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Undertaking an MBA degree at the University of Cambridge brings more than academic and career benefits. You will join a global community to feel proud of, which provides huge opportunities for learning, networking, career development, personal growth and impact.

Becoming a Cambridge MBA is a rigorous process, an opportunity offered to a select group with the business experience and ability to thrive here. But we welcome all backgrounds, cultures, orientations and identities, and our inclusive, collaborative ethos will make your Cambridge MBA experience something special.

Diversity

At Cambridge Judge, our people are our greatest asset. We take pride in the diversity of our community and promote an inclusive culture in which all are treated equally and have equal opportunity.

Summary statistics of the current MBA class profile

200

typical class size

6 years

average work experience

700/687

median/mean GMAT

41

nationalities

37%

female

38

nationalities

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Admissions strategies

We actively seek to admit people from all backgrounds, countries, cultures, identities and orientations to each Cambridge MBA class. There are various initiatives and scholarships in place to support this recruitment goal, and to build an active, engaged and supported community through the MBA experience and beyond.

Browse the initiatives on offer, and if you’d like to learn more and be invited to relevant admissions events, please introduce yourself to us.

Cambridge Judge Business School is developing the next generation of women leaders. We do this by attracting a diverse community through our educational programmes. We research the cultures, institutions and organisations that enable more women to become successful leaders. We believe in encouraging and supporting business women to achieve their best potential.

CJBS partners with the Forté Foundation to award £30,000 each to five outstanding female MBA students per year.

Forté Fellowships are prestigious, competitive awards that are recognised within the business school community and beyond. Forté Fellows exhibit exemplary leadership, represent diverse backgrounds, and demonstrate a commitment to advancing women in business — all of which aligns with Forté’s mission.

If you would like to be considered for a fellowship, you must first submit an MBA application to us.

Learn more on our scholarships page

The Forté Foundation Fellows Scholarship is such a brilliant initiative. I have mentored and been a mentor in several guises over the years, and I know first-hand how important female role models are to improving outcomes for young professional women and students; the Forté network plays a big role in this.
Sarah Sketchley, MBA 2020 and Forté Foundation Fellow

A Forté Foundation Fellowship Scholar for 2020

Yin Shan Loh

Pre-MBA career: Assistant Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore

Singaporean

BA Economics and Psychology, UC Berkeley, USA

Read profiles of other Forte Foundation MBA Fellows

Our business school community is highly international, with the MBA class each being c.90% non-British. This global community is essential in enabling our world-class research, teaching, real-world impact and outreach as a School. To support the continuance of this diversity, we offer several scholarships to candidates from under-represented regions/countries – please view our scholarship brochure for further details.

The Wider Cambridge: The Cambridge MBA Scholarship for Regional Diversity is available to candidates from regions currently under-represented at Cambridge Judge Business School – for the full list of regions and countries, you can view our scholarship brochure on our Fees & funding page.

The award of up to £30,000 is given to up to five MBA candidates each recruitment year, through rounds one to five. If you would like to be considered, you must first submit an MBA application to us.

A region-based scholar:

Nathan Ramadhan

Pre-MBA career: Country Planning Manager, Royal Dutch Shell

Indonesian

MEng Chemical Engineering, University of Nottingham, Malaysia

Read profiles of other region-based scholars

Pride @CJBS was launched in 2019 to bring together students, faculty and staff across the school in support of the business school’s LGBTQ+ community. Cambridge Judge, together with this initiative, work together to create a community that anyone can join and feel at home.  

Throughout the year CJBS supports student-led events for and with the LGBTQ+ community, as well as organising recruitment events from those companies who support LGBTQ+ initiatives and run talent recruitment programmes. 

We also host admissions event for those interested in the ROMBA scholarship and LGBTQ+ community to discuss experiences with current students and alumni – check our events page regularly for details.

We are proud to partner with Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) to offer this scholarship to two people each year who help the LGBTQ+ community.

The ROMBA Fellowship was created as a joint effort between top business school programmes and ROMBA to demonstrate that business schools are the top destination to develop the out LGBTQ and active ally business leaders of tomorrow.

If you would like to be considered for a ROMBA scholarship, you must first submit an MBA application to us. Learn more in our scholarships brochure on our Fees & funding page.

After coming out, I made a promise to myself that I would give back to my community and be active in promoting LGBTQ+ acceptance. Finding the right MBA programme to support me was imperative and the minute I came to Cambridge Judge I knew I had found it. I couldn’t be more grateful for the support of Cambridge in my professional and personal pursuits. Whether planning events on campus or attending conferences, I have learned invaluable lessons and met incredible people.
Simon Schwartz, MBA 2019

The Cambridge Judge ROMBA Fellowship Scholar for 2020

Claudia Chau

Pre-MBA: Senior Analyst, Air Canada

Chinese/Canadian

BSc Economics and Mathematics, McGill University

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Building an MBA class of people who come from diverse/sector professional backgrounds, in terms of sector and job function, is vital to the thriving learning community we create, bringing varied experiences and expertise to the classroom and team projects.

This scholarship is for candidates working in the following sectors prior to the MBA: Arts/Entertainment/Media; Healthcare/Pharma; NGO; Public Sector; Beyond Profit, Energy, Social Enterprise.  To be considered for this scholarship, you must first submit an application for the MBA to us.

This Scholarship awards up to five candidates up to £30,000 each toward tuition fees, through rounds one to five in each annual admissions cycle.

This scholarship is for those who have founded a business prior to their MBA. Up to three awards of £15,000 each will be given to candidates applying in rounds one to three.

To be considered for this scholarship, you must first submit an application for the MBA to us.

This scholarship is for those who have made significant contribution in their professional work to the advancement of technology. Up to three awards of £15,000 each will be given to candidates applying in rounds one to three.

To be considered for this scholarship, you must first submit an application for the MBA to us.

Learn more about these scholarships

A sector-based scholar:

Udodirim Ibem Offia

Healthcare Scholarship

Pre-MBA career: Engagement Manager, Solina Centre for International Development and Research, Nigeria

BSc Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Read profiles of other sector-based scholars

The Cambridge MBA has a record of recruiting strong candidates from military backgrounds and educating them in the broad range of business skills required to make a transition into successful alternative careers. Graduates from military backgrounds have gone on to work in companies such as Amazon, Google, Booz Allen Hamilton and leading investment banks.  

The Cambridge MBA is especially suited to ex-military candidates, with its emphasis on practical project work, which allows students to gain first-hand experience of many roles and sectors during the 12 month programme, our global alumni network and our class size, which is designed to enable the powerful Cambridge style of small-group discussion and debate between our students and faculty. 

This scholarship offers up to £15,000 each to up to two candidates each year. If you would like to be considered, you must first submit an MBA application to us in rounds one or two.

In addition, Cambridge Judge Business School is a GMAC military-friendly school and candidates from the military are eligible for an application fee waiver. If you intend to make use of the waiver, please contact the MBA admissions team before you submit your application.

The Cambridge MBA will expand upon what you have learned in the military and help you translate that into business language. The military already develops many of the strengths and skills, and the leadership and critical thinking necessary to be successful in business. The Cambridge MBA can bridge that transition and cultivate the necessary communication, management, and quantitative knowledge for success in your next chapter outside of the military.
Katherine Danielson, US Military Veteran

The Cambridge MBA Military Scholar for 2020

Matthew Hou

Canadian

Pre-MBA career: Stakeholder Relations Manager, Canadian Armed Forces

Msc Project Management, Boston University, USA

Student clubs and societies

Student-led special interest groups and societies thrive at Cambridge Judge, especially those for under-represented groups. Students collaborate to expand knowledge, connect with others, organise events, network with external organisations and companies, and drive for progress in areas they feel passionate about.

Groups are supported by the School with financial contributions as well as support with outreach, promotion and hosting events.

Cambridge Judge initiatives for diversity, equality and inclusion

Our aspiration as a School is to be a leader in gender, diversity and inclusion; with this ethos driving Business School strategy across research, teaching and engagement. 

We have a Cambridge Judge Business School action plan that brings focus and coherence to Cambridge Judge’s vision to promote equality, diversity and inclusion as a driving principle and to play our part in making our world more just, fair and equal. 

Thought and action leadership

Show we are a Business School for all, where every member can thrive.

Culture

Developing and embedding a culture of inclusivity and psychological safety. Raising the profile of EDI initiatives, enhancing the School’s understanding of these, and placing equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of our activities and collective consciousness.

Student experience

Ensuring a student experience which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity. Students graduating from Cambridge Judge should be equipped as leaders that are diversity conscientious.

Research, pedagogy and teaching

Understanding what is being taught at Cambridge Judge concerning gender and diversity both directly and indirectly and supporting the further development of diversity-based research and teaching materials. Considering how students are taught including methodology and pedagogy to ensure inclusivity and appropriateness regardless of race, gender and neurodivergence.

Recruitment of students

Ensure that women, and individuals from under-represented minority groups are proactively recruited to study at Cambridge Judge.

Recruitment of staff and faculty

Attract and retain women and individuals from under-represented minority groups to work at Cambridge Judge.

Learn more about the Cambridge Judge diversity action plan >

Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre (WLC)

The Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre (WLC) is a centre committed to help women realise and embrace their potential in order to become successful leaders. Part of the Cambridge Judge Business School, the WLC achieves meaningful impact globally, across a wide range of organisations: from large companies to small start-ups; within for-profit to non-profit sectors, from corporations to government agencies. 

How students can get involved

Each year, the Wom+Men’s Special Interest group for students allows those interested to get involved with the WLC, particularly through the annual conference hosted by the WLC.

Read more in the blog

Insight from WLC

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Your wider community

Alumni

As a graduate of Cambridge Judge Business School, you will become a member of our worldwide community of alumni. we have alumni groups in over 40 countries. Whether you want to participate in local events or get in contact with alumni while you are traveling abroad, we have volunteer group leaders and local contacts who will help you connect. As an Cambridge Judge alumnus/a, you will also be eligible to join any of the 418 volunteer-led University of Cambridge alumni groups around the world. These groups are a remarkable network of friendly and engaged alumni sharing a passion and commitment to Cambridge.

View a selection of MBA alumni profiles >

Learn more about the Cambridge Judge alumni community and services >

Cambridge Judge faculty

The School has a world-class faculty of around 70 members, representing all continents. Their research interests span the globe and the full spectrum of business issues.

Many are leaders in their field, directing cutting-edge research and consulting for businesses and government. They bring their knowledge and inspiration to their teaching to create a transformational learning experience.

Learn more about Cambridge Judge Faculty and the impact of our research >

Corporate partners: recruiters, project hosts, coaches

The School involves a wide range of people in our research and teaching, ranging from our Advisory Board to companies hosting projects, to Concentration coaches, leadership speakers and mentors. Their contributions keep our curriculum live and relevant, and provide an added dimension to the MBA learning experience.

View our curriculum pages and careers section for more information about recruiters, project hosts and coaches in the MBA.