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What we need


  • A completed online application form.
  • Your application essays. The essay questions are:
    • Q1. What is your motivation for applying to London Business School’s Masters in Finance programme? (maximum 300 words)
    • Q2. What are your career objectives and what steps have you taken (or do you plan to take) to achieve them? What alternatives are you considering? What geographical region do you hope to work in? (maximum 500 words)
    • Q3. What specific areas of London Business School life are you most excited about getting involved in and where do you believe you will add value to the School Community? (maximum 300 words) 
    • Download the essay template.
  • A CV/Resume (maximum length one page). A well-presented CV adds weight to your application.  Download guidance notes on preparing your CV and a CV template. If you have any significant gaps in your employment history, please tell us why on a separate sheet. 
  • Names and details of two referees. Download further information on references for applicants and referees 
  • Your GMAT/GRE test scores. You can apply to the programme before taking the test. Note that some GMAT/GRE test waivers will be granted.

    Read the FAQ for more information on GMAT/GRE requirements and waivers Register to take the GMAT , or Try the GMAT test.

  • Proof of your English Language ability. Download proving your English language ability (PDF, 100 KB).
  • Your £120 application fee. This fee is paid by credit card when you submit your application
  • A transcript of grades from each university you have attended, plus a translation if the original is not in English.


What you need


  • Most full-time students will have three to six years’ relevant finance experience, with part-time students having slightly more (the minimum requirement for all students is two years)
  • An undergraduate degree. Occasionally a strong career trajectory and/or professional qualifications are also accepted.
  • The ability to work in multicultural teams and an international outlook.

Masters in Finance August 2017 intake - Application Rounds


The dates below are a guide to the maximum decision times in each admissions round. We review applications, and release decisions, throughout each round. All deadlines are at 13.00 (London time zone).


The application round is determined by when your application is complete, not when it is initially submitted. If your application is incomplete at a round deadline, it will be considered in a later round. For example, we must receive your references and transcripts by the round deadline for you to be considered in that round.


When to apply?


We apply the same selection criteria in each round, but competition is often more intense in the final two rounds.


If you require a visa to study in the UK we encourage you to apply in Rounds 1 - 4. Please also note that preference for scholarship awards will be given to candidates who apply in rounds 1 - 4 (full-time MiF) and rounds 1 - 5 (part-time MiF).


Allow yourself sufficient time to prepare your application thoroughly, especially to consider carefully your answers to the essay questions.


Full-time Masters in Finance (August 2017 intake)


Round Application complete by Interview decision by Admissions decision by
1 04 October 2016 28 October 2016 16 December 2016
2 08 November 2016 02 December 2016 20 January 2017
3 09 January 2017 03 February 2017 17 March 2017
4 07 March 2017 07 April 2017 19 May 2017
5 03 May 2017 02 June 2017 07 July 2017

Part-time Masters in Finance (August 2017 intake)


Round Application complete by Interview decision by Admissions decision by
1 04 October 2016 28 October 2016 16 December 2016
2 08 November 2016 02 December 2016 20 January 2017
3 09 January 2017 03 February 2017 17 March 2017
4 21 February 2017 17 March 2017 04 April 2017
5 04 April 2017 28 April 2017 26 May 2017
6 23 May 2017 09 June 2017 30 June 2017
7 13 June 2017 30 June 2017 28 July 2017

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