Applications for the September 2021 Full-time MBA Programme are open. 

As soon as you submit a fully completed application it will be processed so there is no need to wait until the next deadline.

Once your application is complete and meets our entry requirements, it will be reviewed by the admissions panel and if successful you will be invited for an interview with a member of faculty.

The whole process from complete application to final decision typically takes 4 - 6 weeks.

Application deadlines

Round                  Deadline Date                                          Status

Round 1               27th September 2020                                CLOSED

Round 2               8th November 2020                                   Open

Round 3               10th January 2021

Round 4               14th February 2021

Round 5               28th March 2021

Round 6 *             9th May 2021

Round 7               13th June 2021

Round 8 **           Rolling applications

* If you require a Tier 4 visa then we strongly recommend you submit your application to us by Round 6 at the latest

** Rolling applications will only run if there are still places available.

Six reasons to apply early

    1. The earlier rounds present greater opportunities to be considered for financial awards and scholarships. However, It is important that you explore all options for funding your studies independently and do not solely rely on securing a financial award or scholarship.   We strongly recommend you submit an application to the programme no later than Round 4 specifically if you wish to be considered for a scholarship.
    2. Due to the competitive nature of securing a place on the MBA programme a waitlist is operated throughout the year. This is done in order to ensure there is balance and diversity in the cohort. If you are placed on the waitlist it is possible you could be offered a place at a later stage in the recruitment cycle. Further information will be provided at that time on next steps in the process.
    3. You will have first choice with University accommodation.
    4. There will be a longer period of time to make arrangements for the upcoming year, including addressing any work commitments, preparing for international travel and the visa process.
    5. You will receive invites to additional pre-programme events and networking opportunities.
    6. It provides extra time to connect with future class mates.

As part of the application process you will automatically be considered for a financial award of up to 30% of the tuition fees, however if you wish to be considered for a 50% scholarship you must complete the additional essay question included in the application form.

Please note, The Coca-Cola Foundation Women's Leadership Scholarship follows a separate application process which can be found here.

If you require a Tier 4 visa it is strongly recommended you apply by round 6 in order to have enough time to prepare your visa application and complete the process.

Contact us with any questions or if you would like us to assess your suitability for the programme please complete the CV review form.

Entry requirements

Admissions criteria

  • A minimum of three years' full-time professional experience, gained after graduation
  • A good university degree (upper second class honours degree (2:1) or above) or appropriate professional qualification.  Alternatively, at least six years' relevant business experience if you do not have a degree
  • Experience of working in multicultural teams and an international outlook

A completed online application form

The application form is completed online as designed to allow you to complete it over several sessions allowing to submit when you are ready.

Application essays

Personal statement and supporting questions. Please note we have specific questions which are available in the online application.


Your one or two page CV is uploaded as part of the online application form. Please provide reasons for significant gaps in employment history within the application. Please see our recommended CV template


All applicants to the Full-time MBA are required to take either GMAT or GRE. You should aim for a well-balanced minimum GMAT score of 600 or for an equivalent minimum score in GRE.

You can submit an application before you take the test as long as you provide your confirmed test date on your application form.  You will need to send us the test booking confirmation together with your application.

To send your GMAT score report to Cass please use 2C2 - R0 – 50 or GRE score report use code 9646


Two supporting references. These can either be from your current employer, a previous employer or a client.

Although your referees will receive an electronic request, it is our experience that referees respond more quickly if the candidate also sends the link to the online reference form directly to them.

Proof of your English language ability

If English is not your first language you will need to submit a well- balanced IELTS score of 7.0 with no indivdual section under 6.5.  For alternative tests please see here.

In some cases the English requirement can be waived, please contact our Admissions team for more information.

Copy of your university documents

Your degree certificate and transcript for each degree you have studied.  We require certified translated copies of each document if they are not in in English.

Application fee

An application processing fee of £100. The fee is waived for City, University of London or Cass Business School alumni.

You can pay your application fee online and we accept the following cards: MasterCard, Maestro, Solo, Switch, Visa, Visa Delta and Visa Electron.

Pay the application fee online

You will be given a reference number upon payment; please make a note of this and enter it when prompted on the online application form. Please note that we cannot begin to process your application until we have received your application fee.

Tier 4 visa

Incoming students who do not possess an EEA passport might require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. Find out whether you fit into this category.

City, University of London retains Highly Trusted Status from UK Border Agency (UKBA), enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.

In order to apply for a Tier 4 visa, you must obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from Cass Business School, City, University of London. CAS statements will be issued by City, University of London.

More information on the visa application process is available from The UK Border Agency.