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FAQs

How do I submit an application?

We only accept online applications through 'Apply Yourself', details of which can be found in the 'How To Apply' section of the website. Transcripts and other supporting documentation must be scanned and uploaded to the application form, keeping each file to under 600kb. Ensure you upload all required supporting materials and also make sure your referees submit their recommendations in advance of the deadline as only completed applications will be considered in each application stage. Please note that the School’s form is different from the Graduate Application Form used by the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions Office for other graduate-level courses.

When should I apply?

For the 2018 entry, there are four application stages and you can apply in any of these. However, you are advised to apply as early as possible. If your college choice and the opportunity to be considered for University of Oxford scholarships is important to you, we recommend that you apply in the early stages (1-2). Please note our applications deadlines are 'hard' and so any applications which are incomplete when the deadline passes will not be considered in that particular stage. We strongly advise candidates to submit well in advance of the deadline as this gives our admissions team the chance to process your application and let you know if anything is missing.

I submitted my application before the deadline but I haven't received a confirmation. Does this mean you have not received it?

We receive most of the applications for each stage on, or just before, the deadline and due to the volume, it may take five working days for us to notify you that we have received your application or to inform you of its status. We strongly advise candidates to submit well in advance of the deadline as this gives our admissions team the chance to process your application and let you know if anything is missing.

What does a typical MBA class look like at Oxford?

The diversity of nationalities, work experience and age range enhances the group dynamics and offers students a rich environment for learning from the course and each other. The 2016/17 MBA class comprised students from 58 countries. You can read our alumni profiles here.

Are there any age restrictions?

No. The average age of the current class is 28 and ranges from 21 to 40. Younger candidates need to be able to demonstrate a high level of maturity, combined with evidence of leadership ability. 

What is the structure of the MBA programme?

The programme lasts 12 months from September to September. The academic year is divided into three terms plus a summer term. During the first term you will work on your core courses building the foundations of business. After this, you will be able to undertake project work combined with elective courses that will allow you to tailor your learning. Find out more about the programme structure.

What percentage of the class will be case study based?

The teaching on the MBA programme is split as follows: 40% lecture, 25% case study, 25% team project and 10% simulations.

I am studying for a Masters at another University. May I transfer to Saïd Business School for part of the year?

The MBA programme does not accept transfer, exchange or visiting students.

What GMAT score do you expect?

While we recommend that candidates apply with a GMAT score of 650 or above, we accept all scores. The average for the 2016/17 class was 692. A high score does not guarantee a place, nor does a low score disqualify you. It is important to remember that GMAT test scores are only one element of your application but you should not over-estimate their importance.

It is a mandatory requirement that all sections of the GMAT test is taken. We are unable to waive this admissions requirement in any circumstances, irrespective of a candidates academic or professional background.

Please ensure that the test scores are forwarded by GMAC to the Saïd Business School. GMAT scores will not be valid if they are more than five years old on the application deadline date.

If I retake the GMAT test, will you take the latest or the highest score?

We will accept the highest score that you have achieved on the test. If you wish to try and improve upon your existing score before you apply, you are more than welcome to do so. Please note that you cannot 'mix and match' scores from different sections on different tests.

Do you accept the GRE test for admission?

Yes, we accept both GRE and GMAT scores.

What GRE score do you expect?

While we recommend that candidates apply with a GRE verbal score of 160 and quantitative score of 161 or above, we accept all scores.  A high score does not guarantee a place, nor does a low score disqualify you. It is important to remember that GRE test scores are only one element of your application and you should not over-estimate their importance.

It is a mandatory requirement that all sections of the GRE test is taken. We are unable to waive this admissions requirement in any circumstances in any circumstances, irrespective of a candidates academic or professional background.

Please ensure that the test scores are forwarded by ETS to the Saïd Business School, our institution code is 0807. GRE scores will not be valid if they are more than five years old on the application deadline date.

What is the language requirement to enter the MBA programme?

If you are a National of a non-majority English speaking country*, you must supply suitable evidence that you have reached the required level of proficiency in English when you submit your application. We accept either the IELTS or internet-based TOEFL test. Our required minimum total and component scores are shown below.

*List of majority English speaking countries as defined by the UK Visas and Immigration office.

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

  TOEFL iBT IELTS
Minimum score

110

Minimum required on each component:

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

7.5

Minimum required on each component:

7.0

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

If you wish to apply for a waiver to the English language requirement, you must select ”yes” when asked 'Have you completed or are you completing a full time qualification equivalent to a UK degree entirely taught and assessed in English?' in the English requirement section of the application form.

As evidence, we will require either that the transcripts you submit with your application state that the sole language of instruction was English, or an official letter from your university confirming the medium of instruction throughout your course was English. This letter must also be uploaded to the TOEFL/IELTS section of the application form.

Exchange programmes, distance learning and online courses cannot be considered for the waiver.

Please note that we reserve the right to request a test of English to be taken at any time.

What is the institution code for ordering official language scores?

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.

My TOEFL/IELTS language result is below the minimum score. Will you accept this for the programme?

No. You must achieve the minimum total and component scores to be considered for the programme. This is a strict University requirement and we are unable to consider applicants whose TOEFL/ IELTS scores do not reach the indicated minimum criteria.

Is there a minimum degree/GPA level requirement?

We generally welcome candidates on the programme with a First or Upper Second Class (2.1) undergraduate degree or GPA of at least 3.5 (or the international equivalent).  However, we have in certain cases accepted students with lower degree classifications where they have demonstrated strong work experience and GMAT/GRE scores. We can accept both three and four year degrees. 

Do I need any work experience?

We prefer applicants to have at least two years of previous full-time work experience, which has been gained since graduation. The current class average is 5 years. We want you to actively contribute to the MBA class by sharing your views, professional experience and skills. 

I have followed a non-traditional career path. Will this have a negative impact on my application?

No. Previous students have come from the non-profit sector, the armed forces and fields including scientific research and academia. If you are interested in what we have to teach you and have a great story to tell about your life to date, we are interested in hearing from you.

What are the essay questions for the 2018/19 MBA application?

Mandatory essays:

  1. 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)
  2. Is there anything not covered in the application form which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you? (Maximum 250 words)

If you are applying under the 1+1 scheme you also need to submit the following essay:

  1.  Explain why you see this as particularly beneficial for you and how it fits with your careers and personal development aims (Maximum 250 words)

Re-applicants will need to complete the essays mentioned above and another essay on the topic:

  1. What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA? (Maximum 250 words)

When reviewing your essays the Admissions Committee will be looking for evidence of the following: Good communication skills, leadership potential, analytical skills, fit within the Oxford MBA community, among other characteristics.

 

How many references are required?

You will need to register two referees who can provide a recommendation in support of your application (professional or academic). We are happy to accept two professional references if you are unable to provide an academic one. An automated reference request will be sent to your referee once you have input their contact details into our online application system.  Please note that we only accept online references and your referees are required to have professional/institutional email addresses rather than gmail/hotmail.

Are all applicants interviewed?

No. Applications are short-listed by the MBA Admissions Committee and only successful candidates are then invited for interview. 

How do you decide whether to interview an applicant?

We review the application in its entirety and assess whether it satisfies all of our requirements

Do I have to come to Oxford for an interview?

If you are selected for an interview, you will be invited to come to the School and have your interview here. We also offer interviews at key locations in other countries - your invitation to interview will specify all options available at that time. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an in-person interview whenever possible. However, if you are not able to attend in person we will arrange a Skype interview for you. This will not affect our final decision. For applicants based in the UK an in-person interview at the School is required. 

Who will conduct my entry interview?

Your interview will be a one-to-one discussion with a senior member of the Admissions Team, the Careers Development Team, Faculty or an industry advisor. Industry advisors are a select group of senior executives who have experience of working for leading firms across a broad range of sectors, who also work closely with our careers team.

What are the fees for the 2018/19 programme?

The cost for the 2018/19 MBA programme is £55,000.  This includes college membership, tuition fees and a life long membership of the Oxford Union.

If I receive an offer, how do I secure my place on the programme?

Applicants who are offered and accept a place on the course are asked to pay a non-refundable deposit which will be offset against their course fee.

When should I provide you with my deposit?

The deposit payment is due within 30 days of receiving your offer of a place on the programme.  Please note Stage 4 applicants will only have 14 days after receiving an offer within which they must pay their deposit.

I am applying for a scholarship. Do I need to pay the application processing fee?

Yes. All applicants must pay the application fee. Some scholarships may cover all fees for the MBA programme including the application fee. Therefore if you successfully secure a scholarship, you may be eligible for a refund.

If I am unsuccessful in my application, will you give me feedback about the decision?

The final decision of the admissions committee is final and it is the policy of the School not to offer feedback regarding admission decisions. If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place on the programme, you are welcome to re-aply in the future. To do this, a completely new application will need to be submitted which meets the application criteria at that time. Candidates can only submit one application for entry in each academic year.

Can I re-apply in the future if I am not offered a place on the current year's MBA programme?

If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place on the programme, you are welcome to re-aply in the future. To do this, a completely new application will need to be submitted which meets the application criteria at that time. The Committee will look to see how you’ve progressed since the time of your previous application. 

What is 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 in situations ranging from high table dinners to college balls. 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. Find out more about colleges here.

What is the relationship between the Saïd Business School, the Colleges and the University? How does the MBA fit into this?

The University of Oxford is formed of academic Departments and Colleges.This means that, in addition to being a member of a University Department (which, in the case of the MBA, is the Saïd Business School), MBA students are also members of one of Oxford's many colleges. The MBA course is taught centrally at the Saïd Business School, not in college, so the college you become a member of does not affect your teaching. College membership bursts the business bubble and offers you the chance to interact with students from other disciplines and degrees. In addition, some colleges may  offer you the option to rent college-owned accommodation too. 

What type of accommodation does the School offer?

Students do not live at the School. Students coming to Oxford have the option of choosing either to rent privately or to apply for college or university-owned accommodation. College-owned housing is many students’ first choice, however there is limited availability and this cannot be guaranteed for every graduate student. 

Should you be unable to secure a college room, rental property in Oxford is plentiful. The University's Accommodation Office offers advice on seeking privately rented accommodation once a student has been admitted to the programme and secured college membership.

I have submitted a 'Request for Information' form to the Admissions team. Why have I not heard anything?

We aim to answer your enquiries as quickly as possible. At busy periods the volume of queries and applications we receive means that it may take two working days for us to respond. 

Can I visit the School?

Yes, we welcome visits from prospective students. The best way to see the School and find out more about the MBA programme is to attend one of our Open Days. If you are not able to attend one of these, we ask that you contact us to arrange an appointment for a Drop-in Session at the School. To arrange a session at the School, please complete a ‘Request for Information’ form.

Do you accept candidates from the armed forces?

We welcome applicants from the armed forces. The experience gained during active military service, when combined with a good bachelors degree and a strong GMAT score contribute to the criteria required for a successful application.

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