MBA Student of the Year

AMBA’s MBA Student of the Year Award plays a pivotal role in supporting AMBA’s pledge to promote the MBA as the leading international business qualification.

The MBA Student of the Year Award recognises students who have shown exceptional career potential and who AMBA believes can act as ambassadors for the high quality of accredited MBAs and the opportunities these programmes provide for students from a wide range of different personal and professional backgrounds. 

This award doesn’t just reward ‘straight-A’ students but also focuses on leadership potential and career progression.


The award is open to any current MBA or Executive MBA (EMBA)  student from an AMBA-accredited School programme. AMBA-accredited Business Schools are invited to nominate one MBA student who they think is eligible based on the Award Criteria. 
Only one nomination can be accepted from each School. 

The Business School must inform the nominee of their intention to nominate. 

Award Criteria 

It should be a given that students entering this category should have a strong record of academic achievements, so evidence of this is less important than other ‘stand-out’ qualities such as ambassadorial excellence, leadership and career potential.

Judges will be looking for evidence that:

  • The nominee shows potential for leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and innovation
  • The nominee shows commitment to the future development of the Business School and the MBA – devoted to enhancing the value of the MBA in the market and business education in general 
  • The nominee has proven to be a good School representative / ambassador (e.g. staff / student liaison) 
  • The nominee has made a contribution to the international dimension of the course / assisting with the integration of overseas students or playing a mentoring role 
  • There is evidence of contributions to group dynamics, leading group discussions, inciting debate, and being a good overall team player
  • There is evidence of the nominee making a valuable contribution to programme development (giving feedback / constructive comment) 
  • That the nominee is a stand-out individual – not just within their own Business School, but among all aspiring business leaders 


  • Students may NOT nominate themselves for this award
  • Ineligible entries may be disqualified at any phase of the competition without notification
  • Late submissions will be ineligible
  • Incomplete submissions will be ineligible

Judging format 

Shortlisted finalists will be invited to a telephone interview with the judges for this award. We will also request finalists to provide a biography, photo and answers to why they should win this award which we will use for marketing purposes.

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