What Happens Next
Here's an overview of the stages in the admissions process:
Stage 1 - application review
Once we have received your application it will be reviewed and a decision made regarding whether to shortlist you for interview.
We will send you an email notification as to the status of your application approximately five weeks after the relevant application deadline. Please note your application must be complete (including the receipt of all necessary supporting information) before it can be considered.
We regret that, due to the volume of applications we receive, the Admissions Committee is not able to provide feedback on individual applications that are unsuccessful.
Stage 2 - the interview
Short-listed candidates are invited to an interview day at Cambridge Judge Business School. In exceptional circumstances (for example if it is difficult for you to get a visa at short notice to visit the UK) we are sometimes able to offer interviews in your own country or occasionally by telephone. We do, however, strongly prefer candidates to visit us in Cambridge, as each interview day comprises a full programme of selection and information events, including:
- a group Q&A session with admissions, careers and other key staff
- an individual interview with faculty members
- provision of information about funding your MBA
- a tour of the facilities at Cambridge Judge Business School
- an opportunity to sit in on an MBA class where possible
- coffee and lunch with current MBA students
If we offer you a place on the Cambridge MBA, we will ask (when you accept that place) for a commitment fee of 10% of the course fee and for financial guarantees that you can meet the costs of the programme.
You may need a visa in order to visit us for your interview. Please see our FAQs page for more details, as well as for information on where to stay in Cambridge and how to find us when you come for interview.
Stage 3 - conditional offer
A decision to offer you a place on the programme will normally be made within a couple of days of the interview process. The initial offer is called a conditional offer and the following conditions must be met before we can convert this to an unconditional offer:
- Award of a college place
Please note that each student offered a place on a degree programme at the University of Cambridge must also be awarded a college place. It is the responsibility of the MBA Admissions team to find college places for students and students should not try to arrange this independently.
- Receipt of completed financial guarantee forms
Students will be asked to complete a financial guarantee form and provide evidence of how they will fund the full cost of the programme. It is therefore very important to think about how you will fund the programme, and to apply early for any financial assistance if necessary.
- Satisfying any relevant verification or reference checks
The Admissions Office will conduct relevant verification or reference checks on a sample of candidates. This might involve calling one or both of the references in any application, or engaging a third-party to verify academic transcripts.
- Payment of reservation fees
Students must pay a reservation fee equal to 15 per cent of the tuition fee.
Stage 4 - unconditional offer
This is the final stage of the applications process. We will send you a letter confirming that you have reached this stage and it is this letter that can be used for visa applications where applicable.