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Entry to the MSt is competitive, so we advise candidates to apply at an early stage of the admissions cycle - which typically runs from September to March. This is particularly important if you are planning to apply for funding.

Browse the below tabs to find out what are the minimum requirements expected from candidates to our programme, how to apply via the ICE applicant portal, and what happens after we have received your application. At the bottom of the page you can find further details about our requirements, such as how we compare degrees from overseas institutions to UK standards.

Professional experience
Applicants should have at least two years' work experience (excluding vacation employment and internships during the course of their undergraduate degree).
Undergraduate achievement At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent standard from an overseas institution.
English proficiency English as your native language
IELTS minimum overall score of 7.5, with not less than 7.0 in each element
TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) minimum overall score of 110, with not less than 25 in each element
CAE minimum score of Grade A or B (with at least 193)
CPE score of Grade A, B or C (with at least 200)
Skills and competencies Ambition and a willingness to work hard, as well as a demonstrable enthusiasm and/or aptitude for social innovation. Evidence of good interpersonal, communication and team-working skills, in addition to numeracy, problem-solving and reasoning skills.
Internet access You will require access to the internet and reliable hardware and software.

Detailed requirements

Professional experience

In recognition of the fact that social innovation occurs across all sectors, the MSt is aimed at middle and senior level leaders in NGOs, public bodies and the private sector. 

Undergraduate achievement

A very high standard in a degree course of equivalent level to a UK Bachelor's degree with honours. In most countries this is a first degree (Bachelor's, Licentiate, Vordiplom) but from some countries a Master's level degree may be required. The minimum standard required is a 2:1 or equivalent, which translates in most countries into 'A' grades. If you have not previously studied in the UK, it is important that you check if the qualifications you hold are considered suitable preparation for entry onto our programme.

Check the suitability of your qualifications on the University's website

Applicants are encouraged to take either the GRE or GMAT. Although this is not a formal requirement, for applicants from universities which may not be well known to members of the Admissions Committee, a strong GRE or GMAT test result may well make a difference.

English proficiency

Applicants to the programme need to be fluent in English. If English is not your native language you may be asked to take an IELTS, TOEFL, CAE or CEP test. However you don't have to include your English language test scores with your initial application documents; they can be forwarded on later in the process. If you are made an offer, one of the conditions of entry will be getting the required standard of language test score.

Whether or not you have to take a language test set will depend on a number of conditions, including your nationality and your most recent course of study. Check your language requirements on the University's website

While this programme is entirely delivered by Cambridge Judge staff and associates and on School premises (where practicable), applications are administered by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) in the first instance.

Visit the Institute of Continuing Education website to apply

An MSt application guide is available from the ICE website. It is worth taking the time to read the instructions carefully as any mistakes in your application may make it invalid and delay the application process. 

Here's an overview of the stages in the admissions process:

Stage 1 - Receipt of application

Once the admissions team has received an application and the supporting documentation, the applicant is notified if she/he has been shortlisted for a Skype interview with the Programme Director. The purpose of the interview will be to further gauge the candidate's suitability for the programme.

Stage 2 - Application review

The programme's Admissions Committee makes a recommendation about the applicant, and this is submitted to the CJBS Degree Committee for approval.

Stage 3 - Conditional offer

When an applicant is successful, the Registry Manager of the Institute of Continuing Education will issue a formal offer letter. The offer of a place on the programme will tend to come with conditions attached. These might be financial (proving that the applicant has the funds to needed to pay for the programme), language related (proving that the applicant's English language skills are proficient), and/or academic (submitting original documents). It is the applicant's responsibility to meet these requirements and provide the necessary evidence.

Stage 4 - College membership

The offer will also be subject to the applicant obtaining College membership. The request for membership to the applicant's College of choice is done by the programme Manager. Contact the programme if you would like to talk about College choices prior to submitting your application.

Stage 5 - Admission into the programme

This is the final stage of the applications process. Once you have met all the conditions and have the offer of a College place, you will be notified that you may begin your programme at the start of the academic year. At this stage you can start making arrangements such as visa, travel and accommodati

Register interest

Want to register your interest in the programme or do you have a query or question for us?

Submit query/register interest

Alternatively you can call us if you have a query:
+44 (0) 1223 765205

The Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation is always available to meet and provide advice to prospective candidates.