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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) admissions related FAQs

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The pandemic and related social distancing and travel restrictions are impacting the daily lives of most around the world.

People in our CJBS community, from interested candidates, to enrolled students, current students and alumni have questions about how their interactions with CJBS may be impacted.

Here we answer some common questions:

Travel, quarantine, and visa questions

Please check UK government advice regularly, as well as before travel, as these guidelines can change. Make sure you have funds and time available to follow the guidance.

Please check UK government advice regularly, as well as before travel, as these guidelines can change. Make sure you have funds and time available to follow the guidance.

Under current guidelines, vaccinated students can not skip the quarantine process.

If there are circumstances which mean you cannot get to Cambridge in time to start your programme, then contact your admissions team as soon as possible to discuss.

The full-time programmes are full-time, in-person degrees and you are required to be in Cambridge throughout.

Vaccine and testing questions

Under current guidelines, you do not need a vaccine to enter the UK.

If you are a full-time student, you should follow the guidelines to register with a GP when you arrive.

The GP can advise you if and when you will be able to get a vaccine in the UK.

We strongly encourage all students to participate in the University asymptomatic testing regime.

There is no mandatory requirement for vaccinations at the moment. If this policy changes, we will inform incoming students.

Full-time programmes

MBA and Master of Finance

Your MBA or Master of Finance will be delivered in person for 2021/22, complemented by a wide range of digital resources and preparatory study.

In the last 12 months, we have accelerated a programme of restructuring and updating of many core and elective courses. Even before COVID-19, our students were asking us to make changes to focus the in-person teaching on the more interactive elements of the programme, such as debates and discussions, exercises and case studies, and the exchange of ideas.

We have made changes to enable more discussion-based teaching in smaller groups. Our students and faculty find this to be highly effective for learning and engagement.

For course elements that are more suited to a self-paced learning experience (for example, some of the more theoretical content), we host high-quality digital and pre-recorded ‘on demand’ content on our ‘Virtual Learning Environment’ web portal. Students are expected to engage fully with the wide range of content through self-directed study as well as group work, to be prepared for the in-person class discussions and get the most from them.

These methods are not new to CJBS students: we are experienced in developing and delivering a full range of content and teaching styles, having delivered part-time, blended Masters’ programmes such as the Executive MBA, Master of Account, and Master of Studies in Social innovation and in Entrepreneurship for several years.

As we ease out of restrictions during 2021, we can continue this evolution to enhance our student-centred approach to course design and delivery. It will reinforce the powerful and unique Cambridge educational ethos of small-group, seminar style of discussion and debate between our students and faculty. This is a pedagogically driven, long term strategy at CJBS to optimise learning outcomes for students.

Part-time programmes

Executive MBA

In order to be awarded the Executive MBA degree, the University and CJBS expect ‘diligent attendance’ by students on the programme. This is mandatory and continues to be mandatory. However, for those students not able to be in Cambridge due to circumstances outside their control (e.g. national travel restrictions, including quarantine restrictions), the programme will review each case and seek a solution. This could include allowing attendance online, but this will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the programme team.

If there are circumstances which mean you cannot get to Cambridge in time to start your programme, you should contact your admissions team as soon as possible to discuss.

Master of Accounting

During the four residential teaching weeks in Cambridge, we will offer in-person teaching for those students who are able to travel to the UK, and simultaneous online teaching (via Zoom) for those who are not. All classes will be recorded and available to view outside of the scheduled classroom hours.

The highly interactive Cambridge Master of Accounting method of delivery, blending interactive classroom discussion, small group work and analysis of topical case-studies will continue as normal.

Masters in in Entrepreneurship

During the two-year part-time Masters in Entrepreneurship’s programme, there are four residential weeks in Cambridge.

Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and government guidance, we have had to make some changes to the programme in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give you the best possible academic experience in the circumstances.

We continue to monitor and respond to the changing public health situation. Teaching on the MSt in Entrepreneurship during the residential weeks will be delivered by a blend of in-person and online teaching, and we will adapt our timetables, teaching methods, course content and locations for delivery of teaching to achieve this.

The balance of the blend will depend on the stringency of social distancing and other regulations in force at the time. In any case, all lectures will be recorded and made available online. If large-scale lecturing in person becomes permissible, we will reintroduce it as soon as possible.

Masters in Social Innovation

During the two-year part-time Masters in Social Innovation’s programme there are four residential weeks in Cambridge.
The programmes continues to monitor and respond to the changing public health situation. Teaching on the MSt in Social Innovation during the residential weeks will be delivered by a blend of in-person and online teaching, and we will adapt our timetables, teaching methods, course content and locations for delivery of teaching to achieve this.

MPhil in Technology Policy

We plan to deliver the programme in person for 2021/22, complemented by a wide range of digital resources. Please note that this will be reviewed in line with the latest public health guidance available at the time.

MPhil in Management

We plan to deliver the programme in person for 2021/22, complemented by a wide range of digital resources. Please note that this will be reviewed in line with the latest public health guidance available at the time.

PhD, MRes and Research Masters

We plan to deliver the programmes in person for 2021/22, complemented by a wide range of digital resources. Please note that this will be reviewed in line with the latest public health guidance available at the time.

Full-time programmes

MBA and Master of Finance

Yes, you need to be in Cambridge to start your programme – the MBA and Master of Finance are both full-time, in-person degree programmes. You should allow time in your travel schedule to quarantine, if you need to, upon arrival from your home country (please check the UK government website to check the quarantine requirements.

Part-time programmes

Executive MBA

Yes, you should plan to be in Cambridge for the start of the programme. However, for those students who are not able to be in Cambridge due to circumstances outside their control (I.e. national travel restrictions, including quarantine restrictions) the programme will make alternative arrangements, including allowing online attendance.

Please note that you should notify the programme team well in advance if you anticipate not being able to attend in person. The programme team will review each student’s situation on a case-by-case basis.

Master of Accounting

You should be in Cambridge for the start of the first residential in September, if guidance from the UK Government and that of your own country allows it. If you are unable to travel, you will be able to join all classes online.

If you have any concerns or queries, please discuss them with your Admissions team as soon as possible.

Masters in Entrepreneurship

We plan to deliver the first week of residential in September 2021 by a blend of in-person and online teaching, and we will adapt our timetables, teaching methods, course content and locations for delivery of teaching to achieve this.

Masters in Social Innovation

The first week’s residential for the 2021 cohort is in December 2021. We plan to deliver it by a blend of in-person and online teaching, adapting to the circumstances at the time.

Admissions process questions

MBA

There is the option for your offer application to be extended to the following year but this is only in extenuating circumstances. This is something to be discussed at the time of your offer and will need approval from the Admissions Committee. Please be aware that we will only defer your application for one year, any longer than this and you will have to withdraw and resubmit your application.

Executive MBA

There is an option to fast-track your application to the following year. You will need to re-submit your application and your place will not be guaranteed for 2022. Any awarded bursaries and scholarships will not be carried forward.

Master of Finance (MFin)

For the MFin programme, there is the option to fast-track your application to the following year. If you are considering this option, you should discuss this with the admissions team as soon as possible. You would need to re-submit your application for 2022, and your place is not guaranteed for the following year. Any awarded scholarships or bursaries will not be carried forward to the following year. Please be aware that we will only fast-track your application for one year.

Master of Accounting

If you decide to defer your offer of a place to 2022, please discuss this with the Admissions team as soon as possible.
You would need to re-submit your application for 2022, as a place is not guaranteed for the following year. All deferments are fast-tracked however. Please note that awarded scholarships and bursaries are not carried forward to the following year and would have to be applied for again.

MSt in Entrepreneurship

We do not operate a deferral system in this programme. If you are offered a place but decide not to take it up in the year applied, you will have to reapply for the following year. Please note your place is not guaranteed when you re-apply and entry criteria are likely to get stricter.

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

These programmes can accept online verified copies of transcripts and copies emailed directly from the awarding institutions. Please ask the awarding institution to email it from an official departmental email address to the admissions email address for your programme:

If you are unable to provide your transcripts in these formats, please contact the relevant admissions office.
You can send hard copies of your certificate and transcript to the Business School by post, however, please be aware that the admissions teams are not always working on-site due to social distancing measures so there may be a delay in these being verified. If you do send them by post, please mark them for the attention of your programme admissions team – i.e. ‘For the MBA Admissions team’

For the Master of Accounting, if you’re not able to email a copy, please bring the originals with you for verification to the first residential that you are able to attend in person. They will be returned to you immediately.

Masters in Social Innovation and Masters in Entrepreneurship

Please consult the Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) website on the latest guidance for prospective students and offer holders:

MPhils, MRes and PhD programmes

Please consult the Postgraduate Admissions webpage on the latest guidance for prospective students and offer holders.

Questions for candidates considering applying

Our programmes schedule regular online events for interested candidates. We are not able to travel freely due to COVID related restrictions, but our online events offer the same content and opportunities to talk to staff, faculty, and alumni.
View the programme events schedules to see the full list and register to attend.

CV reviews

We run online CV/profile reviews for some programmes – please consult individual programme webpages to check whether the service is offers, and or more information on how to submit your CV and receive feedback.

Visiting CJBS

Due to the current social distancing regulations, we cannot receive visitors to Cambridge Judge Business School at this time. Please keep an eye on our website and we’ll announce when the School is open to visitors again.

Each CJBS programme has its own schedule for admissions. Please visit the dedicated programme pages on our website to see the application deadline dates.

We understand there are various restrictions in place around the world that may affect applicants. We are therefore making the following changes to our admissions requirements or the 2021-22 admissions cycle:

GMAT/GRE requirements

Where programmes require a GMAT or GRE score, you can access test centres (if they are open) and we are also pleased to accept both the GRE and GMAT home testing solutions.

MBA

All applicants are required to submit a GMAT or GRE score.

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. We accept both EA and GMAT home testing solutions.

Master of Finance

GMAT/GRE is not required for Master of Finance applicants.

Master of Accounting

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

Masters in Social Innovation

A GRE/GMAT score is not a requirement unless an applicant does not hold (at least) a 2:1 honours degree or an equivalent standard from an overseas institution. Such applicants will be required to take a GRE/GMAT (and rank above the 50th percentile in each of the elements of the test) in order to be considered for the programme.

Masters in Entrepreneurship

A good GMAT or GRE score is required if you have lower grades, along with a demonstration of exceptional success in other ways.

If English is not your first language, please see the language requirements outlined on the programme web pages. If you are required to take a TOEFL or IELTS, please upload your scores with your application.

If you are unable to supply a score at the time of application, due to Covid-19, then you may be able to submit your application without a score. Please contact your programme admissions team for more information. However, any subsequent interview invitation or offer will be conditional on receiving a score later.

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

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.

Interviews are already offered via online methods.

Until we welcome visitors into our buildings, all interviews will take place online.

In extenuating circumstances, we can be flexible with offer deadlines. However, programmes are highly competitive so we are not always able to. This is something that can be discussed and agreed upon at the time of offer with your specific admissions team.