Know the minimum IELTS score required for top B-Schools
Bedasree Das, 07 Jun 2016, #IELTS
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IELTS score for top business schools-
IELTS score is a major yardstick for entry into top management schools across the globe. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is currently accepted by over 9,000 organisations in the world, which also includes business schools from the top universities like Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, and Cambridge, among others.

An important point to note is that besides accepting GMAT or GRE scores, top business schools give high weightage to English proficiency scores as well. As such, it is not only important for you to know the schools accepting IELTS score but also the minimum IELTS score accepted for admission to top business schools.

While a majority of the B-schools across countries accept IELTS score, the minimum IELTS score for top business schools differ depending on the quality of the business schools.

Before we bring you the required IELTS Scores for Top Business Schools, let us first take a look at the IELTS pattern

 

IELTS is graded on a unique 9 band scale scoring a candidate on four sections- Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Most business schools require a student to get an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with an average of 6 in all the components.

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Here we have created a comprehensive region-wise list of the IELTS Scores for Top Business Schools. The list includes the top business schools in the UK, North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania and the average IELTS score for entry into the programme.

 

UK:  

The United Kingdom is one of the most popular destinations for management studies in Europe. IELTS being conducted by the British Council is accepted by a majority of the business schools in the country. While average IELTS requirement is 7 for the top Business schools in UK, the component average is between 6 and 6.5.

 

Top Business schools in UK

Institute

IELTS score

Each component average

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

7.5

7

Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

7.5

7

Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London

6.5

7

Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

7

-

Manchester Business School

7

6.5

Cranfield School of Management

6.5

6.5

Cass Business School

7

6.5

University of Edinburgh Business School

7

6

Nottingham University Business School, The University of Nottingham

7

6

University of Birmingham

7

6.5

Want to know how to calculate your IELTS score? Check here to find out.

Europe:

Europe is home to some of the best business schools in the world. Besides UK, countries like France, Spain and Switzerland are major attractions for students from all over the globe. While the usual MBA specialisations are offered in Europe’s management schools, it is more popular for courses like luxury management, hospitality management, among others.

Top business schools in Europe (except UK)

Institute

Country

IELTS score

HEC Paris

France

6.5

IE Business School

Spain

7

Esade Business School

France

7

INSEAD

France

7.5

University of St Gallen

Switzerland

7

Iese Business School

Spain

7.5

IMD

Switzerland

6.5

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University      

Netherlands

6.5

ESCP Europe

France / UK / Germany / Spain / Italy

7

Essec Business School

France

6.5

North America- Home to major management education like giants like Harvard and Kellogg, North America is the formidable destination for MBA aspirants across the globe.  While most schools in USA and Canada accept both TOEFL and IELTS score, many of the schools do not have IELTS as a mandatory requirement. However, to get entry into the MBA schools in North America, one still has to score average of 7 in IELTS band for most schools.

 

Top Business schools in North America

Institute

Country

IELTS score

University of Chicago – Booth School of Business

USA

7

Harvard Business School

USA

7.5

Northwestern University-

Kellogg School of Management

USA

7.0

UCLA Anderson School of Management

USA

7.0

Rotman School of Management

Canada

7.0

Sloan School of Management

USA

7.0

Haas School of Business

USA

7.0

Schulich School of Business, York University

Canada

7.5

Ivey Business School

Canada

8

Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

Canada

7.0

Oceania: While North America and Europe have made great leaps in terms of attracting management students,countries like Australia and New Zealand Oceania through their effective business school programmes have emerged as fresh destinations for foreign students.  Both the countries have some good quality management institutes like Melbourne Business school, Auckland University, AUT, among others.

 

Top Business schools in Oceania

Institute

country

IELTS score

Each component average

Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne

Australia

6.5-7

6-6.5

AGSM MBA, University of New South Wales

Australia

6.5

6

The University of Auckland Business School

New Zealand

6.5

6

College of Business and Economics, Australian National University

Australia

6.5

6

Auckland University of Technology Business

New Zealand

5.5

5

La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University

Australia

6

6

Monash Business School, Monash University

Australia

6.5

6

UQ Business School, University of Queensland

Australia

6.5

6

Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong

Australia

7.0

6.5

University of Otago Business School

New Zealand

6.5

6

Asia:  With economic power slowly shifting toward Asia, management aspirants have started to explore the region for an off-beat experience. Interestingly, many business schools in Asia offer Asia-centric business programmes too, which are a major attraction.  While it does benefit for an aspirant to know the local language of the country he/she is planning to study, most of the management schools accept IELTS score as proof of English proficiency.

Top Business schools in Asia

Institute

country

IELTS score

INSEAD

Singapore

7.5

NUS Business School

Singapore

6.5

HKUST Business School

Hong Kong

7

The University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

6.5

Nanyang Business School, Singapore

Singapore

6.5

Peking University

Beijing International MBA

China

6.5

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

India

6

Seoul national university- Graduate school of business

South Korea

5.5

CUHK Business School

Hong Kong

7.0

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

China

5.5

# Institutes which do not accept or do not have a minimum requirement for IELTS are not included in the list.

 

Also read:

GMAT Scores for Top Business Schools

Singapore- the emerging hub for management studies

IELTS preparation- Books and study materials

English Language Proficiency Score for Engineering programmes

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