The Cambridge Judge MBA program is a one-year program with a small class of around 200 students from approximately 40 countries. The Judge MBA is a very experiential program, with three required team projects and another optional one, 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. Use your essays to demonstrate that you have these qualities. 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 text boxes beyond their word limits.
Cambridge Judge offers 4 essay spaces for you to show your fit with the program.
Cambridge Judge 2022-2023 MBA application essays
Cambridge Judge MBA essay question #1
Please provide details of your post-MBA career plans. The statement should not exceed 500 words and must address the following:
• What are your short and long term career objectives? How will the Cambridge MBA equip you to achieve these?
• Looking at your short-term career goal, describe the research you have done to understand how this industry/role/location recruits MBA talent and what they are looking for in a candidate?
• How do you meet the requirements of your short-term career goal? What preparation are you doing now?
This is a straightforward goals essay with a slight twist in the third bullet. Strong essays will demonstrate clear goals, insight into what skills you need to gain to succeed in those roles as well as how you have started to develop them, and an understanding of the Judge curriculum and other campus activities that will build on the foundation you have already laid.
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 and preparation. 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 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)
Leaders must make difficult decisions. Here is your opportunity to show one example of you displaying the analytical abilities required to do so. When selecting an example, I recommend choosing a time you said yes to a risk rather than one in which you were risk-averse: big growth and impact require saying yes sometimes, so these stories do a better job of illustrating your potential as a future leader.
Cambridge Judge MBA 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)
Much of Cambridge Judge’s curriculum is executed in teams, so the admissions committee needs to know that you work well in that kind of environment. To show what you learned, share some detail about the challenges the group faced – for example, cultural differences, personality clashes, execution conflicts – and how you led the team to resolve them, increase understanding of each other and of the scope of the project. Ideally, readers will hear about the impact of or value added to the project in addition to the lessons you learned about team leadership.
Cambridge Judge MBA 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)
This is a tricky question. The adcom does not want to read 200 words of advice to your 18-year-old self; they do want to hear about a lesson you learned later that you wish the 18-year-old you had known. One way to answer this question is to start with the advice and then share the experience in which you learned the lesson.
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Cambridge Judge at a glance
Cambridge Judge median/mean GMAT score: 690
Average years of work experience: 6
U.S. News ranked Judge #8 in Best Global Universities in 2022.
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Cambridge Judge remaining MBA application deadlines for 2022-2023
|September 5, 2022
|October 14-28, 2022
|October 17, 2022
|November 25 – December 9, 2022
|January 9, 2023
|February 24 – March 17, 2023
|March 6, 2023
|April 14 – 28, 2023
|April 17, 2023
|May 26 – June 9, 2023
Source: Cambridge Judge website
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- Why MBA, a free guide to show you how to determine your MBA goals and weave them into compelling essays
- What to Expect From the MBA Experience at Cambridge Judge Business School, a podcast episode
- Leadership in Admissions, a free guide