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The Open University MBA is a unique distance learning qualification that builds business skills in the workplace, enabling you to critically assess multiple perspectives and apply new understanding in practice as you study. Designed for practising senior and middle‑level managers, it emphasises strategic analysis, interdisciplinary skills, creativity and innovation. Its strong international emphasis and global reputation make it highly attractive to ambitious executives all over the world.
To be eligible to apply for our distance learning MBA, you need to have:
a bachelor's degree awarded with honours from a recognised UK university or the equivalent. We also accept an ordinary UK bachelor's degree or its equivalent, provided that you also have an official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 640 or above
a minimum of three years’ experience in a managerial, professional or technical role
a good knowledge of the English Language (to International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5)
I chose the OU to study my MBA for several reasons really. The main driver was the flexibility it gave me. It suited my circumstances as I travelled a lot and my first child was less than a year old at the time. I had also received good feedback from several peers who had studied with the OU and had positive experiences. I was also funding myself at that stage, so price, although not the largest issue was still a factor.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. As someone who was never the world’s greatest studier, I surpassed my own expectations in how involved and dedicated I became. The course allowed that to happen, by keeping it interesting, current and challenging.
Getting the results of each exam was always an exciting period, especially the last module. However; I recall having a crisis of confidence as I was struggling with the first module after moving up from the Diploma. Attending the residential school not only got me over that, it made me more aware of other students having the same issues. It also made me feel like I was capable of this standard of education and was a big step for me.
It has had a positive effect on my career. Without a doubt it has opened doors to positions I would otherwise have been excluded from applying for. Not only that, the OU MBA gives you the confidence to speak up on a day to day basis, to influence decisions and to contribute at the highest levels of the organisation. It makes otherwise daunting projects less of an obstacle and more of a challenge.
I would recommend the OU MBA to others without a shadow of a doubt, and in fact I already have done.