The MBA programme is intellectually demanding and requires you to quickly absorb and analyse new material and apply it in a fast-moving environment. We need to be confident that you have the ability to rise to the intellectual challenges the programme presents. We require you to have a strong undergraduate degree result (UK bachelor or international equivalent as recognised by UK NARIC) from a recognised university. Qualifications vary by country and university, however we normally look for the equivalent of a first class or upper second class honours result in the UK system and expect you to be in the top 25% of your class. Postgraduate, specialisation and professional qualifications can strengthen your application. We consider candidates from any subject background, however you need to be numerate with the ability to think critically, logically and integrate ideas, and have a good awareness of economic and international affairs.
All Full-time MBA applicants, regardless of nationality, education and professional background, are required to take an admissions test. Please review the Full-time MBA entry requirements for details.
Full-time MBA candidates are normally take the GMAT, however we also accept the GRE.
Candidates who will be attending an interview/assessment day in person on-campus in Manchester can request the option to take the Manchester Admissions Test, instead of GMAT or GRE. This request will be granted at the discretion of the MBA Admissions Committee.
GMAT® and GRE®
GMAT and GRE are standardised admissions tests which are used by the world's leading business schools.
The test score provides us with additional information to compare applications from around the world reasonably objectively. We take into consideration country or regional norms in the distribution of GMAT and GRE scores and also compare scores within industry sectors.
The GMAT or GRE score is only one of our admission criteria - we are looking for the 'right fit' for the unique Manchester MBA and use all of the admissions criteria to make a decision. A very high score does not necessarily give a stronger chance of admission and a below average score does not automatically eliminate a candidate. You need to have a balanced score on all parts of the GMAT. You should aim for a score 600+. Although we do not state a minimum score, it is rare for us to admit a candidate with a score below 500. The middle 80% range for the class is usually 550 - 700.
We will take into consideration the highest score you have achieved. We do not average the scores if you have taken the test more than once. Please note, we only accept test scores that have been taken less than five years prior to the start date of the MBA programme.
How to report your admissions test score
Please select the appropriate option on the MBA application form and include the details of your score. If you have not yet taken GMAT® or GRE® you can still submit your application, however you must include your test date in the admissions test section of the application form. We may decide not to make a preliminary decision until we have your score.
After submitting the form upload a copy of your official score report directly through the online MBA Apply Portal.
We need to be able to verify your score therefore if you have not already made your official test score report available to Alliance Manchester Business School, please do so.
How to report your official GMAT score: Sending your official GMAT score
GMAT: Our institution code is N1C-XL-39
We are listed as University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School - MBA, Full Time - Manchester
How to report your official GRE score: Sending your official GRE score
GRE: Our GRE Designated Institution (DI) Code is 1433
We are listed as University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School MBA
Manchester Admissions Test (MAT)
If you will be attending an interview/assessment day on-campus at Manchester Business School and would like to take the Manchester Admissions Test (MAT) instead of GMAT or GRE, please select ‘request MAT’ when completing the application form. This request will be granted only at the discretion of the MBA Admissions Committee.