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Chrispa Palaiologou

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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:

  1. What are your post-MBA goals and how will your prior experience and the London Business School programme contribute towards these? (500 words)
  2. 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 mba@london.edu 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!

 

Chrispa Palaiologou