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University of Oxford’s Said Business School


School Data

Annual Tuition: £55,000

Full-Time Enrollment: 337

International: 93%

Mean Age: 28

Median GMAT: 690

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 580-780

Female: 40%

Male: 60%

The profile was last updated on February 12, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact our general manager.

Application Deadlines
Stage 1: September 29th, 2017
Stage 3: January 5th, 2018
Stage 4: March 16th, 2018
Stage 5: May 11th, 2018

What is the most unique thing about Oxford Saïd Business School? That it is connected to the University of Oxford. Every MBA student is a member of a college or hall, meaning they are embedded right in the life of the wider university.

That involves more than drinking glasses of port at formal dinners. It also gives the Saïd MBA a distinct flavor that emphasizes the big picture. For instance, three themes cut across the entire MBA: Global Rules of the Game, Entrepreneurship, and Responsible Business. Each has its own module, but each also informs the way everything else is taught, and the themes are backed up with scores of conferences and guest speaker lectures.

MBA students also take part in the Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) project. Each year academics and students from across the university focus on an issue such as Big Data, Demographic Change or The Future of Healthcare. The idea to help equip students with the frameworks and tools to approach difficult global issues.

The course involves a conventional MBA core, then students take seven to nine of the 30-plus electives, which include courses in unusual subjects such as The Circular Economy, Impact Investing, and ESG.

Intriguingly, Saïd also offers a 1+1 program that lets students take a one-year MSc followed by an MBA, allowing people to delve into a subject before capping it off with a general business qualification — an interesting (and cost-effective) alternative to the U.S. two-year MBA. So far, around 20 students take this option each year.

The MBA itself now has 340 students, with a heavy Asian component. On the most recent course ,13% were from East Asia, 25% from South Asia, 26% North America and 11% from Western Europe.

Saïd is keen to blend all the romance and academic rigor with practicality through The Foundry, a university-wide innovation center devoted to starting new businesses, and a VC fund called Oxford Sciences Innovation. Saïd has also beefed up its skills development and careers services, increasing staff numbers from six to 24 including big-hitters from Deloitte, KPMG, and Amazon who will help students find jobs in the wide world after their time among the Dreaming Spires.

Ian Rogan, MBA Program Director 

Our general philosophy is that we live in a time when it is imperative that future business leaders don’t only understand business, but also appreciate the complexity of the world around them.

“The private sector has a huge influence on the institutions that govern society so if you are preparing future leaders, we think that no only should they be able to compete as individuals and for their firms, but that they should do so with an understanding of the impact business has on society.

“That should be part of your business education, and if that is your aim, it helps to be connected to a great university like Oxford where a lot of these issues are in play.”



Notes: NA = Not available, NR = Not ranked. The ranks by the FT and The Economist are global, while the rankings by P&Q, Businessweek and Forbes are for non-U.S. schools only which is why Oxford is ranked much higher.



Contact Information

Park End Street
Oxford, United Kingdom OX1 1HP
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From Oxford University: 

Said Business School at Oxford University blends the best of new and old. We are a young, vibrant, and innovative business school deeply embedded in an 800 year old world-class university.

One year MBA at Said Business School’s Oxford University 

We aim to provide the world’s future business leaders with the skills, knowledge, and personal qualities needed to meet the world-scale challenges of the 21st century

Our world is unprecedentedly complex, connected, and fragile. Our trust in institutions and each other is under intense pressure. Our energy, food and water security, our aging populations, the explosion in stored data – these all require managers and leaders of unusual ability, sophistication and integrity. This environment needs individuals who can inspire and influence a wide range of stakeholders, and who can demonstrate responsible leadership in the face of complex and often forgotten conflicting interests and our MBA programme will equip you with these skills.

Admissions process

We operate a staged admissions process and we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible. Applications for the 2016/17 class will be considered in accordance with the dates given above.

1.      A good undergraduate degree: 2.1 result, 3.5 GPA or its equivalent
Please visit the further requirements application section to learn more about each requirement. 

2.      Relevant professional experience:  A minimum 2 years full time work experience is required.

3.     GMAT or GRE score

4.     A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS): If English is not your first language.

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