The Cambridge Judge MBA program is a one-year program with a small class of around 200 students from 40+ countries. The Judge MBA is a very experiential program, with three required team projects engaging students with external companies or organizations.
Judge is seeking applicants with proven academic abilities, ambition, the ability to thrive under pressure, international experience, and strong interpersonal skills. So use your essays to demonstrate that you have these qualities, but keep in mind that Judge is one of the few programs that is extremely strict about its word limits: not one additional word can be entered into the essay spaces beyond their word limits.
Here are Judge’s questions, with my tips in blue below.
Cambridge Judge MBA application essays
Cambridge Judge MBA 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?
This is a straightforward goals essay. Strong essays will demonstrate clear goals, insight into what skills you need to gain to succeed in those roles, and an understanding of the Judge curriculum and other campus activities that will help you acquire those skills.
I personally love the phrasing of this question because for some applicants this is the first notification that they need to take an active role in their post-MBA job search. The admissions office cannot accept students who expect the school’s name and career services office to open every door for them, so applicants need to demonstrate in this essay that they are comfortable with that reality.
Cambridge Judge MBA essay #2
What did you learn from your most spectacular failure? (up to 200 words)
To fail spectacularly, you must take ambitious risks. This is a very concise space to demonstrate that you acknowledge and learn from your mistakes. I’ve seen first drafts where applicants wrote about failures that were completely out of their control or essentially blamed other people for the failure. These approaches do not make good failure essay topics since they do not demonstrate your maturity or your openness to learning. Choose an example in which you could have done better, you figured out how you could have succeeded and then show that you’ve internalized that lesson.
Cambridge Judge MBA essay #3
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)
This is your opportunity to demonstrate your interpersonal skills, and possibly your international team leadership and ability to thrive under pressure. For this essay, show the challenges of both the project and the personalities and how you leveraged the latter to address the former.
Cambridge Judge MBA essay #4 (optional)
Please provide information on any aspect of your candidacy that requires further explanation, or information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know. (300 word limit)
I personally always recommend taking advantage of optional essay space when offered it. This would be a great opportunity to share more about your international experiences, your interpersonal skills, or your activities outside of work.
One additional area to expand beyond the tight word limits of Judge’s essay questions is within the job description boxes in the application form: Judge allows 550 words to describe your responsibilities, most significant challenge and accomplishment in your current company, so you can share details that provide richer perspective on these topic, including how you applied your business and interpersonal skills to succeed, in those parts of the application..
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Cambridge Judge 2019-20 remaining application deadlines
|Round 3||January 13, 2020*|
|Round 4||March 9, 2020*|
|Round 5||May 4, 2020*|
* Applications must be received before 23:59 GMT.
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