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Every September we are delighted to welcome a new group of outstanding individuals to the Cambridge Executive MBA programme.

Each individual brings with them a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be shared, creating a unique learning environment where collaboration and learning with and from others creates a network of friends and colleagues who will continue to inspire you both during and long after the programme.

The Cambridge Executive MBA is a rigorous academic programme. We therefore need to ensure that everyone who attends the programme is of a sufficient standard to manage the intensive and demanding workload. Please read the requirements carefully as they contain important information.

Overview

Professional experience 7 years' full-time before commencing the programme in September
Academic achievement 1st or 2.1
or
GPA of at least 3.3
or
Top 25% of class
GMAT If you feel that the skills covered by the GMAT can be demonstrated elsewhere in your application then you may request a waiver (granted at the discretion of the EMBA Director) - see below
Two references A professional reference
A peer reference
English proficiency English as your native language
or
IELTS - 7.5 no band below 7.0
or
TOEFL – 110, with no element below 25
or
CAE minimum score of Grade A
or
CPE minimum score of Grade A, B or C

Detailed requirements

Professional experience

Executive MBA applicants must have a minimum of seven years' full-time, post-undergraduate work experience, although most applicants will have more. The admissions committee is especially interested in the professional skills you've developed during your career, and how the Executive MBA will complement and accelerate your career development.

You are expected to continue working full-time whilst undertaking the Executive MBA, providing opportunities both for real-time transfer of learning and for the sharing of professional experiences with fellow students.

Academic achievement

The Cambridge Executive MBA is an intellectually demanding 20-month programme. You must have a good undergraduate degree from a recognised university. The precise qualification may vary, but as a general guide we require the equivalent of a first-class or good upper-second-class honours in the British system, a GPA of 3.3 in the American system, or 65 per cent and above for universities who provide percentage grades.

Scanned copies of your degree transcripts and certificates (both undergraduate and postgraduate where applicable) must be attached to your application when you apply for the programme. If your transcripts are not in English, you must have these translated and verified by an official source (e.g an official translator or the British Council).

GMAT

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) demonstrates your preparedness for re-entering an academic environment. By taking the test you are helping the Admissions Committee make an informed decision about your current academic ability to undertake the programme. If you feel that the skills covered by the GMAT can be demonstrated elsewhere in your application (through previous qualifications or work experience) then you may request a waiver; this may be granted at the discretion of the Executive MBA Director.

The GMAT is just one of a range of criteria on which admissions decisions are based, and just as a high GMAT score is no guarantee of being offered a place, a more modest score will not preclude an offer being made.

Two references

You need to ask two referees to complete online reference forms. You should ask for references from your line manager or direct supervisor, and a colleague with whom you work closely. We learn a great deal about your background and potential through letters of reference, so please select your referees carefully and tell them how important it is that they provide as comprehensive a reference as possible. They should know your strengths and weaknesses well, and be in a position to comment on you objectively.

English proficiency and waivers

Fluency in English is a pre-requisite for the Cambridge Executive MBA, it is important that you can read, write and speak and understand English fluently.

If English is not your first language you must provide us with evidence of your fluency in English.

We require you to provide test results that meet the requirements of one of the tests listed below. Your results must be from a test taken in the two years prior to starting the programme.

  • TOEFL - 110, with no element below 25.
  • IELTS - average of 7.5, with no element below 7.0.
  • CAE minimum score of Grade A.
  • CPE minimum score of Grade A, B or C.

If you scored 7.0 on IELTS or between 100 and 109 on TOEFL, and you feel that you are a strong candidate, you are also welcome to apply. However, we reserve the right to ask you to retake the test to improve your test scores if it is felt that your English is not of a sufficient standard.

We ask you to self-report your scores on the application form. If you are invited for an interview, we will ask you to bring the original English language test certificates with you.

Waivers

The English proficiency requirement will be waived, at the discretion of the School, if you have completed degree level study in one of the following majority English-speaking countries or if you work in one of these countries or use English Language as your principal working language. 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

If you are unsure of your suitability for the programme, you can read our FAQs page, meet us at one of our admissions events, and submit your CV to be reviewed by the EMBA Admissions Team.

Frequently asked questions

Questions about the programme, application process and funding options are answered in our comprehensive FAQ page.  

Please check whether this page answers your question before contacting the EMBA Admissions Team directly.

View our FAQs

Meet us

The Cambridge Executive MBA hosts admissions events across the world. Meeting staff, faculty and alumni at these events is a great way to find out more about the Cambridge EMBA, and help you decide if our course is right for you.  

All events are free to attend.

Meet us

Information sessions | UK and worldwide

Watch an in-depth presentation of the Executive MBA programme, network with alumni, faculty members and other attendees, and discuss the programme with our EMBA Admissions Team.

Networking events | UK and worldwide

An informal networking event hosted by EMBA alumni. Discover our alumni's own EMBA experiences, network with other attendees and discuss the programme with our EMBA Admissions Team.

Webinars | Online

An online presentation hosted by the EMBA team; a perfect solution for those unable to attend an event in person.  Watch an in-depth presentation on the programme, and message our EMBA Admissions Team with questions about the programme in real time.

Cambridge Judge open days | Cambridge, UK

Visit Cambridge Judge Business School for an on-campus open day. Find out about the range of programmes offered by Cambridge Judge (including the Cambridge EMBA), watch sample lectures, network with other attendees and meet with our EMBA Admissions Team.

QS Executive Connect Fair | worldwide

Meet our EMBA Admissions Team at one of our stands at the QS Executive Connect Fair to find out more about the programme. 

Submit your CV for review

The EMBA Admissions Team can review your CV and give you advice as to whether you meet the requirements for the programme. We aim to get back to you within 10 working days.

Submit your CV 

Sending your application

Start or continue your application

All applications must be submitted via our online application system. Please ensure that all questions including essays are completed before you submit the application.

Submitting your references

We require two references. One reference should come from a line manager or supervisor and the other from a team member or peer. Automated reference requests will be sent to your referees once you have input their contact details into our online application system. 

We will not consider your application complete until your references have been received, and it is your responsibility to ensure they are received by the deadline you select. You can ask your referees to send their references before submitting your application. Input their details into the References section of the application, and an email will be sent to them immediately. Please check with your referees that they have received this email.

Acquiring your degree transcripts

Scanned copies of your degree transcripts and certificates (both undergraduate and postgraduate where applicable) must be attached to your application when you apply for the programme.

Retrieving transcripts from your academic institutions can take longer than anticipated, as does translating them into English. If your transcripts are not in English, you must have these translated and verified by an official source (e.g. an official translator or the British Council).

What happens next?

Here is an overview of the different stages that a candidate will pass through during the complete admissions process. Please thoroughly read through the information in this section before contacting the EMBA Admissions Team with any questions.  

Application review

All complete applications will be considered after each deadline. Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions committee 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 one week after the relevant application deadline. Please note your application must be complete (including the receipt references) 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.

Interviews

Once we have received your application it will be reviewed by the admissions committee and a decision made regarding whether to invite you to interview.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview 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.

All candidates attending an interview in Cambridge will have:

  • an individual interview with a member of Cambridge Judge Business School faculty
  • a tour of the facilities at the School
  • an individual meeting with a member of the Admissions Team to discuss how you intend to fund the programme and to answer any questions you have
  • lunch with current Executive MBA participants (if possible).

All candidates will be asked to bring:

  • original copies of degree transcripts and certificates (also GMAT and TOEFL/ IELTS as applicable)
  • their passport or another form of photo identification.

All interview candidates will be contacted via email within a week of their interview to let them know the Admissions Committee's decision.

If we offer you a place on the Cambridge Executive MBA, we will ask (when you accept that place) for a reservation fee of 15 per cent of the programme fee and for financial guarantees that you can meet the costs of the programme.

Receiving an offer

If you are offered a place on the Cambridge EMBA, you will be notified by email within a week of your interview. This email will contain details of your offer deadline and a link to your conditional offer and financial information documents.

The conditional offer documents contain the following conditions which must be met before we can convert this to an unconditional offer:

Condition one: agree to the terms and conditions of your offer

Review and agree to the terms and conditions of your offer on the EMBA application portal. Additional information regarding the terms and conditions can be read in the offer information pack that is attached to your offer. 

Condition two: payment of the reservation fee

A reservation fee of £9,894 is required to reserve your place on the Cambridge Executive MBA 2017. This reservation fee is not refundable, as it constitutes a contribution to the various irrecoverable costs that Cambridge Judge Business School incurs once a student decides to accept his/her offer of admission. Please note that this deposit goes towards your Executive MBA tuition fees.

Condition three: evidence of ability to meet costs

Before you can be fully admitted to the Cambridge Executive MBA, we require evidence that you can fund the cost of the programme. You will need to supply documentary evidence and details of this can be found in your offer.

Condition four: successful completion of any reference checks that the School, or its appointed third party, might undertake.

Every year, Cambridge Judge Business School carries out reference checks on a sample of offer candidates. These reference checks take the form of speaking to one or both of the referees in a candidate's application, or a verification check of a candidate's academic record. In some cases, these checks are conducted by a third party on behalf of the School. The Executive MBA Admissions Team will contact you if there is any further information needed in regards to this condition.

Please feel free to contact the Admissions Team at any point during this time with any queries you may have.

Accepting an offer

If you choose to accept your offer of a place on the Cambridge Executive MBA you should ensure that all your documentation and funding are in place and that your letter of acceptance, financial guarantee and reservation fee have been received by the admissions office by your offer deadline. If you are unable to meet any condition of your offer or wish to request an extension to the offer deadline, then please inform the Admissions Team as soon as possible.

Joining a College

When you become an Executive MBA participant at the University of Cambridge, you will also become a member of one of the University's 31 Colleges.

Once accepted on the EMBA programme, the Admissions Manager will send you a list of the colleges accepting EMBA participants for that year. After revising the list and researching the Colleges, you submit your top three choices to the Admissions Manager.  The Admissions Manager will then apply to these Colleges on your behalf. Each College has its own entrance requirements and membership is at their discretion. College membership is guaranteed to all students of the University of Cambridge. 

It is the responsibility of the Executive MBA Admissions team to find College places for students and students should not try to arrange this independently.

Find out more about the College application process

Becoming an official member of the University

You will only officially become a member of the University of Cambridge once your tuition and College fees have been paid and you have matriculated (become an official member of your College). It is important that all fees are paid on time to enable this transition from candidate to official student (participant) to take place.

We operate a staged (rounds-based) admissions process that allows candidates to plan when to submit their application, but we are happy to consider completed applications received outside of these deadlines.

A non-refundable application fee of £150 will be charged and can be paid as part of your online submission.

Applications

We are now closed for applications for our 2017 cohort. Applications for the 2018 cohort will open on 1 September.

Application deadlines

Round 1 20 Nov 2017
Round 2 15 Jan 2018
Experience day deadline* 26 Feb 2018
Round 3 5 Mar 2018
Round 4 23 Apr 2018
Round 5 5 Jun 2018

* Submit your application by this date to receive an invitation to our Executive MBA Experience day. Invitations are subject to availability, and the earlier you submit your application, the greater your chance of receiving an invitation.

Apply early

It is advisable to apply as early as possible if you are relying on employer sponsorship, loans, scholarships or bursaries to fund the programme as it can take longer than expected to secure funding from these sources. 

An early application also gives greater flexibility on interview date and the choice of Colleges to which you can apply for membership.  

Apply

We are now closed for applications for our 2017 cohort. Applications for the 2018 cohort will open on 1 September.