The Oxford Executive MBA is delivered in 17 one-week modules over a total study period of 21 months starting in January each year and concluding in September of the following year. Modules start on a Monday morning and end on a Friday evening. The programme is made up of:
– Nine core modules that offer you a comprehensive understanding of modern business.
– Six to eight electives modules designed to develop your individual skills and specialisations.
– A group entrepreneurship project that will challenge you to develop and present a complete and viable business plan.
– Two core international courses and one elective delivered overseas in key global markets
Individual coaching sessions and a leadership development focus throughout.
Throughout the programme, you will have full access to Saïd Business School’s intranet which enables remote users to retrieve valuable material for core modules and project work, and access the library’s electronic resources including programme reading lists and a collection of business intelligence databases.
You will be required to attend 17 modules, two of which take place overseas.
We recommend that you apply early in the year as:
– We cannot guarantee that there will be places left by the end of the admissions process.
– If you are interested in a particular college, you are more likely to be successful if you submit your application in the earlier stages.
The application process involves a number of steps:
1. Candidates should apply online via Apply Yourself. Please note that we no longer accept paper applications.
2. Saïd Business School accepts applications on a rolling admissions basis for this programme. Please note that all applicants are required to pay a non-refundable processing fee of £150.
3. Selected applicants will then be invited to interview.
4. Interviews can be conducted either in Oxford, or we can conduct telephone interviews (our strong preference is for face-to-face interviews). All interviews are conducted by faculty who will be teaching the course, or senior administrative personnel.
5. Applicants will be notified of their results as soon as possible.
1. Significant professional experience
You should have at least five years’ managerial experience. Candidates also need to have achieved management level before commencing the Executive MBA since they will require a certain level of authority within their organisations to implement their projects and knowledge learned on the programme.
2. A good undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification
As a guide, you should have a 2.1 degree or its equivalent. If you do not hold such qualifications you may be considered if you have a very strong fast-track employment history, demonstrating your ability as a high achiever.
3. Your university academic transcripts outlining the subjects studied and grades obtained
As evidence, you must upload all your university degrees academic transcripts/mark-sheets to the online application form. These must outline the subjects studied or grades obtained from each academic year. If invited to an interview, you will have to provide official copies of your transcripts.
4. GMAT score
Candidates with less than 10 years of management experience are required to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions test).
Candidates with at least 10 years of management experience who also currently have a role which requires a high level of quantitative and/or analytical skills, may be granted exemption from the GMAT requirement. This will be at the discretion of our Admissions Committee, upon the submission of a written request together with a full application for a place on the programme.
5. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) must be taken, and all minimum scores met if:
Your first language is not English OR
You are not from a majority English speaking country, as defined by the UK Border agency, below.*
Minimum Score – 110
Minimum required on each component:
Listening – 22 | Reading – 24 | Writing – 24 | Speaking – 25
Minimum required on each component: 7.0
The requirement to provide proof of proficiency may be waived, at the discretion of the University, in cases where you have successfully completed a full-time degree-level course of a minimum of nine months, at a recognised institution, where the medium of instruction and assessment was entirely in English.
Evidence of the above must be provided by either:
Uploading to the application form transcripts from your institution, which clearly indicates that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English OR
Uploading to the application form an official letter from your institution stating that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English.
You have completed a degree in a majority English speaking country,* as outlined below, by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
*List of majority English speaking countries as defined by the UKBA
Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana
If your circumstances fall outside of those described above but you feel you may be eligible for a waiver, please contact us to discuss. Please note that we reserve the right to request a test of English to be taken at any time.
Useful information on language tests
The institution code for ordering your official TOEFL score sheet from ETS is 0807. There is no department code, this can be left blank.
If you choose to take the IELTS you need to sit the Academic test. If you sit the TOEFL it must be the general test.
TOEFL and IELTS scores will not be valid if they are more than two years old on the application deadline for the stage in which you are applying. Exchange programmes/ distance learning/ online courses cannot be considered for the waiver.
6. Two references, professional or academic (only online references can be accepted)
Two professional or academic references must be submitted via the online application form. Once referee details are input onto the application form, your referee will receive an automatic email from us with details for completing the online reference.
7. Three essays on the topics outlined in the online application form
The content of your essays should be derived from your own experiences, using your own words. Information on the University’s policy on plagiarism can be found on the University website.