Who are we looking for?
As well as a strong academic background, we are looking for applicants who can demonstrate the following:
- a mindset ready to question and challenge the status quo
- impact in their career/organisations to date
- a minimum of two years’ work experience
The Cambridge MAcc programme is an innovative global leadership programme for professionals offering cutting-edge curriculum and career mentorship. It is not a CPA, CA or ACCA prep programme and is not suitable for graduates without work experience.
Offers are made on a rolling basis. However, early application is advised as some bursaries and scholarships have early closing dates.
Candidates typically hold a 2:1 degree or above, or international equivalent.
If you do not meet this requirement, we can still consider your application, but we would need to see a competitive GMAT/GRE/EA score. If you have a masters degree or higher qualification, you can also provide details of this in your application, although a masters degree is not required. Professional qualifications such as ACA, ACCA or CPA are also considered and you need to provide details.
You must have at least two years’ work experience by the start of the intake for which you are applying. Experience as an accounting professional is not required. Because our curriculum features extensive discussion and debate, we welcome a diversity of professional backgrounds.
We require two references, one of which should be from your most recent employer. Automated reference requests will be sent to your referees once you have input their contact details into our online application system. You will be able to track the receipt of your references online. If referees fail to send a reference, or change their contact details, it is the candidate’s responsibility to follow this up with them.
The Master of Accounting is taught entirely in English, and it is important that you can read, write, speak and understand English fluently. If you are a non-native English speaker 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 have narrowly missed the minimum required levels in either TOEFL or IELTS, then you may be referred to the University of Cambridge Language Centre for an assessment. If you met the above requirements more than two years ago and have been working in an English-speaking environment since, you may also be referred to the University of Cambridge Language Centre for an assessment.
We ask you to self-report your scores on the application form. If you are selected for an interview, you will need to provide original English language test certificates.
The short-term study immigration route allows non-EEA nationals to come to the UK to undertake a short period of study where the duration is less than six months or a part-time course where attendance in Cambridge is only required for short periods. For detailed information, please visit the visa pages of the University.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct immigration permission to study at the University of Cambridge. Upon on arrival at Cambridge Judge Business School, all students will be asked to provide their current passport and evidence of their immigration status.
An online payment of £150 will be charged for the submission of your completed application.
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.
How to apply: next steps
Your submitted application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and a decision made regarding whether to shortlist you for interview.
Your application must be complete (including the receipt of all necessary supporting information) before it can be considered.
Because of the volume of applications we receive, we cannot provide feedback on individual applications that are unsuccessful. However, an admissions appeal can be made if you believe that there has been an administrative error, or if you believe you have been treated unfairly because of bias or prejudice, or if there are circumstances unknown to Cambridge Judge Business School that might have affected the decision.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview within four weeks of submitting their application. For UK-based candidates, this can take place in either Cambridge or London (subject to faculty availability), or via Skype. International candidates will be interviewed via Skype.
The interview will last for 30 minutes and will be conducted by one of the MAcc faculty. No pre-preparation is required for the interview, but it is an opportunity for candidates to showcase the impact they have made in their current, or previous positions. In addition, it is a chance to explore career aspirations in order to assess a candidate’s “fit” with the programme.
We aim to inform applicants within two weeks of their interview date whether they are to receive a conditional offer. You will be asked to confirm within four weeks if you intend to accept your offer (or sooner if the final deadline for college applications is earlier). If you do accept a conditional offer to the programme we ask, as a matter of courtesy, that you inform the Admissions team at this time if you are holding offers from any other programmes at Cambridge Judge Business School.
We will ask you for a reservation fee of 15 per cent of the programme fee (£7,350), and financial guarantees that you can meet the costs of the programme. Certain conditions must be met before we can convert this to an unconditional offer. All of the conditions are listed in the student enrolment portal which you will be given access to at the same time as you are sent your offer.
Once all conditions outlined in the student enrolment portal have been met, the admissions office will apply to your top three College choices on your behalf.
Once you have a College place confirmed, this is the final stage of the applications process. We will send you a letter confirming that you have reached this stage and it is this letter that can be used for visa applications where applicable.