What we need

  • 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

    The essay questions are:

    Full-time Masters in Finance


    • Q1. What are your career objectives and what steps are you taking to achieve them? What alternatives are you considering? What geographical region do you hope to work in? (maximum 500 words)

    • Q2. 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.


    Part-time Masters in Finance


    • Q1. What is your motivation for applying to the LBS MiF? If career related, please outline your aims and strategy for achieving your career goals. (maximum 400 words)

    • Q2. 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 one-page CV

    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.

  • GMAT/GRE, including information on waivers

    GMAT and GRE are one of the ways the Admissions Committee can assess whether you have the ability to do well on an intensive masters programme. It is important to note that test scores are only one factor in the overall evaluation of your application – strong scores do not guarantee you a place, and weaker scores do you rule you out especially if there are other strengths in your application, for example your previous grades or a professional qualification like CFA.

    The Admissions Committee has no preference for GMAT or GRE. The choice of test is up to you.

     

    What is a good score?



    For GMAT, if your total score is below 600 we generally encourage you to consider resitting the test. In the range 600 – 650, your GMAT score is a neutral factor – fine if there are significant strengths elsewhere. Above 650 GMAT becomes a positive factor and at 700 and above it becomes a significant positive factor.

    For GRE, we suggest you should be aiming for a quantitative score of 155 and a verbal score of 145.

    You can apply to the MiF programme before taking a GMAT or GRE test.

     

    Useful links:



    Click here to Register to take the GMAT, or Try the GMAT test.

    Information on GMAT/GRE waivers for the MiF

     

    New for the August 2020 intake: a GMAT/GRE waiver will be granted automatically to all candidates who have passed CFA Level II at the time of application.



    We offer waivers for GMAT/GRE to a small number of applicants. To qualify, candidates will need to exhibit previous academic excellence. GMAT/GRE waiver decisions are made at the discretion of the MiF Admissions Committee.

    When the Admissions Committee are considering whether or not to grant a waiver, they will be looking for strong grades in previous university studies from a top university, especially in quantitative subjects, and outstanding professional experience in finance. In addition, professional qualifications (e.g. CFA I) will add weight to the case for a test waiver.

    If you are a non-native English speaker, we will also be seeking to establish that you are fluent in English.

    It is important to note that having insufficient time to prepare for GMAT/GRE (for example, due to work commitments) is not one of the grounds on which a waiver will be granted.

      

    So what does this mean in practice?



    You are welcome to submit your application without a test score. After reviewing your complete application we will advise you that:

    1 - we have decided to waive the GMAT/GRE requirement OR

    2 - we have decided to move forward to interview, but our offer may still be conditional on a strong GMAT/GRE score OR

    3 - we have decided to wait for a test score before making a decision to call you for interview, OR

    4 - we have decided not to consider you for this intake.

    In all cases the Admissions Committee reserves the right to require a strong score in GMAT or GRE before confirming a place on the programme.

    The earlier you apply, the more time we will be able to give you to take the test, if we make a conditional offer. Conversely, if you apply very late in the cycle, you will have a shorter time frame to meet the test requirement of a conditional offer, and it will be unlikely that you will be given the option to resit if your first test siting does not go well.


    Can I ask for a waiver before I apply?



    As a first step, you should submit your CV for review. If we believe the Programme is a good fit for you, we may then give our view on your test options, however in most cases we will need to assess a full application before making a decision on whether to grant you a GMAT/GRE waiver.


    How do I apply for a waiver when I submit my application?



    All applications submitted without a GMAT/GRE score will be automatically considered for a waiver. There is a question in the application form where you can make the case for a waiver.


    Important consideration on GMAT/GRE waivers



    If you are offered a GMAT/GRE waiver you may still wish to take the test in order to make your application more competitive to the Admissions Committee. We receive a large number of applications for the programme and it is a highly competitive selection process.

    A high test score is important to some recruiters, so you should be prepared to take it to maximise your future employment potential.


  • Proof of your English Language ability
  • Application fee

    The application fee is £150. This fee is paid by credit card when you submit your application.

  • A copy of your university transcript(s)

    A transcript of grades from each university you have attended, plus a translation if the original is not in English.

August 2020 intakes: Masters in Finance Full-time and Part-time

When to apply



Admissions for the August 2020 intake are now open.



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.



All deadlines are at 13.00 (UK time). The application round is determined by when the application is completed (including references) not when it is initially submitted.



Masters in Finance Full-time (August 2020 intake)



Round:

Application complete by:

Interview decision by:

Admission decision by:

1

01 October 2019

25 October 2019

13 December 2019

2

05 November 2019

29 November 2019

17 January 2020

3

07 January 2020

31 January 2020

13 March 2020

4

03 March 2020

03 April 2020

15 May 2020

5

28 April 2020

29 May 2020

03 July 2020



Masters in Finance Part-time (August 2020 intake)



Round:

Application complete by:

Interview decision by:

Admission decision by:

1

01 October 2019

25 October 2019

13 December 2019

2

05 November 2019

29 November 2019

17 January 2020

3

07 January 2020

31 January 2020

13 March 2020

4

18 February 2020

13 March 2020

03 April 2020

5

31 March 2020

24 April 2020

22 May 2020

6

19 May 2020

05 June 2020

26 June 2020

7

09 June 2020

26 June 2020

24 July 2020

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