FAQ

Programme structure

When does the programme start?

The Full-time MBA programme starts at the beginning of September each year. There is only one intake a year.

What are the term dates?

The Full-time MBA is a challenging 12-month journey starting in September combining intensive learning and practical application.

How is the programme taught?

The programme is split into two sections. September to March is 'Fundamentals of Business' which are core modules. April to August is an opportunity to discover electives and begin 'Tailored Learning'. Further details can be found here.

Is the MBA programme accredited?

Yes, Cass is among the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

How much of the programme is case-study based?

Case studies are increasingly used throughout the Full-time MBA programme. There is also a strong focus on ‘live’ cases with practical consulting projects both in the UK and internationally.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a number of diverse, but complementary, methods, including examinations, coursework, assessed group-work (for example case studies and business plans), class presentations and practical projects.

Are there internships available?

The 12-month programme is highly intensive, it is difficult to include a full time internship. However, the Full-time MBA at Cass is very practical and the final ‘Business Mastery Project’ along with the consulting projects in the UK and abroad provide similar benefits. Students can also choose to complete an internship once the programme has finished.

Do I have to choose one stream when selecting electives?

At Cass you have the freedom to choose across all subject areas and tailor your programme as you wish. You can also sit in on additional electives that you don’t want to take for credit.

What percentage of classes do I need to attend?

We would expect students to attend every class due to the intensive learning and too much will be missed if classes are not attended. There is not an option for distance learning. If students are unable to make the class, they are expected to let the Course Office and Faculty know in advance.

Do I need a computer?

Yes, it is recommended that you have your own laptop.

Do I need to buy books?

The key text book for each of your core modules is included. Additional texts and those required for electives will need to be purchased or loaned from the library.

Can I come back and study at Cass once I’ve graduated?

Yes, as a member of the Cass Alumni you can return and complete one free elective each year.

Teaching and faculty

Who will be teaching on the programme?

The programme is taught by leading faculty, policymakers, entrepreneurs and world-renowned practitioners working with the latest insights and imparting best practice.

How accessible are the faculty to the students?

Due to the relatively small cohort size, it allows faculty and students to have a closer and more personal working relationship. A member of faculty will also supervise student’s final project.

Does the teaching have a practical orientation?

Applied knowledge is a key component of the programme. What begins in the lecture theatre is rapidly reinforced and tested in real-world practical applications through the Strategy Project, International Consulting Week and Business Mastery Project.

What form does the teaching take?

Core theory is taught through textbooks, handbooks and self-study. Understanding and application of theory is developed through case teaching, formal lectures, group work, seminars, discussions, workshops, exercises and projects.

How many hours a week will I need to study?

It will vary depending on which stage of the programme you are at. However a typical week will include approximately 42 hours of combined contact hours and self-study.

Are there areas on campus for self-study?

Cass is proud to have syndicate rooms that students can book out for individual and group study. They contain a screen for presentations and easy access power boards for multiple laptops.

Application process

Can I waive the application fee?

We do not currently waive the application fee.

Who should I give as my referees?

We recommend that at least one of your references comes from your current employer. The second could also be a professional recommendation. However, if you have extensive leadership experience or volunteer roles outside of work that you want us to know about that is another possibility. We discourage recommendations from undergraduate professors, peers or family.

If my transcript is not in English do I need to get it translated?

If your transcript is not in English, we will require a translated, certified copy.

When is the application deadline?

We run a rolling application process and do not have a set deadline. However, we strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible to ensure you secure a place on the programme. We also have set deadlines for scholarships which you need to meet if wanting to apply for these.

Do I need to submit a personal statement?

Yes, we do require a personal statement for the application. However, we have a document that we ask you to fill out and specific questions to answer. Please note we will not use any extra statements that you submit.

I don't have everything to submit an application right now, can I submit with some of the documents?

You are able to start an application and return at a later date but when you submit we ask candidates to submit all entry requirements at once so not to hold up the admissions process. If items are missing, our admissions team will be in contact. At times, candidates are able to fast track their application and submit partially on the conditions of a conditional offer.

Can I fast track my application?

Fast tracking is only available at certain times of the year. Please see our application page to see if fast tracking is available.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for the Full-time MBA?

Please see below for the entry requirements.There is more information on our application page.

  • at least 3 years post-graduate work experience
  • a good university degree (upper second class honours degree (2:1) or above), or at least six years' relevant business experience if you don't have a degree.
  • a minimum GMAT score of 600 with a good balance between verbal and quants
  • a fully completed online application form
  • your application essays and supplementary questions
  • a two-page CV
  • two reference's; one professional and one academic
  • a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 if required

How much post-graduate work experience do I need to have?

We require a minimum of 3 years post-graduate work experience. Please note we do not count internships as work experience.

What counts as post-graduate work experience?

We are proud to have a diverse cohort from a range of sectors and do not look for a specific type of experience. Our admissions team will look for career progression and examples of leadership. They will also look at uses of business strategy.

Can you tell me if my experience is relevant?

Yes, we have recruitment managers who are able to provide CV reviews for potential candidates. If you would like to receive personalised feedback on your eligibility for the Full-time MBA please submit a CV for review.

Can I apply as an international candidate?

We welcome students from all across the globe to apply for our programme. Diversity is an essential aspect of our programme as collaboration is a must. By having a diverse cohort you are able to learn different business techniques used around the world. You will need to apply early if you require a Tier 4 visa.

Do I need to take IELTS?

If you require a Tier 4 visa from a country that English is not the first language you will need to take IELTS and score 7.0 or above. You may not need to take IELTS if you have studied a degree in an English speaking country. Please check the UK Gov website if you are unsure.

Do you accept TOEFL instead of IELTS?

City University will no longer accept TOEFL and in order to be considered by the Admissions panel, you would need to take the IELTS test and have a score of 7.0 or above.

I have an MSc/PhD, do I need to take GMAT?

Yes, GMAT is a requirement for all applicants for the Full-time MBA as we need to ensure the verbal and quants ability as the programme is intensive.

I have 10+ years of experience, do I need to take GMAT?

As mentioned above, GMAT is a requirement for all applicants for the Full-time MBA.

Tuition fees and funding

How much does the Full-time MBA cost?

The Full-time MBA programme fees are £41,000.  This amount covers the core module’s text book as well as the full costs of the International Consultancy Week; it will also include one international elective with the exception of the respective flight.

Can I pay in instalments?

The programme can either be paid in full upfront or in 2 instalments – the first one due before the programme is due to start (before September) and a second instalment in January.

Candidates are highly advised to think about how they intend to pay the cost beforehand and make the necessary arrangements in due time.

What scholarships do you have?

We have a wide range of scholarships and awards on offer. The scholarships are for 50% of the fees and are therefore highly competitive. To find out more information about scholarships and awards please see our website.

What sources of funding are available?

Aside from scholarships there are various different loans available. Further details can be found here

Can I work part time during the programme?

Due to the intensive nature of the programme it is not recommended that you work part-time.

Do you accept Chevening Scholars?

We welcome applications from candidates who have applied for Chevening scholarships.  For further information please visit:

https://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support/international-students

http://www.chevening.org/

If you have any questions regarding your MBA application please contact us

Location and accommodation

Where is Cass Business School?

Cass Business School is located in the heart of the financial district neighboring tech city in London. We have two campuses; Bunhill Row and our Executive Education Campus at 200 Aldersgate St only 10/15 minutes walk apart.

You can find us here.

How can I travel to the campuses via public transport?

For Cass at Bunhill Row, the nearest underground stations are:

  • Moorgate and Old Street on the Northern Line (bank branch)
  • Barbican, Liverpool Street and Moorgate on the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines
  • Liverpool Street on the Central Line.

For Cass at Aldersgate Street, the nearest underground stations are:

  • Farringdon, Barbican and Moorgate on the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines
  • St Paul's on the Central Line
  • Moorgate on the Northern Line (Bank branch)

Can I visit the campus?

Yes, we run on-campus recruitment events which give you the opportunity to learn more about the MBA programmes within the space you would be taught in. Alternatively, our recruitment managers are available to meet candidates on site to discuss eligibility and find out if Cass is the fit for you. To schedule a meeting on campus, please either submit your CV online or email across a copy of your CV to cass-mba@city.ac.uk

Is accommodation available to MBA students?

A limited allocation of accommodation places is reserved for MBA students who meet certain requirements. These places are allocated on a first come, first served basis to MBA candidates who have:

  • Firmly accepted an unconditional offer
  • Paid a deposit to secure their place on the MBA by the deadline specified and
  • Sent an accommodation application form directly to the MBA admissions office.

MBA students live in Willen House, Alliance House and Pure City. Other residences may become available.

View accommodation costs.

Do I need to live in London to study the Full-time MBA?

You do not have to live in London to study the Full-time MBA. However, you will need to be able to arrive on campus for classes by 10am. Please note that some classes may start at 9am and you will be expected to arrive on time.

Clubs, societies and networking

What networking opportunities are available at Cass?

Our location on the doorstep of the City of London puts you at the heart of one of the world's leading business centres. Senior managers from many international businesses contribute to our Corporate Speakers Programme.

Past guests include:

  • Axel Weber, President of the Deutsche Bundesbank
  • Rt Hon Lord Mandelson
  • Bob Kelly, CEO of BNY Mellon (and Cass alumnus)
  • George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer.

More than 12,500 MBAs work in senior positions around the globe, and they are part of a network of over 30,000 Cass alumni. We have 45 overseas associations - from India to China to the US, Greece, Germany and Dubai - who exchange knowledge and experience, and discuss industry trends and business opportunities. Our Special Interest Groups will also help you to cultivate the contacts that will advance your career development.

What societies/clubs are available to MBA students?

Cass has a range of societies that you are able to join and meet like-minded current students and alumni. There are opportunities for leadership roles within the societies as well as setting up new ones.

Examples include:

  • Cass Entrepreneurs Network (CEN)
  • Cass Women in Business (CWIB)
  • Cass Actuarial Network (TANC)
  • Executive MBA Club
  • Cass Shipping Society
  • Real Estate Club
  • Cass Consultancy Society
  • M&A / Private Equity Club
  • Chinese Careers Society

Will I have time to attend events and societies?

Yes, however, it is a personal decision whether you have enough time to take up any extra curricular activities and societies as you may have other personal matters that require more attention. Each student is different with their work and life balance but we would hope students are able to join a club or society.