Pathway to the Executive MBA

Emba class

Take your diploma further

The diploma can be the beginning of a longer relationship with Oxford.

While approximately 30% of diploma participants already hold an MBA, there is a proven pathway to the prestigious Oxford Executive MBA for those considering further study.

There is no automatic right of transfer to the Oxford Executive MBA programme and diploma students are required to submit a new application. However, studying on an Oxford diploma provides an opportunity for participants to prove themselves at masters-level in an Oxford environment while continuing to gain relevant work experience.

Diploma participants who successfully apply for the Oxford Executive MBA receive a fee reduction equal to 60% of their diploma programme fee, as well as four exemptions upon the successful completion of all four diploma assessments.

Applications for the Oxford Executive MBA can be made during studies for the diploma or afterwards. There is no time limit on the fee reduction. Exemptions are valid for five years. The earliest Oxford Executive MBA class potentially accessible for diploma pathway participants is the September of the year after they started the diploma.


The diploma to EMBA route was essential in enabling me to breakdown the rather large task of paying for and completing the Oxford EMBA. The three years I spent at Oxford completing both programs was a fundamental career and life turning point.

Alastair Collier

Head of Strategy, Solutions and Sustainability at National Grid, UK