If you’re someone who is looking for a truly global MBA experience, London Business School has to be high up on the short list. First off, London is one of the world’s greatest cities, a European capital of both culture and business. Secondly, it’s a great jumping off point for all points Europe. And third, the school attracts an annual incoming class of about 400 MBA students from 59 nationalities who are globally minded by nature.
No matter where they hail from, most of them have either taken their undergraduate degrees from outside their native lands, accumulated significant work experience away from home, or traveled extensively around the world. From day one what they share in common is a profound interest in the true global economy and how one gets ahead in it.
The full-time program can be completed in as short as 15 months, by taking fewer electives, or as long as 21. Most opt for the full 21-month length of the program largely because they like it so much. The program begins in late August each year with orientation and a leadership module running throughout September. This is followed by three study periods: Autumn Term (October to December), Spring Term (January to March), and Summer Term (April to July).
In the first year, students develop core knowledge and skills and gain a thorough grounding in business frameworks and general management concepts. They attend lectures in groups of approximately 75 and work in a study group of six or seven. At the end of the first year, students can put learning into practice through a range of options for summer break including summer internships. During the second year in the program students choose between nine and 12 electives which include science, technology, and real estate electives at University College London. As part of the MBA curriculum, students also have the option of studying on international exchange for a term at one of more than 30 partner schools worldwide.
Round 1: 15 September 2017
Round 2: 03 January 2018
Round 3: 02 March 2018
Round 4: 20 April 2018
Decision 1: 22 November 2017
Decision 2: 27 March 2018
Decision 3: 22 May 2018
Decision 4: 19 June 2018
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)
Self-awareness about your strengths and interests will help you refine what you truly want in your career. To take your research into your post-LBS options deeper it could be helpful to talk to colleagues and alumni who have MBAs in your field to identify various career paths. Make sure that your career goals are both realistic and aspirational. Think about the short term roles that may lead to your most ambitious longer term goals.
Your past experiences have certainly informed your post-MBA plans, and touching on those most relevant will be helpful to setting the background for your current pursuit of an MBA. To make this essay more than a rehash of your resume, think about explaining the rationale for your decisions throughout the essay.
Why did you pursue your past experience and what has been the impetus behind subsequent career choices? At this point, why are you choosing LBS? If space permits, you will want to discuss the question of timing – why you have made the choice to pursue an MBA at this time, and why you want to attend LBS now.
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)
This open-ended question is a great opportunity to touch on a personal story or add color to your career goals if you choose to use it. Consider using a story that illustrates your passion for London or an aspect of LBS culture.
To inform your story, make sure you have done as much school research as possible. Ideally you have visited the school or attended an admissions event, or at a minimum, spoken to current or former students. This could also be the ideal place to describe a unique background, experience or attribute that did not fit elsewhere in the application.