The Oxford Executive MBA is a transformational programme, taught in a world-class university, that will equip you with the right tools and ideas to act as a responsible leader in a rapidly changing world. The University of Oxford, with its global reputation for academic excellence gained over more than 800 years, will put you at the forefront of learning and ground-breaking research transforming individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. We offer you a global business school community with truly diverse perspectives, embedded in a world-class university, tackling world-scale problems.


Key facts about the Oxford Executive MBA

  • Starts in January or September
  • 22 (January start) or 24 (September start) months duration
  • 15-17 modules, each of one week duration
  • Part-time: study and work at the same time
  • Ranked 12th globally (FT Executive MBA rankings 2021)
  • Accreditations: EQUIS, Global Network for Advanced Management

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How is the Oxford Executive MBA Programme different?

Our alumni say that the Oxford Executive MBA enables them to think and behave differently in their professional and personal lives. They are able to find their own answers and create their own outcomes. We will provide you with the environment to achieve your goals, making a real difference is down to how you choose to use this.

Saïd Business School will:

  • Ensure you study alongside a carefully selected cohort of peers, each offering substantial experience and a unique combination of cultural, professional and intellectual insight
  • Provide you with world-class faculty who are well-known in their field, are passionate about sharing their knowledge and will share their own personal experience of strategy in a range of organisations globally
  • Provide you with a highly interactive, creative, challenging and supportive learning environment both online and on campus
  • Help you to identify your career goals during your Executive MBA journey so that you aim for the best you can be and make real impact.

Core themes

1. Entrepreneurial Thinking

Develop the ability to think entrepreneurially in any organisational context. Participate in a group entrepreneurship project based on your idea or fellow student’s start-up idea.

2. Strategic Leadership

Build the decision-making abilities and self-awareness to become a leader capable of delivering sustainable success in any business sector. Join individual and group coaching sessions.

3. Global Complexity and Risk

Understand the landscape in which businesses operate to be able to mitigate risks and seize opportunities, worldwide.

You will:

- be a part of a global exchange of ideas and knowledge, in the Oxford tradition
- learn to make connections between decision-making processes within a complex organisation
- analyse global complexity in depth, experiencing cultures first-hand in international modules
- develop as a strategic leader in a rapidly changing business environment
- learn how to think entrepreneurially through a group venture project
- study with participants from all over the world, from a wide range of sectors and organisations, allowing you to forge powerful connections.

By the end of the programme, you will be equipped with the skills to take your career to the next level.

A highly diverse group from a wide range of sectors, organisations and countries. On this programme, the people you study alongside will become part of a life-long professional and personal network that you can call upon throughout your career.

Based on our previous three intakes, here is a typical class profile:

Average age: 40 

Typical class size: 65-70

Nationalities represented: 30 

Women on the programme: 35% 

Average years of work experience: 16 

Employment sectors represented: 28 

The Admissions Committee require a minimum of five years management experience, a good degree (ideally minimum UK 2:1 or international equivalent) and English language proficiency.

Who we are looking for

Undertaking the Oxford Executive MBA is a rewarding, but challenging undertaking and we want to ensure we recruit students who will contribute a wealth of experience and knowledge to the class. During our rigorous admissions process we are looking for participants who value collaboration and teamwork and who are eager to engage in an interactive high performance learning experience. We encourage you to highlight any international experience you may have as we seek to build diversity in achievement, geography, cultural background, professional experience and intellectual opinion within each class.


The Executive MBA requires a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification. Applicants who do not hold such qualifications may be considered if they have a very strong fast-track employment history, demonstrating their ability as a high achiever. 

Significant work experience including at least five years’ managerial experience. Candidates also need to have achieved management level before commencing the Executive MBA since they will require a certain level of authority within their organisations to implement their projects and knowledge learned on the programme.

Candidates are required to complete the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or the GMAC Executive Assessment Test. Exemptions may be available for some highly experienced candidates. Contact the Recruitment team for guidance.

If English is not your native or working language or if you have not completed your undergraduate degree in an English speaking country in the last two years, you must take one of the following tests and meet all minimum scores:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS)

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, the requirement to provide English language test scores may be waived.


Application deadlines

For the latest application deadlines please visit our website


The programme fee is £98,590 which includes tuition, assessment, essential reading materials, meals, membership of an Oxford college and membership of the world-famous debating club the Oxford Union. The fee also includes accommodation for your core international module however for all the other modules students need to arrange and pay for their own accommodation. Typically students stay in hotels or similar in the city centre, or college accommodation if this is available. Students also need to budget for travel to and from each module.

Contact a member of the recruitment team:


Australasia, Latin America & UK

Hannah Longford

+44 (0)7702 819757


Africa & North America

Jonathan Dover

+44 (0)1865 288806


Europe and Asia

Alejandra DeRojas

+44 (0)7860 778742


Middle East

Susanna Hofmann

+44 (0)7736 460597