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Said Business School (Oxford U.)

Essay Questions for 2014-2015 / Class of 2017

Below are the application deadlines and essay questions for Said's MBA program.  

Round 1 Deadline: October 31, 2014
Round 2 Deadline: January 9, 2015
Round 3 Deadline: March 15, 2015
Round 4 Deadline: April 14, 2015


  1. What should Oxford expect from you? (Maximum 500 words)
  2. How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will the MBA and Oxford assist you in the development of these ambitions? (Maximum 500 words)
  3. Plus your preferred essay from the options below:
  • Sport is pure competition. What does it teach us about companies, individuals, and markets? (Maximum 500 words) OR
  • The business of business is business. Is this true? (Maximum 500 words)

If you are applying under the 1+1 scheme you also need to submit the following essay:

  1.  Explain why you see this as particularly beneficial for you and how it fits with your careers and personal development aims (Maximum 250 words)

Re-applicants will need to complete the essays mentioned above and another essay on the topic:

  1. What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA? (Maximum 250 words)

When reviewing your essays the Admissions Committee will be looking for evidence of the following: Good communication skills, leadership potential, analytical skills, fit within the Oxford MBA community and well-researched post-MBA career plans, among other characteristics.

Disclaimer: the information provided on this page is for reference only. Applicants are strongly advised to visit the admissions website to confirm essay prompts, deadlines, and other application information.

Visit the Said admissions website for more application information.