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How to apply

We welcome applications from experienced executives, professionals and entrepreneurs who can demonstrate their suitability and fit with the Sloan MSc in Leadership and Strategy. The process is rigorous and pays close attention to each individual to ensure that there is a strong fit between your achievements and experience and your objectives.

Please read the admissions requirements and application instructions below, and make a note of the admissions deadlines. Please contact us if you have any questions

You can now apply for the class of January 2017.

What we need from you

  • completed online application form
  • your application essays
  • an organisational chart of your business division showing your position
  • a one-page CV/resume
  • names and details of two referees
  • a transcript of grades from each university you have attended
  • your GMAT score (if you have a valid GRE test score please contact the admissions office)
  • proof of your English language ability (Tests or evidence of working or studying in an English speaking environment)
  • application fee of £160.

Fast Track your application

Sloan Fellows have many demands on their time. If you would like a preliminary decision for the January 2017 class, we will start the process with a completed application form, essays, CV and one recommendation and the application fee.  In many cases this is sufficient to make a decision for an interview or provide feedback on your candidacy.  If you believe you meet the criteria to be considered for a GMAT waiver, please include your transcripts.


  • Spring 30 March 2016
  • Spring 27 May 2016 
  • Summer 20 July 2016*
  • Autumn 07 September 2016

Key Deadlines – Scholarship Applications

6 May 2016 The Gallifrey Scholarship for Social Enterprise, The Monica and Navin Valrani Scholarship
20 July 2016 The Philip Langsdale Scholarship, Alumni and Women’s Scholarship, Sloan Awards
7 September 2016 The London Business School 50th Anniversary scholarship
See fees and financing for more information

*Candidates who are not UK/EU citizens are advised to apply no later than 20 July 2016.

Applying early allows you to manage your arrangements with your organisation and if necessary plan your relocation to London.

If you need to apply outside of the published deadlines please, contact the recruitment team with your request.


As an approximation, the preliminary decision takes 2 weeks, and the time from interviewing to final decision will take 2-4 weeks. The process should take 6-8 weeks.

About the application

You will be given full instructions during the online process, but please read the information below before you start your application. This will give you a better idea of how the application process works and what documentation you will need to provide. Please contact our Recruitment Coordinator for more information, email:

Online application form

This is designed to be completed over several sessions. You can save your work as you go and submit this when you are ready.


English language tests may be waived for those who have been working in an English speaking environment for a substantial amount of time or who have studied at degree level in English. We will accept TOEFL, IELTS, PTE and Cambridge.

We will accept GMAT and GRE scores. Candidates may submit their applications before they have taken the GMAT or GRE. These tests are one of many criteria we use when assessing an applicant. A high score does not guarantee admission, and lower scores do not rule out a candidate.  If you have already taken a test and have a valid test score, please contact our Admissions Team with your test details.

Register to take the GMAT  The GMAT code number for the Sloan MSc is Z11-J7-18.

GMAT Waivers

Candidates who demonstrate robust experience, professional qualifications and a relevant academic background are evaluated as having demonstrated equivalent entry standards to GMAT or GRE standardized testing.

We will consider this for candidates whose work experience, professional status or prior degree/training indicates a high level of analytical or quantitative abilities.   We can only make a final decision as part of the application review decision.  The Admissions Committee decides on a candidate's eligibility and may require any candidate to take the GMAT or GRE at its own discretion, and may also ask that a candidate complete an alternative test or an online course in order to meet the conditions of admission.

Typical roles for individuals include but are not limited to:
CEOs, CFOs, Managing Directors, Division Heads or individuals who can prove their experience in managing major budgets, P&L or investment portfolios, Treasurers, Chief Accountants, CFAs or candidates with advanced training in quantitative fields of study.

We invite candidates who feel they meet the criteria to speak with an admissions officer for more information. This will be considered after candidates have submitted their online application and we have the maximum amount of information. If you are fast-tracking, please ensure we have translated transcripts to help us assess your academic potential.

Essays and Personal Statement

Please download and complete the Sloan MSc essay template. There is one personal statement, two essays and an optional statement to complete.

These form an important part of your application, so make sure you spend a significant amount of time on them.

Attach the completed template to the online application form.

Sloan MSc essay template (Word document, 640kb)

Organisation Chart

Supply a chart which clearly shows your position in your organisation.

Attach your chart to the online application form.

CV / Resume

Your CV must be no more than one page in length.

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.


All applicants are required to have two references submitted on their behalf. One referee should be a current or previous manager; the other a colleague, someone else who knows you well at work, or someone else who knows you in a professional capacity.

After you input your referees' details into the online application form, we will send them an email with login details for the online reference system.

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


Upload a copy of your academic documents with the application form. These should contain a list of courses completed, grades, degree subject and class ranking (if available).

If the original transcript is not in English, provide a certified or notarised English translation.

If you do not wish to submit your original transcript, we will accept copies that have been certified by a lawyer or Notary Public at the review stage.  We will require an original document before enrolment.

If you do not have a copy of your transcript, use this transcript request form to request one from your university or school. You may want to request more than one copy to use for a visa application or to provide as part of a future job application.

Transcript request form (PDF document, 19kb) (It is not necessary to submit this form to us)

Application Fee

The application fee for the Sloan programme is £160. You pay online after submitting your application. Your application will remain incomplete until we receive the fee.  Graduates of London Business School and the University of London do not have to pay the fee.

Candidates recommended by London Business School alumni may not have to pay the application fee. If an alumnus recommends you, they should email ( stating how they know you and what they consider would be your main contribution to a class. This should be sent before you submit your application, please include their details on the application form.

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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