We welcome applications from experienced executives, professionals and entrepreneurs who can demonstrate their suitability for the LBS Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy.
Our rigorous admissions process pays close attention to each individual, ensuring a strong fit between your achievements, experience and objectives. This page has all the information you need to apply. Please contact our Recruitment Manager for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective LBS Sloan Fellows have many demands on their time. To ease the application process you can submit with just the completed online application form, essays, CV, academic documents (certificate or transcripts if available), one recommendation and the application fee. This means you can submit your application pre-GMAT/EA test. The admissions team will then let you know if additional information is required.
The initial screening process takes around two weeks, and if you are successful the time from interviewing to final decision will take four to six weeks.
Applications for the 2020 intake are now closed.
The deadlines for the January 2021 intake are:
Round 1 – Tuesday 3 March 2020
Round 2 – Tuesday 26 May 2020
Round 3 – Tuesday 14 July 2020
Round 4 – Wednesday 26 August 2020
A decision will be made to invite you to interview based on your initial application review.
Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be notified and we will work with you to schedule this. If you are UK based or able to travel we will ask you to attend an interview on campus. We will happily connect you with members of the current class and give you a tour when you are here.
If you are unable to travel to London, our campus in Dubai is a possibility. If your schedule does not allow you to travel we will offer an alumnus interview or a telephone interview with one of the Admissions Committee.
We provide access to an online learning platform to support your return to full-time study, introduce you to your future classmates and so you can learn more about LBS.
Please note the Admissions Committee will assess your application and may require further evidence to ensure you are ready to study. In addition to the required pre-programme work, they may recommend courses or diagnostics to be completed to help you maximise your learning.
This is designed to be completed over several sessions. 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.
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)
Current LBS Sloan essay topics are as follows:
How will the Sloan Leadership and Strategy degree enhance your immediate and ultimate professional and personal objectives: (500 words)
Supply a chart which clearly shows your position in your organisation. This will help the Admissions Committee understand reporting relationships and team structures.
Attach your chart to the online application form.
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.
Initially you can apply with one reference and can select the second referee when your candidacy decision is made. 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. The Admissions Committee appreciate that providing a reference from your current workplace may be sensitive – contact us if you want to discuss your choice of referee.
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. Please check that they have received this.
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 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.
While no tests are required in the initial application, London Business School encourages applicants to take the EA to assess readiness for study. It has been calibrated to an executive-level audience, is shorter than the GMAT and focuses on the skills that are appropriate in a business school context. It is designed to be taken with modest (two to three days) preparation. This supports our understanding of your exceptional strengths and areas to focus on to get the best from your studies as a Sloan Fellow. To find out more, read our Student and Admissions blog.
We will also accept GMAT and GRE scores. Candidates may submit their applications before they have taken any test – these are one of many criteria we use when assessing an applicant. A high score does not guarantee admission, while lower scores do not rule out a candidate. If you have already taken a test and have a valid test score, please contact our team with your test details.
Practice the GMAT test with London Business School's GMAT simulator and prepare yourself for the test.
The GMAT code number for the Sloan MSc is Z11-J7- 18.
GMAT can be waived. We will consider GMAT waivers for candidates whose work experience, professional status or prior degree/training indicates a high level of analytical or quantitative ability. Please note that GMAT waivers are given to candidates with a suitable level of seniority and demonstrated academic strength in a quantitative area.
Requests for waivers will be considered after candidates have submitted their online application, as part of the application review. The Admissions Committee decides on a candidate's eligibility for a GMAT waiver in all cases. The Admissions Committee may require any candidate to complete an alternative test such as the Executive Assessment or an online course in order to meet the conditions of admission.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
"Each candidate is an individual – someone who has taken time to think and write about their career, interests, achievements and future goals. This reflects who they are as a person, how they will contribute to the class and benefit from their year as an LBS Sloan Fellow."
Linden Selby, Senior Admissions Manager
Sloan: How to submit a strong application
The Recruitment and Admissions Teams speak about the Sloan application process and what makes an exceptional candidate.
Brett Hunter, Leadership Programmes Admissions Director at London Business School, shares his advice on applying to the LBS Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy.
We operate a rolling admissions process, with applications reviewed in the order in which we receive them. The admissions process usually takes up to eight weeks: the sooner you submit your application, the sooner you will receive your final decision.
We strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible to provide yourself with plenty of time to finalise arrangements with your organisation and colleagues and, if necessary, to arrange relocation to London with your family.
Once the class is full, we operate a wait-list system with priority given according to the order in which applications are received. Many wait-listed candidates are successful in securing a place on the programme. We will do everything we can to help you with the application process.
For further information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The application fee for the LBS Sloan Masters 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.
The Executive Assessment has been developed by a consortium of business schools as a diagnostic of proficiency in key areas specifically for executive calibre candidates. It is shorter than the GMAT test, and designed to be taken with modest preparation.
You can read more about scheduling, content and preparation by going to: Executive Assessment. Remember you can fast-track your application by applying with the minimum application form, CV, essays and one reference.
Tests are used as part of multiple criteria to assess an applicant since they provide useful information about quantitative and verbal reasoning abilities.
They also offer a useful benchmark to judge applicants across degree subject, academic institution and nationality.
London Business School Sloan GMAT reporting code: Z11-J7-18.
Candidates may submit their applications pre-GMAT as part of the fast-track process (application form, essays, 1 reference).
We do not set a minimum test score, but pay attention to performance, educational background and skills and responsibilities in your career and current position.
A high score does not guarantee admission; equally, a below-average score does not automatically discount your candidacy.
Make use of the many preparation and study aids available. It's important that you prepare early. We recommend practice sessions with a preparation textbook or software, and being rigorous on timing.
If the concepts are unfamiliar, you may benefit from a tuition course. The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) offer a range of tools to help you prepare at http://www.mba.com/.
Timing is critical. Take advantage of the application fast-track option to get a stronger sense of your candidacy, then you have an agreed time to work on tests with the confidence of knowing your place is reserved.
Candidates who are not UK/EU nationals should build in time to take the test and complete the process in time to apply for their visas to the UK. You can only take the test once in the same month. Forward planning will allow you to retake the test if you're not happy with your score.
Every year we welcome students that have retaken their test. It is worth at least booking your test, to have a date to work towards.
Visit http://www.mba.com/global/the-gmat-exam/ to obtain more information about available test centres and dates.
On the day itself, try to relax, drink plenty of water and let us know how you got on.
In exceptional cases, the GMAT, GRE or EA can be waived. We will consider a waiver if your work experience, professional status or prior degree/training indicates a high level of analytical or quantitative ability.
Conditions for waivers include but are not limited to the following:
If you feel you merit a waiver we invite you to speak with an admissions officer for more information.
Requests for waivers will be considered after you have submitted your online application. Fast-track candidates should submit their transcripts if they believe they may be suitable for a waiver.
The Admissions Committee may require you to take the GMAT, GRE or EA at its own discretion, and may also ask that you complete an alternative test or an online course in order to meet the conditions of admission.
You may be required to take TOEFL/IELTS if English is not your first language and you have not worked or studied in an English-speaking environment.
This is judged on a case-by-case basis by the admissions team.
Graduates of fellow University of London colleges, Columbia University and the University of Hong Kong can apply for free.
You must request a fee waiver when you apply, and provide a copy of your college transcript.
Candidates recommended by LBS alumni may also be exempt from the application fee.
Alumni wishing to recommend a candidate should email email@example.com stating their relationship with the candidate and their reasons for the recommendation.
Recommendations must be received before the application is submitted.
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.
You will need to submit academic transcripts from your undergraduate and graduate educational institutions.
If the original transcripts are not in English, please also provide certified translated copies.
You should apply online and send your supporting documents, including references and academic transcripts, to the Sloan admissions team.
You will receive an initial decision on your application within two to three weeks of submission.
If successful, you will be invited to attend an interview with senior admissions staff or LBS Sloan alumni.
Following this, you should receive a final decision within two to three weeks with a deadline in which the offer must be accepted.
The whole process generally takes six to eight weeks.
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 every suitable candidate.
Please read our policy document.