Inside The Hardest B-School Program In The World To Get Into

The data visualization laboratory at Imperial College London

What is the most competitive business education program in the world? You might think that it is the MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business or Harvard Business School. You would be wrong. It is the full-time, 12-month MSc in Business Analytics at London’s Imperial College Business School.

According to the school, 3,964 applications were started by potential students for the September 2020 intake, and 1,967 completed applications were received — for just 87 places in the full-time program. That means there were 22.6 applications for each place, or to put it another way, just 4.4% of applicants got in. To put the numbers into context, a ratio of under 30 is seen only at the very top MBAs. At Stanford, the number this year is an estimated 7%, while at Harvard it is 13%.

As one business education consultant put it:

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