London Business School
As the geopolitical and business environment continues to evolve in London and the UK while Brexit progresses, LBS MBA – still one of the world’s most prestigious MBA programs – has gone through a major redesign since 2017. We are hearing less about ‘London experience’ or ‘Finance’, but more on ‘World’s most flexible MBA’ and developing a global career – or the ‘London advantage’ to launch your global career. LBS is still the best MBA program for you to move into a financial career in London. The advantage of studying for a 2-year MBA at the very center of London has increasingly becoming associated with London’s resources and opportunities being Europe’s Tech and Startup capital.
The LBS MBA is designed for smart and ambitious people – those who know how to best utilize what LBS can bring them during and after the MBA in many different aspects. The flexible 15, 18 or 21-month curriculum allows tailor-made MBA journey you progress through the MBA. It is not uncommon to see an LBS student changing the exit point halfway through the program due to an opportunity to take a 2nd internship during the fall term of 2nd year and hence taking all electives offered in intensive weeks to complete the required credits in the shortest time.
As LBS continues to develop its global reputation, more than half of MBA graduates, for the 1st time in 2017, have started jobs outside of the UK. The enhanced Global Business Experience, a week-long in-market experiential learning opportunity, now takes students to new places like Shenzhen, Tel Aviv or Lima, while the strong network of 30+ exchange partner schools is the best among any 2-year MBA programs in the world.
First year curriculum is defined by core courses throughout the year and electives being offered from as early as term 2. In the 2nd year you freely design your curriculum by using a mix of in-term electives, intensive-week electives (1-credit course completed in one week, offered immediately before or after the main term), as well as Global Business Experience modules. Taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities in London, many students choose to gain additional practical experience in 2nd year by using one term to take on full-time work while completing required credits in other blocks of the year.
Flexibility is what sets LBS apart from most other 2-year MBA programs: there are options to finish the MBA within 15 or 18 months (with summer option), or 21 months (6 full terms, similar length to most top US MBA programs). The shortest 15-month option, where one could graduate in February, still allows for a complete summer option (corporate internship, summer consulting project or entrepreneurship summer school) plus a semester exchange abroad and one or two Global Business Experience modules. Graduating with the 18 or 21-month option will enable the spring term for international exchange, and additional possibilities for global experiences/capstone projects and even internships.
Many 2nd year electives are offered cross-program; hence you might have peers from other post-experience programs (such as Masters in Finance and the Sloan Masters) learning and sharing with you in the same classroom which is a great opportunity to benefit from this even greater level of diversity.
Extracurriculars are a key part of the MBA experience, and they are probably considered as important as the academics. Participation in student clubs is not restricted to just MBA students, hence the level of diversity increases to over 100 student clubs serving the entire campus population from over 130 countries. MBA students join clubs as leaders from as early as 1st term. The breadth of professional and regional clubs means that there are major business conferences happening throughout the year in every relevant discipline (such as the famous China Forum, Africa Business Summit and Women in Business Conference), and professional/leisure treks organized by clubs to every major destination on earth that deserves to be relevant for an LBS MBA.
Another unique aspect of LBS is the great integration of the significant London-based alumni community. The Career Center, as well as many professional student clubs, engage alumni as career mentors/coaches for current MBA students. On campus sessions, which take place throughout the year, immediately open the door for tremendous learning and networking opportunities with alumni, enhancing the ‘London Experience’.
Class Size: 430
Average Age: 29
Average Work Experience: 5 years
Median GMAT: 708
- Consulting – 41%
- Financial Services – 26%
- Tech, E-commerce & Internet – 20%
- Diversified Industries – 13%
- UK – 50%
- Europe (excluding UK) – 16%
- Asia Pacific – 14%
- North America – 9%
- Latin America – 7%
- Middle East & Africa – 4%