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Next start – London and Dubai: September 2018
Next application deadline: 2nd May 2018

Applications for our September 2018 and January 2019 intakes are now open.

Please read the information below before you start your application. This will give you a better idea of how the application process works and what you will need to provide. Please contact our EMBA London Recruitment Team for more information at , or the EMBA Dubai Recruitment Team at

Admissions process and calendar

  • Admissions process

    Your application will be acknowledged within two working days of submission. If short listed, you will be interviewed. Interviews are conducted by members of the Admissions Committee. You will be notified of the final decision within one week of your interview.

    Please note that all offers are made via email and given the varying time zones this e-mail may reach you outside of working hours.

  • Admissions calendar

    Applications for our September 2018 intake are now open.

    The deadlines for the September 2018 intake are:

    • Round 1: 27 February 2018
    • Round 2: 2 April 2018
    • Round 3: 2 May 2018
    • Round 4: 5 June 2018
    • Round 5: 3 July 2018

Candidate requirements

  • Management experience

    You should hold a position of responsibility and be a decision-maker in your role. Successful applicants typically have 7 to 25 years of relevant experience. This could include the management of people, budgets, projects, resources or processes.

  • Educational background

    You should have a good undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. If you do not have a degree, we may still consider your application if you have worked in a position with a high level of responsibility.

  • Leadership potential

    You should be proactive and driven with strong leadership potential and the ability to set and achieve goals.

  • Career progression

    You should demonstrate healthy career progression during your employment history.

  • Motivations for applying

    We want to understand your motivations for applying to the Executive MBA and how you feel the programme will help you fulfil your career objectives.

  • International exposure

    The Executive MBA attracts students from approximately 30 countries. We select students with an international outlook, and/or those who can build on existing international exposure. You should demonstrate your ability to work with people from different backgrounds and in cross-cultural teams.

  • Team skills

    We place particular emphasis on working in teams. You should demonstrate flexibility and respect for different approaches. You must be able to aid the development of your fellow students and contribute to the lifelong learning environment of the School.

Application requirements

  • Completed online application form

    This is designed to be completed over several sessions. You can 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.

  • Your application essays

    Please download and complete the Executive MBA essay template. These form an important part of your application, so make sure you spend a significant amount of time on them. Once complete, please attach this document to your online application following the instructions given on the web form.

    Take a look at our admissions blog on tips for submitting strong essays.

  • A one-page CV/resume

    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.

  • References

    Please provide the details of two references via the online application form, we will then send a specific form to them to complete and return. One reference should be from your immediate line manager. The other should come from someone who can comment directly on your academic or managerial abilities.

  • A transcript of grades from each university you have attended

    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.

  • Executive Assessment or GMAT score

    A GMAT or Executive Assessment score is a mandatory requirement for admission to our Executive MBA programme. If you have not yet taken the GMAT we encourage you to consider the Executive Assessment, which has been designed with senior Executives in mind. Brought to you by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT® exam, the EA has been developed for time-sensitive executives. The assessment is easy to schedule, short in duration, and requires only modest preparation.

    Our GMAT reporting codes are Z11-J7-23 for London and Z11-J7-36 for Dubai.

  • Proof of English language ability

    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.

  • Application fee

    The application fee for the EMBA programme is £180. You pay online after submitting your application. Your application will remain incomplete until we receive the fee.

    There is no fee for graduates of London Business School, the University of London, Columbia University and The University of Hong Kong. You will need to produce your transcript as proof of graduation.

    If you have a recommendation from a London Business School alumnus you may not have to pay the application fee. Alumni should email the Executive MBA Programme Office stating their relationship with the candidate and the reasons for the recommendation before you submit your application.

Next steps

  • Interviews

    A decision will be made to invite you to interview based on your initial application review. If shortlisted, you will be asked to travel to London Business School to conduct an interview with a member of our Admissions Team. Your application will be considered by the Admissions Committee in keeping with the deadlines for the programme.

    The interview feedback will be used by the Admissions Committee to reach a decision which may be:

    1. Offer – The exceptional merits of your application and interview mean LBS would like to offer you a place to join the EMBA programme

    2. Waitlist – LBS is not prepared to make an offer at this stage but remain open to gathering more information concerning your candidacy given the strengths of your application

    3. Reject – Your application will come to an end for this year but the option to apply in the subsequent admission cycle is available.

  • What happens if my application is not successful?

    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 a number of entirely suitable candidates.

Contact us

Contact the Recruitment and Admissions Team.

London team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7000 7512

Dubai team

Tel: +971 440 193 01

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