London Business School Executive MBA Entry Requirements

Studying an Executive MBA (EMBA) at London Business School (LBS) can be a great way of levelling up your knowledge, developing your higher-level skills, and unlocking the door to new roles, companies and career paths. London Business School is ranked as the second-best business school in Europe, and as a result, its EMBA is extremely competitive. It is therefore essential that applicants go above and beyond the minimum entry requirements in order to have a realistic chance of securing a place.

This guide goes through all of the entry requirements for the London Business School EMBA programme, including what qualifications, work experience and additional tests you need to complete in order to maximise your chances of receiving an offer.

What is London Business School’s Executive MBA?

London Business School offers two Executive MBA programmes: one based in London and one based in Dubai. Both courses are part-time, 20 months long, and begin in September. LBS’s EMBA consists of two parts: Part One covers a range of core modules, including Marketing, Data Analytics for Managers, Strategic Management, Corporate Finance, and more. Part Two covers a range of elective modules that you can tailor to your goals and interests in seven areas: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management Science and Operations, Marketing, Organisational Behaviour, and Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

London Business School Executive MBA entry requirements

Academic qualifications

In order to qualify for entry to one of London Business School’s EMBA programmes, you will typically need an undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification). If you do not have a degree, LBS may still consider your application depending on the quality of your experience to date and any other qualifications you have.

You will need to upload a copy of your academic documents (a transcript) when you submit your application. This should consist of a list of courses you have completed, the grades you achieved, your degree subject, and your class ranking (if available). Additionally, if the original transcript is not in English, you will need to provide a certified or notarised English translation.

Professional experience

Professional experience is one of the most important elements of your LBS EMBA application. Successful applicants normally have around 12-14 years of management experience. This experience can include managing teams, projects, budgets, and/or resources. You will also need to demonstrate strong career progression throughout your employment history, whether in one company or over several different organisations.

London Business School particularly looks for teamwork skills and leadership potential in your professional experience. You should demonstrate flexibility and respect for different approaches to team skills and tell LBS how your experience could aid the development of your fellow students if your application is successful. You should also show that you are curious about the way businesses operate, that you have strong leadership potential, and have a global and goal-oriented outlook.

Additional Questions

London Business School also requires you to write two essays as part of your EMBA application:

Question 1 (600 words max): Please provide a personal statement explaining how you will contribute to the experience of others on the programme, and how the Executive MBA programme will benefit you.

Question 2 (600 words max): Describe what it would mean to you personally to be an alumnus of London Business School, what you believe membership of the community represents, and how you would give back to London Business School in the future.

Make sure you prepare for these questions before you submit your whole application to ensure that you are not repeating information throughout your documents and writing the best possible quality answers.

Admissions test

In most cases, you will be required to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) (or Graduate Records Exam (GRE) or Executive Assessment (EA)) as part of your EMBA application. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is designed to assess your thinking skills and abilities, as well as demonstrate your preparedness for re-entering a rigorous academic environment.

London Business School’s average MBA GMAT score is 708, so you should aim for this as a benchmark when preparing for the test. Although your application will be considered as a whole, a high GMAT score can help you stand out from other highly competitive applicants. You can find more tips for preparing for the GMAT in our helpful guide.

If you meet London Business School’s other entry requirements and admissions officers feel the skills covered by the GMAT can be demonstrated by your work experience, you may be granted a GMAT waiver or exemption. If you feel you may be eligible for an exemption, you should send your CV and your reason for a waiver request to the EMBA London or EMBA Dubai recruitment team.

For tips on how to prepare for the GMAT, read our helpful guide or reach out to our team to be matched with a professional GMAT tutor today.

English language proficiency

To study London Business School’s Executive MBA, you will need to demonstrate your English language fluency. If you do not have substantial experience living, working and/or studying in an English-speaking environment, you will be required to take an English proficiency test.

The most common English language proficiency test accepted by LBS is the IELTS. If you are taking the IELTS, you will typically need to achieve a score of 7.5 with no sub score less than 7.0. Our guides provide more detailed information and tips on how to prepare for the IELTS.

Reference

You will need to submit one reference as part of your Executive MBA online application. The school will then send a specific form to your referee to complete and return to them. The referee should be your immediate line manager or someone who can comment directly on your academic or managerial abilities and responsibilities.

Your references are one of the most important parts of your application, so you should select your referees carefully. Make sure that the people you choose know your strengths and weaknesses well and can comment on your career and current performance objectively.

How to get into London Business School

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FAQs

Is it hard to get into London Business School?

Yes. London Business School is as difficult to get into as Oxford, Cambridge or LSE at postgraduate level. However, our students enjoy an 83% offer rate thanks to our experience preparing students over the years and expert knowledge of LBS’s unique requirements.

Does London Business School offer a GMAT waiver?

Yes. London Business School offers a GMAT waiver for academic excellence in quantitative subjects in addition to impressive work experience. Over the years, The Profs’ Founder Richard has helped roughly one in three of his students to receive a GMAT waiver, and our team has developed a couple of strategies to increase the chances of a student securing a waiver.

What is the difference between an MBA and an EMBA?

Both MBAs (Master of Business Administration) and EMBAs (Executive Master of Business Administration) are postgraduate qualifications designed to equip students with the tools and connections to enhance their knowledge of business and unlock new career opportunities. However, there are several differences between the two.

Firstly, the entry requirements for MBAs and EMBAs are different. MBAs typically require at least three years of experience, whilst EMBAs typically consider applicants with more than six years of experience. In addition, MBA applicants are expected to have some managerial experience, whilst EMBAs are expected to be senior executives with lots of managerial experience.

Does London Business School interview?

Yes! London Business School interviews for all courses. You will typically be offered an alumni interview or an online interview with a member of the admissions team. London Business School really makes an effort to get to know you through your application and will try to pair you with an alumni in a relevant field and, if possible, one who can meet with you for a coffee in your home country. Recently, we have noticed more and more interviews happening online rather than in person.

How much does a London Business School Executive MBA cost?

The fees for London Business School’s EMBA differ depending on where you are based. LBS’s London EMBA costs £108,100, while its Dubai EMBA costs $137,100 (excluding tax). In addition to the course fees, you will need to pay an application fee of £180. You will also need to pay a £135 Student Association fee, as well as factoring in living costs and other expenses.

Do you help with interview preparation for London Business School?

Yes, our experienced interview preparation tutors are a key part of the application process. London Business School will thoroughly read your application and a member of the admissions team will score each part of your application and pass on detailed notes to your interviewer – which can be as specific as, “The applicant’s career aspirations seem overly ambitious and potentially unrealistic. Please investigate.” Therefore, interview preparation begins with a strategic review of your strengths and weaknesses and how to shine a light on your strengths throughout the application process.

Do I need GMAT for Executive MBA LBS?

In most cases, you will be required to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) when applying for the Executive MBA programme at London Business School. You may also be able to take the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) or Executive Assessment (EA) instead of the GMAT. However, if you have outstanding experience and meet all other entry requirements, you may be eligible for a GMAT waiver. Only if a waiver is granted will you not be required to take the GMAT.

Is an Executive MBA better than an MBA?

Both MBAs (Master of Business Administration) and EMBAs (Executive Master of Business Administration) are postgraduate qualifications designed to equip students with the tools and connections to enhance their knowledge of business and unlock new career opportunities. Neither is inherently better than the other; instead, they are designed for professionals at different stages in their careers and as a result, there are several differences between the two, such as the number of years of experience required (EMBAs require more experience than MBAs) and the type of experience required.