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Cranfield School of Management - One-Year MBA

Cranfield University One-Year MBA Program Structure

The Cranfield University One-Year MBA is a full-time, intensive program. It is divided into four terms of approximately 10 weeks each, and one week of orientation in late September. The program, technically, takes 13 months to complete.


After arriving in September, students begin with a week of orientation that offers many social and professional activities that enhance the students’ experience from their first days at Cranfield.

The primary curriculum is broken down into core modules and electives, with the core modules front loaded in the first two terms and typically assessed by examination at the end of each term. The electives, with course titles like “Leadership in Action” and “Entrepreneurial Finance,” are most often assessed by group and individual projects, often featuring written components.

Running concurrently with the classroom learning, various projects and program-wide competitions, such as the Venture Capital Investment Competition and the International Business Assignment, assure that students have practical experience in applying the concepts and theories that their coursework has taught them. The International Business Assignment requires students to either attend lectures at partner institutions or carry out an individual project at local businesses. This program has brought Cranfield MBA students to over 15 countries, including Cambodia, Chile, Cuba, China, the Philippines, Uganda, and many more.

Full-Time MBA Rankings

• Bloomberg: 80 (Global)
• Financial Times: 76
• The Economist: 59

Class Profile 

The most recent average age for the 43-member cohort in the Cranfield University One-Year MBA program was 32-years old. Students have to have at least three years of work experience to be accepted into the program. Forty-two percent of the class was made up by female students, and the average GMAT score of 680. Members of the class represented 18 nationalities worldwide.

Career Statistics

Cranfield’s career development team provides support for students to find lifelong careers, and 92 percent of Cranfield MBA students report being employed six months after graduation. The average salary for students after completing the MBA is £63,929.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Fees

The tuition of the Cranfield University One-Year MBA is £39,000.

MBA students at Cranfield can take advantage of a variety of scholarship and loan opportunities. Scholarships are available in several different categories, including those for women, farmers, New Zealand alumni, and those from countries represented in the Santander Universities network. Some bursaries (grants based on need) are also available. The amount a student can be awarded varies depending on the award and the applicant. Cranfield also provides loans to MBA students through the Prodigy Finance Loan Program.


Cranfield School of Management requires at least three years of post-qualification work experience and a degree and/or professional qualification for entry. A professional level of English is also required, which can be proven with recent IELTS, TOEFL, CPE, CAE, or, PTE scores.

Applicants can find the application to Cranfield School of Management online, where they must submit, in addition to all required personal information, the following:

  • One Academic Reference
  • One Business Reference
  • One Passport-Sized Digital Photo
  • Two Copies of Degree and Professional Certificates
  • GMAT Score (if taken)
  • English Language Scores (if relevant)

Beyond these documents, applicants can also take the Cranfield admissions tests, which are offered as an alternative to the GMAT, and complete an interview (in-person or virtual).

Deadlines will be updated in the near future.

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