA graduates are outstanding. Quite simply, an MBA qualification signals to employers that you have the skills and experience necessary for top management positions. 

In terms of career impact, my MBA was a game changer… The MBA has helped me to become an entrepreneur with a global mindset and cross-cultural leadership abilities.

Ala Russu, MBA
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