How Hard To Get Into Oxford Mba Essays

From Oxford University: 

Said Business School at Oxford University blends the best of new and old. We are a young, vibrant, and innovative business school deeply embedded in an 800 year old world-class university.

One year MBA at Said Business School’s Oxford University

We aim to provide the world’s future business leaders with the skills, knowledge, and personal qualities needed to meet the world-scale challenges of the 21st century

Our world is unprecedentedly complex, connected, and fragile. Our trust in institutions and each other is under intense pressure. Our energy, food and water security, our aging populations, the explosion in stored data – these all require managers and leaders of unusual ability, sophistication and integrity. This environment needs individuals who can inspire and influence a wide range of stakeholders, and who can demonstrate responsible leadership in the face of complex and often forgotten conflicting interests and our MBA programme will equip you with these skills.

Admissions process

We operate a staged admissions process and we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible. Applications for the 2016/17 class will be considered in accordance with the dates given above.

1.      A good undergraduate degree: 2.1 result, 3.5 GPA or its equivalent
Please visit the further requirements application section to learn more about each requirement. 

2.      Relevant professional experience:  A minimum 2 years full time work experience is required.

3.     GMAT or GRE score

4.     A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS): If English is not your first language.

Meet us

Each year our School representatives travel to multiple cities worldwide to meet with prospective students and interact with our alumni. Visit our events webpage for more information:

Contact us

If you would like to speak to our admissions team, or simply sign up to receive our monthly newsletter, please fill in the form here:

Career advancement

The Careers Centre is dedicated to help you finding and prepare for a role that suits your skill set and meets your career aspirations.

Recruitment: Oxford’s longstanding academic pedigree, combined with our strengths in finance, strategy and operations management make Said Business School an attractive recruiting ground for MBA employers.

Expert guidance: You will have access to a select group of sector consultants who have experience of working for leading firms across a broad range of sectors. They offer insights and pragmatic advice for those looking to work across a range of industries including management consulting, finance, high-tech, new ventures, media and communications, and diversified industry in general.

Internships: Internships can be extremely beneficial to anyone looking for hands-on expertise. As an intern, you can develop knowledge, competencies and experience related directly to your career goal.

Student treks: Student treks are student-led visits focusing on a particular region with a view to understanding what it is like to do business there, meeting potential recruiters and meeting alumni both in their corporate and personal capacities.

View our employment report here

The Said Business School has been a bridge for me between working in a small emerging market and London, the world’s financial centre. After completing my MBA, I am now an associate at Citigroup EMEA regional office in London.  I learned about this job opportunity through a fellow Georgian in my network who gave me an HR contact at Citigroup. After several rounds of interviews and a case presentation I was offered the position. Knowledge acquired in Oxford in strategy, finance and marketing, to name but a few, as well as the sector consultant’s valuable advice greatly contributed to the success in my interviewing process.

– Maka Gureshidze, MBA 2005/06

Our students and alumni

The Oxford MBA class is a truly diverse mix of extraordinary individuals from dozens of countries and all kind of backgrounds. Whether they are working as White House Fellows, opening up post-Soviet states to foreign trade and investment, or changing the social networking space in China, our alumni and students are rewriting the rules of the game. The diversity of every class translates into our alumni taking up varied positions in areas such as:


Oxford University has a strong track record in innovation with 65 spinout companies creating 1,500 jobs. Said Business School has been highly influential in developing interaction between businesses and the University, and in creating entrepreneurs and networks that otherwise would not have happened. Against this background, entrepreneurship permeates our MBA programme. Read the profiles of our entrepreneurial alumni here:


Said Business School at the University of Oxford is a powerhouse of financial expertise. Our faculty are pushing the boundaries of business thinking. They conduct world class research and advise corporations, public bodies and governments. We have many distinguished alumni in the financial world, as well as those who are using the financial acumen they acquired at the School to succeed in their ventures. Read the profiles of our alumni working in the financial sector here:

Management consulting

Consultancy is a popular career option for MBAs and one of the fastest growing sectors in the business world. Find out about our alumni working in management consulting here:

General management

Here there is a selection of alumni profiles working under general management

Your college community

Combining ancient college buildings and quadrangles with contemporary architecture, bustling shopping centres and a modern transport infrastructure, Oxford mixes centuries of tradition with a cosmopolitan vibe. Boasting a diverse range of museums, galleries, theatres, bars and restaurants, Oxford is an exciting place to live and a perfect host to the academic departments, multidisciplinary colleges, graduate student common rooms, sports clubs and student societies that connect students across the city and provide endless opportunities to socialise and have fun. Oxford has a vast history of educating public leaders, including 26 British Prime Ministers and over 30 other heads of state and government around the world.

As an Oxford student, you will belong to one of the University’s 38 autonomous colleges, each a self-governing academic community of students and faculty with its own distinctive history and identity. The application process requires you to specify a college of your choice.

Networking at Oxford

The Oxford Business Alumni (OBA) Network is the University of Oxford, Said Business School’s official global business alumni network. Managed by the Said Business School Alumni Relations Office, the OBA Network was launched in 1998 with the vision of building a world-class business and management network. The Network’s aim is to bring together individuals who share a common interest in business, and provide a community of emotionally and intellectually engaged members from Said Business School and Oxford’s collegiate university.

There are more than 10,000 members in the OBA Network, living in 129 countries across the globe. We are a truly international community. Membership includes current School post-graduate students, School degree programme alumni, University of Oxford alumni with an interest in business, and qualifying Executive Education participants.

Find a programme that suits your career aspirations

In addition to our full-time MBA, Said Business School offers a range of programmes tailored to accelerate your career at any level. Use our programme finder to find out more;

Oxford Saïd MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the release of the Oxford MBA essays for 2017-2018, we wanted to offer some pointers to applicants targeting Saïd Business School this admissions season.

2017-2018 Oxford MBA Essay Topic Analysis

Let’s take a closer look at each prompt.

Essay 1

Consider a statistic or trend that shocks you. Why is it important to you and how could it be changed for the better?   (Maximum 500 words)
To understand why Oxford may be asking this question, candidates would do well to listen to Dean Tufano’s comments on the school’s strategy and vision, and learn about the program’s commitment to graduating students who will make a significant impact across regions and sectors. After all, the final part of this prompt is forward-looking and, ideally, an Oxford MBA would prepare you to resolve the issue that you select. Overall, applicants should look for ways that the selected statistic or trend is tied to their candidacy for an MBA.

In terms of the statistic or trend itself, you may open the essay by explaining the context of it as well as how it was personally jarring.  Ideally, this revelatory information has inspired you to action—whether in your community or at work.  Anecdotal evidence from past experiences and accomplishments would demonstrate why an issue is important to you. Finally, strategic insights for a solution at a broader level, or indeed through one’s own career, could round out the essay. This is where the benefits of an Oxford MBA could come in as well.  Perhaps your proposed solution entails interagency communication, or strategic compromises, that the MBA curriculum could teach through specific projects or courses. While the data forms contain fairly detailed questions about the candidate’s immediate post-MBA objectives and plans to accomplish them, this prompt is well suited for some remarks about the applicant’s 10-year plan and the way this objective fits with resolving a shocking statistic or trend.

In sum, there are a wide range of subjects that applicants might introduce in this response. We encourage applicants to consider the elements of their prior experience and potential impact that resonate most closely with what they learn about the Oxford MBA culture, and to strike a balance between these two categories in this response.

Essay 2

Is there anything not covered in the application form which you would like the Admissions committee to know about you? (Maximum 250 words)
While this prompt sounds very similar to the optional essays posed by many MBA programs, this response is actually a required element of the Oxford MBA application. Candidates will therefore want to consider what sort of anecdote or information will add the greatest value to their applications beyond what’s already included in their first essay, CV and data form responses. This could truly be anything: a favorite hobby or community involvement, a challenging work project that was ultimately successful, an aspect of your upbringing that’s had a lasting influence, an international or cross-cultural experience that prompted learning or growth, one’s plans for involvement in the Oxford community — all would be appropriate here. Candidates should consider the balance of content between this response and the first, and aim to highlight something new here that will show the adcom an additional side of their personalities and potential to contribute to the Saïd community. Given the narrow word limit, our sense is that the most effective responses to this question will fully develop a single topic (or introduce 2 examples with a common theme) rather than attempting to cover several disparate items.

That said, because Oxford does not pose an optional essay question, applicants who do have a liability in their candidacy may want to reserve a portion of this response to provide an explanation or point to a mitigating factor. Such candidates should aim to accomplish this as briefly as possible — ideally in 50-100 words — in order to reserve some space in this response for purely positive additional information.

Reapplicant Essay

What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA? (Maximum 250 words)
Given the narrow word limit for this response, reapplicants will want to offer a straightforward account of the specific steps they’ve taken to strengthen their applications since last applying to Oxford. Candidates should aim to be as exhaustive as possible as they cover improved quantitative records, enhanced professional qualifications, efforts to become more familiar with the Oxford MBA program, and other ways they’ve worked to become a stronger applicant this season.

Clear Admit Resources
Thanks for reading our analysis of this year’s Oxford MBA essay topics! As you work on your Saïd MBA essays and application, we encourage you to consider all of Clear Admit’s Oxford / Saïd offerings:

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