LBS logo London experience. World impact.

How to Apply

Applications for the August 2016 intake are now open. 

Next application deadline: 21 April 2016

Next start date: August 2016

What we need from you

  • A completed online application form

    The application form is designed to be completed over several sessions. You can save your work as you go and submit the completed form whenever you are ready.

  • Your application essays

    Essays are a vital part of your application and we recommend that you spend a significant amount of time in their preparation. The questions for the class of MBA 2018 are:

    • What are your post-MBA plans and how will your past experience and the London Business School programme contribute? (500 words)
    • What specific areas of London Business School life are you most excited about getting involved in and where will you add value? (300 words)
    • Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (this question is optional) (300 words)
  • A one-page CV

    We recommend that you use our CV template. Follow the instructions within the online application form to attach the document to your application. Please give reasons for significant gaps in employment history on a separate sheet.

  • Names and details of two referees

    Download further information on references for applicants and referees (PDF document, 29.90kb)

  • GMAT score

    You will need to submit your official test taker copy of your Graduate Management Admissions Test GMAT score (Register to take the GMAT, or Try the GMAT test).  Our GMAT code number for the Full-time MBA is Z11-J7-50. You must ensure that your GMAT score is valid upon submitting your application.

  • Proof of your English language ability

    If English is not your native language, or if you have not been studying fully in English or living in an English-speaking country for at least two years, please submit your IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge CPE, CAE or PTE Academic score. Other tests will not be accepted.

    Download proving your English language ability (PDF, 100 KB) for guidance.

  • Application fee

    The application fee is £190. This fee is paid by credit card with your form, your application will remain incomplete until we receive the correct fee.

  • A copy of your university transcript(s)

    A transcript of grades from each university you have attended (if you are made an offer). Transcripts also require a translation into English.

  • What to expect after you have submitted your application

    Your application will be considered by the Admissions Committee in keeping with the deadlines relevant to the stage you applied at.
    If you are successful your Regional Admissions Manager will begin the process of finding an alumni in your region to interview you.
    The interview feedback will be used by the Admissions Committee to reach a decision which may be:

    • Reject – Your application will come to an end for this year but the option to apply in the subsequent admission cycle is available

    • Waitlist – London Business will not be making an offer at this stage, but we remain open to gathering more information concerning your candidacy given the strengths of your application

    • Offer – The exceptional merits of your application and interview mean London Business School would like to offer you a place to join the MBA programme

    Please note that all offers are made via email and given the varying time zones this email may reach you outside of working hours.
    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.

    Application Criteria

    Applicants should fulfil the following admissions requirements:

    • an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification
    • a minimum of two years’ work experience (students without prior work experience can be considered for admission to the MBA Programme depending on their ability to demonstrate exceptional academic credentials with outstanding performance, but should consider our Masters in Management programme.)
    • the ability to work in multicultural teams and an international outlook

    If you are made an offer at London Business School and you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa within 3 months before the start of the programme.  For more information, please visit visa requirements.

MBA2018 application timetable (for the class entering August 2016)

Some applicants will be chosen to progress to the interview stage. The interviews are all conducted by alumni of the MBA programme and your interview will take place in the region in which you are based. Based on alumni interviewer availability, you may be asked to travel in order to complete your interview.

Round  1

Application deadline: 25 September 2015
Interview decision sent on 21 October 2015

Interview period: late October to mid-November 2015
Admission decision sent on 02 December 2015

Round 2

Application deadline: 05 January 2016
Interview decision sent on 03 February 2016

Interview period: early February to early March 2016
Admission decision sent on 23 March 2016

Round 3

Application deadline: 25 February 2016
Interview decision sent on 30 March 2016

Interview period: late March to mid-April 2016
Admission decision sent on 11 May 2016

Round 4

Application deadline: 21 April 2016
Interview decision sent on 18 May 2016

Interview period: mid-May to early June 2016
Admission decision sent on 22 June 2016

All application deadlines are 17:00 UK time. All Admissions Committee decisions are communicated via email and will be sent on the deadline day at approximately 10pm UK time.

filler_banner menu_small

Find an event near you

Join us at an event near you.



GMAT Simulator

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


Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)20 7000 7511


Email us