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Admissions process
Introduce yourself
Submit your application
Prepare for your interview
Final decision

Admissions process

Applications for September 2017 have now closed.

Application deadlines for the MBA Class of 2018/9 will be published soon. 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. 

If you have started an application but not yet submitted, your saved data will be retained.

Please complete the online application form, ensuring you select MBA under the programme of interest, and apply by one of our stage deadlines. 



Admissions deadlines

  Apply by Interview decision by Final decision by
Stage 1 9 September 2016 23 September 2016 14 October 2016
Stage 2* 28 October 2016 18 November 2016 9 December 2016
Stage 3 6 January 2017 27 January 2017 3 March 2017
Stage 4 17 March 2017 7 April 2017 28 April 2017
Stage 5 5 May 2017 19 May 2017 9 June 2017
Stage 6 9 June 2017 23 June 2017 7 July 2017


Application 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: 
    • How do you fit with Oxford Saïd's mission? (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

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 our online form here >


Connect with a Recruitment Manager

Our MBA Recruitment Managers are equiped to review your profiles. We can help with any queries and support you through the application process. This can involve GMAT prep support, connecting you with our Oxford community, or identifying the key traits we look for in a candidate. Please contact any of our recruitment managers for support, or select a recruitment manager relevant to your region:

Africa and women globally
Tammy Brophy
MBA Recruitment Manager

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

East Asia & South East Asia
Jie Yang
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

Submit your application

You need to submit your 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:
    • How do you fit with Oxford Saïd's mission? (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 3.

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

Admissions deadlines

Please submit your application by one of the 6 stage deadline dates:

  Apply by
Stage 1 9 September 2016
Stage 2* 28 October 2016
Stage 3 06 January 2017
Stage 4 17 March 2017
Stage 5 5 May 2017
Stage 6 9 June 2017


Prepare for your interview

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 23 September 2016
Stage 2 18 November 2016
Stage 3 27 January 2017
Stage 4 7 April 2017
Stage 5 19 May 2017
Stage 6 23 June 2017


Final decision

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  £7300, which represents approximately 15% of the course fee
  • be asked your college preference

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. We cannot guarantee you will be accepted at your preferred college, but we guarantee you will receive college membership. 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.

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 also be invited to attend one of our Oxford experience weekends where you can interact with 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, it does not mean you cannot 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 14 October 2016
Stage 2 9 December 2016
Stage 3 3 March 2017
Stage 4 28 April 2017
Stage 5 9 June 2017
Stage 6 7 July 2017



Contact us

MBA Admissions team

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street

To connect with our admissions team fill in our enquiry form

T: +44 (0)1865 278804