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Our requirements


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

Contact the Programme Manager

If you have any questions regarding the entry requirements or if you would like some preliminary feedback about your CV you can submit a query to us.


The Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation is offering financial support to MSt in Social Innovation students. You may also be eligible for other sources of funding.

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