Entry requirements

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When reviewing applications for the UCL MBA programme, we take a holistic look at your academic history, professional experience, personal statement, references and admissions interview. Our entry requirements provide the UCL Admissions Committee with information that is pivotal for choosing the best candidates for the programme.

Programme eligibility


In order to be eligible to apply to the UCL MBA programme, you must meet the following criteria:

Academic experience

Applicants should have a minimum of an upper second-class bachelor’s degree (2:1) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Professional experience

Applicants must have a minimum of five years of work experience – our current students bring an average of 14 to their cohorts.1

UCL will also consider applicants who do not meet the above requirements on a case-by-case basis.

“I have absolutely loved every moment of this MBA. It’s by far been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my career... It gives me an enthusiasm and excitement and confidence in where I know I can go in the future.” Jessica Cooke, Student, the UCL MBA

Application materials


The following materials are required to complete your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Personal statement

Help us to understand your personal and professional goals by including the following information in your personal statement:

  • Essay 1: Tell us what characteristics of the UCL MBA programme are attractive to you and why UCL should admit you.
  • Essay 2: What are your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals, and how will the UCL MBA help you to achieve your goals?
  • Essay 3: Describe your experiences dealing with uncertainty and data in the workplace. Tell us how you believe uncertainty or data could impact your industry/business sector and your personal role (current or intended post-MBA industry/business sector and role).
  • Optional essay: Do you have unique experiences, skills or goals that are not captured in the rest of the application?

Upload your personal statement to the online application.

References

Provide two references that corroborate your qualifications, skills and dedication:

  • one reference from a mentor or supervisor
  • one reference from a peer or coworker

References must come from an institutional or corporate email address and will not be accepted from personal email accounts.

Resume/CV

Upload a current resume or CV to the online application.

Test scores

If English is not your first language and you are not a national of a country deemed by either the UK Home Office or UCL to be “majority English speaking”, you must be able to provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programme for which you have applied. 2 You should have completed at least one of the following:

  • a minimum of 12 months of education in a country that UCL considers to be “majority English speaking”, no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrollment3
  • a minimum of 18 months of work experience in a country that UCL considers to be “majority English speaking”, no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrollment4
  • a recently obtained acceptable English language qualification or test result. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrollment.

Additional information on this requirement can be found here.

* Standardised test scores are not required, but may be requested by admissions to strengthen an application.

Transcripts

Official transcripts from all degree-granting higher education institutions are required.

  • Transcripts must be recent, printed on institutional stationery and signed or stamped by an appropriate authority.
  • Transcripts should include individual modules taken and/or completed and grades and credits earned.

Please upload your official transcripts to the online application or send them to appsvcs@onlinelearning.ucl.ac.uk.

Video interview

You must complete a video interview with a member of the UCL Admissions Committee. You should be prepared to discuss why you are interested in the UCL MBA, what motivated you to apply to the programme and how an MBA will help you achieve your career goals.

Interviews last approximately 10–15 minutes and will be recorded.

Application fee

Include the application fee of £150 prior to finalising your application. This fee can be submitted via the online application.

Ready for 21st-century learning?


If you are admitted into the program, you will be responsible for connecting to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, such as Zoom, to participate in live class sessions.

The UCL Information Services Division is not able to assist with navigating country-specific VoIP access limitations. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please reach out to your admissions advisor.

“The UCL MBA brings the UCL classroom online to you.” James Berry, Director, the UCL MBA

Break from the status quo

To learn more about the UCL MBA, request more information and select your communication preferences.

If you opt into email or phone communications, an admissions advisor will contact you via the channels you have selected to answer your questions, provide admissions support and walk you through the application process.

1 This data is self-reported by the UCL MBA programme and is current as of 1 April 2020.

2Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom or United States of America.

3Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon (if the qualification is taught in English), Canada, Caribbean / West Indies (English-speaking Caribbean Commonwealth territories), Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kazakhstan (if studying at Nazarbayev University), Kenya, Macau (only if the qualification is taught in English), Malawi, Malta (if the qualification is taught in English), Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, The Netherlands (where the degree is taught entirely in English), Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

4Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Caribbean / West Indies (English-speaking Caribbean Commonwealth territories), Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia or Zimbabwe.