The Cambridge Judge MBA Program – Everything to Know Before You Apply

The Cambridge Judge Business School

One of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, the University of Cambridge has long been highly rated by students because of its academic rigor and vibrant student life. Comparatively new to other departments, the Cambridge Judge Business School was established in 1990, but its achievements are no less impressive.

Cambridge Judge offers an intensive one-year MBA program with a September start. Despite its short duration compared to most MBA programs in the United States, Cambridge Judge provides students with an engaging learning experience. During your study, you will immerse yourself with challenging courseworks, insightful discussions and stimulating experiential learnings. Cambridge strives to create a collaborative and innovative community in which students can explore, grow, and connect with each other.

Cambridge Judge MBA advocates entrepreneurship and creates a solid ground for students with entrepreneurial goals to explore and implement their ideas. The signature entrepreneurship centre aims to provide guidance and support to aspiring students from the beginning to the end. No matter if your entrepreneurial ideas just sprout or you have already established your business, the entrepreneurship centre can help you cultivate your plans or adjust your strategies.

With more than 90% of the class coming from outside of the UK, you can expect to be exposed to students from diverse backgrounds. Cambridge Judge encourages diversity and global learning experiences. The global consulting project that you will complete during your MBA program is an excellent example. During this team project, you can work with international companies, such as Google, WHO, and Mayfair Capital. If you hope to move to a different country upon the completion of your study, Judge MBA’s historical data shows a favorable trend. Almost half of the graduates stay in the UK and over 60% of graduates switch countries to the ones that are different from their pre-MBA countries. 

Cambridge Judge MBA Class Profile

Program NameJudge Business School
Acceptance Rate 21%
Class Size 206
GMAT Average 693
GPA Minimum 3.50
Average Age 29
Avg. Years Work Experience 6.0 years
Diversity Women 36%
Diversity Intl. 93%
Pre-MBA Industries Industry: 46%
Finance: 25%
Consulting: 24%
NGO/Research/Education/Public Sector: 5%
Undergraduate Majors Business/Accounting/Finance: 28%
Social & Political Sciences/Languages: 24%
Engineering: 28%
STEM: 14%
The Arts: 6%

The data* above is from 2019 and represents the Cambridge Judge MBA class of 2020. (Note: Acceptance rate in Percentage (%.)
See the full report: Cambridge Judge Class Profile

Student Experiences

Cambridge Judge MBA Employment Report & Careers

Program NameJudge Business School
Salary Average $169,805.00
Offers At 3 Mos. 94%
Post-MBA Industries Industry: 44%
Consulting: 29%
Finance: 23%
Public Sector/NGO/Other: 4%
Post-MBA Locations United Kingdom: 54%
Southeast Asia: 12%
East Asia: 12%
West Europe (exclude UK): 9%
North America: 6%
Latin America/Caribbean: 2%
Africa (Sub-Saharan): 2%
Australia: 1%
Eastern Europe: 1%
Middle East/North Africa: 1%
South Asia: 1%
Career Development Resources

Cambridge Judge Career Development

*The data above is from 2021 and represents the career statistics for the Cambridge Judge MBA class of 2020. (Note: Offers At 3 Mos. in Percentage (%.)
See the full report: Cambridge Judge MBA Employment Report

Cambridge Judge MBA Academic Programs 

MBA Curriculum

The Cambridge Judge MBA curriculum lasts 12 months, which consists of four terms, namely, Michaelmas Term (October to December), Lent Term (January to March), Easter Term (April to June) and Summer Term (June to September). The Michaelmas Term is primarily dedicated to core courses, such as entrepreneurship, management science, financial reporting and analysis. Students have a combination of core courses and electives during the Lent Term and the Easter Term. The Cambridge Judge Business School offers a great variety of electives, covering topics from finance and strategy to philosophy in business and entrepreneurship. During the first three terms, students work on one assigned project each term. When the Summer Term comes around, students should have already completed all the courseworks, and they will have the option to choose between an individual project, a work placement, and a research paper. 

Core Curriculum

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management Science
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Microeconomics
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Management Praxis I
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Corporate Governance: Organisations
  • Digital Business
  • Management Praxis II
  • Macroeconomics
  • Operations Management
  • Business & Society

Elective Curriculum

See the full list: Cambridge Judge MBA Electives List

Majors

In lieu of majors, Cambridge Judge offers elective concentrations. The current offerings include the following ten concentrations:

  • Culture, Arts and Media Management
  • Digital Transformation
  • Energy and Environment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Health Strategies
  • Global Business
  • Marketing
  • Social Innovation
  • Strategy

Experiential Learning Programs

  • Cambridge Venture Project: Apply what you have learned in class and collaborate with a small group of classmates to work on a market research project with a UK based company.
  • Global Consulting Project: Students work on a consulting project as a team for a major international company such as Google and the World Bank Group.
  • Concentration Project: Students choose a concentration based on their preferences. You will take related electives and work with a coach who has particular expertise in the field. At the end of the specialized training, you will conduct a team project and present your findings.
  • Summer Term Activities: Cambridge Judge understands that students have different interests and professional goals. As a consequence, you can choose to do either an individual project, a work placement or a research paper during your summer term. It is an excellent conclusion for students to gather their thoughts and further explore their goals.

Research Centers

It comes as no surprise that Cambridge Judge Business School has a great variety of research centers and even more to offer for academic collaboration across the University and beyond. MBA students have access to 19 research centers covering topics ranging from Financial Reporting & Accountability to Social Innovation. There are also 8 interdisciplinary centers that are available to MBA students that you can gain insights from different perspectives in related fields. 

Video Resources on Cambridge Judge Academics

Cambridge Judge MBA Application

The latest application requirements set by the Cambridge Judge MBA admissions office are described below.

Essays

Here are the prompts for Cambridge Judge’s 2020-2021 application:

  • Essay 1: Please provide a personal statement. It should not exceed 500 words and must address the following questions:
    • What are your short, and long term, career objectives and what skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you achieve them?
    • What actions will you take before and during the MBA to contribute to your career outcome?
    • If you are unsure of your post-MBA career path, how will the MBA equip you for the future?
  • Essay 2: Describe a difficult decision that you had to make. What did you learn from this and how have you changed as a result? (up to 200 words)
  • Essay 3: Describe a time where you worked with a team on a project. What did you learn from the experience and how might you approach it differently today? (up to 200 words)
  • Essay 4: If you could give one piece of advice to your 18-year-old self, what would it be? (up to 200 words)

Letters of Recommendation 

Cambridge requires one reference from a supervisor. An academic reference or a reference from a relative will not be accepted. This year’s prompts for recommenders are as follows:

  • Elaborate and / or provide us with concrete examples if you have rated the applicant as below average, outstanding or exceptional on any of the qualities in the ‘Rate the Applicant’ Section.
  • Describe what you like most and least about working with the applicant.
  • Tell us about any particular weakness the candidate has compared to other peers / team members that you regularly work with.
  • Describe the applicant’s attitude and behaviour when working with: (a) managers/supervisors (b) peers (c) subordinates.
  • Suggest what you think the applicant will be doing in ten years.

Video Resources on Cambridge Judge Admissions

Cambridge Judge MBA Admissions Interviews

The MBA admissions interviews at Cambridge Judge Business School are typically conducted either on campus or via Skype. When it comes to on-campus interviews, Cambridge hosts a two-day event for short-listed candidates who are invited for the interview. Other than the actual interview with a faculty member, candidates will be greeted by a formal dinner, some information sessions and a guided tour of campus by current students. In-person interviews are recommended if you want to network with current and prospective students and learn about college life at Cambridge. If you prefer not to travel to England, you have the option to complete your interview online. The content and the structure of the faculty interview is comparable whether you choose to do it in person or online.

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What Makes Cambridge Judge Unique?

Rigorous One-Year Program: Lasts only one year, the intensive Cambridge Judge MBA program is an ideal choice for people who want to return to work quickly whilst enjoying living abroad and experiencing British culture.

Academic Depth with a Practical Focus: Cambridge Judge MBA curriculum is designed to foster a deep understanding of business, explore your interests and sharpen your interpersonal and leadership skills. With an emphasis on practicality, Cambridge’s MBA program challenges you professionally whilst providing you with a highly collaborative community in which you can develop and connect.  

Entrepreneurship: For people with aspirations in entrepreneurship, Cambridge Judge could provide you with an exceptional ground to develop and excel. Cambridge has an entrepreneurship centre, which is devoted to inspire students and guide them through their entrepreneurial journey.

Global Experiences and Influences: With Cambridge recruiting its MBA students internationally, you can expect a highly diverse cohort. Despite having over 90% of students from outside of the UK, that is not the only thing Cambridge’s diversity entails. You can expect to meet students from different cultural as well as professional backgrounds which will stimulate informative discussions and enrich your understandings. In addition, 64% of Judge MBA students switch countries with the majority of them continuing living in the UK. 

*All data retrieved from the Cambridge Judge Business School MBA Program webpages, unless otherwise stated.