Application process

The entry requirements for the Executive MBA programme are:

The Executive MBA programme is ideal for candidates in a senior role who have a clear path to accelerate their career, and the support of their employer in achieving these aims. Employer support may involve full or partial funding, provision of study leave and the opportunity for you to apply your Executive MBA learning within your company.

Work experience should include significant management experience, which may include line, project or matrix management.

You’ll need one of the following:

  • A good undergraduate degree from a recognised university – typically a First or Second Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) from a recognised university or
  • An acceptable professional qualification:
    • Full membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in the UK or Ireland (ICAEW, ICAS or Chartered Accountants Ireland)
    • Full membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA)
    • Associateship or Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
    • Full membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

We welcome candidates with non-traditional qualifications and backgrounds; if you do not meet the requirements listed above please contact the Admissions team to discuss your eligibility.

All programmes at Imperial College Business School are linguistically demanding, and therefore strong English language skills are critical to academic success on your MBA and in your future career. The English language entry requirements listed here are the minimum scores needed for admission, successful students typically demonstrate higher levels of achievement.

A full list of acceptable English language qualifications and our required scores can be found on our detailed English language requirement page, but most applicants meet the requirement in one of the following ways:

  • IELTS (academic): A minimum score of 7.0 with minimum scores of 6.5 in all elements
  • TOEFL iBT: A minimum score of 100 overall with minimum scores of 22 in all elements
  • Degree studied in and awarded by an English-speaking country

Note:

  • You may submit your online application prior to meeting the English language requirement.
  • IELTS scores are only valid if they are less than two years old on the programme start date.
  • Imperial College London considers TOEFL scores to be valid for 2 years. Scores must be valid at the beginning of your studies at Imperial if your application is successful. You must meet the entry requirement in one test from your scaled scores (‘My Best Scores’ reported by TOEFL will not be considered). For more information regarding TOEFL please visit the ETS website. Please note if you would like ETS to send your TOEFL scores directly to the College, our TOEFL Institution Code is 0891.
  • The College defines English-speaking countries as: Australia, Canada, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America and West Indies.

The admissions process for the Executive MBA has three main parts:

1. Apply online

Applications for the Executive MBA are made through our online application system, which gives you the flexibility to complete your application in your own time and save your progress. The form includes questions about you, your career and your educational history to date. You will also need to provide the following in support of your application:

You will need to provide the contact details of two referees. When you submit your form, the online application system will send an automatic reference request directly to their professional email accounts so they can submit their recommendation letter quickly and efficiently online.

Your referees should be individuals who are best placed to discuss your suitability for an MBA programme based on your performance and achievements at work, your strengths and areas for development, and your future potential – ideally including one from your current or a recent line manager.

You will need to submit electronic copies of your full degree transcripts and certificates (with English translations if necessary) for any degrees you have completed, or relevant professional qualifications.

Transcripts should include: details of all of the modules studied on the degree, your marks for each, and the overall mark, grade or classification that you achieved if you have completed your studies. If you have studied more than one degree level programme please upload a complete set of transcripts for each qualification.

Your personal statement provides an opportunity to demonstrate your suitability for the Executive MBA programme. Typically your personal statement should be one side of A4 and include your motivations for applying to Imperial and the MBA, and any other supporting information not included elsewhere on the form that you feel will enhance your application.

You must include a full and up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) – we do not require that you use a particular format, but a CV template is available here for your convenience.

You will be asked to write two short essays (350 words each) on your future career plans, focusing on the short term (three years out from your MBA) and your longer term career goals and objectives. Your answers should reflect the discussions that you’ve had with your employer and demonstrate how undertaking the Executive MBA will support your career progression in the short term. You should also discuss the research that you have done into your long-term career path and how the MBA will fit into your overall career trajectory.

If English is not your native language, you may be required to take an English language test (see above for accepted tests and required scores). You should upload a scanned copy of your English language certificate

You may submit your application form before you have obtained English language test results. Please include details if you have a planned test date on the application form and ensure that you contact the Admissions team once your score is available.

At Imperial, we give you the opportunity to submit an optional three minute video pitch in support of your application. The video pitch helps you to: consolidate your motivations for undertaking an MBA, set yourself apart from other candidates, and allows the Admissions team to hear about your experience and achievements first-hand, gain an insight into your personality and gauge if you are the right ‘fit’ for Imperial.

If you choose to prepare a video, you will need to post it on YouTube (or Youku if you are based in China) and allow us access to it by providing a private link to it on your application. There are no technical specifications and most applicants film their video pitch on a camera phone, tablet or webcam. We do not provide any strict guidelines about the content or format of the video, and you should feel free to present yourself in the style in which you are most comfortable.

This is an optional element, and your application will not be disadvantaged in any way if you choose not to submit a video.

To submit an application, you will need to pay an application processing fee of £100.

If you are in receipt of a Chevening Scholarship you are not required to pay the application processing fee. Please notify the Admissions team prior to submitting your application.

2. Interviews

Your application will be reviewed and if you are successful in this part of the selection process, you will be shortlisted for the interview stage. Your interview will be conducted by a senior member of the Admissions Committee and will last approximately one hour, and will be scheduled within the published interview week dates for the application round that you have applied for.

3. Decision

If you are successful in the interview stage, we will make you a conditional offer of admission for the programme. You will be able to log in to our online portal to respond to your offer, view full details of your conditions and pay your 10% deposit for the programme.  We anticipate that the entire process will take no longer than 4 weeks from the point at which your application is deemed complete (that is we have received all necessary documentation required to complete a full assessment).

I looked at a number of other MBAs and attended information sessions at other universities, but I couldn’t find another MBA programme that offered the focus on entrepreneurship, diversity of modules, and accessibility to other schools within the College that Imperial offers. The Business School’s attachment to the College’s research and technology institutions is a real advantage and the entrepreneurship focus was very important for me.

Sam EllisExecutive MBA 2017-18

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