How to Get Into LSE Masters

LSE is one of the best universities in the UK and a popular destination for both UK and international students to study Masters degrees. The LSE Masters application process is relatively simple, however there are many things you should take into account before making your application, such as which course is a best fit for you, your chances of success, and how you can make your application stand out.

This guide covers everything you’ll need to apply for a LSE Masters degree course and maximise your chances of receiving an offer. Our postgraduate admissions team has helped many students get into Masters courses at LSE and have a more than 90% success rate of helping students receive offers from their first or second choice universities.

How hard is it to get into LSE Masters?

LSE Masters programmes are very competitive. Across all of its postgraduate courses, LSE has an offer rate of approximately 25%, meaning around 1 in 4 applicants receive an offer. The most competitive Masters courses at LSE include: MSc Statistics (6.6%), MSc Strategic Communications (8.2%), MSc Data Science (9.9%), MSc Financial Mathematics (9.9%), MRes Finance (9.9%), and MSc Management and Regulation of Risk (9.9%).

Due to the competitiveness of its courses, LSE Masters are very hard to get into. They require excellent performance in previous degree level studies (usually 2:1 or first class degree) as well as a broad and in-depth knowledge of, and commitment to, your subject area.

Although LSE Masters are hard to get into, they are certainly not impossible to receive offers for. If you have consistently high academic achievement, a true passion for your subject, and a strong application, there is every chance that you could receive an offer. The Profs can provide expert guidance on developing a strong academic profile and writing a stand-out application for your chosen LSE Masters course; get in touch with our team to find out more.

7-step LSE Masters application process

Step 1. Research available courses

There is lots of variety in the types of Masters courses LSE offers, so it’s important to do your research ahead of time. Here are four things you should always research before beginning an application:

1. Entry requirements

Each LSE Masters course sets its own entry requirements. The minimum entry requirement is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree from a UK institution, or an international equivalent. However, some courses require at least a high 2:1 or first-class degree and may also specify specific subject requirements. For example, if you are applying for MSc Finance at LSE, you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject, however you must have at least an A level Mathematics to demonstrate your mathematical ability.

Make sure that you check the specific entry requirements for your chosen course before applying, and reach out for any support necessary to meet the entry requirements.

<4>2. Course content

Not all courses are created equal, so researching exactly what different LSE courses will entail before you apply is vital. Make sure you look at the title of the course/s, the type of Master’s it is (i.e. a taught Master’s, which is most similar to undergraduate study, or a research-based Master’s, which can help prepare you for studying a PhD), and the specific modules you may be covering. The better you know the ins and outs of your chosen LSE course, the easier it will be to write a stand-out personal statement and perform well in any potential interviews.

3. Deadlines

Most Master’s courses at LSE have rolling admissions, which means there is no fixed deadline for applications. Once all available spaces on a course are filled, applications will close, so you should aim to get your application submitted as soon as possible after applications open. Competition for LSE Master’s is high and spaces are filled on a first come, first serve basis. You can check the current availability of LSE graduate programmes online.

If you’re relying on funding to study your Master’s, there may also be a separate deadline you need to meet in order to apply for this. For example, if you are applying for LSE’s Graduate Support Scheme, you will need to complete the relevant form by the 27th April 2023. However, you must have secured an offer for your chosen course by this date, so you should make sure you have submitted your course application at least 8-10 weeks prior to this date, preferably much sooner.

Always check funding information before applying for your chosen course to ensure that you have enough time to apply and are able to begin your course smoothly if you are offered a place.

4. Admissions tests

Several LSE Master’s level programmes may require you to take the GMAT/GRE. These include:

  • MSc Accounting and Finance
  • MRes/PhD Accounting
  • MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics
  • MSc Economics
  • MSc Economics and Management
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc Finance and Economics
  • MSc Finance and Private Equity
  • Global MSc Management
  • MSc Management
  • MSc Management and Strategy
  • MSc Marketing
  • MSc Risk and Finance

You may be exempt from taking the GMAT if, for example, you are currently studying or have been awarded a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK or are currently studying or have been awarded a UK postgraduate diploma taught entirely in the UK, however this is not always the case. Additionally, some courses may list the GMAT as a preference over the GRE, so make sure to check on the relevant course page for further details on your specific GMAT/GRE requirement.

If you are required to take the GMAT, it is important that you achieve the best possible score to help your application stand out. There is no minimum/required GMAT score to apply for LSE, however the average GMAT score of successful LSE applicants is around 680. That being said, the average score can change from year to year depending on the calibre of applicants and many courses may have higher averages, so you should always make sure to do plenty of preparation and aim as high as possible.

Top tip: If you are applying to similar courses at other top universities and business schools, you may need an even higher GMAT score. For example, the average GMAT score of successful applicants to London Business School is 708, while both Cambridge and Oxford look for scores of around 690. As well as working with a GMAT tutor to increase your score, it is also a good idea to work closely with an applications expert who can guide you on where to apply based on your academic profile, professional experience, and GMAT score combined, improving your chances of an offer.

Step 2. Choose your course(s) and begin the application process

Once you’ve done your research, you can decide which course you’d most like to apply for and begin the application process. Unlike undergraduate applications, you will not be required to apply via UCAS for a LSE Master’s course. Instead, you will apply directly to LSE via the relevant online application form.

Each course will specify its own application requirements, including any specific additional entry requirements and supporting documents. Most LSE Master’s courses require applicants to submit the following documents:

  • Your official transcript. This details the degree you studied, including specific modules, and your performance throughout your previous course.
  • A statement of academic purpose. This is a 1,000-1,500-word document explaining what makes you a unique candidate and why you would be well-suited to your chosen course. Read LSE’s guide to writing a statement of purpose for more tips.
  • Any additional documents. Some courses may require, for example, a sample of your written work. Full details of any necessary documents can be found on individual course pages.
  • An LSE-recognised English language proficiency, if required. LSE accepts a wide range of English language tests, including the IELTS and TOEFL. The minimum requirement for Master’s courses at LSE is 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each individual element in the IELTS, or 100 overall with 23 in Reading, 22 in Listening, 24 in Writing, and 22 in Speaking in the TOEFL. Read more about LSE’s English requirements on its graduate language requirements page.

After you have submitted your application, LSE may ask you to attend a postgraduate interview (see step 6) before making an offer. Make sure you always find out which stages you’ll have to go through as part of the application process so that you can prepare and successfully complete each one. Mapping out an application calendar can help you stay on track and reach out for help when you need it. The Profs’ consultancy team can help with this process as part of our admissions packages – get in touch to find out more.

Step 3. Academic references

LSE Master’s courses typically require two references. You will be asked to enter the details of your referee/s in the references section of your application form. You should use your referee’s academic or professional address rather than their personal address. When you submit your application, your referee/s will automatically be sent a short questionnaire to fill out containing questions about their relationship to you as well as specific questions regarding their assessment of you. They will also be asked to upload your written letter of reference, in which they have been encouraged to comment on your academic ability and potential, skills and qualities, and motivation and suitability for your chosen course.

You should contact your nominated referee/s before starting your application to check that they are happy and able to provide a reference for you. You should also contact them after you have submitted your application to let them know to expect contact from LSE.


In most cases, the best person to provide a reference for your Master’s application would be an academic advisor or tutor who has taught or worked with you during your undergraduate level studies. This is because academic staff are the best placed to be able to comment on your subject-specific abilities and potential to succeed at postgraduate level.

Step 4. Write your statement of purpose

Your statement of purpose (essentially your personal statement) is an important part of your Master’s application because it is your first chance to show that you are the best candidate for a place on your chosen LSE course.

Unlike during the undergraduate application process, where you are only allowed to submit one personal statement that is then sent to every university via UCAS, your postgraduate statement of purpose can be personalised to LSE (and any other universities you apply to). This means that LSE will expect to see more research into your chosen course along with your motivations for studying there (as opposed to any other university) and how the course aligns with your future goals.

LSE publishes specific guidance for writing statements of academic purpose for individual subjects on its website. You can also read our free guide to writing a Master’s personal statement for more top tips on how to stand out.

If you’re looking for more personalised, one-to-one support with your statement of purpose, reach out to our admissions team today. Our network of tutors have a 95% success rate of helping students receive offers from their first and second choice universities so are best placed to give you the expert guidance you need.

Step 5. Submit your application

Once you have completed all of the stages of LSE’s application process, it’s important to have a friend, family member, or ideally an admissions expert review it. This not only helps to ensure your application is free of grammatical or spelling errors – which can detract from your fantastic skills and experience if left unchecked – but also allows you to make any changes that will maximise your chances of success.

When your application has been completed and checked, you can submit it with confidence and await contact from LSE.

Step 6. Prepare for your interview

Some LSE Master’s courses interview applicants as part of the admissions process. Whether you have previous interview experience or not, the structure of a postgraduate interview is unique and will probably be unfamiliar to you. It’s therefore important to know which type of interview you will be facing and how you can best prepare for it.

There are three main types of postgraduate interviews: online video interviews (such as Kira Prep), interviews with admissions staff, and interviews with university alumni. Make sure you check on your chosen course page (or with LSE directly) for details on a potential interview.
Our helpful guide to preparing for a postgraduate interview gives more information on each as well as offering top tips on how to prepare. You can read the guide via the button below:

How to Prepare for a Postgraduate Interview

Step 7. Accept your offer and begin your course

After successfully completing all additional application stages, it is time to find out if you have received an offer. You will usually receive a decision within 8 weeks of submitting your application. If you do receive an offer, you should accept that offer as soon as possible and begin planning for the start of your course.

If you are applying from abroad and require a UK visa to study at LSE, this is the time when you should receive your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number and can apply for a student visa.

We also recommend that all students do wider reading before their course starts to ensure that you are as prepared as possible. Some courses and departments publish indicative reading lists, such as for MSc Finance and Economics, which you can explore in the weeks leading up to your course start date. If there is no specific reading list, look through the modules or research areas you will be studying and explore readings related to those.

FAQs

How long does LSE take to give offers Masters?

For courses with rolling admissions, offers will be released at different times, however the first offers will be released from January onwards. LSE aims to release all decisions within eight weeks of acknowledging your application, however the wait can be longer than this at certain times, especially during busy seasons such as following the Christmas and Easter vacations and in the weeks following PhD funding deadlines. The university publishes a list of its current processing times on its website, which you should check before contacting LSE for an update. Any decision made regarding your application will be available via LSE’s graduate applicant portal.

What is the deadline for accepting an LSE Master’s offer?

When you are made an offer for an LSE Master’s course, an offer reply form will become available on the Graduate Applicant Portal (GAP). To accept your offer, you will need to complete this form and submit it to the university. LSE asks that you submit the form within six weeks of receiving your offer if possible, however if you are not able to submit the form within this time, you will not lose your offer and LSE will not assume that you do not wish to take up your place. You should simply aim to submit the form as soon as possible to allow the university to plan for the coming year.

How much is an LSE Masters?

LSE Master’s course fees differ depending on the specific course you are applying to study. For UK students, fees typically range from £16,440-£42,384. For international students, fees typically range from £25,920-£42,384. Unusually, many courses have the same fees for both UK and international students.

How many Masters can you apply for at LSE?

You can apply for a maximum of two graduate programmes at LSE in any one application cycle. You should submit separate statements of academic purpose for each programme you apply to.

Can I switch my Masters degree LSE?

You can usually request to change your Master’s course at LSE, but only during the Michaelmas term course selection period. Outside of this period, changes will not normally be allowed except for in very exceptional circumstances.

What is LSE famous for?

LSE is renowned for its specialised undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including BSc Economics, BSc Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Master’s in Management (MiM), and more. Its courses are designed to teach students theory as well as to study and apply their learnings to real world issues.

Does LSE offer part-time Masters?

Most of LSE’s Masters programmes are able to be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. If you study part-time, you should expect the programme to take twice as long (e.g. 20 months instead of 10 months) to complete. There may be a few cases where you cannot study part-time, so it’s always important to check on your chosen course page or directly with LSE before applying.

Does LSE offer scholarships for Masters?

LSE does offer scholarships for some Master’s students. One of the main scholarships available is the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS), which offers awards ranging from £5,000 to £15,000 depending on financial need. You will be automatically considered for all the scholarships for which you are eligible if you complete and submit the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application.