How to apply

Admission to the Sheffield MBA is on a competitive basis and we take a holistic view when we evaluate candidates. We're looking for talented, aspiring MBA candidates with great potential, who can contribute to the cohort experience and the success of the programme.


Please carefully read the following information and check the entry requirements, before submitting your application. The guidance on completing your personal statement is prepared so that you are clear about the key areas your application is being assessed on.

Completing your application

You will need to apply for The Sheffield MBA using our Postgraduate Online Application Form.

When you apply for the Sheffield MBA, please ensure you include the relevant supporting documents.

Find out more about the documents we will ask you for in your application: Supporting documents

Guidance on completing the personal statement

The online application will ask you to complete a statement, which forms part of our evaluation.

You should consider how your previous education and work experience relates to the programme, and how it fits into your long-term career plans.

We would like you to address the following questions (200 words for each question):

  • Why do you want to join Sheffield MBA and any other information you want to include in support of your application
  • How do you think you stand out based on your professional experience and any other notable achievements?
  • How will you contribute to the Sheffield MBA?
  • How will you benefit from our focus on consultancy, entrepreneurship and leadership?
  • What are your career aspirations and how will The Sheffield MBA help you achieve those?

Key dates and deadlines

The Sheffield MBA receives many more applications than we have places available and it is highly competitive. To manage the competition for places on the programme, we operate a staged admissions process, with application and decision deadlines throughout the year. Your application will only be considered for your chosen round if it is fully completed by the deadline date.

Application deadlines for the Sheffield MBA starting in September 2023 are shown below.

Stage For applications received by We aim to return decisions by Offer-holders should pay their fee deposit by
A 3 November 1 December 29 December
B 29 December 2 February 1 March
C 1 March 28 March 26 April
D 26 April 24 May 21 June
E 21 June 19 July 16 August

After you apply

All applications received by the deadline given for each stage will be reviewed by our MBA admissions team.

If your application is successful at the initial review, you will be invited to attend an interview.  If you are unable to attend the interview in person we will arrange with you for this to be online.

Attending an interview is a requirement of the MBA admissions process. Due to a high level of demand and limited availability, applicants are expected to make every effort to attend their interview. 

Interviewed applicants will be informed of the outcome of their interview on or before the ‘decisions returned by’ dates as outlined in table above for each stage.

For more information on what to expect after you have submitted your application, please visit the university’s webpages:

After you apply for postgraduate study

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