Do you have a staged application process?
Yes. All our application deadlines can be found on our Apply page.
Can I be considered for both the Executive MBA and the full-time MBA?
You can, but you should be aware that these programmes are intended for two very distinct groups of candidates. Executive MBA students must be fully employed during the period of their programme, while full-time MBA participants need to devote all their energies to that programme, which is taught over fewer months in a more concentrated format. The admissions processes are entirely distinct, so two separate and complete applications would have to be submitted. Read “Differences between the Cambridge EMBA and MBA”
Do you require work experience?
Yes. Applicants can only be considered if they meet the requirement of a minimum of seven years’ post-graduation work experience. We anticipate that successful candidates will have closer to 10 years’ experience.
Do part-time jobs count towards the minimum work experience requirements?
In most cases no; for example, if you are applying for 2020 entry you must expect to have at least seven years of full-time, post-graduation work experience by 31 August 2020. However, please tell us if there are extenuating circumstances which mean that you have only been able to work part-time or on temporary contracts.
Do undergraduate internships count towards the minimum work experience requirement?
No; all work experience must be post-graduation.
Do I need management experience to qualify for the programme?
Management experience or related qualifications and goals will be important for candidates who are successful in joining the programme. We would expect candidates to have experience in managing both projects and people.
Is there an application fee?
A non-refundable application fee of £150 will be charged when you submit your application for the September 2020 class.
Do you offer any application fee waivers?
We offer an application fee waiver for candidates from countries receiving overseas development aid. If you would like to request an application fee waiver, please contact the Admissions Team before submitting your application.
I have my own company. How do I choose my referees?
You can ask a client, supplier or professional adviser to act as your referee.
Will you consider my application if I do not have a degree?
No. Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree of a First or 2:1, which is the equivalent of a GPA of at least 3.5. Potential candidates who hold a senior position but did not achieve a First or 2:1 in their undergraduate degree, will need to take the GMAT or Executive Assessment (EA) in order for their application to be considered. Visit the Apply page to view our admissions requirements. Our programme is intellectually demanding and the training received at the undergraduate level is considered appropriate preparation for masters’ level academic study.
Can I submit further documents after I have submitted my application?
Your application will only be considered complete once all the items on the application checklist have been received.
If you have forgotten to submit an item as part of your application, documents can be emailed to the Executive MBA Admissions Team.
Is the GMAT/EA compulsory?
The GMAT or Executive Assessment 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/EA can be demonstrated by your academic achievements and work experience then you may complete the GMAT waiver on the application. GMAT/EA waivers can only be granted by the Programme Director after interview. If you did not achieve a First or 2:1 in your undergraduate degree, but hold a senior professional position, you will need to take the GMAT or Executive Assessment (EA) and submit your score within your application for it to be considered.
Do I have to take the GMAT before applying?
If you feel you can demonstrate the skills shown in a GMAT by your academic achievements and work experience, then you may request a GMAT waiver and do not need to sit the GMAT prior to applying for the programme.
Find out more about the GMAT/EA waiver
What GMAT/EA score do I need to qualify?
We do not specify a minimum GMAT or EA score – these are just two of the many criteria we consider in the selection process. However, the average GMAT score of last year’s full-time MBA class is 690, and we look for balanced scores between the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the test. As a guide, we would expect a minimum score of 153 for the Executive Assessment.
I have more than one GMAT/EA score, which one will you consider?
If you have taken the GMAT/EA more than once, please report your two best scores.
Do I have to take an English language proficiency test?
Fluency in English is a pre-requisite for the Executive MBA. If English is not your first language, you must have a University degree that was completed in English, or an IELTS, TOEFL, CAE or CPE score that meets our requirements. We may, at our discretion, waive this requirement if you can provide clear evidence that your English is fluent (e.g. you have mainly been educated in English and your principal working language is English).
How do my extracurricular activities strengthen my application?
Your suitability for the programme is likely to be enhanced by demonstrable evidence of participation in your community or extracurricular activities that demonstrate your capability for strong communication and teamworking skills.
Do you have an upper age limit?