Essex Business School

Master of Business Administration: The Essex Executive MBA

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The flexible MBA for working professionals

Our part-time MBA, also known as the Executive MBA, is a flexible MBA designed to give you fresh inspiration to tackle the daily challenges you face in the workplace.

There are four part-time pathways on the Essex MBA to provide you with maximum flexibility: the two-year, three-year, modular and degree apprenticeship pathway. Regardless of which pathway you choose, you will graduate with the same Essex MBA qualification and will be ready to take your career to the next level.

Degree Apprenticeship MBA student, Joe Chell from Essex County Council, stands in the Winter Garden of Essex Business School.
"Essex County Council is always looking to develop its employees and particularly wants to build the business and commercial acumen of its leaders. The degree apprenticeship MBA was the perfect format for me to gain and build on skills that will improve the work of the council and our sustainability."
Joe Chell HEAD OF SCHOOL ORGANISATION AND PLACE PLANNING Essex County Council
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AMBA accredited MBA 

The Essex MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) making Essex Business School among the top 2% of business schools in the world.

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Which MBA pathway?

With four (part-time) pathways to choose from, how can you decide which pathway is right for you?

We’d encourage you to research the four pathways to decide which one to follow to achieve your Essex MBA. However, it is possible to change your pathway after you’ve joined the course. This ensures that your MBA is truly flexible and reflective of your fluctuating capacity to accommodate study in your work-life balance.

We can't choose for you but you can find out more about why you should choose each pathway below:

Degree Apprenticeship pathway

Get your employer to pay your fees! The Degree Apprenticeship pathway takes 24 months to complete and follows the same basic structure as the two-year part-time pathway.

The Essex Degree Apprenticeship MBA harnesses the entrepreneurial nature of the region to develop innovative business leaders and pro-active managers for your organisation.

The Essex MBA Degree Apprenticeship is a work-based learning programme targeted at managers and aspiring leaders where the apprentice's role and their workplace set the context for learning. The course will give your talent the opportunity to significantly improve their interpersonal and functional business skills and make a real contribution in their workplace as they apply their learning.

Your staff's studies are funded by your apprenticeship levy, meaning there are no up-front costs for them. This ensures that you have the opportunity to use your apprenticeship levy to support the professional development of your best talent.

You will need to agree to release your staff for regular teaching sessions over a period of two years. For the rest of the time, they are in work as normal.

See more about funding and costs

Find out more about the Essex MBA Degree Apprenticeship.

Two-year pathway

The two-year Essex Executive MBA pathway takes 24 months to complete and is ideal if you want to complete your MBA in a short amount of time while you continue to work or run your own business venture.

In the classes associated with your modules you will be joined by MBA colleagues from the full-time MBA programme and from the other Executive pathways. You will learn as much from your fellow cohort of MBA students as from academic staff.

If you choose the two-year pathway you will know from the outset that fast completion is important to you so you can prepare for the future of your career from day one of the course.

Find out more about The Essex Executive MBA two-year pathway.

Three-year pathway

The three-year Essex Executive MBA pathway takes 36 months to complete and is ideal if you want a little more time to complete your MBA studies while prioritising your own employment or business venture.

You will be joined in your modules by MBA colleagues from the full-time MBA programme and from the other Executive pathways. You will learn as much from your fellow cohort of MBA students as from academic staff. You will still need to meet the same deadlines for modules as your MBA colleagues on other pathways but you will be able to complete fewer modules per year to even out your workload.

Find out more about The Essex Executive MBA three-year pathway.

Modular pathway

The modular Essex Executive MBA pathway can take you between 24 and 60 months to complete (although we recommend that you complete the bulk of your modules within 36 months).

This pathway is ideal if you will not know how much time you can devote to your studies until you have started your modules. You can slow down or speed up your studies over each twelve-month period according to your ability, workload and work-life balance.

You will be joined in your modules by MBA colleagues from the full-time MBA programme and from the other Executive pathways. You will learn as much from your fellow cohort of MBA students as from academic staff. You will still need to meet the same deadlines for modules as your MBA colleagues on other pathways but you will be able to complete fewer or more modules per year to reflect your capacity.

Find out more about The Essex Executive MBA modular pathway.

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Whether you are enquiring about The Essex MBA for yourself or on behalf of your company, you can find out more about The Essex MBA and how it can change your future.