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Current Applicant Thread: Fall 2012 - Calling All LBS Applicants

Fall 2012 Application Instructions

Stage 1 Deadline: 6/10/2010 | Decision Date: 15/12/2010
Stage 2 Deadline: 5/1/2011 | Decision Date: 24/3/2011
Stage 3 Deadline: 2/3/2011 | Decision Date: 20/5/2011
Stage 4 Deadline: 20/4/2011 | Decision Date: 1/7/2011
*All application deadlines are 17.00 UK time (listed in dd/mm/yyyy format)

Question 1 (750 words): Give us a brief assessment of your career progress to date. In what role do you see yourself working in immediately after graduation and what is your longer term career vision? How will your past and present experiences help you to achieve this? How will the London Business School MBA Programme contribute to this goal? Why is this the right time for you to pursue an MBA?

Question 2 (300 words): Give a specific example of when you have had to test your leadership and team working skills. Given this experience what role will you play in a first year study group?

Question 3 (300 words): Student involvement is an extremely important part of the London Business School MBA experience and this is reflected in the character of students on campus. Please describe how you will contribute to student clubs and the community and why?

Question 4 (300 words): London Business School offers a truly global and diverse experience. Describe any significant experiences outside of your home country or culture. What did you gain and how will your experience contribute to London Business School?

Question 5 (150 words: Choose ONE of the following options.
  • 5a) You have decided to stand for the role of Student Association President. Announcing your campaign to the London Business School community for the first time, please describe your manifesto.
  • 5b) What is your most substantial achievement to date and why?

Recommendation Questions (2 Recommenders)
  • How long have you known the applicant and in what connection?
  • What do you consider to be the applicant’s major talents and strengths?
  • What do you consider to be the applicant’s major weaknesses or areas for improvement?
  • In what developmental areas has the applicant changed most over time?
  • What will this individual be doing in 10 years? Why?

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Class Profile and Program Statistics
Full Time MBA Stats
Length of Program 15-21 Months
Campus Location London UK
Average Class Size 400
Average Work Experience 5 Years
Average Age 28
Average GMAT 701 (Range: 600-780)
International 89%
Endowment £75.4M (Wiki)
Tuition (2010) £49,900

Employment Statistics
Median Base Salary: £63,690 ($107,272) *converted at 1.6843 from pounds to dollars on 3 August 2009
Top Industries: Financial Services (36%), Global Industry (33%), Consulting (31%)
Top Locations: United Kingdom (51%), Europe (outside UK) (24%), USA/Canada (8%)
Number of students starting their own business: Unavailable

Top Employers of 2009
# of Hires Company Name
21 McKinsey & Co.
11 Barclays Group
10 Boston Consulting Group
9 Credit Suisse
7 Booz & Co.
6 Bain & Co.
6 Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
5 A.T. Kearney
5 Deutsche Bank
4 Goldman Sachs
4 Johnson & Johnson
3 Citi
3 Standard Chartered Bank
3 Accenture
3 General Mills

Curriculum – Notable Features

Leadership Development
The MBA Programme provides innumerable opportunities for you to learn and practise the art of leadership. Some of these activities are a formal part of the programme but most are optional. These leadership activities combine to form our Global Leadership Development Programme (GLDP). The GLDP consists of the Early Leadership Module, Skills Core Course, Business Communication Module, and the Further Skills Development Portfolio.

Early Leadership Module (begins at Orientation)
  • Understanding General Management (UGM) highlights the challenges and responsibilities you will face as a future global leader. You will study managing through processes, managerial values and what it means to be a leader in the modern business environment.
  • Global Leadership Assessment for Managers (GLAM) helps you develop key interpersonal and teamwork skills to help you lead others in a culturally sensitive way. You also create a personalised MBA action plan based on an assessment of your personal development needs.

Further Skills Development Portfolio – Course Selection:
  • Accent and Voice Coaching
  • Advanced Business Writing
  • Advanced Information Management Skills
  • Dealing with Stress
  • Influencing and Persuading
  • Listening and Observing
  • Managing Meetings
  • Mind Mapping and Memory
  • Personal Impact
  • Public Speaking
  • Speed Reading
  • Successful Negotiation
  • The Art of Communication
  • The Spoken English Company (online programme)
  • Winning Competitive Presentations

Major Projects
Applying what you're studying to real-life contexts is a key aspect of learning on the London Business School MBA. This is highlighted by the project work conducted on the Programme. There are two major curriculum-based projects, both of which are compulsory:

Organisational Audit
During the Managing Organisational Behaviour core course each MBA study group conducts an Organisational Audit on a company of their choice. The audit is tailored to the individual needs of the company. Study groups work with their chosen organisation to agree on the focus and scope of the investigation. Team members gather information through interviews, focus groups or surveys. They share emerging findings with the organisation and present a written report at the end of the project. The audit enables students to apply their knowledge and expertise, and demonstrates the value of their MBA training. Many students describe this as the most valuable learning experience of the Managing Organisational Behaviour course.

The Second Year Project
The Second Year Project is the culmination of your MBA. It's a team-based consultancy exercise that makes use of everything you've learned in class. In a team of two or three you'll analyse and evaluate a tangible business problem for your project sponsor. Past sponsors include global companies, start-ups, charities and NGOs. The project is a superb chance to build networks - some students receive permanent job offers through their project. It's also a chance to earn - you'll negotiate the terms and timetable with the client - or to work pro-bono for a worthy cause.

In 2008 and 2009 the average paid Second Year Project daily rate ranged from £100 to £300 per day, for between 25 and 30 days work.

Summer Internship Alternatives
Summer Consulting Programme
Every year, six to eight of our top MBA students join forces to become the London Business School Consulting Team. With full access to School resources, they provide high-end consultancy services to a range of clients throughout the summer internship period.

Entrepreneurship Summer School
The Entrepreneurship Summer School is one of our popular electives and is ideal if you are interested in:
  • pursuing a business idea of your own
  • starting a career as an entrepreneur
  • learning to develop and shape opportunities

You'll explore a business opportunity in a practical format and test the feasibility of your idea through active research in your proposed markets. You can then study other electives in entrepreneurship and work on a business plan as you finish your second year on the MBA programme.

Language Exit Requirement
Every London Business School MBA graduate must achieve competency in one language other than English by graduation.

If you do not have competency in a language other than English upon entry, you'll need to reach Level 2 in a second language by graduation (Level 1 is Basic, Level 5 is fluent).

To get to this level you can:
  • study one of the languages offered at London Business School
  • study independently
  • combine a School course and independent study.

If you're already competent in another language when you start the MBA, you can still study a language as part of your programme. Many of our students choose to study a third, fourth or fifth language.

International Exchange Programme
  • HEC Paris School of Management, France
  • IESE Business School, Spain
  • SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy
  • WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany

Asia and Australia
  • Australian Graduate School of Management, Australia
  • China Europe International Business School, China
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
  • Fudan University, China
  • The University of Hong Kong, China
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
  • Hitotsubashi University, The Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Japan
  • Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India
  • Indian School of Business, India
  • Keio University, Japan
  • Melbourne Business School, Australia

USA and Canada
  • Anderson School at UCLA
  • Columbia Business School
  • Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
  • Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Leonard Stern School of Business, New York University
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
  • Tuck School of Business
  • UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (GSB)
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Latin America
  • Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil
  • IAE, Argentina
  • IPADE Business School, Mexico

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New post 20 Nov 2010, 13:04
Outstanding effort. Official student blogs are found on :
The Students Association with all the clubs and their details are her : ... ub_url2=sa
Among the current students - me prashok and DoctorManhattan are most active and tmino is the most active alumni
Here is a comparison of LBS v/s wharton at poets and quants : ... on-school/

I can see that a LOT of research has gone into this - kudos.

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A great article describing the first year experience at LBS : ... topStories

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For students who can't afford all tution costs, is there any scholarship program in LBS? Also, what are the TAs and RAs available for students of LBS?

I am Manikanth from India and got a GMAT score of 730 and have 4 yrs of IT exp. I am financially weak and looking for Bshools that provide good financial aids to students.

Any suggestions on European schools with good fundings?

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Great psot.

It could be very helpful if you post some info regd the Masters in Management in LBS

THanks in advance.

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There's going to be a detailed Forbes blog on the London Business School MBA, which you can find here: ... rspective/
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hello ,
i am a final year student of computer science engineering ,from india. plz tell me :
1. i want to pursue one year accelerated mba in hedge funds . i don't have any undergraduate degrees or certificates in business . so am i eligible to do so ?
2. what are my chances of getting admission and scholarship in following colleges ?
London Business School, UK
Insead France / Singapore
IE Business School Spain
Iese Business School Spain
IMD Switzerland
HEC Paris France
Esade Business School Spain
3. what are the requiremens for getting admission and "scholarship " in
these above colleges and which will be better for a foreigner like me to pursue mba in hedge funds ?
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Latest MBA Life blog, covering the London Business School experience, now available at: ... on-part-1/
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Any information on average GPA for students at LBS?
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New post 07 Feb 2013, 11:13
how are you financing your mba. it seems LBS does not provide any loan
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