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Cass Business School – City University London - Full-Time MBA

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.

Full-Time MBA Rankings

• Bloomberg: 112 (Global)
• Forbes: 15 (Global)
• Financial Times: 64
• The Economist: 77

Class Profile

The City University London full-time MBA class consists of 64 students, with an average GMAT score of 653. Students in the program are on average 32-years old. Fifteen percent are from Europe, 16 percent are from the UK, 52 percent are from Asia, and the remaining percentages are mixed from North America, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. About 39 percent of students identify as female. The average student has eight years of work experience.

Career Statistics

Fifteen percent of graduates started their own business while 91 percent changed their job function, industry, or location. About 60 percent found work within the UK. The typical annual salary for graduates is £92,171.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Total tuition for the City University London full-time MBA is £44,000. A £5,000 deposit is also required, which is applied toward tuition. Students who are paying for their education on their own will pay for half of their fees (minus the deposit) when they first register for classes, and will pay the second half of their fees in the January after they begin their studies. There are a variety of scholarships and awards available to MBA students. Students may also choose to pay with loans.

Please note that fees are subject to change.


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 percent 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.

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 are as follows:

Round Two – Nov. 10, 2019
Round Three – Jan. 5, 2020
Round Four – Feb. 9, 2020
Round Five – March 22, 2020
Round Six – May 3, 2020
Round Seven – June 14, 2020

Applications submitted after June 14, 2020 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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