Application Procedure for MBA

Application Procedure for MBA (Master of Business Administration)

The Master of Business Administration (MBA or M.B.A.) is a master's degree in business administration, which attracts people from a wide range of academic disciplines. The core courses in the MBA program are designed to introduce students to the various areas of business such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, operations management, etc. This section explains the process of applying to UK MBA courses.

Application Requirements & Documents Required

Work Experience:
Most UK universities require a minimum of two to three years of work experience. A detailed RESUME (CV) is an important part of your application. It should include all information of professional work experience along with the details like positions held, achievements and range of work.

AMBA Accredited MBA Programs:
All AMBA accredited MBA programmes require a minimum of three years of full-time work experience.

No Work Experience:
There are some UK universities that accept students who have no experience for direct entry into the MBA programme.

Featured UK MBA Programmes for Fresh Graduates (No Work Experience)

University/College Duration Program Entry
University of Aberdeen 1 year September / January
University of Abertay Dundee 1 year September / February
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff 1 year September / February
Cardiff University 1 year September
University of Teesside 1 year September
University of Stirling 1 year September
University of Wales, Newport 1.5 years September
West London College 1.5  years Jan / July

GMAT is accepted and recommended by many universities. However, most UK universities are flexible about this criterion and this is not a mandatory requirement for most UK business schools. So, unless, you aiming for schools like London Business School or Manchester Business School, you need not worry about the GMAT.

You need to take either the TOEFL or IELTS for admission to an MBA program in U.K. Some schools waive this criteria after a personal interview.

Most universities in UK offer a One-year MBA course.

Academic Record
Full details of your education including your course subjects and grades are required in the applications. Transcripts or official records of your previous academic qualifications are crucial for your application.

Students applying for admission are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcript but most require only one.

Letter of Recommendation
Letters of reference or recommendation letters play a very important part in your admission to a good MBA program. A recommendation letter is a signed statement from a person who knows you well professionally or has taught you in a subject that is related to the course you are applying to. It should list your positive and negative qualities, strengths and other such information.

The author or teacher must indicate his position, how long he/she has known the applicant and in what capacity. He/she should briefly discuss the need, importance and usefulness of the study the applicant proposes to undertake.

Authors are usually asked to rank applicants in their letters of recommendation, which helps admission officers to interpret the academic credentials of foreign students. Students should obtain letters of recommendation (often on the prescribed forms sent by the institutions) from teachers who know them as a person as well as a student. You may like to request your author to give concrete examples that may show your qualities and help your case.

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate's chances of selection.

Note : Even if not mentioned, it is advisable to include at least two letters of recommendation in your applications as they increase your chances of getting admissions.

Application Essays / Personal Statement
The personal application essays, and/or statement of purpose, also play a very important role in the process of evaluating your application for admission to the MBA program. It gives the admission committee assessing your application their most significant impression of you as an individual.

A personal statement should include reasons for choosing this particular course, your area of interest, the suitability of your education and experiential background for this course and your personal and present future goals.

Most business schools have a set of questions that they would like the students to answer. These include questions about your achievements, leadership activities and the reasons for seeking an MBA.

We recommend you to spend as much time as possible in this part of your application as this could make or break your application.