The Application Process

Admissions for the August 2015 intake are now open.

In advance of the online application going live, you can draft your essays, prepare for the GMAT and consider which admissions stage to apply in.

Stage deadlines

The four stage deadlines for the August 2015 intake are listed below. The application stage is determined by when your application is complete, not when it is submitted. If your application is submitted but incomplete at a stage deadline, it is likely to be considered in a later stage. You must submit everything required, including references, transcripts and GMAT score by the stage deadline for you to be considered in that stage.

Important Dates

Stage Application deadline Interview decision sent on Admission decision sent on
 1 03 October 2014  31 October 2014  11 December 2014
 2 05 January 2015  05 February 2015  26 March 2015
 3 27 February 2015  02 April 2015  14 May 2015
 4 17 April 2015  21 May 2015  25 June 2015

All Application Deadlines are 17:00 GMT.
All decisions are sent out via email on the relevant stage decision deadline. Please note that decisions are occasionally sent out late into the evening GMT. 

When to apply?

We apply the same selection criteria throughout the year, but competition is even more intense in the final round. If you require a visa to study in the UK we encourage you to apply in Stages 1 - 3. Some of the corporate scholarships are only available to applicants in Stages 1-3.

Skills and experience

Educational background
You should have an 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.

Work experience
Our current MBA students have a minimum of two years work experience with a class range of 2-12 years. If you have less than three years' work experience you will need to show superior academic credentials or evidence of outstanding performance.

Team skills
We place particular emphasis on working in multicultural groups. You must be able to aid the development of your fellow students and contribute to the learning environment of the School.

International exposure
Our MBA attracts students from around 60 countries. We select students with an international outlook, and/or those who can build on existing international exposure.

Application checklist

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
  • copies of your university transcript (we can accept copies of transcripts however, if successful, applicants will need to provide originals).

You also need to arrange for us to receive:

  • your GMAT score (you should also attach your official test taker copy of your GMAT score to your application)
  • proof of your English Language ability
  • your application fee of £185
  • a transcript of grades from each university you have attended if you are made an offer.

The section on transcripts below explains how you should send us this information.

Application essays

The essays form a major part of your application so we recommend that you spend a significant amount of time reflecting on the questions below and preparing your replies.

The essay questions for the class of MBA 2017 are:

  • What are your post-MBA plans and how will your past experience and the London Business School programme contribute? (500 words)
  • How will you add value to the London Business School community? (300 words)
  • Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (300 words)


Your CV must be no more than one page long.

If you have any significant gaps in your employment history, give your reasons on a separate sheet.

Attach your CV to the online application form.


You need to ask two people to be your referees. They should be:

  • your current employer (if you don't want to ask your employer to be a referee, a colleague is acceptable)
  • someone else who knows you well in a work context, for example a former employer or long-standing client.

You should only select someone who taught you at university if you have remained in close contact.
After you input your referees' details into the online application form we will send them an email with log-in details for our online reference system.

London Business School reserves the right to contact your referees for further information in connection with your application.

When assessing candidates, please assume that a 1 rating is High throughout the scoring (please note that some older applications make reference to our old scoring system).


You must send us transcripts of grades from all colleges, universities and professional schools you have attended. Copies are sufficient at the application stage and can be attached to the online application form. Originals will be required at the point of offer and should be sent to Full-time MBA Admissions, London Business School, Regent's Park, London NW1 4SA, United Kingdom.

These must include:

  • a list of courses completed
  • grades
  • degree class
  • class ranking (if available)

If the original transcript is not in English then you must provide a certified or notarised English translation.

If you do not wish to submit your original transcript then we will accept copies that have been certified by a lawyer or Notary Public.

If you don't have a copy of your transcript, use this form to request one from your university or school: (It is not necessary to submit this form to us)

Please note that we strongly advise that you only send us copies of your official transcripts at application stage. Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to return transcripts or certificates.


Before you apply you must take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). You must ensure that your GMAT score is still valid on 01 September for the year you will be matriculating.  GMAT scores are valid for five years from the date you take the test. For example, for the class beginning in 2015, we will only accept GMAT scores obtained since 01 September 2010.

Register to take the GMAT

Please arrange for your score to be sent directly to the School. Our GMAT code number for the Full-time MBA is Z11-J7-50.

Your GMAT score is just one of the criteria we assess you on. A below-average score doesn't automatically rule you out.

Practise the GMAT test with London Business School's GMAT simulator and prepare yourself for the real thing.            


English language ability

Our TOEFL institution code is 0898.

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:

You do not need to submit your test score if:

  • your undergraduate or postgraduate degree was conducted entirely in English or in an English-speaking country (degrees must be two years or longer)
  • you have lived or worked in an English-speaking country for at least two years since graduating from university.

Your English will be continually assessed during the admissions process.

Application fee

The application fee for the MBA is £185.

You must pay online by credit card after submitting your online application. Your application will remain incomplete until we receive the correct fee.

Visa requirements

If you are not a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you require a visa to study in the UK. Applying for a UK visa to study at London Business School is a straightforward process. For more information please visit visa requirements.

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