Is the GMBA right for me?

Is the Global Online MBA right for me?

We consider all applications to the Imperial MBA on their individual merits. We look for a combination of academic ability, work experience and professional status. We are seeking high-calibre professionals with a track-record of success and the ambition and potential to succeed in their future careers.

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Entry requirements - GMBA

The entry requirements for the Global Online MBA are as follows:

Work experience

Five years’ relevant postgraduate work experience; however, candidates with a minimum of three years’ relevant experience can be exceptionally considered

Academic requirement

You’ll normally need one of the following:

  • At least a Lower Second Class Honours degree OR international equivalent
  • An acceptable professional qualification:
    • Full membership of Any Institute of Chartered Accountants in the UK or Ireland
    • Full membership of Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting
    • Associateship or Fellowship of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
    • Full membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

English language requirement (if applicable)

All MBA students must meet our English language entry requirements. If you have a degree taught in English within the following countries, you meet the English requirement automatically: Australia; Canada; Guyana; Ireland; New Zealand; South Africa; United Kingdom; United States of America; West Indies. This applies only to degrees that were studied entirely and awarded in the relevant country.

For all other applicants, a full list of acceptable English language qualifications and our required scores can be found on our detailed English language requirement page.

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


  • 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.

  • You may submit your online application prior to meeting the English language requirement.

Visa requirements

A Tier 4 visa is not required for this programme. A short-term study visa is required for the on campus periods of the programme if you are an international student from a country outside the EU or EEA.

If you are made an offer for a place on the Global Online MBA our team will provide all the relevant visa information and guide you through the process.

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Global Online MBA profile review

Submit your CV to request a personal consultation with a member of our Recruitment team.