Saïd Business School (University of Oxford)

University of Oxford #

City: Oxford

Country: England 

Average GMAT score: 680

About #

Founded in 1906, Said Business School aims to make the world a more equitable place by preparing future leaders for the challenges at hand. The Said community is a part of the larger Oxford University as a whole. Students and faculty from all corners of the world converge to share information and network while continuing the Saiid tradition to transform the global business landscape.

Ranking #

#17 Financial Time 2021 Global MBA Ranking

#16  QS Global MBA Rankings 2021

MBA Program Overview #

The full time MBA program at Saiid Business School is 1 year in length and continues a long tradition of molding the best and brightest to become future business leaders. Saiid aims for students to develop their open mindedness, while gaining a strategic skill set of logical, lateral, and independent thinking that they can use professionally and academically.

Year One Description #

The year begins in September with a launch period where fellow students engage and network with one another. The year is broken up into 3 terms, wherein students take core courses as well as electives. The curriculum is designed so that students graduate prepared for the challenges facing the modern business environment.

Fall Semester Mandatory Classes

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management Science
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Microeconomics
  • Organisational Behaviour & Leadership
  • Organisations and Markets: Designs and Incentives
  • Management Praxis I

Spring Semester

  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Corporate Governance: Organisations
  • Digital Business
  • Management Praxis II
  • Electives: three (chosen in Michaelmas Term)
  • Macroeconomics
  • Operations Management
  • Business & Society

Unique Aspects #

Oxford Africa Business Alliance

This committee is led by both students and the school. Students engage in African-Related activities as they generate dialogue on how best to engage Business, Entrepreneurship and investment on the African continent. Through this community, students network and build relationships around common interests and passions.

Oxford Business Alumni Network

The OBA is an active and vast network of individuals passionate about business. With over 17,500 members, OBA helps contribute to Saiid while bringing together current and former students. Joining the OBA enhances students careers as well as overall MBA experience and helps them build the network necessary for a successful professional career.

Student Life #

Apart from being a part of the historic tradition of Oxford, students at Saiid business school have access to numerous relationship and network building opportunities in the form of student led clubs. Because of the high caliber of Oxford, students find themselves surrounded by motivated and driven peers who embrace a global mindset.

Featured Professors #

Colin Mayer CBE

Professor Mayer is the Peter Moores Professor of management Studies at Said Business School. His expertise lied in corporate finance, governance and taxation, the regulation of financial institutions, and the role of the corporations in contemporary society. He has worked both academically and professionally in the field of business, having served on several editorial boards and also as director and chairman of Oxera.

Peter Tufano

Professor Tufano is the Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance at Said Business School. Both an academic and social entrepreneur, Professor Tufano believes strongly in the concept ‘business school embedded within the University` and has worked hard to champion that cause. His research interests are on consumer finance, financial innovation, risk management and corporate financial engineering and mutual funds. He is well published with his works appearing in numerous articles and publications.

Application Process #

Applicant Requirements

At least two years work experience.




GMAT or GRE accepted

Foreign Language Requirements

Non native english speakers and applicants are required to submit English Language scores.

Essay Description

The admissions committee looks for the following: good communication skills, leadership potential, analytical skills, fit with the Oxford MBA community, among other characteristics.

Essay Question 1

Tell us something that is not covered in your application which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you. (Maximum 250 words)


Two recommendations are required. Professional or academic.


One page CV.


Only shortlisted candidates receive an Interview. Interviews are conducted by a faculty member, senior member, or industry advisor. Traits to emphasize: Career progression, International Exposure and Leadership.

5 Online questions will be asked on the assessment platform: Two motivation-based questions – all candidates will answer the same questions. Two competency-based questions – these will be randomised, light-hearted, written responses that are meant to show quick thinking.

Costs #

Application Fee: 150 GBP

Program cost: £63000

Class Profile #

  • Program length: 1 year
  • Total Enrollment: 311
  • Average Age: 
  • Women: 47%
  • International Students: 92%
  • Average Work Experience: 5 years
  • Countries Represented: 67

Previous Work Experience

  • Industry 61%
  • Finance 20%
  • Consulting 13%
  • Entrepreneurship 5%
  • Public Service NGO 3%

Employment Information: Class of 2019 #

  • Received an offer: 95% 
  • Median Salary: 73,433 pounds


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