Posts by Greg
At London Business School we ask applicants to provide more than just a letter of recommendation to accompany applications for our degree programmes. We ask for two references where each referee will need to answer a detailed set of questions about the applicant and this is where choosing an ideal referee can be tough.
Many candidates believe that having a referee who is the most senior figure willing to write about them is the best way to add the most value to their application, this however, is not the case.
I always advise that candidates consider their referee’s knowledge of their skills and experience before their relative seniority. Ultimately it is more important that they are able to provide full and insightful answers about your strengths and weaknesses.
Some candidates will ask if they can use academic referees and for our early careers programme like the Masters in Management or the Masters in Financial Analysis one academic referee alongside a professional referee is the most preferable option.
In terms of our post-experience programmes such as the Masters in Finance, Executive MBA and MBA professional references that describe you in a work context are preferable to academic. If you do decide to use an academic referee for your application to one of the post-experience programmes it should be an academic that has mentored you through your career and not just during your previous studies.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Sao Paulo Brazil and Santiago de Chile as part of London Business School’s worldwide information sessions.
The first stop was Sao Paulo, where I spent a few days having one to one meetings with those who are interested in studying our Masters programmes. The main event was our information session held at the Intercontinental Hotel, where we made a presentation on the School and hosted a Panel of our fantastic MBA, MiF, Sloan MSc and EMBA-Global alumni based in the city.
We were also very privileged to be joined by Niro Sivanathan who is an Associate Professor at London Business School. Niro specialises in negotiation and bargaining and presented a sample of his teaching to the audience so that they could have a taste what to expect from the learning at LBS.
Following our information session we were invited to attend an event hosted by the Brazil Alumni Club where we were able to meet a huge number of LBS alumni based in Sao Paulo. The event was very well attended and it was great to see the community spirit of LBS continuing to be strong years after the students have graduated.
The next morning I was on a plane to Santiago in Chile to host another information session at Club El Golf. Our 2nd international information session in 24 hours was another great success with a large turnout of candidates interesting in studying at the School, as well as alumni of the MBA, Sloan and Masters in Finance programmes.
As in Sao Paulo the Chile alumni club had an event of their own following our information session, when the hosted a Casino night for their many members. Playing cards with MBAs, MiFs and Sloans recently graduated and veterans from classes many years ago were a lot of fun.
The time in Chile was all too short but the flight home did offer an incredible view of the Andes in all their glory.
Applications for our August 2016 intake are now open and I think now is a good time to talk about the Admissions process for the Masters in Finance.
The admissions process can be divided into four key stages:
1) Initial research and enquiry
2) Completing and submitting an online application
3) Alumni Interview
Choosing to study a Business School degree is a very big decision and that is why it is important to gather as much information as possible when selecting your school and programme. Contacting our Recruitment Coordinator should be your first port of call for any questions you have relating to the programme and the application process. We can provide a review of your CV to give you an idea of your suitability for the programme and if we consider you to be a strong candidate we will be able to provide additional support such as connecting you to Student Ambassador or inviting you to visit us.
You can contact our Recruitment Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your next step will be to submit your online application, this includes:
- Online Application Form
- Application Essays
- Professional References
- Test Scores
- Proof of English Language ability
- University Transcripts (Translated into English if not already)
- Application Fee (£120)
Once you have submitted all of these elements (with the exception of GMAT/GRE test scores, which can come later), we will review your application and make the decision whether to shortlist you for interview with one of our Alumni.
No matter where you are in the world it is very likely that a member of our fantastic, global, Alumni community will be able to interview you in your location. Alumni have an important stake in the LBS and the MiF programme so their judgment is a key element of the application process.
Once we have received the report of your interviewer the Admissions Committee will convene to make a final decision.
Some Important points to remember:
- You can apply in advance of your GMAT/GRE exam and we encourage you to do so. You can provide a GMAT/GRE score at a later date, for example after we have made you a conditional offer. In a very small number of cases we may waive the GMAT/GRE requirement if there is evidence of strong academic ability in quantitative studies in your previous university studies.
- Spend a good amount of time thinking about what you want to say in your answers for the application essays. The application essays are your chance to tell your story and should be used to tell us why you want to study the Masters in Finance, what you will gain from studying here and what will you contribute to the class and School community.
- It can be time consuming to complete business school applications, especially if you are completing multiple applications at the same time. However, avoid the temptation of creating a time-saving generic application and make sure that your personal research and preparation on the MiF comes across in your application. Even if you have a strong profile, lack of research on the programme/school you are applying for can be a serious weakness in an otherwise strong application.
I hope this guidance helps and I look forward to reading your application!