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The Sloan Masters programme began at MIT in 1931. It was the brainchild of Alfred P Sloan Jnr, Chairman of General Motors, who believed that the best kind of leader was one who had a cross-functional understanding of management, and that this was best acquired after some years' real-world experience. Today’s Sloan Fellows share a breadth and depth of expertise gained in senior positions worldwide.
Three world-class business schools offer programmes that share this great heritage: Stanford, London Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). LBS Sloan Fellows join a powerful international network. The LBS Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy is the only specialist masters of its kind in Europe.
The LBS Sloan Masters challenges and prepares experienced senior managers moving towards leadership positions to realise their global leadership ambitions. It is a 12-month, full-time degree programme leading to an MSc in Leadership and Strategy. The curriculum combines core courses in leadership and strategy with a choice of electives, and includes a Global Business Assignment.
When you graduate you will receive a Masters in Science (MSc).
The full-time MBA is a general management degree aimed at people who are at a relatively early stage in their career. The LBS Sloan focuses on leadership and strategy and has been designed for senior executives with significant management and strategic experience, who would like to study with a group of peers with similar depth and breadth of experience.
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The LBS Sloan Masters starts once a year in January. We recommend candidates apply early so they have enough time to make practical arrangements before starting the programme.
The LBS Sloan Masters is a full-time 12-month programme run over three academic terms. The core curriculum runs throughout the year with courses connected to the three main themes: Leadership, Strategy and Business Fundamentals. This is supported by electives and a Global Business Assignment.
You will be assigned to a group of approximately five people at the beginning of the programme for core course study. We aim to make each group as diverse as possible in terms of cultural, educational and professional backgrounds to ensure your learning experience is as rich as possible.
LBS Sloan Masters core classes balance the theoretical elements that underpin the behaviour of individuals, firms, markets and economies, and many applied and practical aspects of the various business disciplines. They are designed to give you an update on key aspects of business and equip you with the crucial knowledge that all leaders must possess.
Each course on the LBS Sloan Masters is assessed using some or all of the following tools: individual projects/essays/reports, examinations, class participation, group assignments/reports and class presentations.
Sloan Fellows have experience of working at strategic levels and, typically, they have more than 18 years’ management experience. The diversity of their backgrounds means there is no such thing as a typical Sloan Fellow.
Take a look at our Class Profile for more information.
LBS Careers provides support in 4 ways:
When companies recruit at executive level, they usually seek a specific profile of experience, personality and fit for their organisation. Only a handful of candidates will meet their criteria and they will not use structured business school recruitment as a means to find them (as is typical for MBA hiring).
For senior positions, recruiters do not limit their search to Business Schools. Career Centre focuses attention on helping individual students develop a strong personal brand, effective self-marketing tools, and a clear job search strategy to enable them to secure conversations with organisations who will value their particular profile.
All students have access to all that the Career Centre has to offer. Most of the workshops and resources apply whether you are looking for new roles or wishing to enhance your progress within your own organisation. For students wanting to move onwards and upwards in their own organisation, our Career Acceleration tools and techniques are particularly relevant.
Students choosing to enroll onto the LBS Sloan are experienced executives reaching the peak of their career, each with a unique profile. Working with a dedicated Career Lead students can plan their individual career strategy. Some will hope to change their career path, others will want to move industry, some may experiment with entrepreneurship, while some will leverage the programme learning to accelerate their career within their current organisation.
At executive level we understand that you are in the leagues of being the ‘expert one’ and hiring works differently at this senior level. For this reason, the emphasis is not on recruitment, but rather on empowering you to plan your own individual career progression strategy, working with you to craft your personal story and target organisations where you could add value.
Joining the Sloan programme is like joining a gym. By joining a gym you have access to specialist equipment and expertise, but the act of joining will not, in itself, make you fitter. You need to use the equipment effectively, follow the guidance of the experts and be motivated enough to work out regularly if you really want to improve. So it is with the Career Centre at LBS. If you engage with all of our resources, expertise and guidance, are motivated enough to put in the work on top of your programme, and your other commitments, then yes, we can help you in your quest for that next big role. But we can’t do it for you. Your career, like your fitness, is your personal project and your own responsibility.
Only you can make it happen.
As a member of our alumni community we hope that you continue to engage with us for your career development needs.
We run an annual programme of webinars, events and workshops to support you in your career and professional development. These cover a range of topics, from developing your personal brand to becoming a Non-Executive Director.
We provide access to a range of resources and also offer alumni the opportunity to work with a career coach.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 should apply online and send your supporting documents, including references and academic transcripts, to the Sloan admissions team.
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.
The School does not have any arrangements for students to transfer between its programmes or to/from a programme at another institution.
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.
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).
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/.
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.
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.
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 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.
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The fee for the LBS Sloan Masters 2022 is £77,300. In addition to the School fees, there is a Student Association Fee of £68 that covers the Student Association (SA) subscription, enabling students to participate in our vibrant community.
Fees for the LBS Sloan Masters include: Tuition/Core course textbooks and reading materials/ Some elective course reading materials.
All candidates are asked to pay a commitment fee of £8,900 when they accept their offer of a place on the programme. Self-sponsored students are required to pay the remainder in three instalments as per the fee schedule. Companies sponsoring an employee pay the balance in one payment before the first term starts.
If you are not based in London, you should budget for living expenses, which will vary according to your circumstances and lifestyle. You will need to budget £30,000-£45,000 for a family or £25,000-£30,000 for a single person if sharing accommodation. There is no accommodation available at London Business School.
Please see our scholarships and funding tool here.
Key loan options include: Federal Stafford Loan Programme, MBA Private Loans and the The Prodigy Finance Loan Programme.