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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 2017-18 City University London full-time MBA consists of 73 students, with an average GMAT score of 653. Students in the program are on average 30-years old. Fifteen percent are from Europe, 15 percent are from the UK, 42 percent are from Asia, and the remaining percentages are mixed from North America, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. About 32 percent of students identify as female. The average student has eight years of work experience.

Career Statistics

Typically, 87 percent of MBA graduates see an increase in their salary within three months of graduation, while 61 percent changed their job function, 59 percent changed their job sector and 62 percent found work within the UK. The typical annual salary for graduates is £92,171.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Total tuition for the full-time MBA is £41,000. 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.

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 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.

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