Saïd Business School

(Oxford University)


  • Location: Oxford, England
  • Program Length: 1 year
  • Program cost: £78,510
  • Average GMAT score: 690
  • Acceptance Rate: 20%
  • Average Work Experience: 5 years

Employment Reports (2022)

  • Received an Offer: 88%
  • Accepted an Offer: 87%
  • Median Salary: £83,410
  • Companies recruited Oxford MBAs: 150+


  • #28 Financial Times 2023 Global MBA Ranking
  • #16 QS Global MBA Rankings 2023


  • Total Enrollment: 303
  • International Students: 93%
  • Women: 48%


Founded in 1906, Said Business School aims to make the world a more equitable place by preparing future leaders for the challenges at hand. The Said community is a part of the larger Oxford University as a whole. Students and faculty from all corners of the world converge to share information and network while continuing the Saiid tradition to transform the global business landscape.


  • Round 1: September 27th, 2023
  • Round 2: January 5th, 2024
  • Round 3: March 20th, 2024



Official transcripts required.

    GMAT or GRE

    GMAT or GRE are accepted.

    Foreign Language Requirement

    Non native English speakers and applicants are required to submit English Language scores.

    2 Recommendations

    Two professional or academic recommendations are required. 


    Candidates need to submit a one page CV.

    Essay Description

    The admissions committee looks for the following: good communication skills, leadership potential, analytical skills, fit with the Oxford MBA community, among other characteristics.

    5 Online questions will be asked on the assessment platform:

    Two motivation-based questions – all candidates will answer the same questions.

    Two competency-based questions – these will be randomized, light-hearted, written responses are meant to show quick thinking.

    Essay Question 1: Tell us something that is not covered in your application which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you. (Maximum 250 words)


    Only shortlisted candidates are invited to an interview. Interviews are conducted by a faculty member, senior member, or industry advisor. Traits to emphasize: Career progression, International Exposure and Leadership.

    Application Fee

    All applicants are required to pay an application fee of 150 GBP. 


    “I was accepted yesterday to the Oxford Said Business School for the 2021/22 MBA programme! Delighted and relieved in equal measure. Thank you for coaching me along throughout this process and for the brilliant sessions. I am very grateful.”


    Oxford Africa Business Alliance

    This committee is led by both students and the school. Students engage in African-Related activities as they generate dialogue on how best to engage Business, Entrepreneurship and investment on the African continent. Through this community, students network and build relationships around common interests and passions.

    Oxford Business Alumni Network

    The OBA is an active and vast network of individuals passionate about business. With over 17,500 members, OBA helps contribute to Saiid while bringing together current and former students. Joining the OBA enhances students careers as well as overall MBA experience and helps them build the network necessary for a successful professional career.


     Apart from being a part of the historic tradition of Oxford, students at Said business school have access to numerous relationship and network building opportunities in the form of student led clubs. Because of the high caliber of Oxford, students find themselves surrounded by motivated and driven peers who embrace a global mindset.


    The full time MBA program at Saiid Business School is 1 year in length and continues a long tradition of molding the best and brightest to become future business leaders. Saiid aims for students to develop their open mindedness, while gaining a strategic skill set of logical, lateral, and independent thinking that they can use professionally and academically.

    Fall Semester

    The year begins in September with a launch period where fellow students engage and network with one another. The year is broken up into 3 terms, wherein students take core courses as well as electives. The curriculum is designed so that students graduate prepared for the challenges facing the modern business environment.

    Core Courses

    • Accounting
    • Analytics
    • Business Finance
    • Capitalism in Debate
    • Firms and Markets
    • Organizational Behaviour
    • Marketing
    • Strategy
    • Technology and Operations Management


    “I’d like to thank Mike and Chris at ApexGMAT who helped me with my preparation for the EA exam. When I began preparing, I was applying to an EMBA at Oxford, was very busy with my job – a full-time position – and had no previous experience with either the EA or the GMAT. To get admitted to this extremely competitive programme I needed a high EA score, and on the first attempt since time was really precious to me. I knew I needed the most efficient preparation.

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    Colin Mayer CBE

    Professor Mayer is the Peter Moores Professor of management Studies at Said Business School. His expertise lied in corporate finance, governance and taxation, the regulation of financial institutions, and the role of the corporations in contemporary society. He has worked both academically and professionally in the field of business, having served on several editorial boards and also as director and chairman of Oxera.

    Peter Tufano

    Professor Tufano is the Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance at Said Business School. Both an academic and social entrepreneur, Professor Tufano believes strongly in the concept ‘business school embedded within the University` and has worked hard to champion that cause. His research interests are on consumer finance, financial innovation, risk management and corporate financial engineering and mutual funds. He is well published with his works appearing in numerous articles and publications.

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