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Applications for the January 2020 intake are open.


The next deadline is 29 October.


Admissions process and calendar

  • Admissions process

    Your application will be acknowledged within five working days of submission. If shortlisted, you will be invited for an interview. Interviews are conducted by members of the Admissions Committee. You will be notified of the final decision within ten working days of your interview.

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

  • Admissions calendar

    The deadlines for the January 2020 intake are:

    • Round 1: 17 September 2019
    • Round 2: 8 October 2019
    • Round 3: 29 October 2019
    • Round 4: 19 November 2019

Candidate requirements

  • Management experience

    Successful applicants typically have an average of 12 years of experience, with strong management experience varying from managing teams, projects, budgets and/or resources.

  • Educational background

    All applicants are required to hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. If you do not have a degree, we may still consider your application depending on the quality of your experience to date and any other qualifications you may hold.

  • Leadership potential

    You should be proactive and driven with strong leadership potential and the ability to set and achieve goals.

  • Career progression

    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.

  • International exposure

    The Executive MBA attracts students from approximately 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.

  • Team skills

    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 lifelong learning environment of the School.

Application requirements

  • Completed 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. All supporting documents (transcripts, essays, etc.) can be uploaded as you complete the online form.

  • Your application essays

    Please download and complete the Executive MBA essay template. These form an important part of your application, so make sure you spend a significant amount of time on them. Once complete, please attach this document to your online application following the instructions given on the web form.

    Take a look at our admissions blog on tips for submitting strong essays.

  • A one-page 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.

  • References

    Please provide the details of two references via the online application form, we will then send a specific form to them to complete and return. One reference should be from your immediate line manager. The other should come from someone who can comment directly on your academic or managerial abilities.

  • A transcript of grades from each university you have attended

    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 a transcript is not available please supply a certificate.

    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.

  • Executive Assessment or GMAT score

    We do offer GMAT/EA/GRE waivers to exceptional candidates who are able demonstrate the skills covered by the test through academic achievements and work experience. If you feel you may be eligible for a waiver please send your CV and your reason for a waiver request to the EMBA London or EMBA Dubai Recruitment Team.

    If you have not yet taken the GMAT we encourage you to consider the Executive Assessment, which has been designed with senior Executives in mind. Brought to you by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT® exam, the EA has been developed for time-sensitive executives. The assessment is easy to schedule, short in duration, and requires only modest preparation.


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


    Our GMAT reporting codes are Z11-J7-23 for London and Z11-J7-36 for Dubai.

  • Proof of English language ability

    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. If you take an English test, please remember to upload your test certificate as part of the application.

  • Application fee

    The application fee for the EMBA programme is £180. You pay online after submitting your application. Your application will remain incomplete until we receive the fee.

    There is no fee for graduates of London Business School, the University of London, Columbia University and The University of Hong Kong. You will need to produce your transcript as proof of graduation.

    If you have a recommendation from a London Business School alumnus you may not have to pay the application fee. Alumni should email emba-admissions@london.edu, stating their relationship with the candidate and the reasons for the recommendation before you submit your application.


    The fast track option allows the admissions team to move your application onto the review stage while some documents are still pending. We can make this exception if the following documents are pending:

    • Executive Assessment/GMAT score
    • Second reference

    Please note that you will still be required to submit the documents at a later date.

Next steps

  • Interviews

    An initial decision will be made on your application upon its completion. If successful, you will be shortlisted for an interview. All interviews are conducted on campus at London Business School with a member of the admissions team. The final decision on your application will then be considered by the Admissions Committee, taking into account the feedback from your application and interview.

    The decision made by the Admissions Committee may be:

    1. Offer – The exceptional merits of your application and interview mean LBS would like to offer you a place to join the EMBA programme

    2. Waitlist – LBS is not prepared to make an offer at this stage but remain open to gathering more information concerning your candidacy given the strengths of your application

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

  • What happens if my application is not successful?

    If your application is not successful, please review the admissions criteria against your application and ensure that your experience and objectives are aligned with the admissions criteria. Remember that competition for places is high, and consequently we are not able to offer places to a number of entirely suitable candidates.

Contact us

Contact the Recruitment Team.

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Executive Assessment

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