Saïd Business School – University of Oxford
Saïd Business School, part of Oxford University, is located in the university town of Oxford in England. The school offers a one-year, full-time MBA programme, as well as a two-year dual-degree option, the Oxford 1+1 MBA. Oxford Saïd also offers an Executive MBA programme. Saïd is recognized for the opportunities it offers in the wider Oxford University, its international community of professors and students, and its emphasis on combining rigorous academic training with practical experience.
What is the tuition for Said’s MBA program?
The tuition for Said’s MBA program is 57,200 euros per year.
What is the average GMAT score for admission to Said’s MBA program?
The average GMAT score for the incoming class at Said is 690. Said considers a competitive score to be 650 or above.
Does the Said MBA program accept the GRE?
Yes. The Said MBA program has accepted the GRE for a few years now.
What is the average GRE score for admission to Said’s MBA program?
Said considers GRE scores of 160 Verbal, 161 Quant to be competitive.
What is the minimum number of years of work experience required for admission to Said MBA program?
Said states that candidates should have at least two years of work experience. However, it is important for candidates to be aware that they are being considered against other candidates with an average of 5 years of experience.
What is the average number of years of work experience for admission to Said’s MBA program?
The average number of years of work experience among students in Said’s MBA program is 5.
How long is Said’s full-time MBA program?
Said offers a 1 year MBA program, starting in September.
What are the application deadlines for Said’s full-time MBA program?
The Stage 1 MBA application deadline is October 18, 2019. The Stage 2 application deadline is December 13, 2019. The Stage 3 deadline is March 20, 2020. The Stage 4 deadline is May 29, 2020.
The Class Profile
Saïd’s MBA class that entered in the fall of 2018 was comprised of 315 students. The median GMAT score of the class was 690. At the time of matriculation, the average student in the class was 28 years old and had completed 5 years of work experience.
A full 93% of the students who began Saïd’s MBA program in 2018 are international. Just over a quarter of the class comes from North America, while 13% of students hail from South Asia, 18% from Europe and 12% from Eastern Asia. Women make up 39% of the class.
Applicants to Saïd may apply in one of four stages, which take place in mid-September, early November, mid-January, and early April. However, the school strongly recommends applying early. To apply, candidates must submit academic transcripts, a GMAT score, a one-page CV, an online application form, two academic or professional references, two essays and a £150 application fee. Applicants who are non-native English speakers should also send in a TOEFL or IELTS. Once applications are completed, the admissions committee invites selected candidates to interview in person at Oxford, at overseas Information Events or via Skype with a faculty member, sector consultant or senior administration member. Interviews are required for admission.
Essay Topic Analysis
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Saïd Business School employs award-winning faculty including professors, lecturers, readers and visiting professors who teach courses across the business school’s 11 subject areas. Additional researchers from the University of Oxford support the initiatives of Saïd’s eight research centers, which cover topics such as retail management, business taxation, and entrepreneurship and corporate reputation.
Saïd breaks down the teaching methods for its courses into four separate categories: 25 percent case study, 40 percent lectures, 10 percent simulation and 25 percent team projects. The school prides itself on teaching courses in partnership with industry practitioners to ensure material is relevant to real-life situations.
The 12-month program begins with a formal induction in late September. Prior to that, students meet each other during a welcome reception and a team-building treasure hunt around the Oxford campus. Classes start at the beginning of October. Saïd structures its program into three terms of 10-week classes that stretch from October to June, referred to as the Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity terms. Students then select one of three summer options, followed by a two-week capstone course in September. There are two approximately month-long breaks in the winter and spring between the 10-week terms and a shorter break before the start of the summer session. During the spring break, students may elect to go on a one-to two-week student-led trek to visit alumni and recruiters located around the globe.
In the Michaelmas term, students take seven required core courses, covering business fundamentals such as finance, decision-making, strategy, management, and operations. Students are also divided into small study groups that reflect the diversity of the class; these groups review course material together throughout the term. Starting in January of the Hilary term, students complete two elective courses alongside three more required courses. Finally, in the Trinity term, students take five elective courses out of roughly 30 options, covering academic areas from private equity to retailing. During the summer, students can complete a four- to six-week strategic consulting project, or complete an eight- or nine-week internship while taking two shorter elective courses.
As part of Saïd’s emphasis on applied learning, students must complete a one-week Entrepreneurship Project during the Trinity Term. In this project, students develop a business plan and then present it to a panel of investors. Students can gain further practical experience by working in teams of three to five during the summer on a Strategy Consulting Project for a corporate or non-profit sponsor. As of 2013, students can also take part in the Global Opportunities and Threats Oxford initiative.
Other MBA Degree Options
Beyond the 12-month full-time MBA program, Saïd also offers a part-time Executive MBA program that takes place over 21 months. In addition, the school offers the Oxford 1+1 MBA program, which allows students to complete—in two years—an MBA and another master’s from one of 16 Oxford departments: the School of Geography and the Environment, the Department of Pharmacology, the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, the Department of Education, the Oxford Internet Institute, the Department of Computer Science, the School of Government, the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, the Faculty of History, Faculty of Music, Oxford Department of International Development, or the Centre for Criminology. There are a total of 32 dual-degree options across the participating departments.
Core Courses at Saïd
- Business Finance
- Firms and Markets
- Leadership Fundamentals
- Technology and Operations Management
Degree Offerings at Saïd
Full-time MBA Program
Oxford 1+1 MBA Program
Clubs, Conferences & Competitions
Saïd students are welcome to join the more than 200 clubs and societies established at Oxford. For instance, the Oxford Entrepreneurs club is currently the largest entrepreneur group in Europe. The club organizes speaker series, business plan competitions, a mentorship program, meetings with angel investors, and an incubation center for students interested in launching a business while at the University. Students may also participate in a full range of sporting activities, from organized club sports such as hockey or rugby to more casual games of cricket on the business school lawn. Oxford University’s 38 colleges are another source of social activity and networking on campus. Every Oxford Saïd student is a member of one of the university’s colleges, which are known for their individual identities. Colleges often compete against one another in athletic events and host musical and theatrical performances.
In conjunction with its students and centers, Oxford Saïd organizes a number of conferences each year. One such conference is Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford, an annual event that invites successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to Oxford to lead master classes, tutorials and panel discussions. The school also hosts the Oxford Private Equity Forum, which brings investors and advisors to campus to discuss challenges and opportunities within the global private equity industry.
In addition, students may participate in a number of entrepreneur-related competitions. For example, the Skoll Venture Awards support socially focused business ideas, while the Oxford Saïd Business School Seed Fund invests in startups led by students and alumni.
The Oxford Saïd Business School building opened in 2001 and houses most of the MBA program. The building, arranged around an open courtyard, encompasses four lecture theaters, a common room, a 300-seat auditorium, an outdoor amphitheater and multiple seminar and project rooms. The two-story Sainsbury Library is also located in the building and offers two reading rooms for both quiet study and group work.
The Thatcher Business Education Centre opened in 2013 at Oxford Saïd, made possible by a donation of £15 million by the school’s original benefactor, Wafic Saïd. The facility has allowed the business school to expand its teaching and executive education operations.
Housing is not guaranteed, and students may accept accommodations offered by their college. Oxford Saïd students may opt into one of seven colleges exclusively for graduate students or one of the 30 colleges and six private halls for undergraduate or graduate students. Students also have the option of renting rooms off campus.
Oxford Saïd’s Careers Service helps students with their job search, prepping for interviews and building their career-related skills. Senior executives specializing in different industries serve as sector consultants, offering expert advice to students in panel discussions and one-on-one meetings. Careers Service also organizes industry panels, case study workshops, and workshops on résumés, networking and interviewing. Roughly 80 companies visit Oxford Saïd each year to give corporate presentations, participate in career panel discussions, and recruit students for internships and full-time employment.
For the class graduating in 2017, Saïd states that out of the 313 graduates who reported back to the school, 91% had secured employment within three months after graduating. The average salary was £71,550.
Of those who found employment, roughly 29% went into financial services and 22% into consulting. Ten percent joined the social impact sector, while the remaining 39% took places in diversified industry. Companies that hired two or more students from the graduating Class of 2017 include Amazon, Google, EY, Deloitte and McKinsey & Company.
Course fees for the MBA program for 2019 to 2020 are £57,200. Saïd notes that students should also budget between £12,698 and £19,721 for living expenses and course materials. A number scholarships are offered by Saïd: the Said Foundation Scholarship for outstanding students with excellent demonstrated career potential, which covers up to full tuition; the Said Foundation Middle East and Africa Scholarships for students of those nationalities with knowledge of and commitment to their region; and the Skoll Scholarship, which covers tuition and offers a living expenses allowance for students with a record of social entrepreneurship. The school offers up to £15,000 to each admitted female student, through the Forte Foundation. Students may also seek out scholarship awards through the larger Oxford University. For students planning on using loans to finance their degree, Prodigy Finance offers a loan capped at 80% of tuition fee and living costs to all full-time MBA students. Saïd encourages its international students to investigate the private, government and nonprofit lenders available in their native regions and countries.
One-Year Program Tuition
- Course Fees £57,200
- Living Expenses ~ £12,698 – £19,721
- Total £69,898 – £76,921
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