The application is completed online and is designed to be completed over several sessions. You can save your work as you go, allowing you to prepare a well thought-out, balanced application before submitting.
You will be given full instructions during the online process, but please read the information below carefully before you begin. This will give you a better idea of how the application process works and what additional documentation you will need to provide.
Fast track your application:
Executive MBA candidates have many demands on their time. To be reviewed for a preliminary decision for the September 2013 class you will need to submit the application form with your essays and one recommendation. The strongest candidates will be fast tracked in the admissions process.
To start the process of applying you will need to complete the online application form.
Apply now to secure your place for the September 2013 intake of the Executive MBA. Early admission also means you can be considered for a scholarship.
We operate a rolling admissions process, which means the sooner you apply, the sooner you receive a decision. In most cases, you receive a final decision within six to eight weeks of submitting your completed application. You will be told whether you are shortlisted within 14 days of our receiving your complete application.
The following are suggested application dates for the London and Dubai September 2013 intakes:
|Submit your completed application by:||Receive an admissions decision by:|
|11 March 2013||22 April 2013|
|15 April 2013||27 May 2013|
|13 May 2013||24 June 2013|
|24 June 2013||5 August 2013|
Once the class is full, we operate a waitlist. If no places become available there is an automatic transfer of admission to the next intake.
Please note that you do not need to submit all elements of your application at the same time. However, the admissions team are not able to confirm that you have been short listed for interview until all parts of your application have been received.
Top tip: Timing your application
In the following video, EMBA alumni provide insights on how to structure your time and balance all elements of the application to meet the recommended deadlines.
The admissions process for the EMBA programme focuses on identifying candidates who have the potential to:
- learn from the programme
- contribute to the learning of the class
- apply the knowledge gained to their work environment.
Executive MBA candidates should possess the following skills and abilities:
You should hold a position of responsibility and be a decision-maker in your role. Successful applicants typically have five to 22 years of relevant management experience. This could include the management of people, budgets, projects, resources or processes.
You should have a good undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. If you do not have a degree, we may still consider your application if you have worked in a position with a high level of responsibility.
You should be proactive and driven with strong leadership potential and the ability to set and achieve goals.
You should demonstrate healthy career progression during your employment history.
Motivations for applying
We want to understand your motivations for applying to the Executive MBA and how you feel the programme will help you fulfil your career objectives.
The Executive MBA attracts students from between 20 and 30 countries. We select students with an international outlook, and/or those who can build on existing international exposure. You should demonstrate your ability to work with people from different backgrounds and in cross-cultural teams.
We place particular emphasis on working in teams. You should demonstrate flexibility and respect for different approaches. You must be able to aid the development of your fellow students and contribute to the learning environment of the School.
Top tip: Preparing a successful application
Your unique experiences and personal qualities are as vital as your skills and professional track record. In the following video, EMBA alumni share their thoughts on how best to approach the application so it is a true reflection of you and your achievements
When you complete your online application form, you will be asked to attach:
- your application essays
- a one-page CV/resume
- names and details of two referees.
You also need to arrange for us to receive:
- a transcript of grades from each university you have attended
- your GMAT score
- proof of your English Language ability
- your application fee of £160.
The essays form an important part of your application, so do make sure you spend a significant amount of time on them. Thoughtfully completed answers and early preparation are highly recommended.
You need to attach your CV, which must be no more than one page long, to your application. If you have any significant gaps in your employment history, give your reasons on a separate sheet.
You need to ask two people to be your referees. They should be:
- someone who can comment on your managerial abilities, preferably your current supervisor
- a further professional referee, preferably a recent supervisor, or senior manager.
After you input your referees' details into the online application form, we will send your referees an email with login details for our online reference system. London Business School reserves the right to contact your referees for further information in connection with your application.
Top tip: Selecting your referees
Hearing other people's perspective on how you perform professionally and academically adds a new dimension to your EMBA application. Watch the following video to find out who you should approach and when.
You are required to send us transcripts of grades from all colleges, universities and professional schools you have attended. These must include:
- a list of courses completed
- degree class.
If the original transcript is not in English, then you must provide a certified or notarised English translation.
Please send documents for the London stream to:
Executive MBA Admissions
London Business School
London NW1 4SA
Please send documents for the Dubai stream to:
Executive MBA Admissions
London Business School
DIFC Centre of Excellence
The Gate Village, Building 2, Level 3
P.O. Box 506630
Please note, you may submit photocopies of your academic transcripts. However, if you are short listed for interview, you must provide the original documents or certified copies.
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is a standardised test required for admission by business schools. This computerised test assesses verbal and quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills shown to help graduate management students in today's classroom.
- All candidates must take the GMAT regardless of experience or educational background.
- If you submit an application without a GMAT score, you must supply the date on which you are booked to sit the test. Please note that applications will not be reviewed until we have received a current GMAT score.
- We will accept GMAT scores obtained within five years of the date of application.
- If a candidate has multiple scores we will consider only the highest score.
- The GMAT reporting code for the London stream is Z11-J7-23.
- The GMAT reporting code for the Dubai stream is Z11-J7-36.
What score do I need?
There is no minimum score requirement. The GMAT is just one of several pieces of information used by the School to assess a candidate's suitability for the programme. A high score does not guarantee admission and a lower score does not rule out a candidate.
Should I retake the test?
If your first score is lower than you'd like, you may wish to retake the test. However, we do not recommend taking the test more than 3 times, and would only recommend retaking the test if you thought you could make a significant improvement.
If you're concerned about your score and would like some advice on whether to retake, please contact our Admissions Team who will be happy to discuss this with you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)20 7000 7514 (UK) or +971 440 193 01 (Dubai).
Why is GMAT important?
- GMAT has been shown to be a good indicator of someone's ability to master the quantitative courses within our EMBA programme.
- Our EMBA programme attracts candidates from diverse national and educational backgrounds. GMAT is an independent and transparent benchmark that allows us to assess candidates from different educational systems, and ensures that you will be in a class with students of the highest calibre.
- Taking GMAT can be useful preparation for executives that have long been out of the classroom. The commitment and motivation required to complete the GMAT are a good indication of what to expect on an academically rigorous EMBA programme.
Tips for preparing to take the GMAT
Read the advice offered by one of our EMBA students on how she beat the GMAT (PDF 57kb)
1. Make use of the many preparation and study aids
It's important that you prepare early for the GMAT. We recommend practice sessions with a GMAT preparation textbook or software, and being rigorous on timing. If the concepts are unfamiliar, you may benefit from a GMAT tuition course.
The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) offer a range of tools to help you prepare at http://www.mba.com/
2. Take your test early
Timing your GMAT is critical. We understand it's tempting to put off the test, but we recommend that candidates submit their application with a GMAT score. This allows the Admissions Committee to progress your application to interview stage.
You can only take the test once in the same month. Forward planning will allow you to retake the test if you're not happy with your score. Every year we welcome students that have retaken their test.
3. Book your test far in advance
No matter what stage you are at in the decision-making process, we recommend that you arrange to sit your GMAT as soon as possible. Test centers are often over-subscribed at peak periods in the admissions calendar. It is best to book the test and work towards that deadline. Visit http://www.mba.com/mba/TaketheGMAT to obtain more information about available test centres and dates.
If English is not your native language, you must send us your score in a recognised English test taken within the last two years.
We accept these tests:
We may also consider tests from other recognised training programmes.
You do not need to submit your test score if:
- you have studied in an English-speaking environment, or
- you have lived or worked in an English-speaking country for at least two years.
Your English will be continually assessed during the admissions process.
The application fee is £160. You must pay online after submitting your application. Your application will remain incomplete until we receive payment.
There is no fee for graduates of:
- London Business School
- The University of London
- Columbia University
- The University of Hong Kong.
You will need to produce your transcript as proof of graduation.
If you have the recommendation from a London Business School alumnus you may not have to pay the application fee. Alumni should email the Executive MBA Programme Office stating their relationship with the candidate and the reasons for the recommendation before you submit your application.
The Executive MBA admissions team will email you acknowledgment of all your application documents within two working days of submission. Your application is then reviewed and if short listed, you will be invited for an interview.
Interviews are conducted by Executive MBA alumni or by members of the Admissions Committee. During the selection day, you will be given the opportunity to tour the School and/or our facilities in Dubai, and to speak informally with the admissions team.
Following the selection day, the Admissions Committee will make a decision based on all the elements of your application. You will be notified of the decision within one week of your interview.
Successful applicants have up to two weeks to notify the School on whether they wish to accept their offer. A commitment fee will be required to secure your place on the programme.
Applicants to the London stream of the Executive MBA are required to pay a commitment fee of £2000.
Applicants to the Dubai stream are required to pay a commitment fee of $4000.
You need your employer's full support for time away from the office to attend classes and potentially to study for exams.
Around 30% of our students also receive financial support from their employers. To secure this, you will usually have to draw up a detailed business case outlining your reasons for wanting to do the Executive MBA and the benefits it will bring to you and your company.
To help you draft your case, see our sample business case (PDF 86.7KB)