Oxford Executive MBA

University of Oxford    Saïd Business School

Part time September, January MBA, EMBA 22 or 24 month options Award winner
Business & Management (5)

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The Oxford Executive MBA is a prestigious programme designed for experienced senior executives who are looking to advance their career prospects in a global environment. This intensive and transformational learning journey focuses on practical problem-solving and innovation for business leaders. With a vibrant and diverse learning community, you'll have the opportunity to exchange ideas and build an unrivalled network with professionals from around the world. The programme consists of 15-17 week-long modules, allowing you to study alongside your work commitments. By the end of the programme, you'll be equipped with the skills to excel as a leader in the complex global business landscape.

About the course

Global impact. Personal achievement. The Oxford Executive MBA.

About the programme

The Oxford Executive MBA reflects our global reputation for academic excellence, combined with an emphasis on practical problem-solving for business leaders. It is an intensive and unique transformational learning journey.  

In an increasingly disrupted and uncertain global environment, we challenge you to explore the answers to complex business issues. You will learn, within a truly global perspective, how to innovate, how to lead and navigate change to transform your own business practice. 

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Entry Requirements

This programme is for experienced senior executives educated to degree level or higher and who are proficient in English. Our students are seeking to challenge themselves intellectually and to advance their career prospects in an international environment. You will need at least five years' managerial experience and an undergraduate degree (ideally 2:1 or above) or equivalent professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be considered if you have a very strong fast-track employment history. You must also complete the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or the GMAC Executive Assessment Test. Exemptions may be available for some highly experienced candidates.

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Student Profiles

Bosco Lai

Graduated in 2021

'EMBA is not just a programme – it is an experience and journey. The sessions and modules are meant to guide and enable us to broaden our views and thoughts, which in turn allow us to generate revolutionary objectives and big ideas. The Oxford platform (in which I broadly include the cohort, faculty, SBS, Foundry, Colleges, alumni network etc.) is so extensive that if we are determined, ideas can become reality.’

Peter Durante

‘I’ve been leveraging my time at Saïd to network with researchers across the university – from think tanks to cutting edge technical labs – which has added immediate value to my current role and for broader interests, opening up quite a few useful connections and future opportunities. For those that join the EMBA programme, I’d highly recommend exploring the wider academic/research
community; this will certainly add value, but also help you deepen your long-term ties to this amazing place.’

Gemma Spence

Graduated in 2021

‘The Executive MBA is already proving to be a true voyage of discovery and journey of a lifetime. I have met incredible and inspiring people. The cohort comes from different walks of life, in a wide range of industry backgrounds that fosters rich conversation and discourse. We are benefiting from the brilliant minds of the teaching staff, who challenge and provoke us
to think bigger and bolder, all wrapped up within the world’s best university. I can already see the positive impact that the Executive MBA is having on my work and personal life. It’s allowing me to not only elevate my thinking but accelerate my understanding of business through a truly global view.’

Shaheryar Mian

Graduated in 2021

‘I picked Oxford because I wanted to attend a university, not just a business school. At my college dinners, I would meet students and alumni from different walks of life, I would argue for or against controversial motions at the Oxford Union where authentic debate takes precedence over political correctness, and I would take pleasure in learning about the lives and successes of my classmates.’


Two types of scholarships are available for exceptional female candidates at each intake of the Executive MBA programme.

The Forté Foundation Fellowships for Women
Saïd Business School is a proud member of the Forté Foundation, a non-profit consortium of major corporations and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women.

The Oxford Executive MBA Scholarships for Women in association with the 30% Club
These scholarships aim to support female candidates of merit and to encourage an increase in women considering senior leadership roles.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% of the total programme fee


Selection criteria:
- Academic achievement (Assessed through CV, transcripts, scholarship statement)
- Professional achievement; in particular evidence of leadership, or leadership potential (Assessed through CV, scholarship statement)
- A desire to inspire/act as a role model (Assessed through scholarship statement)
- A readiness and enthusiasm to become a committed ambassador for the School, representing the School’s values, both whilst on the programme and beyond. (Assessed through scholarship statement)

Application Procedure

Candidates must submit a complete Executive MBA application and upload a supporting statement (maximum 400 words) in the 'Funding' section of the programme application form, addressing how you meet the scholarship selection criteria by the deadline to be considered.

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Our Executive MBA Director’s Awards enable us to enhance the diversity of each EMBA cohort.

Open to candidates who can effectively demonstrate how they will enhance the learning experience of the cohort through the diverse experience they have accumulated to date, these awards cover a portion of the course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £30,000


All Executive MBA applicants are eligible. They will be selected according to the following:
Academic excellence (candidates must be educated to degree level).
How your background will enhance the diversity of the cohort. This could include experience in working across multiple sectors and regions especially emerging markets.
How the programme will benefit your sector/region in the long-term.
We welcome candidates from emerging markets or non-traditional backgrounds, such as (but not exclusively) voluntary charitable organisations, international organisations and military backgrounds.

Application Procedure

Candidates must submit a complete Executive MBA application and upload a supporting statement (maximum 400 words) in the 'Funding' section of the programme application by the deadline to be considered.

The supporting statement must answer the following question:

How will your background enhance the diversity of the Executive MBA cohort, and how will the programme benefit your sector/region in the long term?

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