Cranfield School of Management

United Kingdom

Cranfield School of Management

Become an Inspirational Business Leader

Cranfield School of Management
Cranfield is one of the leading business schools in the UK and this year we celebrate 50 years of the MBA. We have figured in the Financial Times rankings as a top 50 global school since rankings began. 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 learning and leadership development are at the heart of our MBA programmes.
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Cranfield School of Management was one of the very first institutions in the UK to offer the MBA, SoM, as we call it, was from the start designed, not as a theoretical academic ivory tower, but as a meeting place for practitioners and educators, people who wanted to transform the world of work. Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate business school and has been a world leader in management education, research and consultancy for over 50 years. We deliver a rich learning experience not only because most of our faculty come with direct business experience, but also because our largest single activity is executive education. We have a global reputation for developing leaders in technology and management and are part of an elite group of schools worldwide to hold triple accreditation from AACSB International, EQUIS and AMBA.​

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Program Info

Our one-year Full-time and Executive MBA programmes enable students to achieve their professional vision, gain an in-depth understanding of the essentials of a successful business and learn amongst a diverse cohort of experienced professionals.

Cranfield has a unique ability to deconstruct and reposition its students to create leaders for the future. Anyone that takes a full-time MBA is making an investment in their future career. A Cranfield MBA, however, goes further than simply creating opportunities for that next career step.”
Claire Spencer, CEO Data Solver.

The MBA Energy combines Cranfield’s expertise in energy and power with the School’s worldwide reputation in leadership development.

Participants gain an invaluable insight into the global energy landscape and the challenges it faces. In addition, they develop their leadership capabilities within the context of the energy industry. This knowledge allows our students to capitalise on the exciting career opportunities this sector has to offer.​


Ranked 18th in the world in the Financial Times Full-time Top MBA programmes for entrepreneurship 2018.

Ranked 2nd in the UK and 14th in the world for International Mobility as well as 3rd in the UK for Employment at graduation plus 3 months, in the Financial Times 2018 ranking of full-time MBA programmes

Ranked 3rd in the UK and 10th in the world (outside the US) in Forbes’ ranking of The Best International MBAs: One-Year Programs 2017

Starting Dates: Full-time MBA and MBA Energy: September 2019, Executive MBA: September and January 2019
Length of Course: Full-time MBA and MBA Energy: 1 year, Executive MBA:  2 years
Application Deadlines: Full-time MBA and MBA Energy

  1. 28 October 2018

  2. 2 December 2018

  3. 27 January 2019

  4. 31 March 2019

  5. 8 September 2019

Student Body

Admission rate (ratio of applicants vs. admitted students – e.g. 3:1): 19:9

Female students (e.g. 35%): 42%

Average age (e.g. 29 years): 32

International student diversity (by nationality):

  • Europe (e.g. 25%): 18%
  • North America: 2%
  • Central/South America: 7%
  • Middle East:
  • Asia and Oceania: 62%
  • Africa: 7%



Admission Requirements

University degree: Yes

Admission tests: Yes

Aptitude tests:

  • GMAT (required, not required, recommended – please specify):
    Minimum required score: 600 Average score: 640
  • Executive Assessment (required, not required, recommended – please specify): No​
  • GRE (required, not required, recommended – please specify): Yes
    Minimum required score: 80th Percentile​
  • Other aptitude tests: Cranfield Admission Test


Language tests:


References (number and type, e.g. 2 professional references): 2


Minimum length of work experience (e.g. 3 years): 3

Minimum length of managerial experience (e.g. 2 years): n/a





Application fees (currency and amount, e.g. EUR 100): 0

Tuition fees (currency and amount, e.g. EUR 10,000): EUR 44,051.06 or £39,000

Scholarships (programme, type of scholarship, range, e.g. FT MBA merit scholarships between 20% and 60%): Australian Alumni 100%, Scholarship for Women 35%, Cranfield New Zealand Scholarship 100%, Entrepreneurship Scholarship 35%, Alumni Sponsored Scholarships between 30 to 60% and Bursaries. For further information please visit:



Dean Professor: Professor Lynette Ryals
MBA Programme Directors:
Full-time MBA: Andrew Angus
EMBA: Daniel Prior
MBA admissions director: Colin Hudson
Address: Cranfield, Bedford, MK43 0AL, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1234 754432







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