Application process

The formal application deadlines for entry to our Full-Time MBA in September 2017 have now passed, exceptional candidates may still be considered. Please get in touch with our Admissions team on MBA@imperial.ac.uk or request a profile review.

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The entry requirements for the Full-Time MBA programme are:

You will need a minimum of three years’ continuous relevant full-time work experience after graduation to apply for the Full-Time MBA. When assessing your application, we will look closely at your career progression in terms of roles and responsibilities, experience of managing projects and people, and how you have continued to develop your skills throughout your career to date.

You’ll need one of the following:

  • A good undergraduate degree from a recognised university – typically at least a UK Second Class Honours or the international equivalent 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.

We require candidates to take a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and achieve our score requirements.

If you are taking the GMAT, you will need an overall score of at least 600 – although a stronger score will add more weight to your application. There are no minimum requirements for the different sections of the GMAT, although ideally we are looking for a well-balanced test with good performance in all areas – with particular attention paid to the quantitative section.

If you are taking the GRE, you will need to achieve minimum scores of 156 (new test) or 550 (old test) in the verbal, and 158 (new test) or 740 (old test) in the quantitative sections.

Including a GMAT or GRE score that meets or surpasses our requirement at the time of your application greatly enhances the likelihood of an invitation to interview. However, if all other components of your application are very strong, we may proceed to the interview stage without a score. In such a case, if you are successful at the interview, our offer will be conditional upon the required score being achieved prior to the programme commencing.

If your academic results are lower than the standard entry requirements, we will request that you provide your GMAT or GRE results before we can proceed with your application.

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 and TOEFL scores are only valid if they are less than two years old on the programme start date.
  • The College defines English-speaking countries as: Australia, Canada, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America and West Indies.

Next steps

The admissions process for the MBA has three main parts:

1. Apply online

Applications for the Full-Time 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.

If you have already taken the GMAT or GRE, you should upload a copy of your results and request your score to be released to Imperial College Business School. This will enable us to verify your results online, so you should not send a hard copy unless we request it.

To submit your score online, you must request for it to be shared with Imperial College Business School. Our GMAT code is S22-7S-16 and our GRE code is 0121.

If you have not yet taken GMAT or GRE, please include details of your planned test date on the application form and ensure that you contact the Admissions team once your score is available.

Your personal statement provides an opportunity to demonstrate your suitability for the Full-Time 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 demonstrate the research that you have done into your chosen career path and how the MBA will fit into your overall career trajectory, as well as an understanding of the sector or area you wish to work in and the challenges you might face, and an awareness of how to position yourself in the market.

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. These are four examples of video pitches from previous years.

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. You will speak with two members of the Admissions Committee in two separate online interviews – Admissions and Careers – each lasting approximately 30 minutes and conducted within the published interview week dates for the application round that you have applied for.

3. Decision

The Admissions Committee will meet to review the full applications of all candidates interviewed within the application round and confirm decisions. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email no later than the published decision date for the application round that you have applied for.

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.