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Applying for the Master of Accounting

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Applications for entry in September 2020 are now open. There are two entry rounds and you are encouraged to apply early, particularly if you require financial assistance with fees through scholarships. Please note that many University of Cambridge scholarships’ application deadlines are as early as October.

All scholarships and bursaries are awarded before the start of the academic year. There are no funds that can be awarded after the School year has started, and you should not make financial plans assuming that you will receive funds after you have started the programme.

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Our requirements


A First Class degree is strongly preferred. A competitive applicant would typically have a 2:1 or above (or equivalent GPA 3.6 or higher) from a recognised university.

Work experience

You must have work experience by the start of the intake you are applying for. Applicants with backgrounds in accounting, audit, finance, computer science, engineering, or applied mathematics will most likely be successful.

A reference

We require two references from anyone you choose. 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.

A completed application form

All applications must be submitted via our online application system. Candidates should submit their application by 23:59 on the day of their chosen deadline.

English proficiency

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 scored 7.0 on IELTS or between 100 and 109 on TOEFL, and you feel that you are a strong candidate, you are also welcome to apply. However, we reserve the right to ask you to either retake and improve your test scores, or attend an additional assessment conducted by the University, if we were to invite you for an interview.

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 English proficiency requirement will be waived, at the discretion of the School, if you have completed degree level study in a majority English-speaking country within the past two years.

However, even if you have been granted a waiver, you may still need to sit an approved English language test as part of your visa requirements. If you are a non-EU student, the Home Office’s UK Visas & Immigration department requires you to provide proof of your English competency through one of these tests, unless you are a national of, or have studied at an undergraduate level or above in one of the following countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

After you have applied – next steps

Application fee

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.

Your application will be reviewed and you may be shortlisted for interview

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’re sorry but 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.

Interview shortlist

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, or via Skype. International candidates will be interviewed via Skype.

After interview, we may give you a ‘conditional offer’

We aim to inform applicants within two weeks of their interview date, however, it can take up to three weeks for the Admissions Committee to make a decision.

The initial offer is called a conditional offer. You will be asked to inform us of your decision within three weeks. If you accept your offer, we will ask you for or a commitment fee of 15 per cent of the programme fee, 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.

Unconditional offer

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.

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