Do you have a “staged” application process?
Yes. All our application deadlines and related interview day schedule can be found on our Apply page.
What are the minimum requirements for entry onto the programme?
You can view full details of minimum requirements on our Apply page.
What is your application fee?
The application fee for entry is currently £150.
Do you offer any application fee waivers?
We offer an application fee waiver for candidates who are serving in the military and candidates from low-income countries. If you would like to request an application fee waiver, please contact the Admissions Team before submitting your application.
I have my own company. How do I choose my referee?
You can ask a customer, supplier or professional adviser to act as your referee.
How is my reference submitted?
Please nominate one referee – a supervisor – in the “References” section of our online application form. An automated reference request will be sent to your referee once you have entered their contact details into our online application system.
Would you consider my application if I have not got a degree?
Our programme is intellectually demanding: in twelve months you will have to cover what most US schools teach over two years. We will consider applicants without a degree in exceptional circumstances, but we will usually ask you to provide evidence that you have the academic ability to cope with the intellectual demands of the programme. Such evidence might include a good, well-balanced GMAT score and strong references from tutors on other academic courses that you have taken.
Do part-time jobs count towards the minimum work experience requirements?
In most cases no, e.g. if you are applying for 2020 entry you must expect to have at least three years’ full time, post-graduation work experience by 30 September 2020. However, please tell us if there are extenuating circumstances which mean that you have only been able to work part-time or on temporary contracts – for example you have had to bring up a family or care for an elderly relative.
I don’t want to tell my current line manager that I am applying for an MBA. Can I submit an educational reference instead of the professional one?
We understand that sometimes it is not possible to ask your current line manager for a reference, in which case we are happy to accept a reference from a former line manager/supervisor. Failing this, we will accept a reference from a customer, supplier or adviser with whom you work on a professional basis. We do not now require an academic reference, as the undergraduate transcript we ask you to submit will provide us with all of the necessary information and contact details we need.
Do you have an upper age limit?
Is GMAT compulsory?
No, we are also able to accept a valid GRE score. Full details of how to sit the GMAT test can be found at www.mba.com. Full details about the GRE test can be found at www.ets.org/gre/.
Do I have to take the GMAT or GRE before applying?
All applicants are required to submit a GMAT or GRE score. We are pleased to accept both the GRE and GMAT home testing solutions.
We ask you to self-report your score on your application form and instruct the test provider to make your official score report available to us online. Please note we will not review your application until we are able to access your official score report. For GMAT the institution code for Cambridge Judge Business School is WF1-T3-68. For GRE the institution code for Cambridge Judge Business School is 0832.
Do you require a minimum GMAT score?
No, we do not specify a minimum GMAT score – it is just one of the many criteria we consider in the selection process. However, the majority of our students have a score above 640, and the average for this year’s class is 690. We look for good balanced scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the test, which demonstrate to us that you have the variety of skills required to succeed on the Cambridge MBA.
When do I need to submit degree transcripts and other certificates?
Please upload a copy of your degree transcript in the “Academic information” section of our online application form. If you are invited for an interview, we will require you to bring the original transcript certificates with you. If you are unable to provide the original documents, you must have copies authenticated by a public notary or lawyer who has seen the original documents. Please prepare these documents now, as we sometimes invite candidates to interview at short notice. Transcripts should be written in English, or be certified translations into English.
Do I have to take an English language proficiency test?
Fluency in English is a pre-requisite for the Cambridge MBA. If English is not your first language, you must have taken a recognised English proficiency test in the two years prior to 30 September on the year for which you’re applying for entry.
Which tests of English proficiency are accepted, and what is the minimum score required?
We accept TOEFL and both versions IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) test scores. Our TOEFL institution code is 0908.
Visit our Apply page for details of our minimum score requirements.
How do I know that you have received my application and supporting documents such as transcripts and reference, and that you have been able to access my GMAT score?
Please check the “Current application status” section of our online application form to verify that your application is complete. Please note that your application cannot be reviewed until we have received your application fee.
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