Master of Business Administration Academic Requirements
MBA Application Checklist
UBI has a flexible and personalised approach to admissions and we accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications or a combination of qualifications and professional experience.
A complete application form. (option on the right: APPLY NOW)
An undergraduate degree academic transcript and supplement from a recognised institution, with two years of management work experience (or a minimum of five years of management work experience, if you did not study for an undergraduate degree)
Proficiency in English (see below)
A 250-word (minimum) essay* on the topic of your choice, among the following:
Describe the biggest risk you have taken in your life and report what you learnt from this experience.
Evaluate and illustrate your ability to set and achieve goals.
Describe your biggest achievement and outline the reasons for your success.
*Please note it is essential to devote time and effort to this short essay, as it is an essential part of the entry criteria. Only the candidates who have shown leadership potential, a passion for studying/willingness to reach study goals, an entrepreneurial spirit, or a track record of community service will proceed to the next part of the selection process.
5. Two recommendation letters
6. Proof of identity in the form of a photocopy of either passport or national ID card, and 2 ID photographs.
7. Other academic requirements as may be deemed necessary.
8. The students must also possess and be able to use a laptop.
Once the above documents are submitted, and if it is deemed necessary, the applicant will be invited for an interview.
Admission, or rejection of the application, is dependent upon approval by the Admission Board on the basis of the application file. In case of rejection, no appeal is possible.
And, one of the following English Proficiency test:
To ensure the students' study experience at UBI is of the highest standards, a minimum English fluency level is required upon admission. Applicants must submit one of the following proofs to represent one's English level:
Grade C at GCSE or equivalent;
Graduated from an English-taught undergraduate programme;
IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 575 (paper-based) / 90 (internet-based);
Cambridge English Advanced (a.k.a. Certificate in Advanced English): grade C*
Cambridge English Business (Vantage): high score at the B level, ideally A*
Cambridge English Business (Higher): grade C*
Cambridge English Proficiency (a.k.a. Certificate of Proficiency in English): any grade*
* score on the Cambridge English scale of no less than 176
For details of other equivalent English language requirements accepted by UBI, please contact the admission officer:
We currently also accept some tests taken at home (during the COVID-19 outbreak)
APL, APCL and APEL:
United Business Institutes also considers candidates who have obtained accreditation of prior learning, based on certified (or certificated) learning or based simply on prior experiential learning (learning achieved through experience, rather than on a formal course).
Pre-sessional intensive English course:
United Business Institutes also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional). Successful completion of this course would meet the English language admission requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email .
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