The Open University MBA

The Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme from the Open University Business School will take you on a personal journey where you will challenge limits, cross boundaries and change the way you think. The OU MBA is designed to help you make a difference to your career.

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Prestigious Triple Accreditation from AMBA (UK), EQUIS (International) and AACSB (United States of America) puts us in an elite group. Only 1% of all business schools are triple accredited.

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The MBA programme can be completed in a minimum of 2 years and can be extended, if needed, to a maximum of 7 years. Its flexible course structure means you can take study breaks between modules, allowing you to fit the MBA around your own requirements - and for life to throw in its surprises.

You can also earn qualifications on the way: complete 60 credits and you'll get the Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration. A further 60 credits and you'll earn the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration. Completing 180 credits will earn you the MBA.


Our MBA is ranked the fifth best online MBA in the world and first in the UK by CEO Magazine's Global Online MBA Rankings (2019). Our triple-accredited status puts us in the top 1% of business schools in the world. 

Employers have continued to trust us for over 25 years: 40% of our MBA students are sponsored by their employers and OU graduates are regarded as among the most employable in the UK (ranked 13th by Times Higher Education); 60% of companies quoted on the FTSE 100 have sponsored employees to study with us.

Our Business School has been appointed by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) Leadership Academy to deliver our MBA as part of the NHS MBA programme.


Unlike many traditional MBA programmes, the OU MBA does not require you to pay in one go. You only pay for the modules that you are studying at that time. This  spreads the cost over your chosen duration of study.

You can also pay as you study with monthly instalments through our Open University Student Budget Account.

The MBA is life changing as it enlightens you to take a holistic view of both professional and personal events. I was amazed how I am now able to see all types of situations with a fresh point of view.

Joe Synnott, MBA graduate

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