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Cranfield University Executive MBA (Defence) Program Structure

The Cranfield University Executive MBA (Defence) is a part-time, two-year, modular MBA that is geared toward military officers, civil service personnel, and defence industry executives who want to enhance their contribution to future military initiatives.

The first year of the program is available in two formats: a weekend format, and a week-long modular format, to which all students transition in the second year regardless.


The Cranfield University Executive MBA (Defence)  begins in January, and is split into two parts: in the first part and year, students will take 13 core module courses alongside Executive MBA students; second, they will take two defence modules, two Executive MBA modules, select a general MBA elective from a rotating list, and complete an individual defence management project. Assessment is carried out primarily in the form of exams, but also features individual and group project work, written reports, and presentations.

Class Profile

Applicants to the Defence MBA program are typically already working in the field of defence in some capacity. Backgrounds include being a military member or a civil servant working for the Ministry of Defence. All Cranfield MBAs must have at least three years of work experience.


Cranfield has a dedicated career development office that works actively with students to formulate individually tailored career strategies. The services offered include interview preparation, business development, coaching services, recruiter presentations and matching, and a CV portal for prospective employers.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition of the Cranfield University Executive MBA (Defence) is £36,000 for both home (EU) and international students, plus estimated living expenses of around £12,000.

Students working for the Ministry of Defense (MOD) will likely be able to have their education funded. Students who are not MOD employees and who will be paying for their own education should contact the university for other funding options.

Admissions Procedures

Application requirements are the same as those listed for the full-time MBA, plus a Defence Supplementary form. Applicants apply using an online system, and interviews are conducted either in person, with a traveling faculty member or via Skype.

International students must provide evidence that they have achieved satisfactory test results in an English qualification such as the TOEFL (minimum score of 100), or the IELTS (minimum score of 7).

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