Please review the below guide below which contains important information about the admissions calendar, required documents and what to expect once you’ve applied. Please carefully review all sections prior to submitting your application.
Your admissions journey is staged, and you may apply by any one of the application deadlines indicated in the calendar. You should submit by 11.59pm UK time at the latest, on the day of your chosen deadline, in order to be considered for that stage. When you submit, please ensure that your application is fully complete with all mandatory documents including your referee’s completed reference form and the application fee.
The same selection criteria are applied throughout the admissions cycle, but competition is often intense in the final months and we recommend you apply as soon as possible. If you wish to be considered for a London Business School scholarship you are strongly encouraged to apply by no later than Monday 13 March 2023.
Our calendar will indicate when you will receive a review decision from us, and the period we will be conducting interviews, as well as the final decision date. If you have any questions about admissions for the Masters in Financial Analysis programme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadlines for the MFA2024 class (August 2023 intake) are:
Interview decision sent on
Admission decision sent on
Monday 3 October 2022
|Thursday 3 November 2022||Thursday 8 December 2022|
|Monday 9 January 2023||Thursday 9 February 2023||Thursday 16 March 2023|
|Monday 13 March 2023||Thursday 13 April 2023||Thursday 11 May 2023|
|Monday 15 May 2023||Thursday 8 June 2023||Thursday 29 June 2023|
Please note that candidates should submit their application by 23:59 UK time at the latest, on the day of their chosen deadline, in order to be considered for that stage.
All Admissions Committee decisions are communicated via email and will be sent on the relevant deadline day by 21:00 UK time.
The application form is designed to be completed over several sessions. You can save your work as you go and submit the completed form at any time ahead of the final admissions deadline.
Application essays are your opportunity to tell us more about yourself and detail your interests, values and goals. We are interested in what motivates you, evidence of leadership and teamwork, why you are looking to pursue a Masters in Financial Analysis and what you will bring to the LBS community.
Essays are a vital part of your application and we recommend you spend a significant amount of time on them. They must be specific to the current application and personal statements will not be accepted in lieu of the essays.
You must take either the GMAT, GRE or CFA Level 1 certification before you submit your application. If you have not received your official score report by the time your submit, we do accept the unofficial score report as evidence. We have no minimum score but recommend you apply with a GMAT score of 600 or above.
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These tests are important tools which allow the Admissions Committee to assess your aptitude for graduate management study. With our incoming class drawn from different undergraduate disciplines and education systems around the world, they help us assess your ability to succeed academically.
We suggest you use our CV template where possible. Please follow the instructions within our online application form to attach the CV to your application.
All applicants are required to have one reference submitted on their behalf.
Our preference is that you choose a current or previous employer who is able to provide insight into your character and abilities, please choose someone who knows you well. If you are unable to provide a current (or previous) employer e.g. if you work for a family business or an entrepreneur, then please select an academic referee who knows you well enough to comment on your character and abilities.
You are only permitted to submit one reference, who must submit their reference via our online system. We do not accept pre-written letters of recommendation.
If English is not your native language, and 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.
Our TOEFL institution code is 0898.
Please upload a soft copy of your score report at application stage and we will verify your test score during the admissions process. Please make London Business School the score recipient for your test score so we can verify your scores electronically.
Transcripts should include a comprehensive record of completed courses, grades and class of degree received and, if possible, class ranking. If it is not in English, you must provide a certified or notarised English translation.
If you have not yet completed your degree you will need to request a transcript that is current at the time of applying. Admitted students are required to provide original copies prior to the programme starting.
The application fee for MFA is currently set at £100 and is payable online by credit card when you submit your application. Your application is incomplete until the fee is received.
An application fee waiver is available to University of London graduates upon production of your degree transcript.
Now that you've successfully submitted your application, what happens next?
You must submit all required documents before we can consider your application and it is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete. Your application will be reviewed as is and the decision to take your application to the interview stage will be made on the basis of the information submitted.
Once you have submitted your application you will receive an automated email response confirming receipt of your application and instructions on how to pay the application fee.
All decisions are communicated via email by close of business on the deadlines shown in the application calendar. Please note that all decisions are final. We will not discuss your decision over the phone, or with anyone other than you. We will contact you directly should the Admissions Committee require any further information from you.
Following your review decision, if shortlisted for interview you will be given further information on the interview process. Your interview will be conducted by a member of our alumni community or a member of the Recruitment and Admissions Team.
Currently, all interviews are held virtually. The Recruitment and Admissions Team and alumni utilise the same interview process – who you interview with will not have any impact on the outcome of your application. The Admissions Committee employs the same assessment criteria regardless of the interviewer (staff or alumni).
After your interview is complete, the Admissions Committee will conduct their final, holistic review of your application and send you a final decision by the deadline indicated in the calendar.
We operate a waitlist system. Following the interview stage, some candidates may be placed on the waitlist. If you are waitlisted, you are invited to engage with us via Kira, a video interview platform to further assess your candidacy. You will receive a decision update at scheduled date(s). Each year, a number of waitlist candidates are successful in getting a place on the programme.
Stephanie Thrane, Early Career Admissions Director, shares her advice on applying to our Early Career programmes.
Do you have what we’re looking for? Every year we receive thousands of applications and select only the very best to join us. Send us your CV and receive feedback on your suitability for the MFA programme.
We accept strong undergraduate degrees (minimum 2:1) in a numerate discipline such as finance, accounting, economics, engineering, chemistry, physics, math, computer science and business and management or other proof of quantitative ability. You must complete your undergraduate degree prior to the start of the programme in September.
If you’ve lived in a non-English speaking country and/or your undergraduate degree wasn’t taught in English, you’re required to prove their English fluency through an English language speaking test. We recommend you take this when applying for the programme. If you apply without a test score, your application may still be reviewed.
We accept both the GMAT and GRE. You must take one of these tests prior to submitting your application.
No. You’ll need to select which programme you’re applying to at the beginning of your application. If you are unsure which is best for you, please contact our recruitment team on email@example.com
If you have passed the CFA Level 1, you don’t need to submit a GMAT/GRE score. However, we strongly recommend you do have one of these scores as some recruiters use this as a benchmarking tool.