The Saïd Business School MBA: What You Need To Know
What is the most unique thing about Oxford University’s Saïd Business School? It is embedded within the University of Oxford.
Every MBA student is a member of one of Oxford’s colleges, and the Saïd School engages closely with the wider university to bring a multidisciplinary aspect to the Oxford MBA. This enables the program to provide an eclectic mix of experiences and opportunities, from The Foundry, a university-wide innovation center devoted to starting new businesses, to debates at the famous Oxford Union, globally renowned speakers, conferences, and other events. Not to mention fancy dinners in ancient dining rooms.
Saïd embeds its MBA within the broadest possible context. Alongside the conventional core business courses, all students take part in the Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) project. Academics and students from across the university focus on a world-scale issue, such as climate change or the future of healthcare, and seek out business solutions. Along the way the students learn the frameworks and tools to help them achieve the aim of “leading with purpose.”
Intriguingly, Oxford Saïd also offers a 1+1 program that lets students take a one-year Oxford master’s degree from a list of partner programs followed by an MBA, allowing people to delve into a subject before capping it off with an MBA — a cost-effective alternative to the two-year MBA in the U.S. Typically, around 20 students are successful in their applications to the 1+1 program.
Core courses go beyond the conventional to include topics like entrepreneurship, responsible business, and leading with purpose in the 21st century, and a significant tranche of co-curricular activities like the ever-popular Finance Lab. Unusually, participants can also take an internship, which is not always the case in a one-year MBA.
The Oxford MBA class of 2019-2020 comprises 329 students of 64 different nationalities, broken down as follows: Africa 13%, East Asia 14%, Eastern Europe 1%, Latin America & The Caribbean 8%, Middle East 3%, North America 5%, Oceania 4%, South Asia 14%, Southeast Asia 7%, Western Europe 11%. Forty-four percent of the cohort are women.
Liz Starbuck Greer, Program Director
At Oxford we believe that an MBA education is about more than business. The world needs leaders who can engage with the critical questions of our time. Our MBAs are outstanding in their fields, and they graduate with both a deep understanding of business and a proven ability to tackle the kind of complex, world-scale challenges that we increasingly face.
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