Admission Open for Oxford MBA class of 2019-20


Admission for the 1-year full-time MBA class of 2019-20 is open at Oxford University’s Said School of Business in four stages with the application deadline for Stage 1 on September 7.

The interview decision for this stage will be on September 21 and the final decision will be October 19, the school stated on its website.

Stage 2 has an application deadline on November 2, the interview decision on November 16 and the final decision on December 14.

In Stage 3, the application deadline will be January 11, interview decision on February 1, 2019 and final decision on March 22, 2019. Stage 4 has an application deadline on April 5, interview decision on April 2 and final decision on June 7.

Eligibility Criteria

You should have an undergraduate degree with a score of 2.1 (3.5 GPA) or its equivalent. Even if you do not meet the minimum of 2.1 you may still be considered provided you have a very strong employment record demonstrating a high degree of responsibility.

All your University degree academic transcripts/mark-sheets are to be uploaded along with the online application form. These must outline the subjects studied or grades obtained from each academic year. If your original transcripts are not in English you must also supply an official translation. The original copies of the transcripts should be submitted at the time of the interview.

You should have at least two years of previous full-time work experience, to be mentioned in detail in a 1 page CV.  The current class has an average of six years work experience. The school does not seek experience in any specific sector. The students are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, from engineering and finance to academia, armed forces and non-profit.

The first step is to introduce yourself by completing an online form about your background and interests. It will enable you to receive bespoke content and invitations to help you research and make decisions about the program.

The admission committee looks for evidence of career progression and international exposure. You should be able to work as part of a team, as well as be able to show leadership potential. We look for a high level of quantitative and analytical skills evidenced in the GMAT/GRE results. While the school does not ask for a minimum score, the applicants should have a score of 650 or above. The current class has an average GMAT score of around 690.

In case of GRE, you should have a verbal score of 160 and a quantitative score of 161. GRE scores are not valid if they are older than five years on the application deadline date.

If you are not from a majority English speaking country, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) must be taken and all minimum scores met. The requirement may be waived at the discretion of the University, in cases where you have completed a full-time degree-level course of a minimum of nine months, at a recognised institution, where the medium of instruction and assessment was entirely in English.

You should submit two professional/academic References. Once referee details are input onto the application form, your referee will receive an automatic email from the School with details on how to complete the online reference form. The school accepts references from a valid work/professional/institutional email address and not from Gmail/Hotmail account.

You are also required to submit two mandatory essays. The topic for the first essay is ‘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)’. The second topic will be ‘Is there anything not covered in the application form which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you? (Maximum 250 words).

The completed online application form should be submitted along with a £150 application fee.

Application Process

The school says the MBA program attracts a very diverse group. Applications come from more than 85 different nationalities and a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. The applicants should be exceptional and Oxford Said looks for evidence that the students will make the most of their time during the program contributing to the life of the School and fellow students.

Thus, the first step is to introduce yourself by completing an online form about your background and interests. It will enable you to receive bespoke content and invitations to help you research and make decisions about the program.

Fees & Other Expenses

The fee for the program is £57,200, including course fee, college fee and life-long Oxford Union membership. Those joining the program will also have to pay a non-refundable deposit of £7,800 which will be offset against their course fee.

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