Cambridge Judge MBA
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The Cambridge Judge MBA is a top-ranked international program. The program is one of the best one-year programs in the world and boasts more than 40 nationalities represented in a class size of around 150. Students begin in September and finish the following August. Curriculum-wise, the school boasts a rigorous 12-month program that includes 14 required core courses and nearly 50 elective offerings to choose from. Students can decide to concentrate on a variety of areas from energy and environment to finance to social innovation.
The school as a whole continues to put a strong emphasis on tech and entrepreneurship. Cambridge boasts “Silicon Fen,” which is the largest cluster of tech startups in Europe. The school has an Entrepreneurship Centre and a startup accelerator dubbed Accelerate Cambridge.
The Cambridge MBA proves to be a very worthwhile degree, especially for someone wanting the degree at an accelerated pace in an international setting.
- The tuition for Judge’s MBA program is 55,000 UK pounds per year. Judge estimates that students will spend an additional extra £10,000 to £20,000 to cover College fees, textbooks, accommodation, meals, extracurricular activities and travel.
- The average GMAT score for the incoming class at Judge is 693.
- The Judge MBA program has accepted the GRE for a few years now.
- Judge requires a minimum of 3 years of work experience. However, it is important for candidates to be aware that they are being considered against other candidates with an average of 6 years of experience.
- The average starting salary for Judge MBA graduates is £95,779.
The following are the main essay questions on the Cambridge MBA application:
- 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 1: What did you learn from your most spectacular failure? (up to 200 words)
A few months after I joined _______, I was asked by the Executive Director, head of my team, to create a presentation about customer experience to be presented to a marketing conference audience comprised of CEOs of the leading companies in my country. I was new to the team, and this was my first time working directly with the ED. As I saw this as my opportunity to shine, I didn’t feel comfortable asking too many questions and got straight to work. I invested over 50 hours in putting this presentation together. To my embarrassment, just two days before the conference, after sending a draft to the ED, I realised that while I prepared the slides in English it should have been in Hebrew.
The ED had to clear her calendar, and we spent the next two days working together around the clock translating and adjusting the design. The final presentation was good, but not perfect. I felt I let my ED down.
From this incident, I learned the importance of a proper brief, asking the right questions, matching expectations and soliciting feedback throughout the process. These lessons made me a better consultant and a better supervisor and team player.
Describe a situation where you had to work jointly with others to achieve a common goal. What did you learn from the experience? (up to 200 words)
I was assigned as a consultant to a project team looking at reducing insurance claim cycle time. The team was comprised of an additional consultant who together we had to review the analysis done by an analyst, draw conclusions and prepare the presentation with our proposed solution for the project manager to deliver.
The analyst was relatively young. Although an experienced consultant already trained him on a previous project, his lack of experience showed and some of his deliverables fell short of expectations.
I offered to re-distribute the work. While the second consultant and the PM would focus on the proposed solution and the presentation, I would mentor the analyst and focus on analyzing existing processes. The team agreed, knowing that we would have to put extra time in order to save the project.
I reviewed with the analyst the required deliverables and we performed the analysis together while ensuring he understands the requirements for future engagements.
Eventually, the client accepted our recommendations and the insurance claim cycle time improved by 15% as anticipated. It was extremely satisfying to see the benefit of real team work. I learned the importance of clear guidance, mutual support, and flexibility in task assignment…Continue Reading Here
The whole admission process at Cambridge is far more pleasant than at other schools. The admissions staff are great and, rather than being treated like a number, they seem to know all the applicants and their stories without hesitating. Similarly, I really enjoyed the interview process. It is more about showing you the school than grilling you.
Before the interview day, they ask you to join a secret Facebook group of current students and people who have been accepted from previous rounds, where people introduce themselves etc. It was a bit cringe-worthy at times, but good to see who else was in the running. Cambridge sets up a dinner at one of the colleges for Sunday night and somebody organised informal drinks prior to that through the Facebook group.
The dinner was really good, with current students at each table, and it was a really comfortable way to get to know people. Afterwards, we went for a quick drink in the college bar. Everybody stays in Cambridge on the Sunday night, as it is an early start on Monday. First up on Monday is the interview, where one of the faculty talks to you about your application. My interviewer was pretty quiet, but kept asking questions to keep things moving. My GMAT score was good, but heavily swayed towards verbal, so he asked about my proficiency with numbers and whether I would be able to keep up with what is a very fast moving and academically-challenging programme. There was no difficult quant question, as some had suggested. Once he was happy with that, he dug a little deeper into the periphery of my essay questions. There weren’t any questions around why I wanted to go to Cambridge, but I slipped a bit of that in at the end through my questions to him. I didn’t really hit it off with my interviewer and it didn’t feel like the interview went brilliantly, but it was a perfectly pleasant experience….Continue Reading Here