MBA Spotlight Series: Cambridge Judge Business School
In an earlier entry of our MBA Spotlight Series, we looked at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School (read all about it here)! While Oxford is the oldest university in the area, just a few miles away stands another incredible college town, which has earned its reputation through the centuries and today measures up to its famous neighbor.
We’re talking, of course, about the University of Cambridge, and its Judge Business School.
Cambridge University was founded in 1209, and stands tall today as the world’s fourth-oldest surviving university. It has six schools, 31 colleges, and every year houses close to 22,000 students across its undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The students represent incredible diversity, coming from over 150 countries.
The Judge Business School was established in 1990 (originally the Judge Institute of Management Studies), as a refurbishment of the university’s old hospital building. The MBA is a full time, one year program and the typical class size is ~175 students.
For the Class of 2022, the program has five application rounds, running from September to April. The average full time work experience of the current MBA batch is 6 years, with a median GMAT score of 700. The program was ranked 19th and 16th in the FT Global MBA rankings for 2020 and 2019 respectively.
Key Program Details
Entrepreneurial hub: Cambridge is one of the most prominent centers for innovation in the UK, and Europe as a whole, due to which it has earned the name ‘Silicon Fen’. Cambridge attracts the largest investment per capita in Europe, which is five times more than London. There are over 900 tech-based firms that operate within 50 miles of the cities.
Legacy and relevance: While it might not rank as highly on many lists as compared to some of the top US schools or European counterparts like LBS or INSEAD (you can check detailed overviews of these programs here), Cambridge’s reputation for excellence stands for itself even today. A business degree from Cambridge is highly valued in sectors and industries across the world and has the ability to open many doors for its students.
Curriculum: Despite being only a one-year MBA, Cambridge provides its students with a rigorous, yet flexible curriculum. After completing the core modules, students can choose between electives, a Global Consulting project, and concentrations ranging from Culture and Energy to Health. Students have incredible freedom to make the MBA their own, however they choose it to be!
Admissions, Essays and Deadlines
The MBA application consists of a completed admission form, undergraduate degree, GMAT/GRE score, one professional recommendation, and four essays. Applicants are also compulsorily required to have a minimum of three years full time work experience by the start of the program.
The school’s website also states that it looks for students who,
have excelled in previous academic achievements.
are highly motivated and ambitious, thrive under pressure, and have already exhibited clear progression within their career.
have gained some international experience through their work and have a global outlook.
are confident, resilient, creative and innovative, with strong interpersonal and collaborative skills.
The MBA application has only one personal statement, and three further essays, all of which have very tight word limits (200 words each), maki