Cambridge Judge

Essay questions

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

What did you learn from your most spectacular failure? (200 words)
What are your short and long term career objectives? What skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you to achieve them? What do you hope to gain from the degree and how do you feel it will help you achieve the career objectives you have? (please do not exceed 500 words)

GMAT: You have to take the GMAT to apply to Cambridge. Plan ahead, do preparation, and book your test date in advance, with our application deadline dates in mind.
Your referees: You’ll need one reference from a supervisor. 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.

For entry in September 2017

Round 1 deadline: 9 September 2016

Round 2 deadline: 21 October 2016

Round 3 deadline: 6 January 2017

Round 4 deadline: 10 March 2017

Round 5 deadline: 5 May 2017

The 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 telephone. We do, however, strongly prefer candidates to visit us in Cambridge, as each interview day comprises a full programme of selection and information events, including:

a group Q&A session with admissions, careers and other key staff
an individual interview with faculty members
information about funding your MBA
a tour of the facilities at Cambridge Judge Business School
coffee and lunch with current MBA students plus meetings with MBA families if required
If we offer you a place on the Cambridge MBA, we will ask (when you accept that place) for a commitment fee of 15% of the course fee and financial guarantees that you can meet the costs of the programme.

You may need a visa in order to visit us for your interview. Please see our FAQs page for more details, as well as for information on where to stay in Cambridge and how to find us when you come for interview.
Specific minimum requirements
Professional experience 3 years’ full-time work experience after completion of your undergraduate degree
English proficiency
English as your native language
or TOEFL – 110, with no element below 25
or IELTS – 7.5, with no element below 7.0
Undergraduate academic achievement
1st or 2.1
or GPA of at least 3.3
or Top 25% of class
Current class average – 690
Mid 80% – (640-740)
A balanced score is required
Valid GRE scores also accepted
One reference
A supervisor referee

Language requirements

The MBA programme is taught entirely in English, and it is important that you can read, write, speak and understand English fluently. If you are a non-native English speaker you must provide us with evidence of your fluency in English.

Your results must be from a test taken in the two years prior to the start of the programme.

Our minimum entry requirements for these tests for entry is:

TOEFL – 110, with no element below 25
IELTS – average of 7.5, with no element below 7.0
If you scored 7.0 on IELTS or between 100 and 109 on TOEFL, and you feel that you are a strong candidate, you are also welcome to apply. However, we reserve the right to ask you to either retake and improve your test scores, or attend an additional assessment conducted by the University, if we were to invite you for an interview.

We ask you to self-report your scores on the application form. If you are invited for an interview, we will ask you to bring the original English language test We will also accept valid GRE scores. Please note that GRE scores are only valid for five years. We will only accept GRE tests that have been taken in the five years prior to 30 September on the year for which you’re applying for entry to the MBA programme.

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The English proficiency requirement will be waived, at the discretion of the School, if you have studied at a degree level at an institution where English is the medium of instruction, or if you have worked or lived in an English-speaking country.
The Cambridge MBA is a fast moving, intellectually demanding, one-year programme and we need to be sure that you can perform at the level required. We expect you to have a good undergraduate degree from a recognised university. The precise qualification varies according to country and university, but as a general guide we are looking for the equivalent of a first class or good upper-second class honours in the British system, or a GPA of at least 3.3 (out of 4.0) from a major American university. You must submit a copy of your undergraduate academic transcript (or degree certificate if a transcript is not available). We are also interested in any postgraduate qualifications you have.

We will consider your application if you have lower grades, or even if you do not have an undergraduate degree, but only if you can demonstrate that you have been exceptionally successful in other ways and if there is evidence of necessary academic ability, for example a strong GMAT score.