Entry requirements

At Bayes we look for ambitious people from culturally diverse backgrounds, who are intellectually curious with a high potential to succeed.

Work experience

A minimum of three years’ full-time professional experience, gained after graduation.

We are looking for continuous career progression alongside clear examples of leadership capability, strong team and communication skills through personal and professional experiences. Read more about the skills we are looking for.

Academic requirement

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


All applicants to the Full-time MBA are required to take either GMAT or GRE (GMAT preferred). You should aim for a well-balanced minimum GMAT score of 600 or for an equivalent minimum score in GRE (GMAT preferred). A higher, well-balanced score (650+) will strengthen your application.

To send your GMAT score report to us, please use 2C2 - R0 – 50, or GRE score report use code 9646.

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). If you require a Student visa, please see the specific requirements below.

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-person or online. We do not accept 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.

If you require a Student visa, the UK Home Office requirements mean that you will need to achieve our minimum score in one of the above tests, unless you are a national of a majority English-speaking country or you have successfully completed an academic qualification, at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree, which was taught in a majority English-speaking country.  The list of majority English-speaking countries can be found here.  Please note that the minimum English language test scores for our MBA programmes are higher than the minimum Home Office requirements. If you have been educated in English, but not in a majority English-speaking country, we regret that we are unable to waive the English language test requirement, as this is outside our control.

All English language tests scores must be no longer than two years old at the point we generate your CAS for your Student visa (normally in June).

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

Please note we have specific questions which are available in the online application form. Some of the questions are focused on your future career aspirations. Before answering these questions, think about the type of role, company, industry, and location you want to work in after you graduate.  We want you to consider your current experience and skills and then demonstrate how this will help to contribute to your success post-programme.


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

GMAT or GRE results

You can submit an application before you take the test as long as you provide your confirmed test date on your application form.  You will need to send us the test booking confirmation together with your application.

To make your score report available to us please use 2C2 - R0 – 50 for GMAT or code 9646 for GRE.

Please note, due to the volume of applications that we receive and the demand for places, we will not be able to consider your application until we have your confirmed GMAT or GRE score.

English language results (if applicable)

You can submit an application before you take an English language test as long as you provide your confirmed test date on your application form.  You will need to send us the test booking confirmation together with your application.

Please note due to the volume of applications that we receive and the demand for places, we will not be able to consider your application until we have your confirmed IELTS, TOEFL, LanguageCert or PTE score.

Professional references

We require two references 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 (diploma) and transcript for each degree you have studied.  A transcript is the document listing the individual subjects that you studied during your degree, and the grade you received for each one.  We require certified translated copies of each document if they are not in in English.

Application fee

An application processing fee of £100. The fee is waived for City, University of London, The Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) and University of London 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.

Student visa

Incoming students who are not UK nationals might require a Student visa to study in the UK. Find out whether you fit into this category.

In order to apply for a Student visa, you must obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), which will be issued by City, University of London.

Visa advice and contact details for our International Student Advice team

UK government guidance