Oxford Said

Stage 1: September 9, 2016

Stage 2: October 28, 2016

Stage 3: January 6, 2017

(there are six stages)

Mandatory essays:

How do you fit with Oxford Saïd’s mission? (Maximum 500 words)
Is there anything not covered in the application form which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you? (Maximum 250 words)
If you are applying under the 1+1 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 careers and personal development aims (Maximum 250 words)
Re-applicants will need to complete the essays mentioned above and another essay on the topic:

What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA? (Maximum 250 words)
When reviewing your essays the Admissions Committee will be looking for evidence of the following: Good communication skills, leadership potential, analytical skills, fit within the Oxford MBA community, among other characteristics.

A completed application form
Using the online application form you will need to submit two professional or academic references. Once referee details are input onto the form, your referee will receive an automatic email from the School with details on how to complete the online reference form.

An undergraduate degree
As guidance, you should have a 2.1 ( 3.5 GPA) or its equivalent. If you were not awarded a minimum of 2.1 you may still be considered provided you have a very strong employment record demonstrating a high degree of responsibility.

As evidence, you will be asked to upload all your University degree academic transcripts/mark-sheets to the online application form. These must outline the subjects studied or grades obtained from each academic year. If your original transcripts are not in English you must also supply an official translation. If you are invited to attend an interview after submitting your application we will ask you to bring or send us original copies of your transcripts.
We look for a high level of quantitative and analytical skills evidenced in the GMAT/GRE results.

GMAT: While we don’t ask for a minimum score, we recommend that candidates apply with a GMAT score of 650 or above. Our current class has an average GMAT score of around 690. When preparing for your GMAT please bear in mind:
GRE: We recommend that candidates apply with a GRE verbal score of 160 and a quantitative score of 161. When preparing for your GRE please bear in mind:
The requirement to provide proof of English language 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.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) must be taken, and all minimum scores met if:

You are not from a majority English speaking country, as defined by the UK Visas and Immigration below.*

You should have at least two years of previous full-time work experience, detailed on a 1 page CV. Please use the following template as a guidelione to provide a comprehensive 1 page CV. http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Degrees/MBA/Docs/cv-template.pdf

Our current class has on average six years full time work experience.


Are all applicants interviewed?

No. Applications are short-listed by the MBA Admissions Committee and only successful candidates are then invited for interview.

If you are selected for an interview, you will be invited to come to the School and have your interview here. You may wish to be interviewed on an open day or an interview day, which we offer in each application stage. We also offer interviews at key locations over the world. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an in-person interview whenever possible. However, if you are not able to attend in person we will arrange a Skype interview for you. This will not affect our final decision. For applicants based in the UK a face-to-face interview at the School is required.
Your interview will be a one-to-one discussion with a member of the Admissions Team, Careers Department, Faculty or a sector consultant. Sector consultants are a select group of senior executives who have experience of working for leading firms across a broad range of sectors.