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How to apply 

Next start date: 14 January 2018


What we need


A completed online application form (which can be saved and completed over time), with your application essays, a one-page CV/resume and names and details of two referees.


You also need to arrange for us to receive:


  • a transcript of grades from each university you have attended
  • your GMAT or EA score
  • proof of your English Language ability
  • your application fee of £160


Application deadlines for January intake


  • Round 1: 18 September 2017
  • Round 2: 9 October 2017
  • Round 3: 30 October 2017
  • Round 4: 20 November 2017

There are limited places available for strong candidates after the Round 4 deadline; please get in touch with or for further information and eligibility.


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.


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 the 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.


Executive Assessment (EA) 


From March 2016 onwards, we will be looking at a new way of assessing candidates for our Executive MBA programme. 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. London Business School, along with five other top-tier Executive MBA Business Schools have begun accepting the new Executive Assessment for admission to the Executive MBA programme. 


This is a fantastic tool that is as much about the candidates’ needs as it is about our need to assess candidates. Like the GMAT, the EA offers you the chance for a full diagnostic and to assess your own readiness to undertake an Executive MBA programme. What’s different now is that there is no need to invest more of your time than should be necessary to show us in the Executive MBA admissions team that you are ready for the challenge. 


To find out more, read our admissions blog or visit: to schedule your assessment. 


What you need


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.


Admissions process


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

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

Please note that all offers are made via e-mail and given the varying time zones this

e-mail may reach you outside of working hours.

Information session

To find out more about the EMBA programme, attend our upcoming information session on campus.

Find out more

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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Executive Assessment

The Executive Assessment is designed to evaluate your business school readiness in the context of your career experience. Schedule your assessment here.


Need more information?

Check our frequently asked questions page where we have answered most queries.

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