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London Business School Class Profile | Breakdown

What does the London Business School MBA Class of 2025 look like? From GMAT scores to diversity stats, this is a breakdown of the latest class profile

Fri Mar 1 2024

The MBA at London Business School is frequently ranked in the top 10 programs in the world, and the LBS MBA program draws students from all over the world who want to study and live in a dynamic urban center. 

LBS prides itself on the global focus of its graduate programs. MBA students can take advantage of London’s role as an international business capital—nine Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the city—and participate in exchanges with other global business schools during their course. 

The MBA at LBS is evidently a worthwhile investment, as the MBA employment for the Class of 2023 shows. The mean graduate salary in 2023 was $120,238, and the finance and consulting industries saw even higher average starting salaries. 

Naturally, the consulting and finance industries are well-represented in the MBA Class of 2025. However, other students come from various industries, including energy, non-profit, retail and engineering. 

This diversity in industries is also reflected in a list of notable alumni from LBS. Previous graduates include Savio Kwan, former COO of Alibaba, and Tim Kopra, a retired NASA astronaut. 

But what does the LBS MBA Class of 2025 look like? Here’s our breakdown. 

Overview of the LBS Class of 2025

There are 487 students in the Class of 2025, in line with class numbers at other comparable business schools. This is a drop compared to the Class of 2023 when 512 students enrolled. 

The graduating Class of 2023, had an average age 28, and MBA students had an average of 5.5 years of work experience. 

The LBS MBA has improved its gender parity in the Class of 2025 compared to previous years. Among this intake, 43% of the LBS MBA are women, compared to 38% in the last year’s intake.

Impressive diversity is also apparent in the nationalities of students in the Class of 2025. A total of 63 nationalities are represented in the MBA, and 94% of the class are international students. 

Where LBS MBA Students Come From

The LBS MBA attracts students from every continent, and students in the Class of 2025 come from 63 different nationalities. UK students make up only a small proportion of the class (6%), and no one region represents more than 20% of students on the MBA.

The highest proportion of students come from North America (18%), though students from South East Asia/East Asia (17%) and Central/South America (17%) are also well represented. 

A further 16% of students on the program hail from South Asia, 12% from Europe, 6% from the Middle East, and 4% each from Oceania and Africa. Compared to the Class of 2024, this year’s MBA students come from a broader range of countries, increasing the classroom’s overall diversity.

LBS is committed to improving gender parity in the business classroom. In the Class of 2025, 43% of students are women, an increase of 5% on the Class of 2024. 

The Women in Business Club at LBS ensures that women feel empowered during their degrees, and the Club hosts workshops and networking events to improve personal development for women on LBS programs. 

Diversity in the LBS Intake

GMAT Score Acceptance Rate

Based on the most recently available data, the average GMAT score in the MBA class is 702. This places LBS at the lower end of the list of average GMAT scores on the top 20 MBA programs, and therefore could present a great opportunity for aspiring students.

GMAT accepted scores have ranged between 600 and 800 at LBS, so there’s no guarantee that a lower-than-average score means you won’t be admitted. This score range would be around 655-665 for the new GMAT Focus Edition (the sole GMAT exam since February 2024).

The average range for GRE scores on the MBA program is equally high, with admissions directors suggesting students aim for 163 and 164 in the verbal and quantitative sections of the test.

Undergraduate Majors

While exact data on undergraduate majors for the MBA Class of 2025 is unavailable, LBS does offer guidance to students on the average backgrounds of MBA students. 

Undergraduate majors in subjects like business, engineering, or IT are common on MBA programs, but LBS states that there is no particular preference for students with a background in business.

In fact, the school welcomes applications from students with a background in humanities, including the arts, languages, and philosophy. 

However, typical undergraduate backgrounds also include pure sciences, engineering, maths, and social sciences. 

Work Experience

Almost one-third of students on the LBS MBA have a background in consulting, which isn’t a surprise considering it’s one of the most popular postgraduate industries for MBA graduates. Similarly, London’s status as a professional services hub likely draws students interested in gaining further experience in the industry. 

Overall, students with backgrounds in consulting and finance comprise 50% of the Class of 2025. This ratio remains fairly consistent year-on-year—in the Class of 2023, 55% of students had consulting and finance backgrounds, while for the Class of 2024, the figure was also 50%. 

The third most popular industry background is IT and technology (8%). For the rest, students come from a wide variety of industries, including retail (8%), healthcare (6%), energy (5%), engineering (5%), non-profit (5%), and automotive/aerospace (3%). 

Meanwhile, 1 in 10 students come from an industry not categorized above, evidence of the broad range of experiences represented on the LBS MBA program.

The average amount of work experience for LBS MBA students is 5.5 years. However, in recent years, the MBA class has enrolled students with between 2 and 13 years of work experience.

LBS Pre-MBA Industry


Given that London Business School is a top-10 global business school, you’ll have to put everything into your application to secure a place.

This means aiming for a GMAT Focus Edition score of around 655+ and proving you have the leadership potential to thrive on this global program.

However, prospective students don’t have to worry about a non-traditional background harming their chances of being accepted. 

While most students come from traditional backgrounds such as finance and accounting, LBS doesn’t necessarily have a preference for these types of students. The MBA intake comes from a wide variety of industry backgrounds, and not everyone has a business undergraduate degree. 

One of the biggest highlights of the MBA program at LBS is the level of diversity among students. The program attracts significant numbers of women and students from diverse corners of the globe, including Africa, South America, and East Asia. 

London’s status as an international city is undoubtedly an attraction for students, as is its world-renowned finance and professional services job markets.  

Indeed, although many LBS MBA graduates accept roles in consulting and finance, opportunities exist elsewhere, including in technology, energy, and entrepreneurship.