Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the Ashridge MBA programme different?

    • No exams. We assess using practical methods such as classroom participation, presentations and consultancy projects.
    • No lectures. The theory behind the MBA modules will need to be explored using our online learning zone before each module. This lets you focus on group work and practical application during class. Our class size is smaller than at most other business schools to allow for a more interactive experience.
    • Combined classes. Our Full-time MBA class is mixed with the Part-time Executive MBA classes. This allows our Full-time participants to network with participants who are working while they study which adds to the diversity of the class.
    • More experience in the classroom. Our MBA faculty all have extensive business experience and expertise. Ashridge students have an average of 13 years’ professional experience which is much higher than on most other MBA programmes
    • International business experience. This global exchange module allows you to apply your MBA learning to a live international business case.  In addition, there are various masterclasses throughout the year where expert speakers discuss specific subjects of interest. 
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  • What are the latest employment statistics for Ashridge MBA graduates?

    Within six months of graduating, 75% of our 2012/13 class were working. 

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  • What are the demographics of the current MBA class?

    In the 2013/4 class, there are 20 different nationalities out of 56 students, the average age is 37 and 40% of the students are female.

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  • Can you give me more information about the final MBA project?

    The MBA project is a supervised piece of work that you can complete either individually or as a group. You can produce a traditional essay-style research dissertation  or work on a consulting or entrepreneurial project for your company or another company.

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  • How many hours study should I spend outside of work?

    This is an intensive course so the more dedicated study hours you can put in the better. You are expected to complete the pre-work before each teaching session via our MBA virtual learning zone which gives you the flexibility to study when you want to. You will need to put in between 15-20 hours per week of your own study but this will comprise of activities such as networking, reading online reports, meeting key people in your organisation and preparing for presentations.

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  • Do you offer MBA electives?

    This is a general MBA programme covering all core aspects of strategic management while integrating the key themes and challenges affecting organisations today. Each module is taught independently and they are then drawn together using the key themes of Creating Value, Embedding Sustainability, Managing Globally and Leading Change.

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  • What are the MBA start dates?

    • Executive MBA – March and September
    • Full-time MBA – September
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  • What are the application deadlines?

    MBA

    Recommended deadline is the end of June to enable international applicants adequate time to arrange visas and accommodation.

    EMBA

    Recommended deadline is end of July for the September programme start and end of December for the March start.

    Please visit the apply section for full details.

    In both cases late applications might be considered with the approval of the admissions panel. 

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  • What is the MBA application process?

    You can apply prior to taking the GMAT/Ashridge test or IELTS. Please complete the MBA application form on Ashridge’s online application portal, attaching all of your supporting documents. You can request an application form by emailing admissions@ashridge.org.uk.

    If you request a form by email, please return your completed application form and attach supporting documents to admissions@ashridge.org.uk.

    If your application is successful we will invite you to attend an interview with a member of our MBA faculty. Subject to passing tests and the interview, we will send you an offer and acceptance letter.

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  • What are the Ashridge MBA entry requirements?

    • Hold first degree plus have three years’ work experience
    • OR, no first degree but more than five years’ work experience
    • GMAT score of no less than 600. Alternatively we will accept the Ashridge Admissions Test for the Executive MBA, but the Admissions Panel reserves the right to request that you take the GMAT
    • If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of strong English language skills by either taking a test such as IELTS (minimum score of 7) or TOEFL (minimum score 100) or providing evidence that you have worked in an English speaking environment
    • An Ashridge interview.
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  • How much does the MBA cost?

    £32,500 (including VAT). This includes the delivery of your MBA course, all your learning materials, one international study week and your lunch and refreshments on each day that you are in class. On the Full Time MBA you should allow an additional £10,000-£12,000 for accommodation and living expenses.

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  • Are there any scholarships available?

    We have a limited and competitive amount of scholarships of up to 25%, please visit our Fees and Funding section on our website or contact admissions@ashridge.org.uk  for further information. We also advise you to check within your home country as there may be scholarships available for study in the UK from various trusts and foundations.

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  • Where can I live while studying for my MBA?

    We have one-bedroomed apartments available to rent on campus which are allocated on a first come, first-served basis. Most participants opt to rent in the nearby town of Berkhamsted and use Ashridge’s free shuttle bus to travel to and from campus. For more information, please visit our accommodation section

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  • Can you put me in touch with MBA faculty, current students or alumni?

    Yes, our MBA faculty operate an open door policy and are happy to answer any questions you have. We can also arrange for you to talk to current MBA students and MBA alumni. Please contact the MBA team at admissions@ashridge.org.uk with your questions and we will put you in touch with the most appropriate person.

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