Saïd Business School – University of Oxford

Oxford University Executive MBA Program Structure

The 21-month Oxford University Executive MBA begins each year in January and September. Courses take place in 16 self-contained residential week-long modules, spaced over two years, as well as continuous e-learning throughout the program.


The Oxford University Executive MBA is comprised of nine core course modules, including Business Complexity and Decision Making, Analytics, Firms and Markets, Financial Reporting, and more. In addition, students will choose 6-8 elective courses, which are more specific and in-depth topics in business. A group entrepreneurship project spans the program’s length, and allows students to put their theoretical coursework into practice.

Two core courses and one elective of the 16 modules will take place overseas, wherein students will visit and learn from industry leaders in those global markets. Also unique to Oxford’s MBA programs, the Global Opportunities and Threats Oxford, or GOTO, component challenges students to use their accumulating business acumen to address global issues.

Class Profile

The 76 students in this year’s Oxford University Executive MBA class have an average age of 38 and 14 years of work experience. Around 37% are female, and the class collectively comes from 36 different nations.


The School Careers Centre provides support for students throughout their time at Oxford, perhaps best evidenced by their student treks – student-organized visits to other parts of the world aimed to assess and experience what it is like to do business there.

Tuition and Fees

The 2016-17 Oxford University Executive MBA program costs £72,094, which includes the membership fees for an Oxford college and the Oxford Union.


A limited number of EMBA Candidates who submit a complete application by a certain date are eligible for the ‘Oxford Graduate Scholarships, supported by HEFCE.

These scholarships are given to graduates of the University of Oxford for prior academic performance, breadth and depth of work experience, and interpersonal and leadership skills.

Each of these scholarships is a 50% discount of the course fee. Besides these scholarships, there are also a few awards available for female applicants, one of which is sponsored by the Forté Foundation, which require their own separate applications.

Application Procedures

Oxford University Executive MBA applicants should have at least five years professional experience, some which must be in a managerial position. Like the full-time MBA, applicants must also have an undergraduate degree and appropriate test scores.

Applicants must complete the online application, which includes the three essays; official academic transcripts; official GMAT/GRE scores (those with more than 10 years of management experience may be excluded from submitting GMAT/GRE scores upon request); a CV or résumé; and two professional or academic letters of recommendation; and a £150 non-refundable application fee. If you are not a native English speaker, score reports from TOEFL or IELTS are also required.

While essays are subject to change for each application season, this year’s essay prompts are as follows:

  • What should Oxford expect from you? (Maximum 500 words)
  • How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will the MBA and Oxford assist you in the development of these ambitions? (Maximum 500 words)
  • Plus your preferred essay from the options below:
  • Sport is pure competition. What does it teach us about companies, individuals, and markets? (Maximum 500 words) OR
  • The business of business is business. Is this true? (Maximum 500 words)


Application Deadlines

Current deadlines for the Oxford Executive MBA are as follows.

September Cohort:

  • 4 July 2016 (Final Deadline)

January Cohort:

  • 4 July 2016
  • 12 September 2016 (Scholarship deadline)
  • 31 October 2016 (Final Deadline)