Making your application


We run a rolling admissions process: however, we strongly advise applicants to apply as early as possible in the admissions cycle to allow for application processing time and, if successful, enough time to complete the necessary requirements for student visas and accommodation.

Each year the MBA pgroamme offers a large number of scholarship awards. Given the intense competition for these scholarships, we strongly advise you to apply as soon as possible.  

Completing your application

You must submit your appilcation using the University's online application system.

Once you have applied online, you will be able to track the progress of your application.  As part of your application, you must nominate two referees who can comment on your suitability for the programme. The referees should be people who are able to comment on your academic ability and your professional experience.

If you left University several years ago and are unable to submit an academic reference, then two professional references will be acceptable. 

Application checklist

Please ensure you upload the following to your online application:

  • a detailed CV
  • degree certificate
  • degree transcript
  • GMAT score report (if applicable)
  • IELTS/PTE score report (if applicable)
  • two references (at least one professional), unless you have requested us to contact your referees
  • personal statement 

If you do not have all the required documentation you should indicate when these will become available.


For further information on our substantial awards visit - Scholarships

Selection process

Application review

Once we have received your application and evaluated all the supporting documents, a decision will be made regarding whether to shortlist you for interview. 


If we shortlist you, we aim to offer you an interview within two weeks.

Applicants based in the UK: we invite all UK-based applicants to attend for interview at Lancaster, meet the programme team, current students and to see Lancasters' fantastic facilities.   If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you will normally be required to make a short presentation during the interview.  

Applicants based outside the UK: we interview all suitable candidates who are based outside the UK, either face-to-face (if our MBA team are attending a recruitment fair locally) or by telephone/Skype.  If you wish to be considered for a scholarship - for further information visit - Scholarships

We aim to notify you of a decision within 48 hours of the interview. If we offer you a place, we ask that you respond within three weeks of receiving your formal offer. On acceptance we will require a deposit of £2,000. An offer is only valid while there are still places available on the programme.

Information and advice from former students

Take a look at some of our MBA graduate profiles, in which they talk about their experience on the Lancaster MBA.