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.
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
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 with a TOEFL iBT score of 100 or alternatively with a PTE score of at least 70 (*UKBA requirements include minimum scores in the TOEFL and Pearson tests.).
In special circumstances, candidates with other exceptional qualities may be admitted when their GMAT score is marginally below 600 but only if they can demonstrate a good standard on the quantitative element, successfully complete a Lancaster Admissions Essay, and meet other minimum language requirements (IELTS, TOEFL iBT, PTE).
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.