Judge Business School (University of Cambridge)

University of Cambridge #

City: Cambridge 

Country: England

About #

Judge business school was founded in 1954 and is one of the premier business schools in England and around the globe. CJBS’ mission is to use the profound impact of academics to positively influence the real world. CJBS coaches their students to find answers to difficult questions which means breaking down concepts and identifying problems. With excellent research as well as academics, CJBS can boast a faculty and student body who are motivated for intellectual gain and a desire to contribute positively to social enterprises. 

Rankings #

#16 Financial Times 2021 Global MBA Ranking

#17 QS Global MBA Rankings 2021

MBA Program Overview #

The Full Time MBA at CJBS is 1 year in length. Both rigorous and Global, this MBA is meant for innovators, world shapers and ground breakers. Students learn practical and leadership skills. The curriculum was inspired by the tradition of discussion and debate long held by the University of Cambridge. 

Year One Description #

The MBA at CJBS is broken up into 4 terms with a concluding 5th term for supervision and assessment. The first term focuses on Team Building with core courses in place designed to bring together the MBA cohort. The second term focuses on Team Leading, where students sharpen their leadership skills. The Third term engages students in the areas of influence and impact within the global context. During the third term students can select from a host of elective classes to define their interests. During the 4th term, students choose one of the following projects to focus on as they can show off the knowledge learned: Individual Project, Work Placement, Research paper.  

Fall Semester Mandatory Classes

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management Science
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Microeconomics
  • Organisational Behaviour & Leadership
  • Organisations and Markets: Designs and Incentives
  • Management Praxis I

Spring Semester Mandatory Classes

  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Corporate Governance: Organisations
  • Digital Business
  • Management Praxis II
  • Electives: three (chosen in Michaelmas Term)
  • Macroeconomics
  • Operations Management
  • Business & Society

Unique Aspect – Entrepreneurship Centre #

The Entrepreneurship Centre at CJBS is meant to empower innovative minds through the process of entrepreneurship. From early stage ventures to small and medium sized enterprises, any and all ideas are welcome at the Entrepreneurship Centre. The Entrepreneurship Centre is supported by Accelerate Cambridge, Venture Creation Weekends, and EnterpriseTECH.  

Student Life #

Student life at Cambridge means integrating into a small town known locally at Silicon Fen. With lots of innovation and startups occuring within the Cambridge area, students will find a whole host of opportunities to fit their needs. students also can become members of a University College where they can experience and participate in the history and tradition of Cambridge. 

Featured Professors #

Ahmed Khwaja

Professor Khwaja is a professor of marketing, business and public Enterprise at CJBS. His research areas include marketing strategy, health care markets, innovation and market entry, customer and employee relationship management, pharmaceutical RandD and retail chain expansion and growth. He is well published and has held academic appointments at various universities including Yale school of Management, Duke Fuqua, and University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota.

Michael Pollit

Professor Pollit is the professor of Business Economics at CJBS. His research interests include industrial economics, privatisation and regulation of utilities especially in electricity; the measurement of productive efficiency; the relationship between Christian ethics and best practice business behaviour. He is a member of numerous editorial boards, and is Co-director at the CERRE Centre on Regulation in Europe. He has held an academic appointment at MIT. He received his MA from the University of Cambridge and his Mphil, Dphil from Oxford University.

Costs #

Tuition: £59,000
Room and Board: £14500
Fees: £150

Application Process #

Applicant Requirements

In order to apply to CJBS applicants must have:

  • At least a 2:1 Honours Degree or equivalent. 
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience, 




Applicants can take either the GMAT or GRE.

Foreign Language Requirement

Applicants whose first language is not english must submit an English Language Test Score.

Essay Description

There are four required essays as part of the applicant process to CJBS. While these vary in length, CJBS utilizes these essays to better understand applicants and build a diverse and well-rounded incoming MBA class. 

Some core traits to emphasize are: 

  • Proof of excellence
  • Highly motivated
  • International Experience
  • Confident, Resilient, Creative

Essay Question 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 Question 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 Question 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 Question 4

If you could give one piece of advice to your 18-year-old self, what would it be? (up to 200 words)


A professional reference is required. Preferably from a supervisor. An academic reference is not accepted. 




Interview invitations will be given out 3 weeks after the application deadline.

Application Fee: £150 

Class of 2020 Profile #

  • Program length: 1 year
  • Total Enrollment: 174
  • Average GMAT: 687
  • Women: 37%
  • Countries Represented: 38

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business Accounting 28%
  • Social and political science 24%
  • Engineering 28%
  • Stem 14%
  • The Arts 6%

Average Work Experience: 6 years

Previous Work Locations/Fields 

  • Industry 51%
  • Finance 22%
  • Consulting 18%
  • NGO 9%

2021 Employment Report #

  • Employment 3 months post-graduation: 83%
  • Average Salary:  £67,000

Top Employers

  • Amazon
  • McKiney & Company
  • Boston Consulting Group

Top Job Functions

  • Finance 21%
  • Consultancy 18%
  • Business development 10%
  • Marketing/sales 8%
  • Product management 7%
  • Project management 6%
  • Corporate planning/strategy 6%
  • General management 5%
  • Operations 4%
  • Other 9%

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