How to apply

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Eligibility criteria

The Admissions Committee requires you to have the following:

  • at least five years' managerial experience.
  • an undergraduate degree (ideally 2:1 or above) or equivalent professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be considered if you have a very strong fast-track employment history.
  • candidates are required to complete the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or the GMAC Executive Assessment Test. Exemptions may be available for some highly experienced candidates. Contact the Recruitment team for guidance.
  • English language proficiency.
  • two professional or academic references.

The admissions process

Admissions video

What you can expect from the admissions process.

Completing your application

Applications for the January 2020 intake are now open. Applications for the September 2020 intake will open later this year, date to be announced.

You will need:

  • Academic transcripts outlining subjects studied and grades obtained. If your original transcripts are not in English you must also supply an official translation.
  • GMAT score or GMAC’s Executive Assessment (please follow the links and contact GMAC directly to book either test). Exemptions may be available, please contact the recruitment team to find out more.
  • Valid work/professional/institutional email address for each referee.
  • Three completed essays as directed by the application form.
  • If English is not your first language or you are not from a majority English speaking country*, you must take a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) and meet all minimum scores. 
    Alternatively, you must have a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). Your test must have been taken no more than two years before the start date of your course.
    • Minimum overall score required for TOEFL is 110 (Listening: 22, Reading: 24, Writing: 24 and Speaking: 25)
    • Minimum overall score required for IELTS is 7.5 (minimum required on each component for IELTS: 7)
    • Minimum overall score required for CPE is 191 (minimum 185 per component)
    • Minimum overall score required for CAE is 191 (minimum 185 per component)

Before applying, please note:

  • you cannot apply for more than one intake at the same time. If you subsequently wish to considered for a different intake, please contact us.
  • we are unable to guarantee that there will be places left in the later stages. Please apply as early as you can.
  • we reserve the right to request a test of English to be taken at any time.
  • you are more likely to be successful in securing a place at your preferred college if you submit your application in the earlier stages.
  • if you are a prospective overseas applicant, please allow sufficient time for the UK 'student visitor' visa to be processed.

Please ensure that you have completed all parts of the application process. We only consider candidates once all supporting documentation has been received. We conduct spot checks on a regular basis to ensure the authenticity of supporting information. 

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to interview; these can take place either in Oxford or by telephone, however, face-to-face interviews are preferred. Once all these stages are complete, we will notify you with the results as quickly as we can.

Fees and funding

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Before applying, consider how you will fund your studies.

There is a range of funding options and scholarships available.

Application deadlines

January 2020 entry

Open for applications. We operate rolling admissions deadlines as follows:

Monday 15 April 2019
(Director's Scholarships round 1 deadline)

Thursday 30 May 2019
(Director's Scholarships round 2 deadline)

Wednesday 3 July 2019
(Women's Scholarships /
Director's Scholarships round 3 deadline)

Monday 9 September 2019
(Oxford Alumni scholarship /
Director's Scholarships round 4 deadline)

Monday 28 October 2019
(Final deadline)

September 2020 entry

Applications for this intake will open later this year, date to be announced. We operate rolling admissions deadlines as follows:

Monday 27 January 2020 
(Linbury Scholarship /
Director's Scholarships round 1 deadline)

Monday 24 February 2020 
(Director's Scholarships round 2 deadline)

Monday 6 April 2020 
(Women's Scholarships / Oxford Alumni scholarship / 
Director's Scholarships round 3 deadline)

Monday 18 May 2020 
(Director's Scholarships round 4 deadline)

Monday 6 July 2020
(Final deadline)