Executive MBA Defence Export MBA

Our unique Executive MBA Defence Export programme, delivered in partnership with Grant Thornton combines the best of academic insight and commercial application. The programme has been developed based on the insights and expertise of the Defence Growth Partnership's partner firms, we'll use this to help you develop your leadership and management skills with a specific focus on business growth and innovation in the defence export sector.

This Executive MBA programme will allow you to join a community of skilled individuals in developing the necessary know-how and confidence to stand out from the crowd.

We encourage you to come and experience a world-class university programme delivered by a university famous for innovation, career-enhancing services and world-renowned faculty and a company reputed for the quality of its service and advice, with a passion for shaping a vibrant economy.

MBA Award
December Start
Part-time Study Mode
2 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

We welcome MBA applications from talented candidates from all backgrounds. Professional experience and personal qualities are equally important to us. We want students who will challenge us and their classmates, people, that know their mind and strive for both personal and team success. We want to know how ambitious you are, how determined you are, your potential to develop and make a difference.

If you are unsure about your eligibility for our MBA programmes, we are happy to assess your profile and give you feedback on your suitability for the programme before you make a formal application.

You will need to have:

  • A minimum of five years' post-qualification work experience
  • A good degree and/or professional qualification
  • Applicants who do not have a degree are welcome, provided they can demonstrate high levels of achievement, exceptional career progression or evidence of leadership potential.

We also welcome applications from non-native speakers provided they have been continuously employed within the UK for a minimum of five years, and their current employer can provide us with reference with regards to the high quality of their spoken and written English communication skills.


We welcome candidates with Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores over 600. The average score for our Full-time MBA students is currently 680. You will need to contact GMAT directly to book an appointment to take the test.

You can also try a sample GMAT test paper on The Princeton Review website.

Cranfield's GMAT registration number is:

Executive Part-time MBA - K2H-N3-41

Where we are satisfied that your career progress demonstrates the kind of skills and competencies assessed by GMAT, we may offer exemption from these tests. This waiver is granted at the discretion of the Executive MBA Director.


We welcome candidates with a minimum GRE score in the 80th percentile for both verbal and quantitative reasoning. Our Designated Institution Code is 3641.

Sample Cranfield admission tests

If you can come to Cranfield for an interview, you may be able to take the Cranfield admission tests as an alternative to GMAT. These are two paper-based tests, designed to assess your numeracy and problem-solving skills. The Cranfield admission tests serve the same purpose as GMAT but provide us with greater flexibility. If you have a GMAT score of 600 or more, you will not need to take the Cranfield tests.

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