Said Business School is one of the world’s best B-schools and is extremely coveted with an acceptance rate of 25%. The MBA program is being offered by the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School since the school’s foundation in 1996. Oxford University has a rich tradition of developing leaders. The MBA program builds on this legacy, providing you with a solid foundation in core business principles while developing a broadened mindset and understanding of the role of business in society. Where business is heading, Saïd believes, is taking on “world-scale problems.” Here, the goal is impact and the tools are corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship, and inclusive policy-making. The school often likens itself to an incubator, a place to dream and experiment, to ask questions and take risks, and to kindle, scale, and transform. 


The Said MBA is a 1 year MBA program based in Oxford, UK. It ranks 31st globally in the Financial Times Global business school rankings.

The tuition fee for the program is £65,520. Living expenses are approximately £14,580 to £21,060.

Generous scholarships are offered to outstanding international candidates on a merit basis. 

  1. Eni-Oxford Africa Scholarships.
  2. Forté Fellowships for Women.
  3. Global Leadership Council (GLC) Scholarships for Women.
  4. MBA African Leaders Scholarship.
  5. Oxford-Grace Lake Scholarship (additional application required)
  6. Oxford-Intesa Sanpaolo MBA Graduate Scholarship.
  7. Oxford-Leo Tong Chen Scholarships.


The MBA cohort typically represents a wide array of industries and professional backgrounds, providing a truly global learning experience.

The industry experience of students, prior to joining is also diverse, ranging from consulting, banking, and financial services to fashion and performing arts. About 94% are international or non-Spanish students.

The average work experience for the full-time MBA is 5 years which ensures that students contribute richly to classroom learning by bringing forward their varied industry experience Peer-peer learning beyond the classroom is also facilitated through this.

The median GMAT score for the incoming class is 690. The infographic below depicts the Said MBA class profile with statistics about the gender distribution, age, work experience, and geographical background of the students. 

Females in the class were about 44%.

Source: The school website


Core courses

The core courses will allow you to examine the foundation of business. The first term will immerse you in the modern enterprise – from the economic theory of the firm to the valuation of businesses and the choice of strategy and management skills. The goal of these core courses is to provide a breadth and depth of knowledge that will allow you to approach any business situation with confidence and understanding.

Elective courses

A wide range of subjects that will enhance your CV for certain career avenues or may just interest you intellectually are offered. Courses are often taught by academics and industry practitioners working in partnership to ensure that cutting-edge research is combined with relevant real-life applications. Electives on offer are subject to change from year to year depending on demand.

Entrepreneurship Project

By completing the entrepreneurship course and project you will develop a complete business plan and present it to a panel of invited venture capitalists and other practitioners.

Recent projects include:

  • simplifying technologies for the developmentally challenged
  • the development of a hedge fund
  • the commercialization of technology for conditioning household furnishings
  • a consultancy firm providing technical safety management expertise to the Chinese mining industry

If you already run a business this is a great chance to develop new products or business models in a safe environment.

The goal is for completed plans to be attractive to professional investors. This means that the numbers must add up, patents must be in place, the competition must have been understood and a winning strategy developed. It is often said that investors care more about the management than the plan – in this case, the management will be you.

Global opportunities and threats- GOTO

GOTO provides students with two critical things: 

  • Access to Oxford’s most famous pedagogic institution: the tutorial. Oxford tutorials have sharpened students’ thinking, analysis, critique of evidence, and powers of persuasion for centuries. 
  • Allows a critical analysis of the global opportunities and threats that will be, or already are, part of the business landscape for the coming few years.


Each year, Said achieves high employment rates of 87% of each MBA class. 

The mean salary for the outgoing class of 2020 was £72,618. Many students started their own companies this year, while many students joined startups and new ventures.

The majority (43%) of the Said MBA graduating class of 2018 found employment in Europe itself. 

These are the key placement statistics.

Source: The official career report 2020

Consulting and Financial Services emerged as the 2 industries in which the majority of the class was placed. 50% of the class was placed in these industries.


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Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent.
  • Written supporting statement.
  • Online assessment.
  • Either a GMAT or GRE score.
  • Professional experience with a minimum of two years of work experience.
  • An understanding of your career goals.
  • English capability.
  • Two references, either professional or academic.

Application Fee: £150

Application Deadlines

Source: The official school website

Essay questions

Tell us something that is not covered in your application that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you. (Maximum 250 words)

If you are applying under the Oxford 1+1 MBA scheme you also need to submit the following essay:

Explain why you see this as particularly beneficial for you and how it fits with your career and personal development aims. (Maximum 250 words)

Re-applicants will need to submit an additional essay as below:

What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA? (Maximum 250 words)

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