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Candidates. Cambridge MBA

Who are we looking for?

We want people who have:

  • excelled in previous academic achievements (top 25 per cent of class in undergraduate degree)
  • are highly motivated and ambitious, thrive under pressure, and have already exhibited clear progression within their career
  • have had some international experiences through their work and have a global outlook
  • are confident, creative, innovative, with strong interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • an interesting and varied life outside their work

Does this describe you? Then introduce yourself to us

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When to apply

The admissions process to recruit the Cambridge MBA Class of 2018/9 is open from 1 July 2017. 

You can start your application using our online application form. You can save your application as you work. There are five applications rounds. Please make sure you check the deadlines for each round, and make sure you are able to attend the interview dates associated with each round.

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If you have already started an application but not yet submitted, log in to the application system to continue.

Interview dates for Cambridge MBA class 2018/9

Round Application deadline Interview days Final decision by
1 8 September 2017 22 and 23 October 2017 13 November 2017
2 27 October 2017 10 and 11 December 2017 22 December 2017
3 5 January 2018 25 and 26 February, 4 and 5 March 2018 26 March 2018
4 9 March 2018 29 and 30 April 2018 11 May 2018
5 4 May 2018 17 and 18 June 2018 2 July 2018

Our requirements

Undergraduate degree

You must have a 2:1 or above (or equivalent) in your undergraduate degree from a recognised university.

Work experience

You must have a minimum of three years' work experience by the start of the intake you are applying for. The current class average is six years' of work experience.

A GMAT/GRE score

You have to take either the GMAT or GRE to apply to Cambridge. We do not request a specific score range, but our average GMAT score in each cohort is c.690.

A reference

You'll need one reference from a supervisor. We cannot accept an academic reference, or a reference from a relative. Decide who you would like them to be and ask them now. Applications are often held up because of references failing to be submitted. An automated reference request will be sent to your referee once you have entered their contact details into our online application system.

The ability to finance your MBA

You need to think carefully now about how you plan to fund your MBA - do not wait until later. See our funding pages for more information.

A visa

If you are a non-EU national, you will have to apply for a student visa in order to study in the UK. You should refer to the UK Visas & Immigration website for the latest information regarding student visas to ascertain if you require a visa and the criteria that you will have to fulfil. For more information, visit the Admissions Process section of our FAQs page.

A completed application form

All applications must be submitted via our online application system. Candidates should submit their application by 17:00 GMT on the day of their chosen deadline.

Essay questions on the form

The following are the main essay questions on the Cambridge MBA application:

  1. Please provide a personal statement. It should not exceed 500 words and must address the following questions:

    • What are your short and long term career objectives and what skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you achieve them?
    • What actions will you take before and during the MBA to contribute to your career outcome?
    • If you are unsure of your post-MBA career path, how will the MBA equip you for the future?

  2. What did you learn from your most spectacular failure? (200 words)

  3. Describe a situation where you had to work jointly with others to achieve a common goal. What did you learn from the experience? (up to 200 words)

English language skills

You are required to show English language proficiency to apply for the Cambridge MBA. To demonstrate this, English must be your native language, or you must have a TOEFL score of at least 110, or an IELTS score of at least 7.5. Further details can be found in our English Language Policy.

Download our English Language Policy

After you have applied – next steps

Application fee

An online payment of £150 will be charged for the submission of your completed application.

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

Your submitted application will be reviewed by the Cambridge MBA 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.

We will tell you within three weeks of the relevant deadline if you are invited for interview

Short-listed candidates are invited to an interview day at Cambridge Judge Business School.

In exceptional circumstances (for example if it is difficult for you to get a visa at short notice to visit the UK) we are sometimes able to offer interviews in your own country or occasionally by Skype.

We do, however, strongly prefer candidates to visit us in Cambridge for interview.

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.


The admissions process to recruit the Cambridge MBA Class of 2018/19 is open from 1 July 2017.

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Cambridge MBA staff and alumni are currently travelling the world to meet potential candidates. We also offer regular online meetings and webinars.

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Scholarships & bursaries

We offer numerous bursaries for MBA candidates with particular sector experience, nationality, or high academic achievement.

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