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If you are interested in joining the programme, please contact Laurence Horstman, Programme Administrator, Executive MSC in Cities at

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 7326
Address: LSE Cities London School of Economics Tower 2, 8th Floor Clement’s Inn London WC2A 2AE United Kingdom


The full cost of the 2020/21 programme is £34,941. Participants have the option to pay this in four instalments spread over the first year of study. Alternatively, their employer or organisation can act as a sponsor for some or all of the fees. There are also limited scholarship opportunities available for participants without the financial means to cover the cost of tuition.

What does the tuition fee include?

These fees include all programme tuition and course materials. Please note that travel to all modules, and accommodation in London, is not included in the fees. There is also an application fee payable when submitting your application and a pre-registration fee of £1,500, payable once you have received your offer. The pre-registration fee will be deducted from your overall tuition fee, but is non-refundable in the event you do not enrol on the programme.


All participants are eligible to apply for support from our scholarship scheme, regardless of nationality or country of residence. However, participants are not eligible for other LSE scholarships (including the LSE Graduate Support Scheme) so those investigating financing options may wish to consider the following:

    • Employer sponsorship
    • External funding opportunities
    • Bank loans
    • Postgraduate loans
    • Employer sponsorshipWe provide customised professional development related to each participant’s current employment role, and the programme can therefore be hugely beneficial to your company or organisation.

      We encourage you to gain the support of your employer and make a case for their financial sponsorship if this is appropriate, as they will gain valuable return on their investment in sponsoring you.

    • External funding opportunitiesWe are not aware of any UK or non-UK schemes that offer funding opportunities to executive programme participants. This is primarily due to the programme being considered part-time by most funding organisations. We therefore recommend that you look for local schemes and check their eligibility requirements carefully before applying. You may also want to contact your country’s education ministry for information.


150 hours of face to face training
Online support when you are away
15 hours of face to face and group coaching
Access the LSE Cities Global Fellows network

Who should apply?

The Executive MSc in Cities is designed for public, private and third sector leaders who want to deliver large scale change in cities. We welcome applications from working professionals based in any location around the world, who meet the entry requirements for the programme. If you are unsure whether or not you should apply, please feel free to get in touch and send your CV or resume to our Executive Programme Administrator, Laurence Horstman at

Entry Requirements

• Typically, a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in an urban related public/private/third sector, or professionals with a similar level of experience who wish to move into the urban sector.

What does my employer need to do?

Your employer will need to agree to support your enrolment on the programme and allow the necessary provisions to attend the five classroom modules over the first twelve months. The consultancy project running in the final months of the programme offers employers the opportunity to take an active role in the participant’s learning experience on the programme.
We also encourage you to discuss financial sponsorship with your employer, as an investment in this programme will provide a valuable return for you and your organisation.

How to apply

All applications are made through the LSE’s Graduate Admissions Office. Full details of how to apply are available on the LSE Graduate Admissions homepage.


Applications are now open for entry to the programme in September 2020. The programme considers applications on a rolling basis, so there is no deadline for application, although once capacity is reached the programme will close to new applicants. As a result, we encourage suitable participants to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Supporting Documents

Please consult the Supporting Documents webpage for a guide to the paperwork you will need to complete as part of your application. In summary, this is the following:

      • Two references: two professional references or one professional reference and one academic reference
      • Personal statement: include your professional interests and suitability for the programme, career achievements and ambitions, what you hope to get out of the programme and what you think you can bring to the cohort.
      • CV or resume
      • Please note that there is no GRE or GMAT requirement for the Executive MSc in Cities

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