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Oxford Executive MBA

Oxford Executive MBA

How to apply

Admissions process
Meet the requirements
Contact us
Prepare for your interview
Final decision

Admissions process

Applications are currently open for the September 2018 and January 2019 intakes. Please see the relevant applications deadlines below.
September 2018 entry January 2019
Monday 15 January 2018

Monday 9 April 2018                                                                                                                   

Monday 19 February 2018 Monday 21 May 2018
(Director's bursaries scholarship
round 1 deadline
Monday 9 April 2018
(Linbury scholarship deadline)                                                                                                                
Monday 2 July 2018                                                                                                         
Monday 21 May
(Women's scholarship /
Oxford Alumni scholarship /
Director's bursaries deadline
Monday 10 September 2018  
(Women's scholarship /
Oxford Alumni scholarship /
Director's bursaries round 2 deadline
Monday 2 July (final deadline) Monday 29 October 2018  (final deadline)                                                                                                 

Please note: You cannot apply for more than one intake of the Oxford Executive MBA at the same time. If more than one programme start date is available, you will be asked to select which intake you would like to apply for on your application form (September or January). Once you have submitted your application, you will no longer be able to change the intake you have opted for. Should you wish to be considered for a different intake, your application will need to be reviewed by our admissions committee, but it is important to note that there is no automatic guarantee that a place will be available. 

We recommend you apply early in the year as:

  • We cannot guarantee there will be places left by the end of the admissions process.
  • If you are interested in a particular college, you are more likely to be successful if you submit your application in the earlier stages.

Application process:

  1. Candidates should apply online via Apply Yourself. Please note we no longer accept paper applications.
  2. We accept applications on a rolling admissions basis for this programme. Please note that all applicants are required to pay a non-refundable processing fee of £150.
  3. Selected applicants will be invited to interview.
  4. Interviews can be conducted either in Oxford, or we can conduct telephone interviews (our strong preference is for face-to-face interviews). All interviews are conducted by faculty who will be teaching the course, or senior administrative personnel.
  5. Applicants will be notified of their results as soon as possible.

Additional notes

We welcome applications from people with disabilities and are committed to making arrangements where appropriate, to enable students with disabilities to participate fully in student life.  If you would like application materials in alternative formats please contact the Admissions Team

Although you do not have to submit all elements of your application at the same time, the Oxford Executive MBA committee are unable to consider you for interview until all parts of your application have been received.

Prospective overseas students should allow sufficient time for the requisite UK 'student visitor' visa to be processed. Further details available at the UK Visa website


Meet the requirements

1. Significant professional experience

You should have at least five years' managerial experience. Candidates also need to have achieved management level before commencing the Executive MBA since they will require a certain level of authority within their organisations to implement their projects and knowledge learned on the programme. 

2. A good undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification

As a guide, you should have a 2.1 degree or its equivalent. If you do not hold such qualifications you may be considered if you have a very strong fast-track employment history, demonstrating your ability as a high achiever.

3. Your university academic transcripts outlining the subjects studied and grades obtained

As evidence, you must upload all your official university degrees academic transcripts/mark-sheets to the online application form. These must outline the subjects studied or grades obtained from each academic year. If invited to an interview, you will have to provide official copies of your transcripts. If your original transcripts are not in English you must also supply an official translation.

4. GMAT score

Candidates are required to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions test).

Candidates with at least 10 years of management experience who also currently have a role which requires a high level of quantitative and/or analytical skills, may be granted exemption from the GMAT requirement. This will be at the discretion of our Admissions Committee, upon the submission of a written request together with a full application for a place on the programme.

For further information please contact the Admissions Office for guidance.

When preparing for your GMAT please bear in mind: 

  • To contact GMAC directly to arrange to take the test:
  • All sections of the GMAT must be taken in order to be considered valid
  • Official online scores must be accessible by our admissions department for your application to be considered complete. For GMAC to release your official scores to the Saïd Business School, please give your test centre the following code: Q0G-4B-47
  • GMAT scores are not valid if they are older than five years on the application deadline date.

5. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) must be taken, and all minimum scores met if: 

  • Your first language is not English OR
  • You are not from a majority English speaking country, as defined by the UK Border agency, below.*


Minimum Score - 110

Minimum required on each component:

Listening – 22 | Reading – 24 | Writing – 24 | Speaking - 25


Minimum required on each component: 7.0


The requirement to provide proof of proficiency may be waived, at the discretion of the University, in cases where you have successfully completed a full-time degree-level course of a minimum of nine months, at a recognised institution, where the medium of instruction and assessment was entirely in English.

Evidence of the above must be provided by either:

  • Uploading to the application form transcripts from your institution, which clearly indicates that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English OR
  • Uploading to the application form an official letter from your institution stating that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English.

You have completed a degree in a majority English speaking country,* as outlined below, by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

*List of majority English speaking countries as defined by the UKBA

Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana

If your circumstances fall outside of those described above but you feel you may be eligible for a waiver, please contact us to discuss. Please note that we reserve the right to request a test of English to be taken at any time.

Useful information on language tests

The institution code for ordering your official TOEFL score sheet from ETS is 0807.  There is no department code, this can be left blank.

If you choose to take the IELTS you need to sit the Academic test.  If you sit the TOEFL it must be the general test.

TOEFL and IELTS scores will not be valid if they are more than two years old on the application deadline for the stage in which you are applying. Exchange programmes/ distance learning/ online courses cannot be considered for the waiver.

6. Two references, professional or academic (only online references can be accepted)

Two professional or academic references must be submitted via the online application form. Once referee details are input onto the application form, your referee will receive an automatic email from us with details for completing the online reference.
Please note we can only accept references from a valid work/professional/institutional email address and not from gmail/hotmail account.

7. Three essays on the topics outlined in the online application form

The content of your essays should be derived from your own experiences, using your own words. Information on the University's policy on plagiarism can be found on the University website

Please ensure your application is complete upon submission. The Admissions Committee can only consider a candidate once all supporting documentation has been received. We conduct spot checks on a regular basis to ensure the authenticity of applicants' references, essays, work experience and academic background. We also reserve the right to ask for supporting evidence if necessary. 

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to attend one of our frequent open evenings in Oxford or to attend one of our information sessions overseas. Details of these sessions are available in the Meet us section. 

Contact the Recruitment Team

Contact us

The Saïd Business School Executive MBA attracts a very diverse group of candidates and so we are looking for exceptional candidates to join each cohort.

CV Review

If you feel you match the programme criteria, feel free to send us your CV for review. We will aim to get back to you within 3 days, if you need feedback more urgently please contact our recruitment team directly.

Visit the School

You can visit the School for a tour. The recruitment team will also give you an overview of the benefits of studying at Oxford, discuss the application process and review your CV. 

Connect with a Recruitment Manager

We can assist with any specific programme related queries and provide support to guide you through the application process. Please feel free to contact the recruitment manager for the region in which you live from the list below.

Recruitment Team

UK and Africa
Jonathan Dover
t: +44 (0)1865 288806

Helen Saward
t: +44 (0)1865 288444

Gemma Kay 
t: +44 (0)1865 610082

Middle East 
Mike Andrews
t: +44 (0)1865 610086

Asia and Oceania
Mike Andrews
t: +44 (0)1865 610086

Prepare for your interview

Prepare for your interview

The Admissions Committee will review your complete application and you will then be notified on whether or not you have been invited to an interview.

Interviews with short-listed candidates will be conducted by a faculty member. These can take place in person at Oxford, or via telephone, if you are unable to travel to Oxford.

Interviews last about 40 minutes. We recommend that you prepare for this interview as you would for a job interview.

Final decision

Final decision

After your interview has been conducted, the Admissions Committee will decide whether to offer you a place to join the Executive MBA programme. 

There are three possible outcomes:

  1. You are made an offer to join the programme
  2. You are put on a waitlist
  3. You have not been successful this year

If you have received an offer, you will:

  • be asked to secure your place by paying a deposit fee of 15% of the course fee
  • have to apply for a place in a college

The Admissions team will guide you through this process.

How do I choose a college?

As an Oxford student, you will belong to one of the University’s 38 colleges. College life will enrich your time at Oxford, offering you the chance to socialise with students and faculty from diverse academic backgrounds. 

Colleges are a focus for sporting and cultural activity: teams compete with each other in sports such as rowing, cricket, and rugby; plays and musicals are staged in college halls and gardens; and concerts take place in college chapels and quadrangles.

Whichever college you choose, you will develop a strong loyalty that will stay with you way beyond graduation. Colleges have their own alumni societies and professional networks, which complement those offered by Oxford University and Saïd Business School.

If you wish to be a graduate student at the University of Oxford, you must become a member of a college as well as being accepted by Saïd Business School. If you have been offered a place we will contact you and request your college preference at that time. We will then forward your application to your chosen college. Colleges will take a minimum of two weeks to make a decision. 

Selecting a college may seem confusing at first so here are a series of factors you may want to consider: 

  • Type of college: Some graduate only colleges are preferred by students who are returning to study after a period of substantial work experience, perhaps bringing a family with them. Other students, prefer to mix with both the graduate and undergraduate community. 
  • Location within Oxford: Oxford is small and most colleges are no more than about a 15-minutes walk from the city centre and Saïd Business School. You can view a map of each college location to help you decide.
  • Art, music, drama and sport: Some colleges have strong dramatic traditions whereas others are very strong in sports such as rowing. Depending on what your interests are you may find some colleges more suitable than others. 

The following colleges consider Oxford Executive MBA students, for further details about their facilities please consult the University of Oxford college guide:

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