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What happens next

Here is an overview of the different stages that a candidate will pass through during the complete admissions process:

Stage 1 - 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.

Stage 2 - 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 students (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 course fee and for financial guarantees that you can meet the costs of the programme.

Stage 3 - Offer

If you are offered a place on the Cambridge EMBA, you will 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:

  • Receipt of completed financial guarantee forms
    Students will be asked to complete a financial guarantee form and provide evidence of how they will fund the full cost of the programme. It is therefore very important to think about how you will fund the programme before you apply.
  • Payment of the reservation fee
    A reservation fee of 15 per cent is required to accept your place on the programme. This must be paid by your offer deadline.
  • Award of a college place
    Please note that each student offered a place on a degree programme at the University of Cambridge must also be awarded a college place. 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. Securing your college place is the final condition and will be completed only after the previous two conditions (see above) have been met.
  • Satisfying any relevant verification or reference checks
    The Admissions Office will conduct relevant verification or reference checks on a sample of candidates. This might involve calling one or both of the references in any application, or engaging a third-party to verify academic transcripts.

You will then have four weeks from the date of the initial offer to decide if you wish to accept.

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

Stage 4 - 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 office as soon as possible.

Stage 5 - 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 to take place.


Due to necessary IT maintenance you will not be able to access your application form online from 14:00 GMT on Friday 2 June 2017 until 16:00 GMT on Saturday 3 June 2017.

We apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause.

To be considered for our September 2017 cohort please apply via our online application portal.