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I am interested in the Warwick Online MBA program for several reasons: I am interested in finance, international business and energy. All of these appear to be strengths. I am unable to attend a full time program as I cannot afford to be broke for two years. The EMBAs appear to be geared to career risers or entrepreneurs who are looking for a way to grow their already successful biz. I am (will be) a career switcher. Does anyone here know about this program or similar programs. The Warwick program is also attractive because of its low cost. As many of you know I am all about the ROI.
First, Warwick Business School Distance Learning Programme offers not an online MBA degree but a Warwick MBA that can be pursued and earned via the Distance Learning mode. So in my opinion, that means you can earn Warwick MBA (identical to those candidates in other modes: full time or executive) while paying less.
Second, it started offering career workshops and placement schemes those may be useful for a career switcher.
Regarding the ROI, that will be varies from person to person. I think what you will earn after earning post MBA will not only depend on the prestige of the MBA but also on your previous experience, residency and citizenship, industry, roles, etc..
I think the strength (and perhaps the opposite) of Warwick MBA by DL is that majority of the candidates are working in rich countries (read as high pay), established careers (managers, experienced professionals), some are already senior managers, some do not reportees but they do probably earn salaries close to or higher than managers. Those who are based in overseas (read as less affluent parts of the world), are managers or senior managers. So pre and post MBA difference for MBA degree will not be that much. For me, I take it as an asset as I will not be sitting with fresh graduates or those without significant work experience or who never worked in real international work places. Warwick DL exceeds my expectations.
I agree with what was posted before regarding salary rise after the MBA.
Several positive points about a distance learning at Warwick: _there is a study plan that you have to follow....so it motivates you to move forward compared to other programs where you can study at your own pace _working and studying at the same time is demanding for sure, but you have the chance to apply what you are learning directly into your every day's work...or at least experience it directly _you have enough time to assimilate what you are learning...the most important point personally I find the program interesting as it allows me to gain a variety of skills necessary in order to have a better understanding how a company works as a whole.
Warwick Business School (WBS) DL MBA definitely the correct course of action.
Here are a few reasons: 1) International reputation and ranking of the program 2) Keep working while enrolled, managable around work and family demands 3) International focus of the WBS DL MBA 4) Calibre, experience, and world-wide nationality representation in your classmates 5) 50% of cost of upper class North American MBA, but ranked above some of those programs 6) September seminar on campus with lectures and case study application of material 7) You get the same degree as the other modes of MBA study at WBS
The salaries earned after completion are skewed because of the experience requirement prior to commencing the program. However, I believe that great advances can be made with consideration of the personal situation/industry of the WBS DLMBA student. The switching of industries, depending on the existing skill set augmented by your course work, can open some exciting possibilities.
I'd say the Warwick Business School MBA is the ticket, and if you want to switch to other modes of study later that option exists. This recommendation is after researching the options, choosing the WBS DLMBA, completion of Part A, and I am currently in Part B eyeing the finish line after I finish part C.
Thank you for the responses. I have two general questions:
1. What is the classroom interaction like? Do you feel as though you are studying on your own or do you have adequate interaction with the professors and other students? How is the material presented, primarily written or video presentations/lectures?
2. There seems to be great variability among MBA programmes in the analytical component. How does Warwick compare with other programmes in this area? Is it very oriented to analytics, problem solving, maths or is it more focused on the human interaction/behavioral side of management? ( I realize there will be variation between classes but what is perhaps the overall feel for the programme?)
The Warwick MBA by distance learning is great. That is to say that all the opportunity for learning (material, contacts, tutors) is there. Like any distance learning program it is tough, because you have taken the "wise" decision to keep working and if you have a family it is even more tough. Better to forget about any social life and if you like sport, do it at 6 am.
Considering the ROI you can expect, I would say this is only up to you. You will get out what you put in, in terms of time and effort.
How well it will enable you to make your planned career change?, probably depends on what kind of change you plan to make.
Whatever happens you will get the opportunity to learn. If after 3years of study, you haven't learned anything, then you probably didn't need to do it in the first place.
I think the ROI for me is about making sure I don't get into debt getting this degree. I have a great job (thank God) and recognize that where I want to go after this training is about me giving --more likely in a nonprofit or similar venue. I have so many interests that I don't know where it will take me, but right now that seems to be the direction I am headed.
I really am excited about Warwick and just have questions now about the application process. Did you take the GMAT? (I am planning to.) How important are the letters of recommendation? What questions were you asked in the interview process etc that challenged you most?
Thanks for all the feedback. It is helping a lot. Skip
I think if you want to move into INGOs, you can take elective modules from MPA (Master of Public Administration) from WBS.
For admission, you will need to provide 3 essays to convice why you are the right one for the class. I think they will use three essays together with your career progression: job titles, positions, roles, pay checks, assigned countries, citizenship, gender, undergraduate, post graduate degrees, grades, etc..
If you can provide GMAT that will be good, but I dont think it is mandatory as GMAT is just another tool to predict that one will do well in MBA studies. GMAT mathematics is for 13 -15 years old kids and English is biased towards native English speakers. Essays and career profile are other indicators that you can do well in the studies. However, I think no harm to submit GMAT if you have one.
You'll need the three essays, cv, letters of reference, and transcripts from all your undergrad degrees. Unless things have changed I don't think you need to do the GMAT unless you have a spare four hours for the test. I always remember writing the LSAT twice to obtain the grade I needed, sleep the night before made all the difference since I was an undergrad in residence back then. Sometimes I think too much is placed on a four hour test that can be influenced by so many factors that have nothing to do with your real abilities.
Warwick has been great and I have a family, a job, part-time college teaching, college research project, and consult, but nothing has suffered.
The cost for me was a big plus compared to other Canadian MBA programs at about twice the price, and their's are not ranked as highly either. It has been a very good decision for me to go to Warwick. I heard that some of the people at Royal Military College here are taking some courses from Warwick as well.
I have started the application today. I will be taking the GMAT soon and hope to apply to Warwick as first choice and several other stateside MBA programs. Have you taken any of the off campus electives -HongKong, Stockholm, etc? Oh if you want to send your name, they did ask if I received recommendations from alum or current students. Just send it by private message.
Hi Skip, good choice I don't think you will be disappointed.
I'm thinking of doing a couple of electives out of the Mannheim School of Business (Germany) as Warwick has an association with a number of schools around the world. I've done DL and will do International Marketing by online later in the year, but the two I'm thinking of doing at Mannheim will be my first face to face modules.
Hello, I have over 7 yrs of experience in human resources primarily in recruitment in middle east and africa region . I am filing application for warwick distance learning mba. Just curious to know if it is good for human resources professionals?
I'm not an HRM person myself so I don't know if I can really comment on this question. I did take Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management which will add theory to your practical experience, they have additional courses in change management and leadership, as well as others.
I would suggest that an MBA is for broadening your opportunities, and yourself, so all the other courses you will take will accomplish this objective, plus career progression.
Warwick Business School has been a good choice for me, for the reasons in earlier posts, plus it's the key to opening new doors of opportunity across borders, particularly with the help of classmates.
I just been accepted into the Warwick MBA DL Programme. I see the last post made in this thread is almost a year back so wanted to know fresh opinions. Also how long is the programme for? 2 years or 3?