London Business School Acceptance Rate

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DatesAugust 2022

Duration15 – 21 Months

LocationLondon

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In the 2016-2017 cycle, the London Business School received 2,740 applications, accepting 685 candidates for an acceptance rate of 25%. Such numbers were on par with American counterparts like Chicago Booth, Virginia Darden, and Michigan Ross.Meet London Business School’s Class of 2019

This extra maturity won’t be the only aspect of the class that adds heft to classroom discussions. For one, the Class of 2019 isn’t afraid to parade their personalities. Allie Fleder, for one is a “Gay gringa with a passion for Latin America.” Amanda Morgan equates herself to a 19th century advertisement for barbed wire: “Lighter than air, stronger than whiskey but NOT cheaper than dust.” And Vishal Jha comes to campus with the perfect temperament for an MBA candidate: “I live by two questions ‘why?’ and ‘why not?’”

The class is happy to showcase their quirky sides as well. Fleder admits to playing the accordion – “Badly. So very, very badly.” Fabio Pucci windsurfs with his pooch…adding his dog is the more talented member of the duo. Robert Haigh maintains an offbeat annual tradition: “I surf on the freezing, British west coast every New Year’s Day.” If you’re looking for a rarity, ask Sergio Álvarez García-Peñuela, who wields a mean scalpel as a plastic surgeon, about needles. “I don’t like needles at all,” he confesses, “so drawing a blood sample from me becomes a bit of a circus.”

Dearden wasn’t the only member of the 2019 Class to come to campus exhilarated. As a senior adviser to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Dobbin helped develop messaging and policies that enabled him to be re-elected in 2016 – including a $49 billion dollar effort to build the nation’s National Broadband Network. Not to be outdone, Pucci headed a breast cancer research effort that included 19 scientists in eight labs spanning three countries. In the process, the team pinpointed a group of cancer cells that fueled tumor growth. “When we killed specifically these cells, the tumor progression drastically reduced,” he shares “This study could open the way to new therapeutic approaches for some types of breast cancer.”

The class is happy to showcase their quirky sides as well. Fleder admits to playing the accordion – “Badly. So very, very badly.” Fabio Pucci windsurfs with his pooch…adding his dog is the more talented member of the duo. Robert Haigh maintains an offbeat annual tradition: “I surf on the freezing, British west coast every New Year’s Day.” If you’re looking for a rarity, ask Sergio Álvarez García-Peñuela, who wields a mean scalpel as a plastic surgeon, about needles. “I don’t like needles at all,” he confesses, “so drawing a blood sample from me becomes a bit of a circus.”

PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN RISES 4%

LBS MBA Class Profile

Class Size 511
Acceptance Rate Does not disclose
GMAT Average Does not disclose
Average Age Does not disclose
Avg. Years Work Experience Does not disclose
Diversity Women 38%
Diversity Intl. Does not disclose
Pre-MBA Industries Consulting: 33% Finance/Accounting: 26% IT&T/Electronics: 7% FMCG/Retail/Luxury Goods/E-commerce: 6% Energy/Power Generation: 5% Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals/Biotechnology: 4% Manufacturing/Engineering: 4% Public sector/Not for Profit/Education: 4% Marketing/Publishing/Media: 3% Other: 8%
Undergraduate Majors Does not disclose

The data above is from 2021 and represents the LBS MBA class of 2023.* See the full report: LBS MBA Class Profile

Student Experiences

Salary Average $152,034.00 Salary Average is a total of Salary + Signing Bonus
Offers Upon Graduation Does not disclose
Offers At 3 Mos. 91%
Post-MBA Industries Consulting: 40% Finance: 21% Investment Banking/Brokerage: 5% Private Equity: 5% Investment Management: 3% Venture Capital: 2% Insurance and Pension Services: 2% Finance – Other**: 4% Technology: 28% Internet/E-Commerce: 11% FinTech: 6% Information Technology and Services: 6% Electronics: 2% Technology – Other*: 3% Diversified:11% Consumer and Retail: 4% Healthcare: 3% Industrials: 1% Energy: 1% Diversified – Other***: 2%
Post-MBA Locations United Kingdom: 42% Asia: 16% USA/Canada: 13% Europe (excl. UK): 11% Latin America (incl. Caribbean): 9% Middle East: 6% Oceania: 2% Africa: 1%
Post-MBA Companies

McKinsey & Company: 43 Boston Consulting Group: 42 Amazon: 28 Bain & Company: 26 Strategy&: 8 Deloitte Consulting: 6 Kearney: 6 Mastercard: 6 Goldman Sachs: 6 Mastercard: 6 Accenture Strategy: 5 Wipro: 5 Rappi: 4 PIMCO: 3 Reed Business Information: 3 Samsung Electronics: 3 American Express: 3 AB InBev: 3 Falabella: 3 Delta Partners: 2 EY-Parthenon: 2 Bain Capital: 2 BofA Securities: 2 Barclays: 2 Itau Unibanco: 2 Morgan Stanley: 2 Nomura: 2 Partners Group: 2 Queen’s Park Equity: 2 Revolut: 2 Samsung Global Strategy Group: 2 Shopee: 2 Google: 2 Facebook: 2 Red Ventures: 2 HelloFresh: 2 Novartis: 2 Restaurant Brands International: 2

Note: a) Technology – Other** includes HealthTech, EdTech, Telecommunications, PropTech, and Incubators and Accelerators. b) Finance – Other** includes Commercial Banking/ Project Finance, Real Estate Investment, Retail Banking, Private Wealth Management, Development Finance/Impact Investing, Services & Products, Hedge Funds/Alternative Investments, and Central Banks, Ministries, Regulations, and Public Finance. c) Diversified – Other** includes Government, Public Admin, Education and Training, and Infrastructure. The data above is from 2020 and represents the career statistics for the LBS MBA class of 2020.* See the full report: LBS MBA Employment Report

Swamped With New Apps, London Business School Delays MBA Interview Decisions

London Business School received such an “unprecedented volume” of applications in the round that ended September 11 that it was forced to push back by more than a week its initial decision on who would receive interviews, from October 8 to October 16, according to an email to round-one applicants by Admissions Director David Simpson obtained by Poets&Quants. The interviews themselves will be conducted from mid-October to mid-November; LBS also moved back its Admissions Committee’s decision on round-one admits to December 1. It is yet another indication of just how competitive this admissions cycle will be at highly selective MBA programs.

“To me, it’s always a case of, ‘Is this more, or is this early?’ I’m always cautious that maybe everyone is getting in a little early because they know it’s going to be fiercely competitive, so I’m not presuming that we will have the huge increases that we have right now in round one all the way through the year. Maybe we will, but I think it would be foolish to make that assumption. So, like the end of last year, we’re just getting to grips with what we’ve got coming in and what it means for us, but we will be recruiting the same kind of class — maximizing the diversity, and within some groups there is greater competition. But we know what we are looking for, and we’ll have a go.”

“It was a challenging late summer, but we had a stack of applications and we’re starting the year the way we ended it — with a huge volume of applications. And I’m delighted. It’s meant that we’re extremely busy and we can kiss goodbye to the weekends for a little while, but we’re having some great applications.

“We have to make some incredibly tough decisions in order to build our internationally and professionally diverse class of around 500 students,” Simpson writes. “It is this diversity and quality that attracts candidates to apply to LBS, so we work hard to build our classes.”

“We have to make some incredibly tough decisions in order to build our internationally and professionally diverse class of around 500 students,” Simpson writes. “It is this diversity and quality that attracts candidates to apply to LBS, so we work hard to build our classes.”

Applications for the MBA2024 class are open

Applications for the August 2022 intake are open.

  • We have three application deadlines each year – see calendar for dates
  • All application deadlines are 17:00 UK time
  • Selected applicants are invited to join us for an interview conducted by alumni or senior admissions staff, usually in the region in which you are based
  • Start your application preparation

    You can now start preparing for your application for the August 2022 intake, following the below guidance:

  • Prepare for and take your GMAT or GRE test
  • Notify your professional referee
  • Begin drafting and writing your essays.
  • Question 1. (500 words) What are your post-MBA goals and how will your prior experience and the London Business School programme contribute towards these?

    Question 2. (500 words) (This question is optional) Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School?

    Application deadline

    Interview decision sent on

    Interview period

    Admission decision sent on

    Round 1

    Friday 10 September 2021

    Thursday 14 October 2021

    Mid-October to early-November 2021

    Thursday 02 December 2021

    Round 2

    Thursday 06 January 2022

    Thursday 10 February 2022

    Mid-February to early March 2022

    Thursday 07 April 2022

    Round 3

    Friday 25 March 2022

    Thursday 28 April 2022

    End of April to mid-May 2022

    Friday 10 June 2022

    All application deadlines are 17:00 UK time. All Admissions Committee decisions are communicated via email and will be sent on the relevant deadline day by 23.30 UK time.

  • Application criteria

    If you are made an offer at London Business School and you are a European Economic Area (EEA), Swiss or non-EEA national, you may need a visa to study in the UK. For more information, please visit visa requirements.

  • Completed online application form

    The application form is designed to be completed over several sessions. You can save your work as you go and submit the completed form whenever you are ready.

  • Application essays

    Essays are a vital part of your application and we recommend that you spend a significant amount of time in their preparation. The questions for our MBA programme 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)
  • A one-page CV

    Your one-page CV is uploaded as part of the online application form. Please give reasons for significant gaps in employment history on a separate sheet.

  • Name and details of your referee

    You need to ask someone to act as your referee, this person could be either of the following:

    • your current employer (if you dont want to ask your employer to be a referee, a colleague is acceptable)
    • someone else who knows you well in a work context, for example a former employer or long-standing client.

    After you input your referees details into the online application form we will send them an email with log-in details for our online reference system. London Business School reserves the right to contact your referee for further information in connection with your application.

    Download further information on references for applicants and referees (PDF document, 156.00kb)

  • Submit a strong application

    MBA: How to submit a strong application

    The Recruitment and Admissions Teams speak about the MBA application process and what makes an exceptional candidate.

    A strong GMAT or GRE score helps us assess your ability to succeed on the programme.

    Get an inside look at how best to showcase your potential to the Admissions Committee.

    So what happens next?

    Once you successfully submit your application. Here’s what to expect next.

  • After you submit

    Your application will be considered by the Admissions Committee in keeping with the deadlines relevant to the stage you applied (see calendar above). If you are successful your Regional Admissions Manager will begin the process of finding an alumni in your region to interview you.

  • Interviews

    Selected applicants will then be invited to join us for the interview stage. Interviews are conducted by alumni or senior admissions staff of the MBA programme and your interview will take place in the region in which you are based. Based on interviewer availability, you may be asked to travel in order to complete your interview.

  • Your decision

    Interview feedback is then combined with your initial application and used by the Admissions Committee to reach a decision which may be:

    • Offer – The exceptional merits of your application and interview mean London Business School would like to offer you a place to join the MBA programme
    • Reject – Your application will come to an end for this year but the option to apply in the subsequent admission cycle is available
    • Waitlist – London Business will not be making an offer at this stage, but we remain open to gathering more information concerning your candidacy given the strengths of your application

    Please note that all offers are made via email. Given varying time zones this email may reach you outside of working hours.

  • Waitlist

    Each year some applicants who are placed on the waitlist are later offered a place in the current class, or sometimes for the following year. If you are placed on the waitlist you will be provided with additional information about next steps.

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