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Spotlight on Cass Business School

Prodigy Finance - November 19, 2018

Ready to learn everything you need to know about business masters degrees at the City University of London’s Cass Business School? You're in the right place!

Prodigy Finance Cass Business School spotlight

Cass Business School opened its doors in 1966, though it only took its name decades later with the gift from a benefactor to the school. During its comparatively short history (as compared to several other UK universities), Cass has managed to climb the rankings while expanding its offering and the prestige of its programmes.

More than just a business school for MBAs, Cass offers several MSc degrees for those who wish to specialise. And, with all the opportunities of London beckoning, it’s definitely become a top choice for talented individuals looking to expand their horizons. 

City University of London fast facts

Public university

University enrollment: 19,780

Cass alumni: 45,000+ in 160+ countries

Graduate students: 9141

Business school students: 5707

Business grad students: 3493

International grad students: 4265

Countries represented at Cass: 100+

Where is the City University of London?

City: London, England

City population: 8.136 million, with a metropolitan population of 13.6 million

Climate: Temperate oceanic climate type: winters are cold (Jan mean: 6.8°C/44.2°F) with moderate precipitation; summers are cool to warm (Jul mean: 19.6°C/67.3°F)

Nearest airport: 

  • Heathrow (LHR)
  • Gatwick (LGW)
  • Luton (LTN)
  • Stansted (STN)
  • City (LCY)
  • Southend (SEN)

Time zone: GMT from November-March (GMT 0); DST from March to November (GMT-1)

A quick look at the latest Cass MBA class 

MBA students: 64 (full-time MBA)

International MBA students: 84%

MBA countries represented: 29

Average work experience: 8 years

Average age: 32

Average GMAT score: 653

Female MBAs: 39%

What can you study at City University’s Cass Business School?

According to the Financial Times, Cass Business School is ranked 4th in the UK and the MBA programme sits at 13th in Europe. In addition to its prestigious triple accreditation, you may be keen to see just how many MSc programmes they are and just how much they have to offer. 



Tuition fees

Full-time MBA

12 months full-time

£ 44,000

Executive MBA

2 years part-time

£ 50,000

Modular Executive MBA

2 years part-time

£ 50,000

Executive MBA in Dubai

2 years part-time

AED 230,000

MSc in Actuarial Management

12 months full-time | 2 years part-time

£ 20,500

MSc in Actuarial Science

12 months full-time

£ 20,500

MSc in Banking and International Finance

12 months full-time

£ 28,500

MSc in Business Analytics

12 months full-time

£ 23,500

MSc in Charity Accounting and Financial Management

24 months part-time

£ 9960/year

MSc in Charity Marketing and Fundraising

24 months part-time

£ 9810/year

MSc in Corporate Finance

12 months full-time

£ 28,500

MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance

12 months full-time

£ 25,500

MSc in Entrepreneurship

12 months full-time

£ 23,500

MSc in Finance

12 months full-time

£ 28,500

MSc in Financial Mathematics

12 months full-time

£ 25,500

MSc in Global Supply Chain Management

12 months full-time

£ 23,500

MSc in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment

24 months part-time

£ 9810/year

MSc in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership

12 months full-time | 28 months part-time

£ 20,500

MSc in Insurance and Risk Management

12 months full-time | 2 years part-time

£ 20,500

MSc in International Accounting and Finance

12 months full-time

£ 28,500

MSc in International Business

12 months full-time

£ 23,500

MSc in Investment Management

12 months full-time

£ 28,500

MSc in Management

12 months full-time

£ 23,500

MSc in Marketing Strategy and Innovation

12 months full-time

£ 23,500

MSc in Mathematical Trading and Finance

12 months full-time

£ 25,500

MSc in NGO Management

24 months part-time

£ 9810/year

MSc in Quantitative Finance

12 months full-time

£ 25,500

MSc in Real Estate

12 months full-time

£ 23,500

MSc in Real Estate Investment

12 months full-time

£ 23,500

MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance

12 months full-time

£ 25,500

MSc in Voluntary Sector Management

24 months part-time

£ 9810/year

Cass Business School at City University job placement

With 95% of Cass MBAs changing their industry, sector or location, you can bet that the school puts recruitment and career services in centre stage. From the minute you accept your seat, you can expect personalised advice and direction from Cass’ Career Services office.

In addition to the standard offerings, which include consultations and application preparation, there’s also an MSc Career Fair and plenty of networking and career trek opportunities. 

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What's it like to live at City University?

City University and Cass Business School offer on-campus accommodation options which might just be your best option as rents in London are very high - and you may battle to find other accommodation that’s both close enough to campus and affordable.

Depending on the on-campus accommodation that you choose, you should expect your rent to fall on the lower side of the figures provided by Cass for living expenses. And, there’s definitely a range from study bedrooms to shared flats.

But, the university is also keen to help those that prefer off-campus housing, though you’ll probably need to start your search earlier in your international journey.

As you would imagine, getting around London is relatively easy, as the city has an advanced transport system. Cars are usually more of a burden than a bonus and most students are better off exploring the public transportation costs than worrying about fuel and parking expenses.

And, yes, it’s London. What can’t you do in this city? Where can’t you go in Europe with the UK as your base? While real life - especially while you’re studying - is likely to be different from holiday experiences and what you’ve seen on television, you can bet it will be an amazing experience

How to get into the next Cass Business School MBA Class

Cass Business School has a straightforward application process. They’re looking for applicants that have done their research, both on their programmes and your own future. More than anything, they’re after motivated individuals with a clear progression, which can be directed through the myriad of classes and focuses Cass can provide.

Along with your personal goals, you’ll want to show that you can handle a rigorous course load and the sheer number of opportunities with all the diversions and excitement London has to offer.

Admissions team members at Cass are quick to point out that your GMAT score isn’t the most critical aspect of your application. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend time preparing for this exam (indeed, it will definitely assist you when it comes to entrance, financial aid and in the classroom), but you may want to direct extra efforts towards your admissions essays. And, be sure to let yourself shine through in each one.

In addition, you may want to keep these scores in mind as you craft your application package:

  • Average GMAT score: 653
  • Minimum years of work experience: 8

Cass MBA admissions details

Admissions cycle: Rolling

Final deadline for international students: July 15

Application fee: £100

Required essays: Personal statement and supporting questions

Recommendations: 2, completed online

GMAT test: required, 600 min score

Language test: required for non-native English speakers; waivers may given; IELTS is preferred, PTE is accepted

  • Min IELTS score: 7.0
  • Min PTE score: 70

MBA cost of attendance (for 2019/20 academic year)

Tuition: £44,000

Cost of living expenses: £223-£423/week or £11,596-£21,996

Accommodation: £100-£260/week

Food: £40-£60/week

Electricity/gas: £10/week

Study materials: £5-£10/week

Travel: £10-£30/week

TV licence: £3/week

Mobile phone and internet costs: £10/week

Entertainment: £20-£50/week

Miscellaneous: £20/week

Like some (but not all) business schools, Cass offers a CV review process to gain an understanding of your chances of entry into their programmes. 

As this is a free service, you may want to take advantage of this if Cass is in your shortlist of dream programmes.

Does Cass Business School offer scholarships to international students?

Cass Business School offers a number of scholarships, both for students with financial need and for those who demonstrate merit

While there are a variety of scholarships - and therefore criteria - you should expect to have accepted your offer to study at Cass and have paid your deposit before you can qualify for these scholarships. 

That said, it doesn’t hurt to look at Cass’ comprehensive list of business masters scholarships. And, of course, you should consider external options as well. 

Prodigy Finance international student loans for City University of London

Prodigy Finance offers loans for international masters students at Cass Business School at City University of London.

Students from supported countries pursuing MBA programmes that can be completed in less than 2 years are eligible to apply. Reach out to Prodigy Finance if you’re interested in pursuing another masters programme at Cass Business School. 

  • Maximum loan amount: up to 100% of tuition for full-time courses
  • Maximum loan amount: up to 80% of tuition for part-time courses
  • Minimum loan amount: £10,000
  • Loan duration options: 7, 10 years or 15 years, depending on your program and application
  • All loans disbursed directly to the university according to due dates

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