MBA entry requirements

In our admissions process we aim to select MBA students with a proven track record of exceptional achievement and ability.

The criteria below are what we normally look for as a minimum: wherever possible we aim to exceed them.

Admissions criteria

The admissions requirements for all applicants to the Lancaster MBA are:

  • a good first degree
  • a minimum of three years work experience since graduation. Strong preference will given to those who can demonstrate clearly that they have held significant managerial responsibilities.
  • two good references, usually from your current employer and someone who can comment on your academic ability
  • two pre-course essays

English language and GMAT requirements

In addition, if your degree is not from a recognised UK university and your first language is not English, you will need to:

  • achieve a GMAT score of 600 or above balanced across verbal, written and quantitative elements. Those who score less than 4.5 on the analytical writing element may be asked to complete a further Lancaster Admissions Essay.
  • demonstrate your English language proficiency, preferably with an IELTS score of 7.0 or above (with at least 6.0 in each element) or alternatively with a PTE score of at least 70 (*UKBA requirements include a minimum score in the Pearson test.).

Not all candidates are required to take the GMAT test. In special circumstances, candidates with other exceptional qualities may be admitted, but may be required to successfully complete a Lancaster Admissions Essay. Applicants who have less than 4 years of relevant, postgraduate, management experience or do not have a first degree, but have a significant number of years relevant management experience, a strong GMAT score is required.

If you have a non-standard background and would like advice about your suitability please contact the Admissions Office.

If you meet the academic qualifications and English language requirements above but do not have sufficient work experience, you may like to consider the MSc in Management programme.