One Year MBA at Oxford Said
- Name of the B-School: Said Business School
- Name of the University: Oxford University
- Name of the Course: One Year MBA
- Start date: 21 September 2020
- Duration: One year
- Course type: Full time
- Location: Park End Street, OX1 1HP, Oxford, United Kingdom
Ranked 5th internationally for one-year programs in Forbes 2019
What is One Year MBA at Said Business School?
As per the B-School website, Oxford University has a rich tradition of developing leaders. Their MBA program builds on this legacy, providing you with a solid foundation in core business principles while developing a broadened mindset and understanding of the role of business in society. You will be challenged to delve deep into the areas that interest you most and gain the strategic skills and insight to lead a successful, purposeful career.
- The program exposes you to:
- A global connected network
- A diverse student group
- Diverse career opportunities
- Thought leaders
- A rigorous academic experience
Class profile 2019-20
- Class size: 332
- Nationalities: 64
- International Students 95%
- Female: 44%
- Male: 66%
- Average work experience: 5 Years
- Median GMAT: 680
- Africa : 14%
- East Asia : 14%
- Eastern Europe : 1%
- Latin America & The Caribbean : 8%
- Middle East : 3%
- North America : 24%
- Oceania : 5%
- South Asia : 15%
- South East Asia: 7%
- Western Europe : 9%
As per the B-School, eligibility criteria and other requirements are as follows:
You will be asked to upload all your university degree academic transcripts/mark-sheets to the online application form.
All applicants are required to have completed a recognized undergraduate degree. As evidence, you will be asked to upload all your university degree academic transcripts/mark-sheets to 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.
You should have at least two years of full-time work experience, detailed on a one page CV. The B-School looks for evidence of career progression and international exposure, as well as being able to show leadership potential. They do not look for experience in a specific sector.
GMAT or GRE score
They look for a high level of quantitative and analytical skills evidenced by your GMAT or GRE results.
They don’t ask for a minimum score, but GMAT scores of 650 or above are considered competitive. Our current class has a median GMAT score of 690.
All sections of the GMAT must be taken in order to be considered valid
Official online scores must be accessible by our admissions department for your application to be considered complete. For GMAC to release your official scores to Saïd Business School, please give your test centre the following code: Q0G-4B-59
GMAT scores are not valid if they are older than five years on the application deadline date.
A GRE verbal score of 160 and a quantitative score of 161 is considered competitive, however they do accept all scores.
All sections of the GRE must be taken in order to be considered valid
Official online scores must be accessible by our admissions department for your application to be considered complete. For ETS to release your official scores to Saïd Business School, please give your test center the following institution code: 0807
GRE scores are not valid if they are older than five years on the application deadline date.
Please note you must submit either a GMAT or GRE score result with your application, regardless of your previous work experience, studies, or qualifications.
Written work (Essays)
As part of your application, you will need to submit a supporting statement
Tell us something that is not covered in your application which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you. (Maximum 250 words)
If you are applying under the Oxford 1+1 MBA scheme you also need to submit the following essay:
Explain why you see this as particularly beneficial for you and how it fits with your career and personal development aims. (Maximum 250 words)
Re-applicants will need to submit an additional essay as below:
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 with the Oxford MBA community, among other characteristics.
You will need to complete five questions via online assessment platform.
To virtually meet you, get a sense of your personality and see how you think on your feet, you will need to complete an online assessment as part of your application:
Two motivation-based questions – all candidates will answer the same questions
Two competency-based questions – these will be randomized
Written response – this will be randomized and light-hearted to show how you can think on your feet!
The motivation-based questions give you the opportunity to demonstrate your motivations for undertaking an MBA and why the Oxford MBA is the right program for you.
The competency-based questions let you demonstrate the skills and qualities the B-School looks for, such as decision-making, problem-solving, influence, leadership and strong communication skills.
After submitting an application for either the Oxford MBA or Oxford 1+1 MBA you will see a link in your application status portal. This will enable you to register with Kira Talent, the B-School’s online assessment platform, and complete your assessment. You can complete this any time before the application stage deadline in which you wish to apply.
You will be provided with preparation time and practice sessions before going live with your real responses. The whole online assessment should only take up to 30 minutes for you to complete. All you need is a desktop or laptop computer with a functioning webcam, microphone and internet connection.
Two professional or academic references are required.
Using the online application form you will need to submit two references, preferably from professional referees. Once your referee details are input into the form, your referee will receive an automatic email from the School with details on how to complete the online reference form. Please note the B-School can only accept references from a valid work / professional / institutional email address and not from Gmail / Hotmail accounts.
English language capability
You will need to prove your English language capability through one of the below means if you are a national of a non-majority English speaking country (listed below) as defined by the UK Visas & Immigration Office*.
Completed degree-level course entirely in English
Proof of English language proficiency may be accepted at the discretion of the University, in cases where you have either:
Successfully completed a full-time degree-level course of a minimum of nine months, at a recognized institution, where the medium of instruction and assessment was entirely in English. Evidence must be provided by submitting an official letter from your institution stating that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English OR by uploading transcripts from your institution, which clearly indicates that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English.
You have completed a degree in a majority English speaking country, as outlined by the UK Visas & Immigration Office.*
If you are unable to provide a letter or transcript from a recognized institution stating that the medium of instruction throughout your course was in English, or you did not complete a degree in the countries listed below, you must provide a TOEFL or IELTS score.
A TOEFL score
Test of English as a Foreign Language is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities. The institution code for ordering your official TOEFL score sheet from ETS is 0807. There is no department code, this can be left blank. TOEFL scores will not be valid if they are more than two years old on the application deadline date of the stage in which you are applying.
Minimum Score: 110
Minimum required on each component: Listening – 22; Reading – 24; Writing – 24; Speaking – 25
An IELTS score
The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS™, is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. If you choose to take the IELTS you need to sit the academic test. IELTS scores will not be valid if they are more than two years old on the application deadline date of the stage in which you are applying.
Minimum Score: 7.5
Minimum required on each component: 7.0
Cambridge Certificate (C1 Advanced)
The C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced or CAE) is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. The B-School will only accept scores which are less than two years old on the application deadline date of the stage in which you are applying. If admitted you will be asked to supply an official copy of the certificate.
- Minimum score: 191
- Minimum required on each component: 185
- Cambridge Certificate (C2 Proficiency)
The C2 Proficiency (formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency or CPE) is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. The B-School will only accept scores which are less than two years old on the application deadline date of the stage in which you are applying. If admitted you will be asked to supply an official copy of the certificate.
Minimum Score: 191
Minimum required on each component: 185
*UK Visas & Immigration office English speaking country list
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, UK.
You need to submit your online application form and application requirements by your chosen application deadline for the 2020-21 class:
- Stage 1: 6 September 2019
- Stage 2: 1 November 2019
- Stage 3: 10 January 2020
- Stage 4: 3 April 2020
The admissions committee will review your complete application. You will be notified on whether or not you have been short-listed for an interview on the stage date below:
- Stage 1: 20 September 2019
- Stage 2: 15 November 2019
- Stage 3: 31 January 2020
- Stage 4: 24 April 2020
After all interviews have been conducted, the admissions committee will decide which candidates will receive an offer to join the MBA program. Final decisions will be emailed to all candidates on the final decision deadline of the stage in which you have applied below:
- Stage 1: 18 October 2019
- Stage 2: 13 December 2019
- Stage 3: 20 March 2020
- Stage 4: 29 May 2020
Submit your application
You need to submit your online application form meeting the application requirements, by your chosen application deadline.
Full academic transcripts
A one-page CV containing relevant professional experience
GMAT or GRE score report
English test (if required)
Two professional/academic references
A completed online application form along with a £150 application fee
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 will be conducted by either a faculty member, senior member of our administrative staff, or an industry adviser. Your interview can take place in Oxford, overseas (subject to availability), or via Skype.
Interviews last approximately 30 minutes and you will be asked questions about your background, aspirations, and how the MBA program fits with your plans. They recommend that you prepare for this interview as you would for a job interview and be ready to provide more information about any aspect of your application.
You will be notified on whether or not you have been short-listed for an interview on the stage date mentioned earlier.
Once all interviews have been conducted, the admissions committee decides which candidates will receive an offer to join the MBA program. If you receive an offer, you will need:
to secure your place by paying a deposit fee of £8,300
confirm your college preference
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 program but the class is full, you may be placed on a waitlist.
Final decisions will be emailed to all candidates on the final decision deadline of the stage in which you have applied.
Fee and Finance
- Annual fees for entry in 2020-21
- Fee status
- Annual Course fees
- Home/EU (including Islands) £59,490
- Overseas £59,490
Course fees are payable each year, for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay course fees). For courses lasting longer than one year, please be aware that fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.
Course fees cover your teaching as well as other academic services and facilities provided to support your studies. Unless specified in the additional information section below, course fees do not cover your accommodation, residential costs or other living costs. They also don’t cover any additional costs and charges that are outlined in the additional information below.
If your application is successful, you will be asked to pay a deposit against your course fees at the application stage as a condition of your offer. The deposit amount and date by which payment must be made are shown below.
Amount of deposit
Date by which deposit must be paid
(including Islands) £8,300 Approximately 30 days after an offer is made (Stage 6 candidates have only 2 weeks after an offer is made).
There are currently two elective overseas modules, for which students cover the cost of travel and accommodation. The school will bear the general cost for teaching provisions such as conference facilities hire and any networking events. In addition, students may undertake student-led ‘treks’ to overseas companies or similar, with a view to understanding what it is like to do business in different geographic locations. Students meet potential recruiters and alumni of the school in professional settings and for informal social events. The number of treks undertaken by students is at their discretion and they are entirely optional. Students usually cover their own costs, which can differ markedly based on the geography visited and the duration. Please note that this course requires that you are primarily taught in Oxford, and you will need to incur travel and accommodation costs to attend the course if you do not live in the Oxford area.
In addition to your course fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.
For the 2020-21 academic year, the range of likely living costs for full-time study is between c. £1,135 and £1,650 for each month spent in Oxford. Full information, including a breakdown of likely living costs in Oxford for items such as food, accommodation and study costs, is available on our living costs page. When planning your finances for any future years of study in Oxford beyond 2020-21, you should allow for an estimated increase in living expenses of 3% each year.
Scholarships are available from Saïd Business School, Oxford University and Colleges, or external sources. The B-School recommends applying early to maximize the number of scholarship opportunities for which you are considered. Additionally, some scholarships have fixed application deadlines. For the majority of Saïd Business School and Oxford University scholarships, only the standard course application is usually required. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be automatically considered.
- Tech & Op Mgmt
- Firms & Markets
- Business Finance
- Leadership Fundamentals
Hilary Jan – Mar
Global Rules of the Game
Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford
Trinity Apr – Jun
Summer Jul – Aug
Co-curricular activities: Finance Lab, Consulting Development Program, Impact Lab Talent Development Programme
The class average salary for MBA 2017-18 is £72,618.
- Consulting: £77,030
- Finance: £74,154
- Social Impact: £68,016
- Global Industry: £69,968
MBA class of 2017/18
- 326 Graduating students
- 29 average age
- 51 nationalities
- 93% international students
- 5 years work experience
- 40% female participants
- 685 average GMAT
- 22-40 age range
Seeking employment 176
Accepted an offer within 3 months of graduation 162
Did not accept an offer within 3 months of graduation 14
Not seeking employment 102
Company-sponsored or already employed 18
Starting a new business 37
Not seeking for other reasons 47
No recent information available 48
- Consulting 23%
- Financial Services 27%
- Social Impact 10%
- Global Industry, 41% of which
- Technology 24%
- Consumer Packaged Goods 6%
- Energy 4%
- Manufacturing 2%
- Retail 1%
- Industrial 1%
- Media/Entertainment 1%
- Healthcare 1%
- Other 1%
These numbers are rounded to the nearest whole percentage.
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