MBA (Top up)


Program Description

You will study a cross-cutting ‘strategic’ module, designed for practising managers looking to take the step upwards by considering contemporary ideas in a global context. The development and implementation of strategy and how you can sustain both yourself and the organisation you manage in the future are themes you will explore. This will be followed by a work-based project in a relevant area of your choice providing you with the opportunity to add value to your employer and enhance your CV.

Master of Business Administration (Top Up)

Course Overview

This  MBA Top-Up programme allows you to build upon your existing postgraduate learning, and fast-track your studies to earn a full MBA in just 12 months, at a fraction of the cost of a full MBA. Arden University’s MBA programmes develop your thinking and preparation in distinctive ways, ready for key positions in globally-relevant industries and organisations.

Arden University’s flexible study mode makes it is easier to develop your business skills alongside your existing commitments and responsibilities. Many students complete their studies with us whilst working full-time, and this programme will help you take your career to the next level whilst you enhance your organisation’s strategic impact.

All of Arden’s programmes are delivered with a strong focus on employability and career success. This programme has been developed in consultation with our worldwide alumni to help you inspire and manage change within your business.


Course Modules

Implementing Strategy:

The mission and values of an organisation are vital to its success. You will learn to shape these important aspects as you are exposed to a series of business challenges around strategy. As you explore sustainability and ethical practices, you will consider these in the context of decision-making and have the opportunity to apply these concepts in the resolution of challenging scenarios.

Research Project:

This vital project gives you a chance to research an area of your choice, related to the programme theme, and develop your critical abilities. You’ll create a research proposal, choose between conventional dissertation, or academic article and presentation, and then apply all of your knowledge from the programme, with the opportunity to link your research to your actual work needs.

Industry Partnerships

When you enrol in the MBA (Top Up) course, you will have the option to participate in the Salesforce business skill development programme:


Salesforce Trailheads
There are 140 Trails and 520 badges to choose from, covering many aspects of business, computing and using Salesforce as a management tool.

How does it work?
Participation with our Industry Partners is completely voluntary. Your participation or decision not to study these additional extras won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.

What Our Students Say:


"After researching different options, I chose Arden University because of its online delivery method, and to have the flexibility of fitting the MBA around a full-time job. The main benefit is that an MBA is a door opener. Then there are the business skills that I learnt, which I found could be used directly within my workplace."

Scott Nicholson,

Master of Business Administration (CMI)

Eligibility Requirements

  • To be eligible for this course you must normally have: 120 credits at level 7 in a broadly based business/ management award, for example, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business or ILM level 7 Diploma in Leadership & Management, plus 2 years suitable work experience. For students whose prior learning was not taught in English: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no less than 6.0 in any element).
  • If you don’t already have the required qualifications for this MBA Top-Up, we may be able to offer you a place on our full MBA programmes. Speak to our admissions team to find out more.
Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

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