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MBA outcomes and career development

An MBA is an indication to employers of high level business and management skills – and if you want to be a manager of international standing, it’s fast becoming an essential qualification. The Open University flexible, distance-learning MBA provides a thorough grasp of business and the skills you need to lead at a strategic level. Its evidenced-based approach to learning ensures relevance in the workplace, and provides the practical experience that employers particularly value in times of economic uncertainty.

A careers survey by The Association of MBAs (AMBA) shows that MBA students can expect their salary to increase, and the MBA to have a positive impact on their career progression, as well as bring improvements to their organisation or business. Our MBA graduates would concur – a recent alumni survey found that 83% of respondents saw an improvement in their performance, and 74% agreed that their study also benefited their employers.

Learning outcomes

The MBA concentrates on strategic analysis, interdisciplinary skills, intellectual stimulation and independent judgement and covers core themes such as critical engagement, embedding theory in practice and global impact awareness. It builds these upon a solid foundation of core disciplines, including:

  • managing people
  • organisational management
  • financial and management accounting principles
  • marketing
  • project management
  • operations and supply chain management
  • change management
  • virtual collaboration
  • peer learning
  • time management

The integrated nature of our approach ensures that you also develop the key skill of considering and managing these areas together, rather than as self-contained, unconnected tasks. In addition, elective modules enable you to tailor your studies to fit your particular career needs.

In the second stage of your studies, you will focus on corporate finance and strategy, and select your elective modules. You’ll finish with an action-learning project designed to apply your MBA studies to make a difference in your workplace.

Read more detailed learning outcomes in our individual module descriptions.

See a diagram of the MBA structure.

Support for your career

All OUBS students receive exceptional support from our careers service during their studies and postgraduate students automatically join our influential Alumni and Careers Network free of charge when they graduate. With more than 25,000 MBA alumni worldwide and about 65,000 diploma and certificate members, it’s a powerful network designed to support successful professionals in their continuing personal and professional development.

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