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How to apply - MBA

Admissions process
1
Introduce yourself
2
Submit your application
Key date: 
29 Sep 2017
3
Prepare for your interview
Key date: 
27 Oct 2017
4
Final decision
Key date: 
8 Dec 2017

Admissions process

The admissions process to recruit the Oxford MBA Class of 2018-19 is now open. You will need to complete the online application form, ensuring you select MBA under the programme of interest, and apply by one of our stage deadlines.

You can Introduce yourself to the MBA Recruitment and Admissions teams to receive all the latest news and application information. Please visit our events pages to find upcoming events and webinars. 

Deadlines

  Apply by Interview decision by Final decision by
Stage 1 29 September 2017 27 October 2017 08 December 2017
Stage 2 05 January 2018 26 January 2018 09 March 2018
Stage 3 16 March 2018 06 April 2018 04 May 2018
Stage 4 11 May 2018 25 May 2018 15 June 2018

Requirements

The MBA Admissions Committee considers a wide range of criteria, to apply to our MBA you need to meet the following requirements:

  1. An undergraduate degree
  2. Relevant professional experience detailed in a 1-page CV
  3. GMAT or GRE score
  4. English test (if required)
  5. Two professional/academic References
  6. Mandatory essays: 
    • Consider a statistic or trend that shocks you. Why it is important to you and how could it be changed for the better? (Maximum 500 words)
    • Is there anything not covered in the application form which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you? (Maximum 250 words)
  7. A completed online application form along with a £150 application fee
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Introduce yourself

Our MBA attracts a very diverse group of candidates. We receive applications from over 85 different nationalities, and a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. We expect our applicants to be exceptional. We look for evidence that you will make the most of your time here, that you will contribute to the life of the School, and that your classmates will be better for having met you.  

You can let us know more about your background and interests by completing our online form that will enable you to receive bespoke content and invitations aiming to help you research and make decisions about your MBA. Complete the form by clicking the button below:

 

Oxford MBA Recruitment Team

Our MBA Recruitment Team is made up of individuals who work to identifying the key traits we look for in a candidate:

Africa
Tammy Brophy
MBA Recruitment Manager

Europe, Middle East & South Asia
Mark O’Brien
MBA Recruitment Manager

East Asia & South East Asia
Tiago Martinho
MBA Recruitment Manager

North &South America
Liam Kilby
MBA Recruitment Manager

Oceania & United Kingdom
Amy Major
MBA Recruitment Manager

1+1 MBA Programme
Aidan O'Halloran
Pershing Square and 1+1 MBA Recruitment Manager

Submit your application
2

Submit your application

You need to submit your online application form and supporting materials by your chosen application deadline:

  • Full academic transcripts
  • 1-page CV with relevant professional experience
  • GMAT or GRE score report
  • English test (if required)
  • 2 professional/academic References
  • Mandatory Essays:
    • Consider a statistic or trend that shocks you. Why it is important to you and how could it be changed for the better? (Maximum 500 words)
    • Is there anything not covered in the application form which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you? (Maximum 250 words)
  • A completed online application form along with a £150 application fee

Once your application has been submitted a member of the admissions team will process it and contact you should any supporting document be missing (this may take up to two weeks). As soon as your application is complete, it will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for its review.

We recommend that you apply at the early stages: 

  • We are unable to guarantee that there will be places left in the later stages
  • The sooner you apply the sooner you can start planning your move to Oxford and securing your visa (if required)
  • You are more likely to be successful in securing a place in a particular college, or college accommodation, if you submit your application in the earlier stages
  • To be considered for the majority of scholarships available you must submit your application by stage 2.

Our application process requires you to fill in an online application form. The application fee amounts to £150 and is not refundable.

Deadlines

Please submit your application by one of the 4 stage deadline dates:

  Apply by
Stage 1 29 September 2017
Stage 2 05 January 2018
Stage 3 16 March 2018
Stage 4 11 May 2018

 

Prepare for your interview
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Prepare for your interview

The admissions committee will review your complete application. You will be notified on the interview decision deadline whether you have been short-listed for an interview. Interviews with short-listed candidates will be conducted by either a Faculty member, senior member of our administrative staff, or a Sector Consultant. These can take place in person at Oxford or overseas, or via Skype, if you are unable to travel to an interview location.

Interviews last about 30 minutes and you will be asked questions about your background and your aspirations, and how the MBA programme fits with your plans. We recommend that you prepare for this interview as you would for a job interview.

Interview decision deadline

Interviews will be scheduled with short-listed candidates and will take place at our Oxford MBA open days, during our Oxford interview days, overseas or through Skype.

You will be informed if you have been selected for an interview on:

  Interview decision by
Stage 1 27 October 2017
Stage 2 26 January 2018
Stage 3 06 April 2018
Stage 4 25 May 2018

 

Final decision
4

Final decision

After all interviews have been conducted, the admissions committee will decide which candidates will receive an offer to join the MBA programme. Final decisions will be emailed to all candidates on the final decision deadline of the stage in which you have applied.

After your interview there are two* possible outcomes:

1. You are made an offer to join the programme

If you receive an offer, you will

  • be asked to secure your place by paying a deposit fee of  £7800, which represents approximately 15% of the course fee
  • be asked your college preference

You will belong to one of the University’s 38 colleges. We cannot guarantee you will be accepted at your preferred college, but we guarantee you will receive college membership. 

We will give you access to our post-offer intranet, where you can learn more about life at Oxford, the programme, and connect with incoming MBAs from around the world and members of the current class.

You will be invited to attend one of our Oxford experience weekends where you can meet other incoming MBA students, current students, faculty and staff. 

2. You are not successful at securing a place this year 

We receive a very high volume of applications, which are assessed against the entry requirements for the course and relatively in terms of the quality of previous academic excellence, and future potential, in comparison with the applications received from other candidates. Please be aware that the admissions committee decision is final and due to the volume of decisions we receive, it is our policy that we do not provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates. If your application is not successful, you are welcome to re-apply in the future.

*In some cases, before making a final decision the committee may decide to re-evaluate your application against candidates applying in the next stage. In the final stage, if the committee wishes to offer you a place on the programme but the class is full, you may be placed on a waitlist.

Final decision deadline

You will be informed of the committee's final decision on:

  Final decision by
Stage 1 08 December 2017
Stage 2 09 March 2018
Stage 3 04 May 2018
Stage 4 15 June 2018

 

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29 September 2017
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27 October 2017
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8 December 2017

Contact us

MBA Admissions and Recruitment Team

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
Oxford
OX1 1HP

Connect with our admissions and recruitment teams

T: +44 (0)1865 278804