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Fees & funding

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The tuition fee for the Executive MBA programme commencing in September 2019 is £69,200.

Please note: there is a non-refundable application fee payable of £150 which is not included in the tuition fee.

What the tuition fees cover

  • Programme tuition.
  • Membership of a Cambridge College.
  • Group meals in Cambridge during weekend sessions.
  • Accommodation and group meals for the orientation week. Single occupancy accommodation during orientation week is included in the tuition fees. As two Colleges will be providing accommodation for orientation week this year, the allocation of rooms will be on a first come, first served basis.
  • Accommodation and group meals on the International Business Study Trip.

Additional costs for participants

We estimate that an average of £7,000 should be budgeted to cover additional costs for the programme. Please note when applying for the programme that due to your current location the additional costs may be significantly higher or lower than £7,000.

  • Travel to and from Cambridge for all sessions at Cambridge Judge Business School.
  • Accommodation for all sessions at the School, apart from the orientation week.
  • Flights for the International Business Study Trip (accommodation is provided by the School).

When accepting an offer of a place on the Cambridge Executive MBA you will be asked to provide financial evidence that you can meet the tuition costs of the programme (£69,200), as well as these additional costs.

If you are made an offer of a place on the programme you will be asked to pay a reservation fee - 15 per cent of the tuition fees – to secure your place. This fee is then deducted from the total fees payable.

Payment plans

Tuition fees can be paid in one or two instalments. These options are available to both self-funded and employer sponsored participants:

Option one: reservation fee plus one instalment

Reservation fee £10,000
Remaining fees payable by 1 September 2018 £59,200
Total fees £69,200

Cambridge Judge bursaries and scholarships are deducted as one instalment.

Option two: reservation fee plus two instalments

Reservation fee £10,000
Instalment one payable by 1 September 2018 £34,980
Instalment two payable by 3 September 2019 £24,220
Total fees £69,200

Cambridge Judge bursaries and scholarships and deducted across both instalments.

Cambridge Judge Business School awards a range of bursaries and scholarships for Executive MBA participants. If you are looking for financial assistance it is recommended that you apply early, to ensure that you meet the deadlines for the award of your choice. 

Applicants successful in receiving an award have the designated amount deducted from their total Executive MBA tuition fee as either one or two instalments, depending on which payment plan was chosen. Please note that bursary and scholarship awards cannot be used to finance the 15 per cent reservation fee for the programme.  

Information about Career Development and Prodigy Finance loans can be found below.  

Executive MBA Needs-based Bursary

Deadline: rolling applications (final deadline 3 June 2019)
Amount: 10 to 20 per cent of the EMBA tuition fee
Eligible for: applicants that could not afford the programme otherwise 
Number available: multiple
Award date: two weeks after each application round deadline

A small number of needs-based Executive MBA bursaries are available, and are awarded at the end of each application round. These are offered based on individual circumstances and strength of application, and contribute 10 to 20 per cent towards the tuition fee.

If you wish to be considered for a needs-based bursary, you must complete an additional essay (no more than 300 words) on the Executive MBA online application. This essay should explain why you feel that you should be awarded the bursary, and how you would make a positive contribution to the EMBA cohort.

Successful applicants will be notified of any award two weeks after each application round deadline.

Executive MBA Director's Scholarship

Deadline: rolling applications (final deadline 3 June 2019)
Amount: 10 per cent of the EMBA tuition fee 
Eligible for: all applicants
Number available: five
Award date: two weeks after the final application deadline

An Executive MBA Director's Scholarship is an award for which all successful EMBA applicants* can apply. If you wish to be considered for the Director’s Scholarship, you must complete an additional essay (no more than 300 words) on the Executive MBA online application. This essay should explain why, with reference to your academic and professional achievements, you feel that you should be awarded the Director’s Scholarship, and how you would use your experiences to make an exceptional contribution to the EMBA cohort.

This scholarship is awarded for various reasons at the discretion of the Programme Director. It contributes 10 per cent towards the tuition fee. Director's Scholarships are awarded after the needs-based bursaries have been awarded, to try to be as fair as possible when making financial awards.

* If you are awarded a needs-based bursary, you are still eligible to apply for the Director's Scholarship.

Executive MBA Scholarship for Women

Deadline: 8 April 2019
Amount: 30 per cent of the EMBA tuition fee 
Eligible for: all female applicants
Number available: two
Award date: one month after deadline

The scholarship is awarded to two outstanding female candidates each year, and will contribute 30 per cent towards the tuition fee. The successful candidates would act as ambassadors for the Executive MBA, make a positive contribution to the class and play an active role in women's leadership at the School.  

To be considered for this bursary, you must complete an additional essay (no more than 500 words). This essay should explain why you feel that you should be awarded the scholarship, and how you would use your experience to play an active role in women's leadership at the School. 

If you are shortlisted for this scholarship, you will be invited for an additional interview at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Executive MBA Charity & Not-for-profit Scholarship

Deadline: 8 April 2019
Amount: 30 per cent of the EMBA tuition fee
Eligible for: candidates working in the charitable and not-for-profit sectors
Number available: two
Award date: Six weeks after the deadline

We are looking intelligent and highly motivated candidates committed to a full-time career within the charitable and not-for-profit sectors and who have at least three years' experience in the sector at the time of application. Preference will be given to candidates who work for UK organisations or organisations with a global reach. It is expected that successful recipients will contribute to charitable or voluntary sectors after the completion of the Executive MBA. 

To be considered for this scholarship, you must complete an additional essay (no more than 500 words). This essay should explain how you would use the skills and knowledge gained on the EMBA programme to develop your career within the charitable or not-for-profit sectors.

If you are shortlisted for a Charity & Not-for-profit Scholarship, you will be invited for an additional interview at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Executive MBA Healthcare Scholarship

Deadline: 8 April 2019
Amount: 30 per cent of the EMBA tuition fee
Eligible for: candidates working in the healthcare industry
Number available: two
Award date: Six weeks after deadline

The Executive MBA Healthcare Scholarship is for medical practitioners working in the healthcare industry. The scholarship is awarded based on the candidate’s application, essay and strength of the candidate’s professional background. 

To be considered for this scholarship, please answer the following question: "Describe your background in the healthcare industry and explain how you would use the skills and knowledge gained on the Executive MBA programme to develop your career within healthcare." (500 words maximum).

University of Cambridge Employee Sponsorship

Deadline: 8 April 2019
Amount: 80 per cent of the Executive MBA tuition fee
Eligible for: candidates holding a senior management position within the University of Cambridge.
Number available: one
Award date: one month after deadline

At Cambridge Judge Business School, we want to be able to share our knowledge of good business practices with the wider university. The Executive MBA programme allows us to share our knowledge with a University employee who can apply what they learn to the immediate benefit of their department and the wider University.

Candidates for the sponsorship should meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a senior management position within the University of Cambridge, at one of its Schools, Faculties, Departments or Colleges. This sponsorship is not available to those working for one of the University’s limited companies or affiliated organisations (such as Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Enterprise and any other non-departmental affiliated University organisation).
  • Have a permanent employment contract. We are unable to offer the scholarship to anyone on a temporary, fixed term or research contract.

How to apply

Submit your application to the Executive MBA programme. If an offer is made to you, please send the Executive MBA Admissions Team an email explaining why you think should be considered for the University of Cambridge Employee Sponsorship, and how it would benefit your department and the wider University.

Please note that you will not be eligible for the needs-based or Director’s bursaries if you are awarded this scholarship and must pay the 15 per cent reservation fee to secure your place on the programme as per the conditions of the offer.


"The EMBA was more than I could have hoped for. It challenged, inspired, expanded my horizons, and was so immediately relevant to my job that it added huge value; and, despite the hours of hard work, it energised me.

"Without a doubt it has been one of the greatest privileges of my life"

Nathalie Walker, Former Head of Alumni Relations, University of Cambridge, EMBA 2010

Career Development Loan

The UK government sponsored Career Development Loan scheme is available to Executive MBA candidates who have lived in the UK for a minimum of three years and plan to work in the UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) after the programme.

Find out more about the Career Development Loan Scheme

Prodigy Finance Loan

The Prodigy Finance Loan Programme is available to help you finance the Executive MBA programme at Cambridge Judge Business School.*

Once you have been offered a place on the programme you can apply directly for a loan through Prodigy's website.

Prodigy has limited funds, therefore we cannot guarantee that you will be granted a loan. We recommend that candidates investigate all financing options available to them, including local options.

* Declaration: an entity connected to the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, is an investor in MBA Community Loans PLC, which provides the finance to fund the Prodigy Finance Loan Scheme. The University of Cambridge Judge Business School may therefore benefit from any lending under the scheme.

Apprenticeship Levy

Please note that the Cambridge Executive MBA does not qualify for the Apprenticeship Levy.

The Cambridge Executive MBA is an investment in your future career, whether you plan to take on new or global responsibilities within your organisation, or take an entrepreneurial route.

Our participants have different reasons for pursuing the programme - some look to achieve promotion, some go on to start their own businesses and others become better managers and leaders. Your Executive MBA experience will be unique to you, so it is important that your business case considers your personal and professional development, the challenges – or opportunities – facing your organisation and how the EMBA programme can benefit both. 

View some examples of our alumni achievements

Build your business case

Before asking your employer for sponsorship, it is important to do appropriate research into Executive MBA programmes and establish how an EMBA programme would benefit you and your organisation. 

Read the benefits of the Executive MBA for your organisation 

It is possible that those you approach about sponsoring you are not MBA holders themselves, and may have preconceptions about the value of MBA programmes. Presenting them with detailed information about the programme, and its benefit to both yourself and your organisation, is important.

Step one: perform a SWOT analysis of your organisation

How will your employer benefit from you undertaking an Executive MBA at Cambridge? A common way to build this case is to complete a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis on your organisation. After compiling the relevant data for senior management, demonstrate how by completing the Cambridge Executive MBA, you will be able to tackle the key issues raised. You can do this by linking the learnings from EMBA courses and the soft skills the programme develops with the issues that need addressing in your organisation.

Read about the modules available on the EMBA

Step two: define the sponsorship you require

Financial 

Many participants receive financial assistance from their organisations by means of full or part-sponsorship. On average, one third of EMBA participants receive some form of financial sponsorship from their organisation.

Part-sponsorship can be negotiated in many ways, including bonus payments, salary sacrifice, matched funding and tuition reimbursement following the completion of different stages of the programme. You can find out more on the tuition fees tab.

Time

The Executive MBA requires minimal amount of time out of the office compared to many EMBA programmes, equating to approximately 34 days out of the office over the 20-month programme. This time off can be negotiated with employers as vacation, unpaid leave, study days, time off in lieu, etc. It is a requirement that EMBA participants be in full-time employment, as the way in which you demonstrate the lessons learnt from the course material within your workplace is an important outcome of the programme. 

Step three: meet us

The Executive MBA welcomes prospective participants and their employers to our regular information sessions held in the UK and overseas.  We will also offer online webinars towards the end of 2017.

Arrange a one-to-one meeting with the Admissions Manager

Register for an admissions event

We also welcome prospective participants and their employers to visit Cambridge Judge Business School for a tour and discussion with our Admissions Manager. If you or your employer require any further information about the Executive MBA, for advice on your individual business case to undertake the programme or would like to visit the School, please email us