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

27 July 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. We now have more detailed information about the changes we have had to make to each programme, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and government guidance, in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give you the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. We will continue to monitor and respond to the changing public health situation.

MBA

2020 cohort: Teaching on the MBA programme will be by delivered by a blend of in-person and online teaching. We will adapt our timetables, teaching methods, course content and locations for delivery of teaching to achieve this. All lectures of each module will be recorded and made available to students attending the module.

Executive MBA

2019 cohort: All teaching sessions in Michaelmas and Lent terms will be delivered in person for those able to travel to Cambridge on the EMBA weekends; for those not able to attend sessions in person teaching sessions will be delivered online and recorded.

2020 cohort: All teaching sessions in Michaelmas term will be delivered online. For Lent and Easter terms our intention is for all teaching sessions to be delivered in person for those able to travel to Cambridge on the EMBA weekends and for those not able to attend sessions in person teaching sessions will be delivered online and recorded.

Master of Accounting (MAcc)

2019 and 2020 cohorts: All teaching sessions will be delivered in person for those able to travel to Cambridge for the MAcc residential and streamed online and recorded for those not able to attend in person.

Master of Finance (MFin)

2020 cohort: Teaching on the MFin programme will be by delivered by a blend of in-person and online teaching. We will adapt our timetables, teaching methods, course content and locations for delivery of teaching to achieve this. All lectures of each module will be recorded and made available to students attending the module.

MSt in Entrepreneurship

2019 and 2020 cohorts: 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. Further in-person lecture will be available synchronously to an online audience whenever this adaptation is possible. If large-scale lecturing in person becomes permissible, we will reintroduce it as soon as possible.

MSt in Social Innovation

2019 and 2020 cohorts: 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. 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 to students attending the module. If large-scale lecturing in person becomes permissible, we will reintroduce it as soon as possible.

MPhil in Finance

2020 cohort: Teaching on the MPhil in Finance programme will be delivered primarily online, and where possible a blend of in-person and online teaching. 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. Where possible, teaching by seminars and computer lab sessions will be delivered in person, and it may even be possible for lectures to smaller groups to be given on this basis. In any case, all lectures of each module will be recorded and made available to students attending the module. If large-scale lecturing in person becomes permissible, we will reintroduce it as soon as possible.

MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation

2020 cohort: Teaching on the MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation programme 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. Where possible, teaching by seminars and computer lab sessions will be delivered in person, and it may even be possible for lectures to smaller groups to be given on this basis. In any case, all lectures of each module will be recorded and made available to students attending the module. If large-scale lecturing in person becomes permissible, we will reintroduce it as soon as possible.

MPhil in Management

2020 cohort: Teaching on the MPhil in Management programme will be delivered primarily online, and where possible a blend of in-person and online teaching. 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. Where possible, teaching by seminars, computer lab sessions, and group tutorials will be delivered in person, and it may even be possible for lectures to smaller groups to be given on this basis. In any case, all lectures of each module will be recorded and made available to students attending the module. If large-scale lecturing in person becomes permissible, we will reintroduce it as soon as possible.

MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations

2020 cohort: Teaching on the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing and Operations programme 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. Where possible, teaching by seminars and computer lab sessions will be delivered in person, and it may even be possible for lectures to smaller groups to be given on this basis. 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.

MPhil in Technology Policy

2020 cohort: Teaching on the MPhil in Technology Programme will be delivered primarily online, and where possible a blend of in-person and online teaching. 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. Where possible, teaching by seminars and computer lab sessions will be delivered in person, and it may even be possible for lectures to smaller groups to be given on this basis. 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.

MRes/PhD

2020 cohort: Teaching on the MRes in Management Studies programme 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. Where possible, teaching by seminars and computer lab sessions will be delivered in person, and it may even be possible for lectures to smaller groups to be given on this basis. In any case, all lectures of each module will be recorded and made available to students attending the module. If large-scale lecturing in person becomes permissible, we will reintroduce it as soon as possible.

Business Doctorate

2020 cohort: Teaching on the BusD programme 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. Where possible, teaching by seminars and computer lab sessions will be delivered in person, and it may even be possible for lectures to smaller groups to be given on this basis. In any case, all lectures of each module will be recorded and made available to students attending the module. If large-scale lecturing in person becomes permissible, we will reintroduce it as soon as possible.

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.

Read previous messages for incoming students to CJBS degree programmes 2020/21

Message dated 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 20

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: 6 July 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:

GMAT/GRE

MBA

All applicants are required to submit a GMAT or GRE score, unless they are located in Iran. If they are located in Iran and are made an offer, any offer will be conditional on the applicant submitting a valid GMAT or GRE score at a later date. For Mainland China, there are six test centres now open: Shenzhen, Shanghai, Suzhou, Ningbo, Xi’an and Guangzhou.

For all other applicants, you can access test centres (if they are open) and we are also pleased to accept both the GRE and GMAT home testing solutions.

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.


TOEFL/IELTS – MBA

If English is not your first language, please see the conditions outlined in the English Language Policy. If you are required to take a TOEFL or IELTS but are unable to supply a score at the time of application, due to COVID-19, then you can submit your application without a score. However, any subsequent interview invitation or offer will be conditional on receiving a score later.

IELTS – MBA

Worldwide
IELTS test centres are open in over 80 countries.

China
IELTS and IELTS for UKVI tests will resume in 11 cities across China (outside of Beijing) from 9 July. You are now able to book for tests as normal in these cities via the China IELTS registration site.

Online – China only
The IELTS Indicator is also available online.

TOEFL – MBA

Worldwide
TOEFL test centres are open in over 50 countries.

China
ETS and the Chinese National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) have made the joint decision to resume TOEFL iBT® Test administrations beginning on 11 July in the following select locations:

  • Suzhou University
  • Yangzhou University
  • Ningbo University
  • Xi’an International Studies University
  • Shenzhen Polytechnic
  • Shanghai Middle School
  • Changzhou Senior High School
  • International School of Dongguan
  • Suzhou International Foundation School
  • SEG Personnel Training Centre

You are now able to book via the China TOEFL registration site

Online – except China and Iran
The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition is also still available in some countries.


TOEFL/IELTS – all other 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 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’ applications for some programmes 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. 

MPhil, MREs, PhD and BusD applicants and offer holders please check information related to this on the University of Cambridge website.

Master of Studies applicants and holders please check information related to the application process with ICE Admissions team.