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#173 Bayes Business School MBA, City, University of London Program & Admissions Interview with Alex Jones

“We have a real commitment to lifelong learning… Once you finish the MBA and you’re part of the alumni network, you’re allowed to return to the business school and complete an additional elective each year as a lifelong benefit. That’s a significant resource that alumni can come back to if they are changing job functions or if they want to recap something they studied before, or taking on new knowledge as it’s relevant… I think that’s something that delivers a lot of benefits for many years to come.”

MBA Recruitment Manager Alex Jones discusses what makes Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London MBA unique, the school’s admissions process, career opportunities and more.

Program Highlights (4:10) | Admissions (19:30) | Financing & Scholarships (33:40) | Careers (37:30)

About Our Guest

Alex Jones is the MBA Recruitment Manager for Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London, where he has worked for over 8 years. Alex got his Bachelors in Communication from the University of Leicester and his Masters in Media Production from Birmingham City University.

What is unique about the Bayes Business School MBA?

  • 1 year MBA starts in September with ~90 students per intake
  • City’s campus is in the heart of London’s financial district, which helps with career-related events, meetings and recruiting
  • Core curriculum is taught in 4 blocks through the first 6 months of program: 1) strategy & organization 2) the financial environment 3) creating management advantage and 4) knowledge and policy, followed by a week-long international consultancy, electives and business mastery project
  • Looking for minimum of 3 years professional experience and experience working multicultural teams with international outlook
  • Hosts week-long London Symposium elective that gives a behind-the-scenes look into the economic drivers of London
  • Has an MBA Expeditionary Society, which includes MBA and EMBA students, and explores leadership through stretch experiences, delivered by renowned mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington
  • MBA alumni can take one free elective each year
  • Under revised UK visa system, international students can get 2-year post-study work visa to look for employment in UK
  • Ranked #3 globally for corporate strategy by Financial Times (2021)
  • Ranked #1 in the UK for Entrepreneurship by Poets & Quants and Inc Magazine’s 2021 50 Best MBAs for Entrepreneurship

Touch MBA’s Bayes Business School MBA, City, University of London, Program Fast Facts

last updated November 2020

Program Highlights (4:10)

  • City was established in 1894, and joined the University of London in 2016
  • 1 intake/year in September
  • Length: 12 months
  • Campus in heart of London’s financial district
  • 90 participants/intake
  • ~30 nationalities/intake, class is ~80% international, ~35% female
  • Rankings: #50 Financial Times 2020, #77 Economist 2019
  • Accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA

Admissions (19:30)

  • 8 application deadlines from September to June; from application to decision takes 4-6 weeks
  • Earlier rounds present greater opportunities to be considered for financial awards and scholarships and to gain limited campus accommodation
  • Avg GMAT: 640-650, GMAT or GRE accepted, suggested minimum GMAT is 600
  • Avg age: 30, Avg work experience: 7, 3 years min work experience requirement
  • 2 recommendations required
  • University degree or 6 years of relevant business experience
  • TOEFL IBT (minimum 72) / IELTS (minimum 7) / PTE Academic (min 59 in each area)
  • Interviews last 45 minutes, are conducted by faculty, and will likely cover following areas: 1) What have you learned from your professional experience so far that you can take into the next stage of your career? 2) What areas do you think you need to develop to meet your career goals? 3) Why is now the right time to do an MBA?

Financing & Scholarships (33:40)

  • Full-time MBA Tuition: £46,000
  • Recommended Budget: £1,300 – £3,300/ month
  • Merit-based scholarships awarded for geographic, gender and industry diversity, are available, up to 50% of fees, and offered on a rolling basis subject to availability

Careers (37:30)

  • Full-time placement report? Yes
  • Class of 2018: 93% of graduates received job offers within 3 months of graduation
  • Average Salary for Class of 2018: $101,429 (Economist 2019)
  • Percentage increase on pre-MBA salary: 77% (Economist 2019)
  • Industry: 28% Consulting, 19% Financial Services, 19% Technology, 9% Energy, 7% Media / Entertainment
  • Geography: 49% UK, 23% Asia, 14% North America, 12% Europe outside UK
  • 48,000+ alumni (including 12,500 MBA alumni) across 162 countries

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