This section contains information on the required documents you need for your Executive MBA application, including a personal statement, CV/resume and references, as well as the interview component.

Required Supporting Documents

Document Details
Personal Statement This should be approximately 500 words in length.
CV/Resume A detailed CV to support your application.
References You require one reference to complete your application.
Official transcript If required, please provide a certified English translation.
Degree certificate If required, please provide a certified English translation. This is not required for current students.
English language qualification Required if English is not your first language. See Entry requirements for accepted certificates.

Personal Statement

You must include a personal statement as part of your application which should indicate your reasons for applying to the programme. The statement should be approximately 500 words in length and answer the following questions:

  • Why have you selected this particular programme?
    • You should also include other motivating factors and additional relevant information in support of this.
  • What contributions do you feel you can make to the programme?

You may type your personal statement into the relevant box on the programme tab in the online application form. If you wish to include any relevant knowledge, skills, or training, please enter this information in the appropriate box on the programme tab.

Alternatively, you may upload a document containing this information with your application. In this case, you should use the 'If you have a relevant document to upload that is not requested above, please upload it here' option.


You are required to submit one reference as part of your application. To assist you with this, we have provided a reference request form. Please pass this form to your referee.

MBA Reference Request Form

Upon completion, the referee should return the signed document directly via post, or alternatively a scanned electronic copy to the relevant address on the back of the form.

Your reference should be from a senior professional colleague, preferably your immediate superior, who can comment on your suitability for the MBA. In some cases we may request a second reference, but in the first instance please ensure that one is supplied. You may not use a family member as a referee. We do not accept academic references for the MBA programme.

During the online application process, there is the facility to upload referee reports. You may upload copies of professional references using this facility as long as they display the letterhead of the organisation and are signed and dated by the referee.


If your application passes successfully through the first stage of the process, we will invite you to participate in a selection interview by Skype or telephone.

The interview itself is relatively informal and seeks to evaluate your suitability for the Edinburgh MBA programme. As well as discussing your application, the interviewer may wish to find out more about your personal qualities, motivations, and aspirations for the future.

You should be prepared to discuss your professional experience and your expectations of how an MBA can benefit you. You should also be prepared to answer how you would contribute to the Programme as a whole.