An early application to the Masters in Management programme is advised for those applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK.

You will need to submit all of the following before we are able to review your application:

  • Completed online application form
  • Essay questions
  • CV
  • Undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK 2:1 or above (or expected grades if your degree is not yet completed)
  • GMAT (range of 600-800) / GRE
  • IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge CPE, CAE or PTE Academic score (if applicable)
  • Two references (academic or professional)
  • Application fee

Please see below for specific information on each of the above.

Please do not submit a hard copy of your application and/or supporting documents as they will not be accepted.


Application date information

We are currently accepting applications for the September 2014 intake of the Masters in Management (MiM2015).

The application form is designed to be completed over several sessions. You can save your work as you go and submit the completed form whenever you are ready.

Important Dates
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible for the best chance of achieving a place, and in most cases you will receive a final decision within six to eight weeks of submitting your completed application. Offers are made throughout the year and the recommended dates below are a guide of when you can expect to hear from us. Please be advised that in order to adapt to logistics and special circumstances, the Admission Committee reserves the right to send decisions outside of these recommended deadlines, and in order to ensure flexibility in this process, decisions may be sent on a rolling basis at any point throughout the year.

The recommended deadlines for the 2014 intake (MiM2015 class) are:

Application complete by Interview shortlist decision no later than Final admissions decision no later than
30 Sept 2013 22 Oct 2013 26 Nov 2013
31 Oct 2013 26 Nov 2013 17 Dec 2013
30 Nov 2013 19 Dec 2013 21 Jan 2014
31 Dec 2013 23 Jan 2014 25 Feb 2014
31 Jan 2014 25 Feb 2014 25 Mar 2014
28 Feb 2014 25 Mar 2014 29 Apr 2014
31 Mar 2014 22 Apr 2014 27 May 2014
30 Apr 2014 20 May 2014 24 Jun  2014
31 May 2014 17 June 2014 22 Jul 2014
Late applications Case-by-case basis Case-by-case basis

We apply the same selection throughout the admissions cycle but competition is often more intense in the final months. If you require a visa to study in the UK or wish to be considered for a London Business School scholarship we do encourage you to apply early (as scholarships may be unavailable to late applicants).

Do, however, allow yourself sufficient time to prepare your application thoroughly, especially to carefully consider your answers to the essay questions, select your referees and prepare for the GMAT/GRE. It is more important to apply with a complete application than to apply early with an incomplete application. Failure to submit a complete application means that your application is placed on hold and a delay in you receiving a decision.

We do operate a waitlist system and waitlisted applicants receive regular updates at scheduled dates and, each year, a number of waitlisted candidates are successful in getting a place on the programme. Waitlisting is not necessarily a reflection of places left in the class.

We are not able to discuss a candidate's application decision over the phone and all decisions are communicated via email. Please note that we will contact you directly should any documents or information be missing.

Online application

The application for the September 2014 intake (MiM2015) is now available. All applications must be submitted using our online application system.

The online application form is designed to be completed during several sessions. You do not need to complete any particular section at one time, and by using your username and password you can return at any time to continue your work.

The Masters in Management application is updated yearly and available one year before the programme begins. If you are interested in applying for the September 2016 intake (MiM20165), please note that the updated application will be available on our website from September 2014.

Application essays

The essays are an opportunity to tell us more about yourself. Use the essays to detail your interests, values and goals. We are interested in what motivates you, evidence of leadership and team work, why you are looking to pursue a Masters in Management at this point in your life, and what you will bring to the London Business School community. The essays are a vital part of your application and thus we recommend that you spend a significant amount of time in their preparation.

The essays must be submitted using the online application system and must be from the current application. Please note that personal statements will not be accepted in lieu of the essays.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

You are required to submit a CV/resume and recommend that you use our CV template.  Follow the instructions within the online application form to attach the document to your application.

Two references

Two references are required. It is preferred that one referee is an academic referee, such as someone who taught you at university, and the other referee is non-academic, such as a current or previous employer or someone else who knows you well in a professional capacity.

Each reference must be provided using the online application system and we will only accept references that are submitted via this system. This requires you to enter the referee contact details, which London Business School uses to have them fill in an online form. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that referees fill in the form in a timely manner. Please note that your application will not be reviewed until both references are received. If missing references are not received within a reasonable amount of time, your application will be reviewed as is.

Official transcripts of grades

All applicants must submit a copy of their university transcript(s) via the online application system. These must include a comprehensive record of completed courses, grades and class of degree received and, if possible, a class ranking. If your transcript is not in English you must provide a certified or notarised English translation. 

Please note that only offered candidates will have to provide original transcripts and we are unable to return originals.

English language test score

If English is not your native language, or if you have not been studying fully in English or living in an English speaking country for at least two years, you will need to provide us with a valid score (including a component breakdown) from any of the following recognised English language tests (scores are valid for two years and must be valid at the time of submitting your application):

  • TOEFL iBT (score of 110 - institution code 0898. Reference number format: 0000 0000 1982 2672)
  • IELTS (score of 7.5. Reference number format: 11CN073999CHUW002E)
  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English. Reference number format: EPA123456)
  • PTE Academic (score of 76)
  • CAE (Reference number format: EPA123456)

All of these tests will assess your speaking, writing, listening and reading skills. Our admissions requirements meet the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at level C1 and above. We will not accept any other tests.


We accept both GMAT and GRE, and you will need to have taken one of these tests prior to submitting your application. These tests are just one of several admissions criteria and a strong academic history, internship experience, and interesting extracurricular activities are equally important when assessing a candidate's application.

Only candidates with exceptional academic performance will be considered for a waiver and all requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To be eligible for a waiver, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • UK First degree equivalent (GPA 3.5/4.0) at the time of your request (if you are unsure of the equivalency from your university/country, please contact us)
  • The Admissions Committee also places a strong preference (for waiver requests) for candidates who have obtained/are studying for an undergraduate degree from a top 100 education institution, as outlined by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2013-14)

Applicants who receive a waiver will be required to submit their Masters in Management application within two weeks of the request approval.

If you would like to be considered for a waiver, you should first make an official request to the Recruitment & Admissions Team, submitting your CV and university transcript. Please note you should not submit your full Masters in Management application before having taken either the GMAT or GRE without speaking with the Recruitment and Admissions Team first.

We do advise that the Admission Committee places a strong preference on these tests as they strengthen an application by showcasing numerical and analytical abilities which are relevant to the course. Candidates coming from non-quantitative backgrounds may also wish to consider taking the GMAT/GRE as a way to assess their aptitude to study management at graduate level. We also advise candidates looking to pursue careers in the field of consulting that GMAT scores of 700 and above are seen as desirable to top-tier consultancies and are an important qualification to add to your CV.

Please note that for the GMAT we will temporarily accept the "test taker" copy of your score if your official report is not available yet but you will need to submit your official score. Please arrange for your score to be sent directly to the School. GMAT scores are valid for five years. Our GMAT code number is Z11-J7-40. Our GRE code number is 3805.

For further information on the tests, please visit the GMAT and GRE websites.

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Application fee

A non-refundable fee of £75 is required for applications to join the programme beginning September 2014. The fee is payable online by credit card upon submission of your application. Your application will remain incomplete and will not be reviewed until the correct fee is received.

An application fee waiver is available to graduates of the University of London upon production of your degree transcript.

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