Cass Business School – City University London

City University London Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The City University London full-time MBA at Cass Business School is a 12 month program which is structured around Block Learning.  In a week-long orientation program, students are trained and introduced to the facilities. Beginning in September, courses are divided into four consecutive blocks, each containing three courses corresponding to the subject of that block. Each block then ends with an “Integration Week” to consolidate the lessons from that session. The second half of the course starts in April and goes to the following September. In this time, students choose electives to take, and work on a final Business Mastery Project.


In their first semester, City University London’s students take classes corresponding to four subjects — Strategy and Organization, The Financial Environment, Creating Management Advantage, and Knowledge and Policy.  Throughout this core general management program, students are also required to complete a “Strategy Project,” which comprises a number of commercial projects which integrate lessons from the different blocks. The semester ends with a “Consultancy Week,” which takes place in a foreign city elected each year by the school.  During this time, students get hands-on experience by carrying out a consultancy project with a company in the chosen location.

During the second half of the program, students are allowed to tailor their experience by choosing electives and a self-managed Business Mastery Project.  The school also offers a summer internship program.  While at Cass, students are able to utilize the Career and Professional Development Center, and take part in various MBA networking events.

Class Profile

The City University London full-time MBA consists of an average annual intake of around 80 students, with an average GMAT score per student of 634. Students in the program are on average 30-years old, with 39% from Europe, 40% from Asia, and the remaining percentages mixed from North America, South America, Africa, and the Middle East.


The Cass Career and Professional Development Centre offers many opportunities for students to strengthen their teamwork, leadership, and presentation skills. The center works in harmony with the programs offered at Cass, and offers advice on the professional development and employability of students who utilize its services.

Offered here are one-to-one consultations with career counselors, mock interviews, professional development workshops, lectures, and a one-week professional development program where students work on their leadership and communication skills.

MBA’s also benefit from Cass’s online career database where they can post their CV, find career events and workshops, view company information, and apply to jobs.  Typically, 87% of graduates find work within three months of matriculation.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For self-financing students, tuition fees can be paid in two installments:

  • Application fee: £100
  • Tuition fees: £39,500
  • Deposit: £5,000
  • First installment: Half fees less deposit (paid at registration)
  • Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of program)

Please note that fees are subject to change.

Admissions Procedures

An applicant to the City University London full-time MBA program must have a degree from a highly regarded university or appropriate professional qualification. The applicant must have had at least three years’ work experience after graduation, or if without an undergraduate degree at least six years’ relevant business experience.

Either the GMAT or the GRE are required to apply. The minimum GMAT score for acceptance is 600, and on the GRE, a score of 75% on the verbal and quantitative section is required. Cass stresses that a high GMAT or GRE score is not enough to guarantee admission. For non-native English speakers, a well-balanced score of 7.0 on the IELTS is needed.

The application itself has two essays and also requires two references from both an employer and a university tutor, or from a current and previous employer. Applicants are also required to complete a careers questionnaire. The application processing fee is £100.

Incoming students who do not possess an EEA passport might require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. A TOEFL score is not an accepted substitute for those that require a Tier 4 visa.

Application Deadlines

The City University full-time MBA program has rolling admissions deadlines yet recommends that the applications be submitted at least four months in advance of the start of the course. The start date of the program is September.