London Business School

Known for:  London alumni network, particularly in consulting and finance

Class size:  Sept 2020 intake of 532 students

GMAT average: 701 (class of 2021)

GRE accepted: Yes

Course length: 24 months

Application deadlines:

- Round 1: 11 September 2020
- Round 2: 5 January 2021

- Round 3: 4 March 2021

- Round 4: 27 April, 2021

Application requirements:

- Online Application Form


- CV

- Application Fee

- 2x Recommendations

- Essays

Essay questions:

Essay 1: What are your post-MBA goals and how will your prior experience and the London Business School programme contribute towards these? (500 words)

You should touch on your motivation, your short and long-term goals. Be specific. Name your immediate post-MBA role. Explain what you've done so far towards these goals and explain the gaps in your profile. 

Describe which aspects of the LBS program will help you fill these gaps. Perhaps it's building your network in London (something LBS is known for). Perhaps it's gaining a better grasp of corporate finance allowing you to pivot into a finance role within your industry. Describe which core classes, electives, treks, student groups, clubs etc will give you what you need. Particularly if you're targeting a niche industry, demonstrate you've researched the recruiting processes.

As always, go beyond the school website. Speak to students, alumni and recruitment staff. Touch on living in London, but don't overplay this - there are many ways to move to London other than attending business school. 

Essay 2 (Optional): Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (500 words)

The key word here is "SHOULD". Don't feel you must answer the question because it's there, and certainly don't feel the need to write 500 words. Elaborate on any important aspects of your applications, perhaps explaining academic weakness or time between jobs.

Keep a direct writing style here - this isn't the place for soul-searching or a long-winded story.

Recommenders questions:

Please answer the following questions regarding the applicant, making sure to save your work regularly:

  1. How do you know the applicant? How long have you known them for?

  2. What would you say are the applicant’s key strengths and talents?

  3. What would you say are the applicant’s key weaknesses or areas for improvement?

  4. How do the applicant’s performance, potential and personal qualities compare to those of other individuals in similar roles?

  5. What do you think this person might be doing in ten years’ time? Why?

Please rate the applicant, comparing them with other members of his or her peer group, on the qualities listed below using the following scoring system: 1 = High, 3 = Average, 5 = Low.

  • Intellectual or academic ability

  • Quantitative skills

  • Initiative / ability to take decisions

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Organisational skills

  • Leadership skills

  • Team skills

  • Impact / charisma

  • Self confidence

  • Self motivation

  • Spoken English communication skills

  • Written English communication skills

Please indicate your overall recommendation on a five point score from (1) Highly Recommended to (5) Not Recommended. Please feel free to elaborate on your recommendation. (If you prefer to submit additional comments in a separate letter, please email this to the address shown under “Contact us” on the right.)