Oxford University
Saïd Business School
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Known for:  Social impact, cohort diversity

Class size:  Sept 2020 intake of 311 students

GMAT average: 680

GRE accepted: Yes

Course length: 12 months

Application deadlines:

- Stage 1: 11 September 2020
- Stage 2: 30 October 2020
- Stage 3: 8 January 2021
- Stage 4: 9 April 2021

Application requirements:

- Online Application Form


- CV

- Application Fee of £150

- Two References

- Academic Transcripts

- Essays

- Video interviews

Essay questions:

Tell us something that is not covered in your application which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you. (Maximum 250 words)

Oxford provides applicants plenty of space in the Academic and Work Experience sections to give the admissions committee a full account of these. Therefore, the 'Anything else' essay is where you must show them your personality.

Recounting a list of roles and achievements will not cut it here. Nor will repeating your academic or professional achievements.

I encourage applicants to talk here about their personal life, particularly emphasising characteristics which tie in to their professional goals in one way or another. Tell a story of a time in your personal life when you showed one or more of the 12 character traits they're looking for.


Perhaps a travel story to show your ability to mingle with people from different cultures. Or perhaps the story of your first entrepreneurial activity, particularly what lessons you learned from this.

Re-applicants: What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA? (Maximum 250 words)

Discuss what you did to improve your profile since your last application for example any additional courses or qualifications you've earned. Highlight any improvements to your GMAT/GRE score. Discuss steps you've taken to better get to know the program, such as visits, and mention any new, staff, alumni or students you've spoken to since last time.

Recommenders questions:

Rate the following:

- Intellectual Curiosity

- Leadership Skills

- Ability to Work in a Team

- Energy and Drive

- English Language Ability

On a scale of:

- Needs Improvement

- Developing

- Competent

- Exceeds Expectations

- Unknown/Not observed

Recommenders are asked to upload a letter to elaborate on ratings. They are asked how long they have known the candidate and in what capacity, what are the candidate's strengths and weaknesses, and how they think the candidate would benefit from the programme.