September is here, which for many people means going back to school or thinking about future education. For a number of you this will mean realising too late that the final application deadline for the LBS Sloan Masters in Leadership in Strategy has now passed. However, never fear! We are still accepting late applications from exceptional candidates, as we understand a window to study can open up at any time, and if this is the case we want to work with you to ensure you don’t miss the chance. This article will cover what we classify as an exceptional candidate, and how to make that strong late application if you do intend to apply.
How do I know if I am an exceptional candidate?
The LBS Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy programme is a 12 month, full time programme designed for senior, experienced, high-calibre professionals and executives. Sloan fellows tend to possess over 15 years work experience, with 10 years of managerial responsibilities and have extensive strategic and leadership experience within their fields. We are looking for people who are decision makers within their companies and have excellent international exposure.
It is not just experience that makes a good Sloan fellow; we also want to hear about your motivations study and your career aspirations, both of which should be clearly evidenced in your application essays. Are you looking for the skills and confidence to accelerate to a C-suite or board-level position, or to start your own business? Then the Sloan programme might just be a good fit for you.
Do I need a GMAT to Apply?
In exceptional cases, the GMAT or Executive Assessment (EA) can be waived. We will consider waivers for candidates whose work experience, professional status or prior degree/training indicates a high level of analytical or quantitative ability. Requests for waivers will be considered after candidates have submitted their online application. If you have not yet taken the GMAT we advise you to consider the Executive Assessment.
If you do not feel you would be qualified for a waiver, you can still submit your application pre-test as part of the Fast Track Process. Fast Track is where you are able to submit your application with fewer documents, all you require is the completed online application form, CV, essays, and one reference. This is completed using the standard online application form and speeds up the application process considerably as you have less documents to provide.
Who should my references be from?
References are a key aspect of your application as they allow us an in depth insight into your character and how you work as part of a team. Your reference should ideally be from a current manager, or someone who knows you well within a professional capacity, as we understand that references are sensitive and you may not want this openly discussed at an early stage.
A common pitfall we see on applications is candidates choosing their CEO, who they have had minimal contact with, as their reference as they want the impressive job title on their application. However, this makes a poor reference as we are then not provided with enough information to make an informed admissions decision. The reference for the LBS Sloan Masters is a personal reference and we will be asking them questions concerning your motivations for study, and whether they would recommend you for the programme, please choose someone who knows you well!
As part of the Fast Track process we only need one reference in order to start assessing your application. Please provide your reference’s details via the online application form and we will then send a specific form to them to complete and return to us. I would advise submitting your reference details ASAP, in order to allow them plenty of time to complete the form.
What are my next steps?
If you plan on making an application please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, this will allow the recruitment team to provide an informal assessment of your suitability and advise you as to whether you should make an application. I would then advise that you visit our How to Apply page for more information and our application checklist.
All non UK/EU citizens should get in touch ASAP as they will need to apply very quickly due to visa requirements for the programme’s January start.
Please do get in touch with email@example.com if you have any questions, and we are always happy to set up a phone chat or on campus consultation to discuss any questions further.
And finally, good luck with your application!
The applications for the London Business School MBA programme starting in August 2018 are now open and that means you can start preparing your submissions for the first round deadline.
We believe that preparation and time is the key to a successful application. Therefore, to make the process as smooth as possible, we have put together a checklist for you to use to start your application as the first deadline is fast approaching.
Start planning for your GMAT/GRE tests. Practice makes perfect! This is the time to prepare yourself for a competitive result that will strengthen your application. Our average GMAT score is 707, with a range from 600-790. Rest assured that the Admissions Committee will be reviewing all the elements of the application holistically. Keep in mind a low GMAT/GRE score will not automatically exclude you from the admissions process, and a high score will not necessarily grant you a place onto the programme. Although, a high score will make your application more competitive against the applicant pool.
Start preparing your essays. Essays are a vital aspect of your application and we recommend that you spend a significant amount of time drafting them. You can start by gathering your thoughts about what you would like to write about. Talk to your colleagues, friends and family and ask for feedback on the authenticity of your essays and ask if they reflect your personality.
The essay questions for the MBA2020 application are:
- What are your post-MBA goals and how will your prior experience and the London Business School programme contribute towards these? (500 words)
- Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (OPTIONAL) (500 words)
Take this time to decide on who will be your referees. The Admissions Committee will preferably want two professional references, but we do understand that a current employer might not be an option for you for various reasons. I would like to emphasize that content is more important than the status of your referee. You do not necessarily have to go C-Suite. We would like to get to know you better, and we would strongly suggest choosing referees whom you trust to dedicate time to your reference. They should know you very well and work or have worked with you closely. That could be your current/previous line manager, a trusted colleague, even a client or your stakeholders.
Make this decision wisely, and perhaps take them out for a coffee to explain your motivations and aspirations behind your application to our MBA programme. Once you have opened the online application, you may submit your referees’ details before application submission. Your referees will then receive an online form via email for them to complete.
You must submit your scores of an English language test if you have not lived, studied or worked in an English-speaking environment for more than 2 years, then you must submit your scores of an English language test. This test must have been taken within the last two years. We accept the following tests: TOEFL, IELTS, CPE, PTE (Pearson Test of English) and CAE.
If you are unsure of any steps throughout the process, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org We are always happy to talk with you! Our team will be on the road throughout the year, so keep an eye on our events page to find out when we are travelling to your area! This is a great chance for us to connect with you in person about your application process.
If you are planning on visiting London, contact us to learn about our Drop-in sessions, monthly information sessions or coffee chats. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with staff and current students in order to learn more about the LBS experience.
The new deadlines for our MBA2020 are now available on our website.
I wish you all the best of luck with your application. We look forward to getting to know you!
Last week our EMBA-Global Americas and Europe and EMBA-Global Asia cohorts came together for their latest class week in London. These two programmes are offered as part of a powerful collaboration between London Business School, Columbia Business School, and Hong Kong University, a collaboration that has earned the programmes top –billing in the latest Financial Times rankings released today.
EMBA-Global Asia, ranking for the first time this year, entered the listings at number 2 – the highest new entry in the history of the FT EMBA rankings. The programme scored highly for salary growth and, importantly, aims achieved, where it was awarded a joint-top score.
EMBA-Global Americas and Europe, meanwhile, regained its top-5 ranking, climbing four places to number 4. Again, salary growth and aims achieved were scored highly, whilst both programmes were commended for their highly diverse cohorts.
And this diversity was evident last week as the classes convened. More than 35 nationalities coming from over 60 cities representing all continents were together to learn from our world-class faculty and one another, with each student having an average of 12 years of professional experience to draw upon.
A varied selection of core courses were taught including Corporate Finance from Charles Jones, Professor of Finance and Economics and the Senior Vice Dean at Columbia Business School, and Marketing Strategy from Oded Koenigsberg, London Business School Term Associate Professor of Marketing.
The week included a motivating and impressive guest speaker event from Andrew Tollinton, imparting his immense knowledge on how to pitch effectively to the assembled students. With a lively debate following the session, it was a truly fantastic accompaniment to the core academics.
It was also heartening to see the tight bonds made across the classes, as a student’s birthday ensured the ‘networking’ continued late into the night, with speeches and toasts aplenty!
Next month the classes return to New York and Hong Kong to continue to reflect on their real-time experiences, further build their business knowledge and brand, and reap the rewards of this cross-continental collaboration from three of the world’s leading business Schools.
Our EMBA Global programme is a truly global experience and we recently welcomed both the Asia and Americas & Europe strands together for a memorable class week here in London.
The EMBA Global programme brings together three leading Business Schools – London Business School, Columbia Business School and Hong Kong University – and draws students from more than 35 countries and over 60 cities. The students come from a wide range of roles and industries, including manufacturing, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, finance, and charities.
We began by welcoming our Asia cohort to their first class week in London with a Q&A session with current student Mary-Leigh Mackie (EMBAG2018) and alumnus Pablo Gomez Olmedo Albarran (EMBAGA2015). This was followed by an address from our new Dean, François Ortalo-Magné. Dean François drew on the research of several members of our world-class faculty to draw conclusions about leadership in a modern global context, and how the EMBA Global programme can help current leaders have true impact.
As the week progressed, the EMBA Global Americas & Europe and Asia cohorts mixed and mingled gaining invaluable networking opportunities with their colleagues from across the globe, as well as forging new friendships and bonds that will continue to grow throughout and beyond the programme.
A fantastic barbeque on the front lawn of our central London campus was the centre piece to the week – an event the great British weather resisted the urge to rain upon!
As their time with the Schools progress, the classes will continue their globe-trotting, completing class weeks in New York and Hong Kong, as well as their Global Business Assignments taking them on immersive experiences in further locations.
Applications for the May 2018 intake of both the EMBA Global Americas & Europe and EMBA Global Asia classes are now open; further details can be found on our website.
Summer is the time of changes in the world of admissions. On Friday 14 July we said goodbye to the MBA2017 class who had their official congregation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London. It was a bitter sweet day. On one hand we celebrated the success of the MBA2017 class who have completed their MBA and are about to embark on new and exciting adventures all around the world; on the other hand we also had to send them our farewells as we’ll no longer bump into them on campus. We will definitely miss that! It’s been two years since we first welcomed the class on campus at their official Orientation day and it has been an incredible two years watching them go through their transformational MBA journey. This class has had a real positive impact on the LBS community and it is hard to only mention a few reasons why they are such a great bunch. BUT my two favorite highlights from this class has been its take on inclusion and diversity.
The Women in Business Club officially launched the Man-bassador scheme which aims to encourage both men and women to openly discuss issues regarding gender diversity. The scheme has created opportunities for all students to learn how to be a successful male ally, and promote the message of equality to fellow students. This very important initiative from the Women in Business Club will be carried over to this year’s presidents who are continuing to build bridges and include allies in the discussion. Speaking of diversity and inclusion, the MBA2017 class has also been instrumental in propelling the Out in Business Club. Their mission is to raise awareness of the LGBT+ community, promote diversity and facilitate interaction between its members and other LGBT+ business networks. Last year the club organised the biggest ever EurOut conference, attracting more than 200 students from 45 leading global business schools and universities and speakers from BCG (the event’s lead sponsor), McKinsey, Cisco, Google, KPMG, Telegraph Group and Mishcon de Reya just to name a few. It has been an incredible experience watching the Out in Business club grow both in size and presence (the intake of openly LGBT+ students at LBS has more than trebled since 2010) and I am confident that the club will continue to make a positive contribution not only to LBS, but to the wider community as well.
The MBA2017 class have of course been involved in many, many more activites and causes, and these are just a couple of my personal highlights. So while we say goodbye to an amazing class, we are also saying hello to a brand new MBA class, something we in admissions are really excited about! We have been working with the new class since our first application deadline in September and in just a few weeks we welcome all 430 of them on campus. The new class will be as diverse as previous MBA classes, with students from over 70 different nationalities and of course from a variety of different professional backgrounds.
I was privileged to meet some of the new members of the MBA2019 class last month when I went to the annual Forte Foundation conference. At London Business School we invite our Forte Scholarship recipients to join the conference and this year we had four of our MBA2019 admits attending. Inspirational as always, this year the conference was hosted by Amazon in their home town of Seattle, Washington. Whether it was Amazon, the amazing line-up of speakers or the Forte Foundation’s amazing brand, this year’s conference ended up completely sold out! It was attended by more than 600 incoming or current MBA women from over 40 different schools in North America and Europe. Four of those 600 attendees are starting their MBA at LBS in just a few weeks:
- Sherry, a brand manager for Clif Bar in California and a wine enthusiast. Enthusiast is actually a real understatement, Sherry has not only worked in vineyards in Napa, she is also named after two wines…Sherry Rose. Sherry’s marketing experience will be extremely valuable for her classmates at LBS, but so will her experience in wine, particularly in the Wine and Spirits club!
- Neressa is a scientist at BioMarin Pharmaceiticals Inc, a biotechnology company which focuses on treatments for rare genetic diseases that mostly affect children. Neressa’s unique science background in a very male-dominated world will provide different perspectives to the classroom discussions. Neressa will bring a completely unique set of skills to her class.
- Elsa, a finance major who started her career on the trading floor, but later moved into retail in merchandice planning at Macy’s in New York. She is also a keen football player which she will have plenty of opportunities to pursue in the UK.
And finally we were also joined by Shannon, a Boeing engineer specifically in charge of designing the galleys on 737 air crafts. As part of my trip to Seattle I went to visit Boeing and now fully appreciate the immense complexity of Shannon’s work in designing and building air crafts. So there they are, four women from the MBA2019 class at London Business School each bringing a unique and diverse perspective to their new community. As part of my job I have read most of the applications from the new class and I can tell you that Sherry, Neressa, Elsa and Shannon will be joining a great group of unique and diverse individuals.
So while we were sad to say goodbye to the MBA2017s we also celebrated their achievements and we look forward to welcome the new group of MBAs who are all keen to make an impact on the LBS community.
The Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy is a highly competitive programme and each year the School and the Admissions Committee looks to build the strongest value for the class.
Beyond our world-class faculty and unique programme focus, one of the greatest values of the Sloan programme is the ability to network, learn and absorb information from the other leaders of industry that make up the class. These are individuals who are focussed, well-regarded, experienced and impressive, creating a powerful and rich learning environment.
A glance at the class profile will show that a Sloan Fellow typically has 15-20 years management experience, comes from a variety of a sectors and holds a senior job function.
But a successful Sloan Fellow is much more.
The key attribute we look for in a Sloan Fellow is experience of making decisions at strategic levels, either in a General Management context or as leaders of their function. We know that when the class come together in January, everyone will have had that crucible moment when they have had tough decisions to make.
It is little wonder, therefore, that the most common feedback given to unsuccessful candidates is to reapply when their exposure to these key decisions has grown in scale, impact and depth.
Often an applicant’s level of strategic decision making and leadership cannot be demonstrated solely through their CV, and this is where the application essays are of great importance. These are an opportunity to use your past achievements to demonstrate future success, as part of the programme and beyond, and we recommend you dedicate considerable time perfecting these to showcase your talents, experiences and abilities at their best.
It is also important to choose your referees wisely. These should be people who have worked closely with you for a considerable period – do not simply select the most impressive job title. Your referees can provide a third-party view on your skills as a leader, your strategic decision making abilities, and, just as importantly, your areas for growth as part of this unique cohort of experienced professionals.
Applications are open for the January 2018 intake; you can contact us for more information on this transformative programme.
Inventor of the web Tim Berners-Lee famously said, “We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges”. An eclectic mix of factors such as gender, ethnicity and experience can encourage the kind of cognitive diversity Berners-Lee meant.
There are 195 countries in the world today. Before joining London Business School (LBS), current students across all of our programmes studied in 80 of them.
The School’s ever-growing footprint in London and its Dubai campus allows LBS to welcome more students – 2,177 and counting – than ever before.
Ideas are powered by diversity. Nearly 120 nationalities are represented across our programmes, with each student bringing unique world views, experiences and insights. Our graduates leave LBS with broadened horizons and they have a direct impact on the way the world does business.
Our community embraces diversity
Around a third of our current students are women. LBS’s Dean, Professor Sir Andrew Likierman, says: “We are committed to ensuring generations of women leaders flourish throughout their careers, right across the globe.” Learn more about women at LBS here
There has been much talk of Brexit and whether the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union will impact the School’s ability to attract the brightest minds from all corners of the world. In this film, Sir Andrew said he had been reassured that our students are the kinds of people whom officials want to stay in the UK. As a global school we’ll continue to celebrate our richly diverse community.
So, what makes LBS diverse? Our multicultural students. Just as our students thrive on learning from different perspectives, the global business community thrives on the diversity of thought for which our students are known.
An MBA can provide a chance for real career exploration and career change. The period before your MBA is a great time to reflect and mentally prepare yourself for this exciting change.
We’ve found one of the most useful ways to maximise your chances of success in the MBA process is by speaking with current MBA students, recent graduates and potential classmates. Their invaluable insights will be helpful when it comes to understanding the culture of a school – what it is, what it isn’t, and what differentiates it.
If you’re lucky enough to have admissions offers from multiple business schools you really should make an effort to meet your potential classmates at these schools. With any MBA programme, your classmates are pretty much going to be your greatest educators and your greatest asset in your business school education. Of course, amazing professors are a huge part of your learning, but in your personal development, the people you’re surrounded by for hours on end – the other students – are often going to be the ones that build your global understanding.
Our MBA student ambassadors are here to help you understand what it means to join the LBS community. Ambassadors represent a broad range of industries, sectors and nationalities and are on hand to offer you advice through your decision-making journey. Whether you want to learn more about the programme, discover what life on campus is like, or how to maximise your time living in London – they are here to answer any questions you may have.
Contact an MBA Student Ambassador today to start your conversation.
Funding your studies is an important consideration when looking to undertake a programme of higher education, particularly when the programme of study is full time such as the Sloan MSc.
There are a number of funding options open to potential Sloan Fellows, including company sponsorship, loans and personal finances.
For those the Admissions Committee consider will make an exceptional contribution to the class, we are delighted to offer these scholarships to support future Sloan Fellows:
Closing date for Scholarship submissions: 17:00 (UK time) Wednesday 13 September
Closing date for Scholarship submissions: 17:00 (UK time) Wednesday 26 July
All applications received before September 2017 will be considered
All applications received before Wednesday 26 July will be considered
All applications received before Wednesday 26 July will be considered
Prior to the scholarship offer, I was already totally committed to the LBS experience. I was keenly aware that every other scholarship candidate – chosen from a global and elite base – had equally good credentials, if not better. Beyond delight, I am truly honoured to be chosen as a scholar of this great institution. I hope to play a critical role in furthering the school’s global charter in the days ahead! Paul Liu – 50th Anniversary Scholar
The scholarship provided additional confidence and confirmed the alignment of purpose between the applicant and LBS in making and contributing to positive change by challenging the status quo on female talent. Lalaine Valdes – Women’s Scholar
It made me feel even more confident to join the programme. I can feel the trust from the programme and LBS, as well as the responsibilities. I know I have a lot to contribute to the class and the programme. Donald Mi – Philip Langsdale Scholar
Our Scholars truly are some of the best and brightest of the cohort; they are not only recognised for their contribution to business thus far, but also in anticipation of their contribution to the success of the class, the Sloan MSc, and the wider School community.
Applications for these Scholarships are open now, and more details can be found on our website.
Diversity is good for business, this much we know. Studies have shown that companies which embrace diversity have better performance, both human and financial. Seems like a no-brainer, right? In thinking about gender diversity, why is it then that we have yet to see an equal number of men and women in the boardroom, or the pay gap narrowing? There is no question that there’s work to be done to make this happen, and business schools are in a position to do so. My colleague Stephanie Thrane’s recent blog post Why we need more women in business schools sums up our role well: “As a top business school we are educating future global leaders. Leaders of large international organisations who will go on to shape the business of the future. The more women who go on to graduate from business schools the more women we are able to promote into leadership roles. The more women we have in leadership roles the more opportunities we have to change outdated c-suite norms, in-equality in pay, maternity leave policies and the list goes on.”
So, how as a business school can we help to build this pipeline? London Business School continues to take steps to ensure equal representation of women within the community, with initiatives including increasing the proportion of applications from female faculty shortlisted for interview for untenured positions, encouraging female applicants to apply through initiatives with the Women in Business Club and also enhanced scholarships, easier identification of classroom case studies with female protagonists, and through covering equality and diversity from day one in the classroom at Orientation.
It’s vital that professionals from all backgrounds and demographics engage in the conversation of gender equality, and this is a conversation in which both men and women need to be involved – they each make-up half of the world’s population, so makes sense that each is at the table. We need to discuss how gender, and the stereotyping and bias which may come along with it, affects the way in which we work, and how our perceptions of gender may positively and negatively affect our organisations.
And it’s not just professionals who should be taking into account these considerations. In thinking about the pipeline it’s vital that students are also engaged in this discussion. In this post, MiM2017 Lola Wajskop shares her experience in looking at the issue of gender equality in the classroom:
Diversity matters. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it: building and nurturing diverse teams – both in universities and in the workplace – is not only the right thing to do, it also makes business sense. I’ve been passionate about gender diversity specifically ever since I read Lean In, the first book of Sheryl Sandberg (if you haven’t read it: I strongly recommend it!). The book opened my eyes to many issues related to gender equality. Over the past few years I’ve focused on the issue of women in engineering and tech and decided to take action: before joining LBS, I launched “Yes She Can” with my friend Lola, an initiative aimed at attracting more female students into STEM education.
When I decided to pursue a second masters, I carefully studied the “MiM landscape”, considering which business school should I apply to? London Business School was my absolute first choice: the school had a stellar academic reputation, but I was even more attracted by its effort to build a community as diverse as possible. The school really understands that the quality of our experience is proportional to the level of diversity in the classroom – whether nationalities, backgrounds, aspirations or gender.
I strongly believe that business schools, and especially LBS, are major players in the fight for gender equality. The reason is simple: if we joined the MiM programme, it is because at some point in the near future we would like to manage – manage organisations, manage people, manage countries (who knows?!). This makes it very likely that a significant part of the class will aim for leadership positions during their careers. If business schools foster a culture and a community where gender equality is a high priority, where people understand and talk about why diversity matters in the workplace, it is likely that these same people – my friends – will actively seek to recreate a similar culture in the organisations that they join or create. Basically, we’ll leave the world in a better place than we found it. And LBS definitely aims to do just that.
Gender parity is a top priority at the faculty level (where I know it is a topic that is researched thoroughly), and on the student side, too. As an example, I was attending last week the annual “Multiple:X” conference of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Club. When I got there, I was shocked by the small number of women attending – the room was largely dominated by men, perhaps not surprising knowing that finance is one of those fields that is dominated by men. But then I realised that the students organising the event actively tried to promote equality and get women engaged in the event:
(1) the speakers and panellists included women – and I was very pleased to hear from most of my friends attending that their one favourite speaker was a woman, Zeina Bain, Managing Director at the Carlyle Group;
(2) there was a panel dedicated entirely to gender diversity in the workplace,
(3) there was a good mix of male and female presenters represented, including my friends Stefan and Rachel, and they both did an incredible job at keeping the day going. This is just one example, but it truly represents what the school and its community stands for: we actively look to make a difference, as often as we can.
Another example would be the ManBassador programme. Born within the Women in Business Club, ManBassadors are a group of male students who actively pledge to support the gender equality cause. It is one of my favourite initiatives at LBS – how can a conversation about gender be useful if only women are taking part in it? My friend Jake organised a ManBassador lunch a few weeks ago, during which about 15 MiM students – men and women – discussed gender parity issues and shared experiences about. I loved it. My male friends were listening carefully, sometimes surprised by what we were telling them, sometimes angry to realise that women had to face such adversity. They shared their experiences and how gender roles are viewed in their home countries. It was an eye-opening conversation for many, and definitely a valuable experience for everyone who was there.
Finally, I’d like to acknowledge the incredible support of my female friends here at LBS. We know that women are stronger when they support each other, and I truly learned the importance of this support during this year. My friend Sara, for example, who is doing the Masters in Financial Analysis, is my #1 fan. When I have interviews, she jumps for joy. When I had my first job offers, she kept on telling me how proud she was and how much I deserved it. Having a strong group of strong women supporting each other is one of these things that I got from LBS and that will (hopefully) follow me during the rest of my life, and it’s a pretty invaluable gift.
My last point would be that LBS is an excellent platform for you to experiment and train yourself for your future career. Try, practice and jump on every occasion to build your self-confidence. Not a big fan of public speaking? Stretch yourself and share your point of view in class. Never liked taking the lead in a group? Go and take ownership of as many projects as you can in your study group. You’re here to learn, fail (sometimes) and progress (always). This is your chance to build the best version of yourself: when you leave LBS, it will be with confidence and with a crowd of incredible women cheering on you.
See more about Women at LBS