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Employer support

Building your business case

Before asking your employer for sponsorship, it is important to do appropriate research into Executive MBA programmes and how an EMBA programme can help you and your organisation. It is possible that those you approach about sponsoring you are not MBA holders and may have preconceptions about MBA programmes, so presenting them with detailed information about the programme is important. 

Why an Executive MBA at Cambridge?


The Cambridge Executive MBA is designed for senior executives who are looking to move into senior management and C-level positions within their organisation. Participants on the Cambridge Executive MBA programme have an average age of 37 and 12 years' work experience. They come from a range of industry and job sectors and learning from peers with varied and notable experience can be extremely valuable.

Find out more about EMBA participants

Programme structure 

The Cambridge Executive MBA runs over 20 months and includes 16 weekends in Cambridge and four week-long blocks that take place in either Cambridge or abroad. The programme is specifically designed to limit the time required out of the office, which is usually around 34 days over the 20 month period.

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Soft skills

The Cambridge Executive MBA delivers a range of courses from world-class lecturers. However, the EMBA experience is far more than about traditional learning and focuses on personal and professional development of participants' interpersonal skills. For example, participants on the Cambridge EMBA benefit from executive coaching and peer-to-peer learning. They also learn negotiation, communication, team management, strategic thinking, leadership and relationship building skills.  

Cambridge, enterprise and wrap-up sessions

Cambridge is a European hub of high-tech and entrepreneurship. The Cambridge EMBA offers the opportunity to meet with local and Accelerate Cambridge start-ups during the programme's wrap-up sessions held on Saturday evenings. Learning about entrepreneurship within the course structure, peer-to-peer learning from entrepreneurs on the programme and meeting active start-ups helps participants practice intrapreneurship within their own organisations. 

Return on investment

SWOT analysis

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 listed above with the issues that need addressing in your organisation.

Find out more about the courses available on the EMBA 


Cambridge Executive MBA participants have access to a large alumni community through Cambridge Judge Business School, Cambridge Colleges and the greater University network. Participants become lifelong members of one of the University's 31 Colleges

Continued learning

Cambridge Executive MBA participants are also allowed to return to the School to complete one elective a year, free of charge, for the remainder of their working lives. This is a valuable opportunity for alumni to keep abreast of the latest research, meet with former colleagues and make contacts in other EMBA cohorts.

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Individual project 

The Cambridge Executive MBA Individual Project (IP) provides participants with an opportunity for a deeper, more critical and more reflective exploration of a chosen topic. Participants usually choose an aspect of their current organisation in which they have a special interest and wish to explore more deeply. 

Team consulting project

The Team Consulting Project (TCP) requires participants to work as a consulting team for a client of their choice, applying learning to a live business issue. This project may cover any aspect of business and may be located in any commercial, industrial, public sector or not-for-profit organisation anywhere in the world. Participants gain insight into the client's organisation, which is often in a different industry, and bring back knowledge, experience and connections from the organisation to their own place of work.

Read about the Individual Project and Team Consulting Project

Type of sponsorship


Many participants receive financial assistance from their organisations by means of full or part-sponsorship. Part-sponsorship could be negotiated in a number of ways, including bonus payments, salary sacrifice, matched funding and tuition reimbursement following the completion of different stages within the programme.

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The Cambridge Executive MBA requires minimal amount of time out of the office compared to many programmes offered elsewhere, and this time off can be negotiated with employers as vacation, unpaid leave, study days, time off in lieu, etc. It is a requirement of the Cambridge EMBA for its participants to be in full-time employment and the application of lessons learned over the EMBA is an important feature of the programme. 

Next steps

The Cambridge Executive MBA welcomes prospective participants and their employers to our regular information sessions held in the UK and abroad.

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