Oxford University, one of the oldest universities in the world, is now giving students an opportunity to obtain two degrees — an MBA and another Master’s degree — in the span of a couple of years.

The Oxford 1+1 MBA program allows you to pair Oxford University’s one-year full-time MBA program with one of a selection of one-year Master’s programs offered by other departments of the University. The eleven departments associated with the Oxford 1+1 MBA are given in the table below.

Department Program that can be part of the Oxford 1+1 MBA
Center for Criminology MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Department of Computer Science MSc in Computer Science
Department of Education
  • MSc Education (Child Development and Education)
  • MSc Education (Comparative and International Education)
  • MSc Education (Higher Education)
  • MSc Education (Learning and Technology)
School of Geography and the Environment
  • MSc Biodiversity, Conservation and Management
  • MSc Environmental Change and Management
  • MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Policy
  • MSc Water Science, Policy and Management
Faculty of History MSc in Social and Economic History
Oxford Internet Institute MSc Social Science of the Internet
Department of Social Policy and Intervention
  • MSc Comparative Social Policy
  • MSc Evidence Based Social Intervention
Department of Sociology MSc Sociology
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • MSc Social Anthropology
  • MSc Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology
  • MSc Migration Studies
  • MSc Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology
Faculty of Music MSt Music (Composition/Musicology/Performance)


As soon as you start the 1+1 MBA, you will become an integral part of Oxford Saïd Business School’s diverse community, developing strong relationships with current MBA students, international alumni, prominent academics, and expert practitioners. You will have full access to the career and professional development resources of the business school throughout your time at Oxford. As Oxford themselves put it, the 1+1 MBA enables you to become a dynamic leader who is able to use management practices to translate specific knowledge into practical applications with wide-reaching impact.


Program Timeline

As a 1+1 MBA student, you will spend your first year completing a Master’s in your chosen discipline before joining the MBA in your second year.


Application Process

Candidates applying for the 1+1 MBA must meet the entry requirements for both the Oxford MBA and their chosen Master’s, and apply to both programmes in the same application cycle. Candidates applying to the 1+1 MBA must submit their MSc application by the relavant  department deadline and submit their MBA application within one of Oxford’s 6 stage deadlines. Please note that some partner Master’s close their applications in January 2017.

In addition to the Master’s and MBA applications, you must submit an essay of no more than 500 words addressing the following question: ‘How do you intend to change the world? What does this tell us about you as a person?’ Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview with the selection panel.

Candidates accepted to the 2017-19 1+1 MBA will undertake their MBA during the 2018-19 academic year.


Selection Criteria

Candidates applying to the Oxford 1+1 MBA program are selected on the basis of their:

  • Academic achievement
  • Leadership potential, demonstrated through experience and motivation
  • Strong personal character, integrity and commitment
  • Commitment to address world-scale social challenges in your career, either in an existing organisation or through development of a new enterprise
  • Ability to envision how to achieve scalable and sustainable solutions to these challenges
  • Detailed understanding of how the Oxford 1+1 MBA will allow you to fulfill your objectives


Funding the Oxford 1+1 MBA

Costs for the 1+1 MBA include tuition and college fees for the partnering Master’s programme of the student’s choosing, plus tuition and college fees for the MBA. Typically the cost is in the range of £ 70,000.

Every year, the Pershing Square Foundation awards up to five scholarships to support outstanding students on the 1+1 MBA. Pershing Square Scholars are exceptional individuals who can demonstrate the potential and commitment to finding scalable and sustainable solutions to world-scale social challenges. The scholarship provides funding for tuition, college fees and a contribution towards living expenses for the MBA year of the 1+1 MBA. Beyond the academic opportunities inherent in the 1+1 MBA, participants receive several other perks through The Pershing Square Foundation, including networking and mentorship opportunities. Scholarship recipients also attend events organized by the Foundation in New York City each spring.


Outcomes from the Oxford 1+1 Program

  • Average starting salary: £58,143 ($89,082)
  • Highest salary: £128,263 ($196,518)
  • Lowest salary: £9,357 ($14,336)
  • Job offers 3 months after graduation: 90%


Employers at Oxford

The five largest employers included Amazon, McKinsey, The Shell Foundation and Fung Group. Other employers included  Accenture, Al Jazeera, BCG, BP, Dalberg, Ernst & Young, Google, HJ Heinz, JaguarLand Rover, Millicom Services, Off-Grid Electric, and PA Consulting. The largest percentage – 25% – of Oxford MBAs in 2014 headed for the financial services industry, with 23% going into consulting, 19% into technology, 7% in consumer products, and 6% in media/entertainment.


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