MBA Round 3: Advice from the Admissions Director

By David Simpson, Recruitment & Admissions Director, MBA & MiF

On the MBA, we operate a ‘staged admissions’ process, just like most top schools. We have three rounds, starting in September and running through to a final round in March. On other programmes we extend even longer, especially for part-time programmes where the candidate decision-making process is quite different.

For us on the MBA, although a large portion of our places are filled in rounds one and two, it is essential that we hold back places for the final round, in order to build the very particular kind of class we are seeking. What we don’t want to do is front-load our admissions process and sacrifice our class diversity. Aside from having an incredibly customisable programme, powerful London location and outstanding employment success, one of the key points our students love about us, is the class diversity – typically around 70 nationalities and a huge range of professional backgrounds. 

In addition, we recognise that everyone has quite different decision-making cycles and influences; as a result, we see trends on timings from different regions and professional backgrounds. Sometimes, our students just needed a little longer to prepare for their GMAT / GRE. Some of the most dedicated and successful students I have known applied in the final round, (or later!). Applying for business education may be something you have had meticulously planned for years, or you might have been persuaded to be brave and go for it by a friend or mentor just before the final deadline, after thinking it might not be for you.

The main thing you need to know is that whilst admissions deadlines are open, if you’re a strong candidate, you honestly have every chance.

So if you’re sitting there thinking ‘is it too late to apply in round three?’, then let me reassure you, no, it’s not – but I recommend you get moving! The final application deadline is Friday 25 March 2022

Applications for our MBA2024 class are now open – to find out how to apply, please visit our website.

2 comments on “MBA Round 3: Advice from the Admissions Director”

    • Suzanne Kanca - Digital Communications Officer Reply

      Hi Nurudeen, thanks for getting in touch! You can reach our team for more information on applying to the MBA programme by contacting as they would be happy to answer any questions.

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