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Application form: step-by-step guidance

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If you are thinking about submitting an application, but have not yet done so, you may wish to check out our advice on how to fill in the online application form. These slides (below) take you through the complete process, from setting up your login details to clicking on the final ‘submit’ button.

The application form and supporting documents are integral to the application process, and are used to assess your candidacy. It is therefore important that you clearly include the relevant information in order to best demonstrate your suitability for the course.

Tips for Filling in the Application Form

As always, please contact us if you require any further assistance.

Good luck!

68 Comments

  1. I would like to know what are the differences between the MSc Actuarial Science and the MSc Actuarial Management course? In other words, are there any differences in entry requirements regarding to the skills student need in order to attend the courses?

    • Hi Wendy, thanks for your comment and interest in our courses! That is a good question.

      MSc in Actuarial Science covers the fundamentals of actuarial science and enables students to gain exemptions from the first stage of the examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (Core Technical – CT subjects), whereas the MSc in Actuarial Management focuses on the practical application of these skills and enables students to gain exemptions from the second and third stages of the examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (Core Applications – CA subjects and Specialist Technical – ST subjects). Essentially, completion of an actuarial science degree is considered as a pre-requisite for entry to the MSc in Actuarial Management.

      If you have any further queries about these two courses, please do not hesitate to contact the admissions officer for MSc Actuarial Science and MSc Actuarial Management, Eva Matiaskova – her contact details can be found on our website – http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/courses/masters/contact-us. I hope this helps!

  2. I would like to know that after I submit the online application form, will I receive a conditional letter then I will send my supporting documents for the unconditional letter ?

    • Hi Ngoc, thanks for your question! You must upload your documents when you apply online, including the (interim) degree transcript, CV and personal statement. If you are made an offer we would then require the original or a certified version of your final degree documents to be sent to us by post as soon as you have them. If applicable, we would also need to verify your IELTS and GMAT scores, and receive two references (if not already received).
      I hope this helps.
      MSc Admissions Team

  3. hi! i want to ask something.
    1. If i accept in CASS, i will get the LoA letter right? my question is, if i get the letter on August 2016 but i planned to take the course on Sep 2017, do i have to re-apply? or the LoA from August 2016 will be enough? because i have to submit the LoA this year to get a scholarship next year
    2. i want to apply for Magister of Risk Management and insurance course, do i have to full filled GMAT?
    Thank you

    • Hi Ratu
      Thanks for your question! If you got an offer last year for 2016 intake but you did not accept it or officially defer it to 2017 intake, you will need to reapply for 2017 intake. Your application will be reassessed. If you have any queries about this please contact the admissions officer.
      The GMAT is not a compulsory entry requirement for any of our courses, but if you wish to enhance your application then a score of at least 600 might help.
      I hope this helps!
      MSc Admissions Team

  4. Hello,
    I would like to know whether it is possible to hand in the results of the IELTS-Test later, after the application. Unfortunately I got caught up in studying for the GMAT so that I forgot to take care of the IELTS Test and now i found out that it takes up to 2 weeks to get the results for the IELTS. Next week I will take the GMAT and i wanted to apply for one or two of your MSc’s immidiately afterwards. So i wil be able to take the IELTS in two weeks time. So is that a problem?

    • Hi Florian, thanks for your question!
      You can submit your application without the IELTS score report. If you are made an offer, and the IELTS is a condition of the offer, you can send us the score report later.
      I hope this helps – good luck in both the GMAT and IELTS tests!
      MSc Admissions Team

  5. Hi,
    I have failed the application before and did not make a second choice when I was filling that application form. Should I create a new account if I decide to apply for another programme with new materials?

    • Hi Ann, thanks for your question! If your initial application was for the same intake (i.e. 2017 intake), please do not submit a new application form – you just need to write a new personal statement for your second choice and send it, along with any additional documents you feel would enhance your application, to the admissions officer for the new course you would like to be considered for. We will retrieve your original application file and use the same application documents, but we will replace the old personal statement with the new one.
      I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any further queries.
      MSc Admissions Team

  6. Hi! When are the applications opening in 2017 for the 2018 intake of postgraduate courses ?

    • Hi Tina
      Thanks for your question! We will probably be opening applications for 2018 intake around November 2017. Please keep an eye on our website around that time to check for further updates.
      I hope this helps.
      MSc Admissions Team

  7. Hi, I am applying rather last minute for the Msc in Management and have 2 questions:
    1. I do not have my copy of the Degree certificate and i am not sure how quickly I can get one. I do have my transcript, is there an equivalent version of something I can attach instead of the degree certificate?
    2. I haven’t done the GMAT tests as I have not had time. I understand that if I got an offer it would most likely be on condition of a GMAT score. But while I’m doing the application, do I just leave the area blank?
    Thanks,

    • Hi Francesca
      Thanks for your question! When you apply we don’t necessarily need to see the degree certificate, but we must receive the degree transcript (showing your grades for all modules throughout your degree). If your final degree classification/grade is not shown on the degree transcript, please ensure that it is somewhere else in your application (such as your CV). The GMAT is not compulsory when applying, so you can leave that section of the application form blank.
      I hope this helps. Good luck with your application!
      MSc Admissions Team

  8. Hello, My name is Ama from Ghana. English is our official (first) language. Do I need to provide the IELTS score report ?
    I intend to apply for the MSc Actuarial Science 2018/9

    Thanks

    • Hi Ama, thanks for your question!

      If you have previously studied for at least three years in the UK, or another majority English-speaking country (as defined by the UKVI), we can normally waive the IELTS requirement. However, if you have not previously studied in a majority English-speaking country you will need to take the IELTS test as Ghana is not included in the UKVI’s list of majority English-speaking countries. For a list of countries that are included, please see here – http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/study/masters/apply/entry-requirements.

      In the IELTS we look for at least 7.0 overall, with at least 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in any other section. You can submit an application without the IELTS score report, and if you are made an offer the IELTS would be a condition of the offer. You would then have until around June to submit the IELTS score report to us.

      I hope this helps. We will be accepting applications for 2018 intake from around this November onwards.

      MSc Admissions Team

      • hello, sir. I would like to study in business analytics. If I cannot meet the requirement of IELTS, such as 6.5(with at least 6.0 in any section), can I choose to attend pre-sessional course? How long I need to take?

        • Hi Vincent
          Thanks for your question! There is no guarantee at this stage that we will be offering a pre-sessional English course, so please try your best to meet our IELTS requirements of 7.0 overall, 6.5 in writing, and no less than 6.0 in any other section. If we do run a pre-sessional English course it is offered on an invite-only basis (although candidates who have met our IELTS requirements are still welcome to sign up), and it normally runs for four weeks in late summer. I recommend that you aim to meet our IELTS requirements by June.
          I hope this helps!
          Kind regards
          MSc Admissions Team

  9. Hello, I am currently graduating on December 2017 from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor of Science in International Management. I am currently interested in applying to a couple of your Msc Programmes, and I would like to know if there is any minimum US GPA requirement to be eligible ?

    Kind Regards

    • Hi Charif
      Thanks for your question! We normally require at least GPA 3.3/4 in degrees from universities in the United States. The admissions panel will be looking for high grades in the most relevant modules, and they also take into account the standing of the institution.
      We will be accepting applications for 2018 intake from around November onwards, and you will be able to upload your degree transcript when you apply, along with the other necessary supporting documents.
      I hope this helps!
      MSc Admissions Team

  10. Hello, I would like to apply for 2018/19 Marketing strategy and innovation in November, I have two questions.
    Firstly, I have not yet got my grades of third years in that time, but I only get 2:2 in my second year at the university of Manchester. I am sure I can get 2:1 in third year.
    Secondly, my subject is fashion marketing, it focus on fashion rather than marketing.
    So, I want to know whether I have a eligible to apply postgraduate of Marketing strategy and Innovation?

    • Hi Alice, thanks for your question!
      If you feel that your grades will improve in your third year, we recommend that you wait until you have some final year grades before you submit your application (so probably from around March onwards, when you have results from your first term). Please upload your transcript from your first two years of study, and an interim transcript showing the grades achieved to date in your third year.
      If you have studied three marketing modules or fewer in your undergraduate degree then you will be suitable for our MSc in Marketing Strategy and Innovation. The best way for us to assess your suitability is for you to submit an application so that the admissions panel can review your full application. We should be accepting applications for 2018 intake from around November onwards.
      I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any further queries.
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  11. Hello. I have taken the IELTS a few months back. How can I submit my score?

    In addition to the photocopy of the test report, will I be required to submit an Additional Test Report electronically for verification?
    Or would the Test Report Form Number suffice?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Tina
      Thanks for getting in contact! When you apply online there will be a section within the application form where you can upload your IELTS score report. At the application stage you just need to upload a scan of the official score report with the Test Report Form number – we can use this number to verify the IELTS score online. If we need any further documents we will contact you at that time.
      We are now open for 2018 applications – https://www.cass.city.ac.uk/study/masters/apply/online
      I hope this helps!
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  12. Hi Officer,
    I am working on my online application for the MSc marketing and strategy and innovation program. There is an option to upload the high school transcript in the application form. Need I submit the high school transcript as an international student who finish the high school out of UK?

    • Hi Lily
      Thanks for your question! We do not normally need to see your high school documents, so you can leave that section blank. If the admissions panel require this information we will let you know at the processing stage. It is important, though, to upload your degree documents. If you have not yet completed your degree please upload your transcripts to date and, ideally, a list of the modules you will be taking in your final year of study.
      I hope this helps!
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  13. Hi,i’im Agyeiwaa. I would like to know if a certified true copy of my degree certificate will be needed as part of the supporting documents.Thanks

    • Hi Agyeiwaa
      Thanks for your question! When you apply online you do not need to send us any original documents at that stage of the process. You will be able to upload your degree transcript and certificate in the application form. However, if you are made an offer on a course, we will need you to post us your original or a certified version of your final degree transcript/certificate at that time.
      I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any further queries!
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  14. Hello Team,

    I can’t upload my exams results in the ‘other qualifications’ section as shown in the ppt.
    The ‘choose file’ button is not there. Should I email them to the admissions team or upload them in some other section?

    Filling it for MSc in Corporate Finance.

    Thanks!

    • Hi Salman
      Thanks for your query! I’m sorry to hear that you were not able to upload the file in the ‘other qualifications’ section. You can upload the document in another section of the form. Alternatively, you can email it directly to your Admissions Officer after you have submitted the application online.
      I hope this helps!
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  15. Hello Team,
    I am interested in the Msc Quantitative Finance which in the application requirements makes no mention of the GMAT or the GRE. Since I have taken the GRE test recently (and scored quite well), would it be worth it to include the test scores in my application?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Manos
      Thanks for your question! The GMAT/GRE is not a compulsory entry requirement for any of our courses. However, if you have a good score please feel free to upload your test results when you apply online.
      I hope this helps.
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

      • hello
        i am applying to MSc Management and have written the GRE exam. i want to apply along with my GRE results to strengthen my application , but i could not find any appropriate column in the application to upload the GRE score report. lease tell the appropriate section as to where to upload the result?

        thanks!

        • Hi Sanjay
          Thanks for your question! You can upload your GRE score report in the GMAT section, or in any of the other upload fields.
          I hope this helps!
          Kind regards
          MSc Admissions Team

  16. Hi admissions team

    Is it possible for my referee to send references in a word document using their their professional or university email address to Cass Admissions team ?

    My second question is whether the GMAT is required for the Msc in business analytics?

    Kind Regards

    • Hi Youness
      Thanks for your question! Ideally the reference should be written on headed paper, but we will accept it as a Word document as long as it has been emailed directly to us from the referee’s academic email account, and we are able to verify that email account (normally through the university’s website).
      The GMAT is not a compulsory entry requirement for any of our MSc degrees, but if you wish to enhance your application you can submit a GMAT score when you apply. We are normally looking for a total score of at least 600.
      I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any further queries!
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  17. Hi!

    If my referee wants to submit a hard copy of recommendation letter, will they fill out the recommendation template given by Cass or write a letter on the University letterhead?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Tina
      Thanks for your question! If your referee wishes to supply the reference by post, they should write the letter on university letterhead, and they should sign the letter. The letter should then be placed in an envelope that the referee has sealed and signed across the seal, to ensure confidentiality. The letter can be posted to us at 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ, UK.
      I hope this helps!
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  18. Thanks for your response! And where might I find my ‘Student Number ?

    • Hi Tina
      If you have already submitted an application, your student number will be provided in a confirmation email, and in all subsequent correspondence from the admissions officer. If you have not yet submitted an application, I recommend that you do so before the referees send their references to us. This will ensure that we are able to match your references with your application when they arrive.
      I hope this helps!
      MSc Admissions Team

  19. Hello.

    I have previously been to UK with the C – Visit Visa (Multiple Entry, Duration of 180 days)

    Which VISA type would this correspond to in the list provided by Cass with regard to ‘Previous Entry to UK’?
    I cannot seem to find a ‘Visitor Visa’ in the list.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Ayesha
      Thanks for your question! If this is regarding a question on the application form then we do not need to know about C – Visit Visas. You will be able to mention the visit visa on the immigration history form that you will be sent when your application is acknowledged.
      I hope this helps.
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  20. Hello.

    I am willing to apply for an Insurance and Risk Management MSc course in this Summer and I have an average of 7.0 in IELTS score with 6.5 in writing(all sections above 6.5)
    I’ve heard from a previous student who had studied at CASS that some might take pre-sessional English course if IELTS score is low. I’d like to know what is the criterion for this pre course.

    And if English score is not high enough do i need to take another IELTS to have a higher chance to get an admission?

    • Hi Jenny
      Thanks for your question! Our IELTS requirements are 7.0 overall, with 6.5 in writing, and no less than 6.0 in any other section. If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, the IELTS test should have been taken within two years of the date you receive your CAS. We do offer a Pre-Sessional English course to offer-holders under certain circumstances. Offer-holders are advised to contact their Admissions Officer for further details.
      I hope this helps!
      MSc Admissions Team

  21. Hi admissions team!

    I am about to apply for the 2019 MSc Marketing Strategy and Innovation degree and want to use GMAT score to enhance my application. But the score of my last exam is not high enough(660), so currently I am still preparing for the next GMAT exam at the end of November. So I want to ask can I submit my application and the 660 GMAT score first, then re-submit a higher GMAT score later when I got the result of the exam?

    Looking forward to your reply, thanks!

    • Hi Julie
      Thanks for your question! The GMAT is not a compulsory requirement for any of our degrees, but if an applicant has taken the test we would normally be looking for at least 600. You are therefore welcome to submit your current score of 660 when you submit your application online, and you can supply a higher score later if you feel it is necessary.

      As a general note, once the main documents for decision making have been received, the admissions panel will review applications with whatever documents are present at the time of their review. Therefore, if supplementary documents are sent to us later there is no guarantee that the admissions panel will see them if their review takes place before those documents arrive.

      I hope this helps!

      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

      • Thank you for the response! I also want to ask about the mark scheme. I am in Australia and my university applies GPA 1-7 (‘Pass’ to ‘High Distinct’), but I did not find the match options in the application page, could you tell me which one should I choose? Thank you very much!

        • Hi Julie
          Thanks for letting us know – I’m sorry that the relevant grading scheme is not listed on the application form. If your university also uses another grading system, such as a percentage system, please input that instead. In any case we can enter the correct details at our end after you have submitted your application along with the degree transcript.
          I hope this helps!
          Kind regards
          MSc Admissions Team

  22. Hello, I am concerned that I might exceed the time limit for Tier 4 visa if I apply for a 12 month MSc at Cass. I have previously done my undergrad and another master’s in the UK, with leave totalling to 56 months. Given that time (4 months) is normally added on to the leave on a Tier 4 Visa, that would take my total leave on a Tier 4 to 72 months, over 5 years 11 months (71 months) limit. Would it be possible for a shorter Visa to be granted in such a case – given that the course itself is only 12 months, which if completed in the stipulated period will allow me to fulfil the 71 month stay limit.

    Many thanks,
    Nick

    • Hi Nick
      Thanks for your question! As you state, there is currently a cap on studies in the UK for Tier 4 visa holders. If there is an overlap in visa dates, that time is not double-counted.
      Please also note that there are immigration rules on progression from one UK Master’s degree to another, so your application would need to be assessed from an immigration point of view as well as an academic one.
      Unfortunately we would not be able to comment on your individual situation as we would need to see all the relevant documents. I would recommend that you contact our visa advice team on visaadvice@city.ac.uk, and they will be able to give you some more information on the cap and progression issues.
      I hope this helps, and please let us know if you have any further queries.
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  23. Hello.
    I do not have my copy of the High school certificate and i am not sure how quickly I can get one. Could it be a problem?

    • Hi Stefania
      Thanks for your question! We normally do not need to see high school results, so please feel free to submit your application without this document. If the admissions panel request to see the document your admissions officer will let you know.
      I hope this helps!
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  24. Hi,

    I am applying for pg in us and I have scored overall 7.5 in IELTS, two sections are 8 and one is 7 however, writing is only 6, would my application be rejected or do I still have an opportunity?

    Thanks

    • Hi Tina
      Thanks for your question! I am not quite sure what you mean when you write that you are applying for a postgraduate degree in us. If you are applying for a postgraduate degree at Cass Business School we do normally require at least 7.0 overall, 6.5 in writing, and no less than 6.0 in any other section. The admissions panel will review your whole application and if you are made an offer on the course it might be conditional upon you retaking the IELTS to meet our requirements.
      I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any further queries.
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  25. Hi,
    I want to apply for msc in investment and wealth,
    Do I require any working experience for that and is it compulsion to have experience in finance sector only ?

  26. Hi,

    I would like to apply for the MSc Finance programme at Cass Business School. Based on the requirement, it seems that I have to provide two reference letters. As I have already received two reference letters from my professor, so can I upload them directly on Cass online application system or I need to provide the detailed information of my two referees and Cass Business School will send them emails to let them provide me with references online?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Xueyan
      Thanks for your question! References must be confidential, so if they have been uploaded by you onto our application system they will be void. During the online application process you can input the professional/academic email address of two referees. We will then contact them automatically with instructions on how they can send their confidential reference directly to us.
      I hope this helps!
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  27. I want to apply for a MSc in Management at your institution and i was wondering when applications are opeing since i couldnt find the exact date.

    • Dear Mehmet
      Thanks for your question! We will be accepting applications for September 2020 intake from around November onwards. Please check our website again at that time for further details. Updated tuition fees will also be posted on the website when they are available.
      I hope this helps, and we look forward to receiving your application.
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  28. Hi

    l would like to know if l have submit one course application, could l apply another course ? And another question is when l start my course, but if l find it does not suite me, could l change the course ?

    Many Thanks

    • Hi Yuqi

      Thanks for getting in contact! You must only submit one application form, which should be for your first choice course. On the application form you can nominate up to two other courses, in order of preference. If your application is not successful for your first choice your application will be considered for the second choice course, and so on. If we require a new personal statement for the second choice course we will contact you. If your application is successful for your first choice course, your application will not be considered for any further courses (unless you specifically request it).

      It is normally not possible to change degree course after the course has started. If you are an international student who requires a Tier 4 visa to study, your CAS is issued during the summer for the course on which you must register. It is therefore really important that you do as much research as possible before you submit your application to ensure that you are applying for the course that is most suitable for you.

      I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any further queries.

      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  29. Dear Team,

    I plan to apply to the MSc. in Finance course at Cass Business School. I wish to ask that do the references need to be both professional or one academic and one professional.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Anoushka

    • Dear Anoushka
      Thanks for your question! If you are still studying, or completed your studies within the past couple of years, at least one reference must be academic. If you finished studying over two years ago we can accept two professional references.
      I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any further queries.
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

  30. Good day.

    I am an international student, Korean, considering to apply for a master course and I found on your web site that it requires an IELTS score. I would like to know if I submit an IBT TOFLE score instead.

    Thanks.

    • Would you please also let me know if I can submit a TOEIC score instead of IELTS.

      Thanks best regards.

      • Hi Woosong
        Thanks for your question. I’m afraid we do not accept the TOEIC test – only the IELTS, PTE and TOEFL.
        I hope this helps!
        Kind regards
        MSc Admissions

    • Dear Woosong
      Thanks for your question! We accept the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests. In the TOEFL test we are looking for a well-balanced score of at least 104. If you require a visa to study in the UK, the score report must be valid at the time you receive the CAS for the visa (which would normally be around June-August).
      I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any further queries!
      Kind regards
      MSc Admissions Team

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