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University of Bradford’s online MBA ranked #1 for value for money globally


Professor Sankar Sivarajah and Dr Natalie Wilmot

MBA with 99 nationalities - from Barbados to Australia

The University of Bradford’s online MBA (Master of Business Administration) has been ranked best value for money globally for the second year running by the Financial Times.

The prestigious league table lists an elite group of universities around the world which offer the qualification.

Bradford was ranked 1st for value for money, 2nd for its overall salary increase for MBA graduates three years after graduating, and 4th for the student demographics, with 72 per cent of those on the course classed as international students.

In addition, it was also ranked 5th for ‘international mobility’, which looks at alumni’s citizenship and work location before their MBA, upon graduation and three years after graduation.

Salary increase

The results are further bolstered by the fact the University of Bradford was recently ranked 1st in a new university league table for England for improving students’ social mobility - a cornerstone of the University’s mission to have a positive impact on people’s social status.

Professor Sankar Sivarajah, Head of the School of Management, said: “This ranking not only represents the continued excellent value of our MBA, it also demonstrates our commitment to the School’s strategy of offering inclusive management education.

“Our MBA alumni reports a 39% salary increase, which is the 2nd highest salary increase amongst ranked schools, demonstrating the transformative impact of our MBA programmes.”

From Barbados to Australia

Prof Sivarajah added: “There have been a significant number of new entrants in the rankings this year, as the world of online MBAs becomes an increasingly competitive marketplace. We need to continue to innovate and develop our courses to make sure we can build on and improve our position in the future.

“Our programme is value for money but what this ranking also shows is that we add value in terms of career progression. MBAs are seen as a luxury product. Part of our offer is that we want to continue to offer this at an affordable level, to maintain access and promote social inclusion. The cost of our University’s online MBA is the lowest globally and represents almost 99 nationalities from Barbados to Australia.”

Transforming lives

University of Bradford School of Management has a globally recognised Triple Crown Accreditation from the Association of MBAs, EQUIS (European Foundation for Management Development accreditation) and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Out of about 14,000 business schools globally, it is one of only a handful to have that status.

It’s School of Management also offers the first (and currently only) MBA in circular economies. With over 50 years experience - 45 of those teaching MBAs - in 2020, it was also the first business school to be double accredited by AMBA and BGA.

MBA Director Dr Natalie Wilmot said: “Given how affordable we are compared to other providers and that this inclusivity is part of our School strategy, I am thrilled this latest ranking shows how transformative our MBA is for people. This shows our MBA really does make a difference to people’s lives.”

Apply before March 31 to enroll in the April cohort of our Distance Learning MBA.