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Updated message for incoming students to CJBS degree programmes 2020/21

20 May 2020

The University of Cambridge and the Colleges will welcome as many students as possible to Cambridge for the start of the next academic year and is committed to continuing to deliver high quality education and a rich student experience. Cambridge Judge Business School will be open to welcome students to Cambridge, offering face to face interactive sessions with leading academics which will be blended with online provision, to safeguard wellbeing.

Ensuring student wellbeing and appropriate physical distancing will remain a priority and this approach of interactive online provision and face-to-face discussion groups will provide the flexibility to adjust our approach as the academic year progresses and according to the evolving context of the global pandemic. Any changes we make will be guided by our desire to offer a safe and enriching environment for our students.

At the same time, at the Business School, we see this as an opportunity to invest and are accelerating changes to further enhance the educational experience of our programmes. We know that our students value engagement with the faculty and with each other in the classroom, so the smaller classes will focus on discussing and extending the concepts covered in the online material.

We are a global community and will continue to be one and we are working with the Collegiate University for the start of the academic year to prepare the Cambridge experience for our incoming classes of 2020.

Given the evolving global situation, guidance and instructions may be changed at short notice. We encourage you to check this page regularly.

FAQs last updated: 22 May 2020

I'm researching CJBS programmes

How can I connect with the School’s admissions teams as international events aren’t happening?

The various programmes have moved their events to online formats and webinars are being regularly scheduled. View the programme events schedules to see the full list and register to attend.

We are still running online CV reviews – please consult individual programme webpages for more information on how to submit your CV and receive feedback.

Our buildings are closed and so we cannot receive visitors to Cambridge Judge Business School at this time. Please keep an eye on our website and we’ll announce when CJBS is open to visitors again.

Are the normal admissions process dates still as stated on your website?

Yes. Please check each programme web section carefully as they have different deadlines.

When will the various programme application cycles open for the 2021/22 academic year?

  • The Master of Finance will open admissions on 1 September 2020. 
  • The MBA will open admissions in early July 2020.
  • The EMBA will open for admissions for 2021 at the beginning of September 2020.
  • The Cambridge Master of Accounting will open admissions at the beginning of August 2020
  • The MSt in Entrepreneurship will open admissions in September 2020
  • PhD, MRes, MPhil and MSt in Social Innovation will open admissions in October 2020

I plan to apply to a CJBS programme

Are there any changes to the requirements or application process for the remainder of this recruitment cycle?

At CJBS we understand the unprecedented situation that applicants are facing. We are therefore making the following changes to our admissions requirements for  the remainder of this years' admissions cycle:



Due to test centre closures in many countries, we understand that applicants may not currently be able to take the GMAT or GRE test. We will therefore allow applicants who meet our minimum academic requirement* to submit their applications without a GMAT or GRE score. If an applicant without a GMAT or GRE score is made an offer, this would be conditional upon them obtaining a satisfactory GMAT/GRE score at a later date. 

We are pleased to accept both the GRE and GMAT home testing solutions.

*Our minimum academic requirement is at least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent standard from an overseas institution. If you are unsure whether you meet this requirement please refer to the University's guidance on international qualifications.

If you are still in doubt about whether you are eligible to apply without a GMAT or GRE score, please email the MBA Admissions Team for further guidance. 

Executive MBA

We encourage those who meet our minimum requirements to apply for a GMAT/EA waiver. If you do not meet our minimum requirements, but would still like to apply, we encourage you to do so and you may receive an offer conditional upon EA/GMAT. Our Admissions Team will review your full application, and strong applicants will be invited to interview. If you are offered a place on the programme, this will likely include a condition to complete the EA/GMAT before our final application deadline.

Master of Finance

GMAT is not required for Master of Finance applicants. 

Master of Accounting,  MSt in Entrepreneurship and MSt Social Innovation

GMAT/GRE is not a pre-requisite, but you will be asked to completed one if you do not meet the minimum academic requirements.



All programmes

We allow all applicants to submit their applications without a TOEFL/IELTS score. Successful applicants may be required to provide a satisfactory TOEFL/IELTS score or undertake the University's internal language test at a later date. Fulfilling our English language requirement would be a condition of your offer. 

We are also pleased to accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test.

Is there any disruption to loans, scholarships, bursaries and other funding options for your programmes?

Cambridge Judge Business School scholarships and bursaries are not affected.

If you are due to receive a scholarship or bursary from another source, you should contact the awarding body directly.

Prodigy Finance has confirmed that there is no impact on their funding – they will continue to process applications as usual.

How will I be interviewed if my application is shortlisted?

Interviews are already offered via online methods for students that chose that option.

Until we are able to reopen our buildings, all interviews will take place online.

I have accepted a place to start a CJBS programme in September or October 2020

Can my offer deadline be extended due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19?

All MBA offer deadlines for the 2020 intake have been extended to 12 June 2020 for those who have not already accepted.

Deadline extensions are available for other programmes and you are advised to speak to the admissions team of the relevant programme for more information.

Are there any changes to the published fees for the 2020/21 academic year for CJBS programmes?

No. There are no planned changes to the academic curricula for our programmes in the next academic year. We are fully prepared to switch physical to digital learning for parts of the programmes should it be required by official measures to deal with the pandemic at that time. We will ensure this will not impact the learning outcomes should this situation arise.

I am required to provide original transcripts as part of my offer conditions. What do I do?

Please do not send original documents or any post, even if this is a condition of your admission.

Executive MBA, Master of Accounting, MBA and Master of Finance

These programme can accept online verified copies of transcripts and copies emailed directly from the awarding institutions. If you are unable to provide your transcripts in these formats, please contact the relevant admissions office:

MPhil, MRes, PhD, BusD

Please consult the University Graduate Admissions website on the latest guidance for prospective students and offer holders.

Masters in Social Innovation and Masters of Entrepreneurship

Please consult the Institute for Continuing Education website on the latest guidance for prospective students and offer holders.

How do I connect with current students and alumni, if I can't now visit the School or go to an event?

We will still connect you to current students and alumni:

  • The EMBA and Master of Entrepreneurship have an online chat facility in their web sections, where you can request a chat with a student.
  • The MBA offers a chat facility for candidates shortlisted for interview – you will be sent details on how to register for this service if you are invited to interview.
  • Interview candidates are also invited to join a LinkedIn Group, and some current MBA students are group members, invited in order to answer your questions.
  • You can also use LinkedIn to find and reach out to CJBS alumni – while we cannot guarantee responses, we know this method is used frequently for candidates, and many of our alumni are very happy to connect and answer questions.
  • You can get in touch with Master of Finance alumni through the Contact MFin Alumni pages.
  • The Master of Accounting programme has LinkedIn and Facebook groups for potential applicants. Current students are happy to answer questions in either of those groups. Alternatively, the Master of Accounting team would be happy to connect you to a student in your part of the world. Please contact them to request this.

How will the programmes be delivered in the 2020/21 academic year I'm applying for?

We are currently re-conceptualising how we can teach during Michaelmas Term to ensure our students have the best possible Cambridge experience. The format is likely to include some online study, combined with in-class sessions and small discussion groups with leading academics. The changes we make will be guided by our desire to offer a safe and enriching environment for our students. We are an international community and will continue to be one. We want to provide options that are minimally disruptive to your personal and professional plans, so will adapt our programme delivery according to whatever travel and quarantine restrictions may be in place, and make arrangements for students who temporarily cannot travel. Parallel online provision will be arranged for any incoming students to our full-time programmes who face temporary travel and quarantine restrictions, and programme delivery on our part-time programmes will be arranged around any travel and quarantine restrictions in place.

How to get a feel for Cambridge and CJBS as a place, if I can't visit?

We look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge Judge Business School, when we are able to. In the meantime, as have a number of ways to get a sense of Cambridge Judge Business School:

  • We have a virtual tour on our website.
  • Webinars: the programmes are running virtual information sessions over the coming months.
    View the schedule
  • You can follow us on social media to find out what's happening at the School and in our communities. 
  • Student blogs: Cambridge MBA Student Blog 
  • Student chat: The MSt in Entrepreneurship offers a chat feature which can be accessed from the programme's homepage. This feature allows interested individuals to chat online to current students and find out answers to questions which may not be available on their official pages.

Can I defer to the next academic year?

We can 'fast-track' your application to the next academic year if you think the format of a programme will not suit you. Our programme Admissions Managers will be able to advise you on the process for this. We would advise thinking very carefully about delaying your application until next year, as, in our opinion, this year and next is a good time in which to invest in your skills and you could expect to graduate during a time when the economy is beginning to recover and employers would be looking to recruit.