Entry Requirements

At Bayes we look for ambitious executives or entrepreneurs from culturally diverse backgrounds, who are looking to become business leaders of the future.

Work experience

A minimum of five years' full-time work experience, gained after graduation.

Academic requirement

A good university degree (upper second class honours degree (2:1) or above) or appropriate professional qualification.  Alternatively, at least six years' relevant business experience if you do not have a degree.


Most applicants will not be required to take GMAT/GRE. If we need further information on your academic capacity for the programme, or your current motivation to study, we may request that you take GMAT/GRE.

English language requirement

It is essential that all MBA students have an excellent command of English as we welcome students from around 100 different nations every year to study with us here at Bayes.  If English is not your first language, you will need to sit an IELTS, PTE, LanguageCert or TOEFL exam (IELTS preferred).

In some cases the English requirement can be waived (eg if you have worked or studied in an English speaking country for over a year). Please contact our Admissions team for more information.

IELTS Academic and SELT (UKVI)

We require a minimum, well balanced score of 7.0 in IELTS Academic, with no less than 6.5 in each individual section. We also accept the IELTS Indicator test with the same minimum scores. Please note that we accept IELTS Academic tests taken at test centres that are not included on UKVI's SELT list.

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

We require an overall score of 69 with a minimum of 62 in Writing and no less than 60 in any other section in the in-person test. We do not accept PTE Online or PTE General.

LanguageCert International ESOL C1 Expert

We require a Pass in both the Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) and Spoken (Speaking) exams, in-person or online.

TOEFL iBT and TOEFL at home

We require a minimum, well-balanced overall score of 100 with a minimum of 25 in Writing and Speaking, 24 in Reading and 22 in Listening in the TOEFL iBT test (in-person or online). Scores must be achieved within a single test, not MyBest scores. We do not accept the TOEFL Essentials or TOEFL ITP Plus for China tests. You will need to make your TOEFL score available to us using code 0870.

How to apply

The application form is completed online and is designed to allow you to complete it over several sessions, allowing to submit your application when you are ready.

You will also need to provide the following in support of your application –

Personal statement

This is your opportunity to provide further information about your experience, why you want to undertake the Bayes Executive MBA and your aspirations post-EMBA. Please note we have specific questions which are available in the online application.


Your one or two page CV is uploaded as part of the online application form. Please provide reasons for any significant gaps in employment history within the application. Please see our recommended CV template.

Professional references

We require two references from suitable sources on our reference form in support of your application to the programme.

One reference should usually be from your current employer, and the other from a previous employer.  Referees must be senior to you and able to comment on your work and suitability for MBA study. If you work for a family business or are self-employed, a reference from a client will also be suitable. If you are not supplying the details of your current employer, please explain why in the extenuating circumstances section of the personal statement.

We cannot accept references from colleagues, personal friends or family members.

Although your referees will receive an electronic request, it is our experience that referees respond more quickly if the candidate also sends the link to the online reference form directly to them.

Copy of your university documents

Your degree certificate and transcript for each degree you have studied. We require certified translated copies* of each document if they are not in in English.

* A certified copy is a document that has been stamped and verified as a true copy by a legal authority (e.g. notary office). If you are having certified copies made, please ensure that you include any explanation of grades that may be printed on the reverse.

English language results (if applicable)

Your IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or LanguageCert score report, if English is not your first language. In some cases the English requirement can be waived (eg if you have worked or studied in an English speaking country for over a year).

Application fee

An application processing fee of £100.  The fee is be waived for City, University of London or Bayes Business School alumni.

You can pay your application fee online and we accept the following cards: MasterCard, Maestro, Solo, Switch, Visa, Visa Delta and Visa Electron.

Pay the application fee online

You will be given a reference number upon payment; please make a note of this and enter it when prompted on the online application form. Please note that we cannot begin to process your application until we have received your application fee.