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The Masters in Finance (MiF) and other programmes FAQs

  • Should I apply for the Masters in Finance or an MBA
  • Can I take a PhD in Finance after the Masters in Finance
  • Can I apply to more than one degree programme at London Business School?

Admissions and eligibility

  • Why don't you consider new graduates for the Masters in Finance - even those with excellent degrees?
  • What counts as relevant experience?
  • What weighting do you place on the various different selection criteria?
  • Are all applicants invited for interview?
  • Can I speak to MiF alumni or current participants during the application process?
  • Visas
  • Policy on unsuccessful application
  • Feedback
  • I have previously applied unsuccessfully. Can I reapply?
  • Appeal against an admissions decision

GMAT/GRE waiver

  • GMAT/GRE waiver
    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 very 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, 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?
  • How do I apply for a waiver when I submit my application?
  • Important consideration on GMAT/GRE waivers


  • Do I have to take a concentration?
  • Is Finance@Work available to everyone?
  • Who can do the extra fourth term?
  • What can I do in the fourth term? (full-time format only)
    International Exchange

    We are currently finalising the schools which will be taking part and will inform you once these contracts have been agreed. You will be able to do the exchange in Term 4 and take up to three electives at the institution.


    You will be able to complete a project (ideally company sponsored) in Term 4. You will start this project at the end of your summer term (Term 3) and complete it in the additional term (Autumn Term 4)

    Additional Electives

    You can take additional electives - up to a maximum of 10 in total across your programme.


    You will be able to use the additional term to take an internship across the summer break, if you have secured one.
  • Are there any exemptions from any parts of the degree?

Placement and careers

  • What kind of careers does the programme prepare people for?
  • Do top companies recruit from London Business School?
    Yes. Many prestigious financial organisations give presentations at the School and hire graduates from the MBA and Masters in Finance programmes.
  • Will I get authorisation so that I can work in the UK when I graduate?
  • What about getting a job in my own country?
    London Business School's prepares you for a global career. You will be able to make use of the School's global network of more than 42,000 alumni wherever you seek work. Many of the organisations that recruit for Europe will also have operations in other countries too.


  • Can I earn anything during the programme?

Masters in Financial Analysis

Do you have less than one year worth of work experience and want to kick-start your career in finance? Find out more about our Masters in Financial Analysis.

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Employment report 2018

93% of the 2018 full-time class accepted job offers within three months of graduation. Discover more about our employment statistics.

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