The Oxford Said MBA is a highly ranked MBA program. The Mba was ranked 5th internationally for one year programmes by Forbes in 2019 and came in 3rd in the Financial Times’ Global MBA Rankings 2020. Oxford University also came in 1st in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Oxford University has a rich tradition of developing leaders. The Said Business School MBA programme builds on this legacy, providing students with a solid foundation in core business principles while developing a broadened mindset and understanding of the role of business in society. Students will be challenged to delve deep into the areas that interest them and gain the strategic skills and insights to lead a successful, purposeful career.

The MBA programme exposes students to; a global connected network, diverse career opportunities and a rigorous academic experience. Students will learn Fundamental Skills like the ability to think logically, laterally and independently, as well as Real World Skills such as conflict management.

The fees for the MBA Class of 2020/21 are an estimated £59,490 excluding application fees. After receiving an offer, students will be required to pay a deposit fee of £8,300 to secure their place in the program. A variety of scholarship opportunities are available from Saïd Business School, Oxford University, Oxford’s colleges, and external sources for applicable students. Since not all candidates will meet the eligibility criteria for many of the scholarships, Oxford also has bursaries available, for which all MBA offer-holders are considered.

As per latest employment data, 92% of the MBA graduates had gotten job offers within 3 months of graduating, with an average base salary of £72,618 and an average sign on bonus of £23,000.

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Application Deadlines

Round 1: 06 September 2019

Round 2: 01 November 2019

Round 3: 10 January 2020

Round 4: 03 April 2020

Application Fee: £150

Admissions Facts

 Program length: 1 year

Average age of new entrants: 28 years old

 Require standardized test: GMAT, GRE

 Average GMAT score: 690

Average GRE score : 320

  Average GPA score: N/A

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 5 years

Written Work

Season: 2020

Essay 1

As part of your application, you will need to submit a supporting statement:

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

Essay 2

If you are applying under the Oxford 1+1 MBA scheme you also need to submit the following essay:

Explain why you see this as particularly beneficial for you and how it fits with your career and personal development aims. (Maximum 250 words)

Essay 3

Re-applicants will need to submit an additional essay as below:

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


When reviewing your essays, the Oxford admissions committee will be looking for evidence of the following: good communication skills, leadership potential, analytical skills, fit with the Oxford MBA community, among other characteristics.

Online Assessment

Season: 2020

Assessment Questions

To virtually meet you, get a sense of your personality and see how you think on your feet, you will need to complete an online assessment as part of your application:

  • Two motivation-based questions – all candidates will answer the same questions
  • Two competency-based questions – these will be randomised
  • Written response – this will be randomised and light-hearted to show us how you can think on your feet!


The motivation-based questions give you the opportunity to demonstrate your motivations for undertaking an MBA and why the Oxford MBA is the right programme for you.

The competency-based questions let you demonstrate the skills and qualities we look for, such as decision-making, problem-solving, influence, leadership and strong communication skills.

After submitting an application for either the Oxford MBA or Oxford 1+1 MBA you will see a link in your application status portal. This will enable you to register with Kira Talent, our online assessment platform, and complete your assessment. You can complete this any time before the application stage deadline in which you wish to apply.

You will be provided with preparation time and practice sessions before going live with your real responses. The whole online assessment should only take up to 30 minutes for you to complete. All you need is a desktop or laptop computer with a functioning webcam, microphone and internet connection.

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2020

Oxford require two professional or academic references.

Using the online application form you will need to submit two references, preferably from professional referees. Once your referee details are input into the form, your referee will receive an automatic email from the School with details on how to complete the online reference form. Please note we can only accept references from a valid work/professional/institutional email address and not from Gmail/Hotmail accounts.

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