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Cambridge Judge Business School

Cambridge Judge Business School is located on Cambridge University’s campus in the heart of Cambridge, England, which is less than an hour’s train ride from London. Judge offers a number of degree options to its students, including the MBA and Executive MBA. Highlights of Judge’s MBA program include its condensed timeline of just one year, its dedication to international diversity, and its unique curriculum that gives students additional learning opportunities in the form of seminars, consulting projects and workshops.

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Judge employs nearly 70 faculty members. Along with their instructional duties, these scholars and practitioners help staff the school’s nine research centers and contribute to numerous other research endeavors across the university.

The Judge MBA curriculum consists of a mix of required core courses, electives, and consulting projects.  To complement these elements, the school also offers concentrations, a distinguished speaker series and further activities in the summer.

The academic year at Judge is split into four terms, with breaks in between each.  The program begins in early September with an orientation period that includes two pre-term courses, business databases and one core course, as well as an overview of the MBA program as a whole.  Following orientation, students enroll in six required core courses covering foundational business topics such as accounting, finance, management and organizational behavior and the first part of the school’s Career Development Programme.  During this term, referred to as Michaelmas Term, students also get involved in a Cambridge Venture Project, through which they conduct consulting assignments for local entrepreneurs, and the school’s series of Leadership Seminars.  Michaelmas courses end in December and are followed by a winter break.  The second term, called Lent Term, runs from January to March.  Throughout this time, students take one workshop and complete an additional five core courses and the second part of the Career Development Programme.  Students also take three elective courses, which they choose from a menu of nearly 50 options, and attend additional leadership seminars.

Between March and April, students take a hiatus from classes to embark on a Global Consulting Project, in which self-selected teams of students carry out consulting projects for international businesses and organizations.  During their third term, which is dubbed Easter Term and runs from April to June, Judge students complete two core courses and choose four elective courses from the available 50+ options.  In addition, each student selects one of ten concentrations: Creative Arts and Media Management; Energy & Environment; Entrepreneurship; Finance; Healthcare Strategies; Global Business; Marketing; Strategy; Digital Transformation; or Social Innovation.  Concentrations are fulfilled by attending Coach Nights—which feature offerings such as site visits and guest speakers—throughout the term and by completing a two-week Capstone Project at the end of the term.

During the final term, called Summer Term 4, from July to August, students can conclude their work at Judge by completing an individual project or the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Project, submitting a dissertation or case, or attending the Art Markets course or Entrepreneurship Boot Camp. These Summer Activities options vary from year to year.

Other MBA Degree Options
In addition to its 12-month full-time MBA program, Judge offers a 20-month Executive MBA option. Due to the condensed time period of the full-time program, the school does not offer dual degree options.

Concentrations at Judge

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

Degree Offerings at Judge
Full-time MBA

Executive MBA

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Clubs, Conferences & Competitions
Judge’s main social group is the Cambridge Business School Club, which supports several special interest groups for MBA students. Students are also encouraged to get involved with the larger Cambridge community by joining one of the Uni­versity’s nearly 400 student social and recreational sports groups, which include everything from cultural clubs like the CU Czech and Slovak Society to the more esoteric CU Jugglers’ Association. Students have further opportunities to get to know their classmates—as well as graduate students pursuing different degrees—through the university’s 31 colleges. Colleges offer Judge students a diverse community of Cambridge students, in addition to college-specific housing, dining and sports affiliations.

Among the events that Judge students help organize is the Cambridge University Energy Network Conference, which brings together industry leaders, policy makers, academic researchers and students for a day of discussion about the factors contributing to climate change. Students can also participate in a number of other conferences throughout the year, such as the Africa Business Conference. In addition, Cambridge hosts the annual Cambridge University Entrepreneurs Competition. The competition series is open to all Cambridge students, as well as any non-students who are paired with a current student.

Campus Spaces
The Cambridge Judge School of Business is located on the south end of the Cambridge University campus. It was originally the Addenbrooke Hospital, which was built in the mid- 18th century. The hospital ultimately relocated, leaving its prior location available for the academic community. In 1991 the University refurbished and expanded the original hospital building. The building now houses Judge’s classrooms, study rooms, library, and assorted research centers, such as the Centre for Business Research and the Cen­ter for International Human Resource Management.

Cambridge University’s colleges do their best to provide housing for their members, but even if students choose to live off-campus, they are still assigned a college community.

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Career Services
Judge’s Career Services Office offers MBA students career development support from the start of their time at the school. Resources available to Judge students include self-assessment tools, a series of skill developing workshops, and individual feedback sessions with industry experts and Career Development Managers. The office’s Career Development Programme, which lasts one week over the first and second terms, further prepares students for their job searches through tailored assessment exercises and the opportunity to create a career action plan. Due to the MBA program’s shorter length, on-campus employer presentations and recruiting begin as early as October and run through June.

Career Statistics

Ninety-five percent of Judge students who graduated in 2017 received job offers within three months of their graduation.  The average package salary for the class was £104,452.  Nineteen percent of graduates chose to work in the consulting sector, while 25% percent of the class accepted positions in finance.  The technology sector absorbed 20% of the graduating class as well. In lower numbers, graduates also found work in industries such as Internet/e-commerce (11%), healthcare/pharma/biotech (5%), and not-for-profit NGO (5%), among others.

Eighteen percent of the Class of 2017 took on finance functions. Consulting was second in line of the function pack, with 22% of the class taking general consulting positions.  Eleven percent pursued business development functions, while the rest of the class rounded out in general management, corporate planning and more.

As is common among business schools, Judge placed a large percentage of its graduates, 42%, in the region where the school is located: the UK.   Meanwhile, a reported 11% of the Class of 2017 found work elsewhere in Europe, 21% went to Asia and 15% found employment in North America.

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The Class Profile
208 individuals matriculated at Judge in 2017 and the average GMAT for the class was 696. With an average age of 29 and 6 years of work experience, the class had members from 44 nationalities. Thirty-nine percent of students were female. Prior to attending Judge, students entering in 2017 had focused on a number of different areas as undergraduates, with 46% having studied business, accounting or finance, 20% in engineering, and 23% coming from the social and political sciences or law.

Application Procedures
Judge holds five application rounds that occur in mid-September, late October, early January, early March and early May. Applicants are required to have at least three years of full-time work experience prior to joining the program in September and must submit a reference from a supervisor. The school also strongly encourages applicants to have a GMAT score of around 690 with a balance across sections, as well as an undergraduate standing of first class or good upper-second class honors in the British system, a 3.3 GPA in the American system, or a top 25% standing in their graduating class. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English should demonstrate their fluency through a minimum score of 7.5 in the IELTS exam or 110 on the internet-based TOEFL exam. If applicants meet these requirements, they can then submit their application, which includes online data forms, responses to essay questions and an application fee of £150. Interview days for each round are generally about a month after the respective rounds’ deadlines and are held on two to three specific dates.

Application Checklist

  • Online Application
  • GMAT Scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores
  • Reference
  • Essays
  • Application Fee

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The tuition for the classes of 2019/20 at Judge is £55,000. The school estimates that single students will have additional accommodation, textbook and meal expenses ranging from £7,500 to £13,000 depending on whether they live in a College or in a private apartment, leading the overall cost of attending the program to be between £62,500 and £68,000.

Judge and the larger University of Cambridge offer a number of scholarships for students in need of financial assistance in order to fund their degree.  Students hoping for financial support are encouraged to apply early, as many of the scholarship deadlines are in October.  Scholarships directly tied to Judge are determined on a range of factors, from academic excellence and cultural background to gender and previous work sector.  Judge automatically considers all admitted students for scholarships offered through the schools; however, students applying for University-wide scholarships must apply separately to the MBA program and for the specific scholarships. In addition, the school notes that there are a variety of external scholarships available to applicants.  For accepted students who need further financial support, Judge offers a loan option with a local branch of a global bank.  The school also provides information about country-specific loan opportunities.

Program Tuition (per year)

  • Tuition £53,000
  • Room, Board, Supplies £7,500–£13,000
  • Total £60,500–£66,000

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