The RAF & MBA’s

Do you know that on 10 July 2018, 119 Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel held a Master of Business Administration (MBA) qualification?

This is based on personnel voluntarily uploading the MBA qualification to the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system – meaning the actual figure could be under-reported.

MBA’s and Job Descriptions

Whilst there are no jobs in the RAF that require (whether mandatory, desired or optional) a MBA in the job description, they are considered important in the professional development of personnel, and the RAF in general.

Funding for MBA’s

The RAF does not directly fund any MBAs.

However, it does select candidates for 10 MBA places each year for the part-time MBA delivered by Cranfield University, with funding provided by the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (DAUK) which is available to all ranks, Branches and Trades.

A part-time MBA degree from Staffordshire University is also available to all personnel based on the recognition/accreditation of prior learning (APL). This degree is self-funded by individuals, however, they are able to use Learning Credits, a learning support funding scheme for military personnel, to support part of the costs.


FOI 2018/08670 dated 31 July 2018.


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