Apply to the Executive Master of Accounting

We are delighted you are thinking of applying for the Executive Master of Accounting, Cambridge Judge’s 2-year part-time financial information leadership programme.

Take the time to review our application process and admissions requirements. Ensure you apply early to make use of available funding opportunities and increase your chances of getting your preferred college placement.

Applications now open

Admissions for entry in September 2024 are now open, with a final application deadline of 7 June 2024.

Executive Master of Accounting class.

Welcome to next phase of your professional life. It’s a transformative journey for exceptional people, like you.

Who we are looking for?

The next generation of thought leaders in the field of financial information start here. The Executive Master of Accounting is for you if you want to: 

  • advance your career to a CFO-level position or other senior leadership roles
  • improve your ability to tackle complex, ambiguous, data-intensive financial decisions
  • challenge the norms around how financial information is developed and handled
  • become more effective at analysing and interpreting financial data in order to make strategic decisions. 

Is this programme right for you?

Programme Director, Dr Michael Willis, can help you assess the potential programme fit and personal impact.

Book a profile review

Application deadlines

We encourage you to apply early, especially if you’re relying on employer sponsorship, scholarships, bursaries or loans to fund your Executive Master of Accounting.

Round 1

24 Nov

Round 1 deadline

Round 2

19 Jan

Round 2 deadline

Round 3

5 Apr

Round 3 deadline

(scholarship application

Round 4

7 Jun

Round 4 deadline

Application process

Welcome to next phase of your professional life. It’s a transformative journey for exceptional people, like you. We look forward to meeting you.

Here are the steps of the application process:

Application submission

Create your account on the Applicant Portal and fill out the Executive Master of Accounting application. You can save your application as many times as you like. Take your time and make sure you have all your supporting documentation ready to go before you submit.

Your application must be complete (including the receipt of all necessary supporting information) before it can be considered. There is an application fee of £150.

Go to the application portal

Application review

Our Admissions Committee will review your entire application in full and decide whether to shortlist you for interview.

Because of the volume of applications we receive, we cannot provide feedback on individual applications that are unsuccessful.

However, an admissions appeal can be made if you believe:

  • there has been an administrative error
  • you believe you have been treated unfairly because of bias or prejudice
  • there are circumstances unknown to Cambridge Judge Business School that might have affected the decision.

Fraudulent applications

The University of Cambridge takes robust action against admissions fraud. If we find that fake documents or false information has been submitted, we will withdraw the application and any others made by the same person.

Learn more about postgraduate admissions fraud

Interview for shortlisted candidates

Shortlisted candidates are invited to interview within 4 weeks of submitting their application. Interviews take place either via Zoom or in-person in Cambridge.

The interview lasts for 30 minutes and is conducted by one of the Executive Master of Accounting faculty. This is an opportunity for you to showcase the impact you have made in your current or previous positions. This is also our chance to explore your career aspirations and assess whether you’ll be a good fit for the programme.

Conditional offer

Within 2 weeks of your interview date, we will let you know if you have been successful.

We will ask you to confirm if you intend to accept your offer, within 4 weeks of receiving your conditional offer (or sooner if the final deadline for College applications is earlier).

Your offer of a place on the programme will be subject to conditions. We will give you access to the student enrolment portal, where you can read more about the conditions that need to be met before we can convert your offer to an unconditional one.

We will also ask you for a reservation fee of 15% of the programme fee (£7,350), and financial guarantees that you can meet the costs of the programme.

If you accept a conditional offer to the programme, we ask, as a matter of courtesy, that you inform the Admissions team if you are holding offers from any other programmes at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Unconditional offer

Once all conditions outlined in the student enrolment portal have been met, the Admissions team will apply to your top three College choices on your behalf. Once you have a Collage place confirmed, you receive your unconditional offer letter.

This is the final stage of the application process. You can now start preparations to attend your Executive Master of Accounting programme at the start of the academic year. Organise your visa application and finalise your living arrangements.

Our minimum requirements

Make sure you have all the necessary documentation to submit a strong and competitive application. Here’s a list of our minimum requirements for applying to the Executive Master of Accounting programme.

An online payment of £150 will be charged for the submission of your completed Cambridge application.

We offer an application fee waiver for candidates from countries receiving overseas development aid. If you would like to request an application fee waiver, please contact the Admissions Team before submitting your application.

Candidates typically hold a 2:1 degree or above, or international equivalent.

If you do not meet this requirement, we can still consider your application, but we would need to see a competitive GMAT, GRE, or EA score.

If you have a masters degree or higher qualification, you can also provide details of this in your application, although a masters degree is not required.

Professional qualifications such as ACA, ACCA or CPA are also considered and you need to provide details.

We welcome students from a diverse range of professional backgrounds. Experience as an accounting professional is not necessary, but you must have at least 2 years’ work experience by the start of the intake for which you are applying.

We require 2 references, one of which should be from your most recent employer. Automated reference requests will be sent to your referees once you input their contact details into our online application system.rnrnYou will be able to track the receipt of your references online. It is your responsibility to follow up with your referees if they fail to send a reference or change their contact details.

The Executive Master of Accounting is taught entirely in English, and it is important that you can read, write, speak and understand English fluently. If you are a non-native English speaker you must provide us with evidence of your fluency in English.

We require you to provide results from one of the tests listed below, taken in the two years prior to applying to the Cambridge Executive Master of Accounting:

  • TOEFL score of at least 110, with no element below 25
  • IELTS average of at least 7.5, with no element below 7.0
  • C2 Proficiency with a minimum over all score of 200, with no element below 185.

In some cases, where degree-level education has been completed in an English-speaking academic institution, we will refer you to the University Language Centre for an assessment rather than requiring TOEFL/IELTS/C2 test results.

Immigration requirements
International students should be aware of immigration considerations to attend the residential sessions. Upon arrival at Cambridge Judge Business School, all students will be asked to provide their current passport and evidence of their immigration status. It is your responsibility to update the Cambridge Executive Master of Accounting programme office if there are any changes or updates to your immigration status whilst on the programme. If you do not hold a UK or Irish passport, this also includes updating the programme team if your passport has been renewed.

Visitor visa
All nationals from outside the UK and Ireland can come to Cambridge to attend residential sessions for the programme as a visitor. You are advised to read the information on the University’s short period of study immigration webpage and to note the expectations and restrictions of a visitor immigration status.

To meet the requirements of the visitor route, students on part-time courses of more than 6 months are expected not to remain in the UK for extended periods of time. The majority of study must be taken outside the UK and generally students will enter for the residential session and leave shortly after. It is not possible as a visitor on a course of more than six months to make the UK your main study location or residence, or make frequent or successive visits to stay in the UK for extended periods.

The programme office can provide you with a letter of support for immigration purposes. Please note the Cambridge Executive Master of Accounting programme is not eligible to be sponsored for a student visa.

Fees and funding

Find out about fees and how to fund your Executive Master of Accounting.

Explore fees and funding

Admissions events

Meet us in person or join us online at an admissions event and learn more about the Cambridge Executive Master of Accounting programme:

Join programme director Dr Michael Willis for a Q&A session about the Cambridge Executive Master of Accounting.

Attend a masterclass on ‘Analytics in Organisations’, experience what it is like to be in the classroom with our current students, and explore all that Cambridge has to offer.

Meet our alumni for a conversation about their experiences studying in Cambridge and the impact the programme has had on their personal and professional lives.

Join Dr Michael Willis for a masterclass in Dubai about ‘The Future of ESG Reporting’.