The Cambridge MBA is a unique, one-year learning experience, combining academic rigour with a focus on experiential, team-based learning.
The Cambridge difference
Cambridge Judge Business School is embedded within the University of Cambridge environment and culture, with MBAs enjoying membership of one of the 31 Cambridge Colleges. This adds an extra dimension to the MBA, expanding networks and learning opportunities, and launching our graduates into a global alumni network of 200,000+. Within this global network, we create an intimate, personalised learning experience during the MBA, with a class size optimized for lively discussion and a high-touch teaching style.
Our Global Consulting Project is a highlight of the MBA, sending small groups of students to consult for client companies anywhere in the world. This is not just a company visit or case-study, but a live project with real outcomes required by the client.
Creativity and innovation is at the heart of our approach, leveraging the nearby start-up hub, the 'Silicon Fen', and the activities of the Centre for Entrepreneurship here at CJBS.
Who should apply?
We recruit around 200 students each year, each with at least three years' work experience. We want people who are intelligent, curious, and energetic, and keen to contribute to our community, as well as achieve great things for themselves.
Our curriculum has four distinct phases, arranged across four terms. It is designed to follow a 'micro to macro' pathway, and equip you to make an impact at organisational level, and lead teams on a global scale.
The MBA is taught through a blend of workshops, seminars, lectures, small group work, group discussion, presentations and experiential learning.
Progress logically through a 'micro to macro' pathway, starting with the fundamental disciplines of business and team building, through to team leading skills, and organisational impact.
Tailor your MBA through 'Concentrations', Summer Term activities, plus student-led activities and sector sector-related elements of the Career Development Programme.
The academic curriculum
- Michaelmas Term (October to December)
- Lent Term (January to March)
- Easter Term: (April to June)
- Summer Term: (June to September)
Admissions for the 2020/21 class will open in mid-July 2019.
You must have a 2:1 or above (or equivalent) in your undergraduate degree from a recognized university.
You must have a minimum of three years' work experience by the start of the intake you are applying for. The current class average is six years' of work experience.
A GMAT/GRE score
You have to take either the GMAT or GRE to apply to Cambridge. We do not request a specific score range, but our average GMAT score is c.696. Our GMAT institution code is WF1-T3-68.
You'll need one reference from a supervisor. We cannot accept an academic reference or a reference from a relative. Decide who you would like them to be and ask them now. Applications are often held up because of references failing to be submitted. An automated reference request will be sent to your referee once you have entered their contact details into our online application system.
The ability to finance your MBA
You need to think carefully now about how you plan to fund your MBA - do not wait until later. See our funding pages for more information.
If you are a non-EU national, you will have to apply for a student visa in order to study in the UK. You should refer to the UK Visas & Immigration website for the latest information regarding student visas to ascertain if you require a visa and the criteria that you will have to fulfill. For more information, visit the Admissions Process section of our FAQs page.
A completed application form
All applications must be submitted via our online application system. Candidates should submit their application by 23:59 GMT on the day of their chosen deadline.
Essay questions on the form English language skills
You are required to show English language proficiency to apply for the Cambridge MBA. To demonstrate this, English must be your native language, or you must have a TOEFL score of at least 110, or an IELTS score of at least 7.5. Further details can be found in our English Language Policy.
There are a range of scholarships available to Cambridge MBA students, ranging from Cambridge Judge Business School bursaries and University of Cambridge and College scholarships to external funding. If you want financial assistance with fees through scholarships, it helps if you apply for the Cambridge MBA early.
The Cambridge MBA offers aspiring entrepreneurs a great platform for idea generation, development and venture launch.
The MBA offers:
- A broad management qualification, giving you the skills to understand the full range of business disciplines and operations,
- Entrepreneurship courses, covering business planning, innovation management and funding,
- Practical team projects to hone your team leadership skills and client interactions,
- Access to a wide network of successful entrepreneurs operating in Cambridge and the 'Silicon Fen',
- Access to the Entrepreneurship Centre which encompasses the full entrepreneurial journey - from empowering aspiring entrepreneurs through to the creation and developing early-stage ventures, all the way to small and medium-size enterprise growth.
Cambridge MBAs go on to follow rewarding careers around the world and in a variety of sectors. Our 'switch' rate is high each year, proving the transformative impact of this experience.
The MBA Careers team provides a broad programme of coaching and guidance, starting before you even arrive in Cambridge, to help you achieve the post-MBA job you are looking for, and to equip you with effective 'employability' tools for life. Typically over 90 percent of our MBA graduates are employed three months after finishing their MBA studies - a figure which shows the regard in which our graduates are held by recruiters around the world.
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