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Question

I started but did not finish my university study (biology). Now, with 43 years of age, I want to make my MBA. I am Director/CFO of an international company. Does there exist any possibility to make the MBA beside my job ?

Answer Manchester Business School

Thank you for your enquiry. You would be able to apply to manchester Business School via the mature entry. In this instance people over 27years can apply without a degree so long as they can provide evidence of relevant work experience. In this instance we would focus solely on your career and interests outside of work

Kind Regards
Kate Bradley
Manchester Business School

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Answer Warwick Business School

Dear Enquirer

Many of our executive MBA students match your profile; they are already successful managers or directors, and now wish to polish their management skills and establish a network of contacts to ensure they remain in touch with leading management practice. We have a large number of European managers currently studying for a Warwick MBA. They fly in to the nearby Birmingham International Airport for 5-day modules here at our new £7million Executive MBA Teaching Centre.

Warwick Business School's normal selection criteria includes a good first degree, but for suitably experienced candidates this may not always be necessary. We would need some evidence of mathematical ability (and if you are considering our 12 month full-time MBA, a good balanced GMAT score is compulsory, with or without a degree).

If you wish to discuss your requirements with our MBA managers, they are always willing to talk things through with you.

Regards,
Diana Holton

Answer London Business School

Please take a look at our Sloan Masters Programme. http://www.london.edu/sloan_masters/

Many thanks
David Simpson
Senior Manager, MBA Marketing & Admissions

Answer Ashridge Business School

Our part time MBA Programme is structured to enable candidates to carry on with their job and study for their MBA. Attendance at Ashridge in in weekly blocks - six weeks in each of two years - with about 10-12 weeks between blocks. In addition to the modular attendance at Ashridge, candidates typcially spend around 10/12 hours per week on MBA study.

Ashridge accepts non-graduates provided they can demonstrate their ability to undergo the rigour of the programme

Answer Cranfield School of Management

It is possible that our new Modular MBA programme might meet your requirements. This is a two-year programme starting in January each year. You would have to be resident at Cranfield for two weeks, four times each year, and complete the rest of the programme between the modules through individual study and structured, interactive learning via the Internet.

Our other two-year part-time option involves attendance at Cranfield all day Friday and Saturday every other week (16 times a year with breaks in the summer and at Christmas), plus four residential weeks each year. This programme also starts in January. The part-time format does make it difficult for people based outside the UK to participate, which is why we introduced the modular option last year.

We do accept a few participants without a degree each year, provided that they have a good career background and work experience of ten years or more. You would, however, need to get a good GMAT score - 600 or above - to show the Admissions Board that you would be able to cope with the academic side of the programme

Maureen Williams
Senior Marketing Executive
Question

Sure, I'd love to apply at one of the top 10 business schools - but will I survive the admission? Even if you study the hompages of the business schools quite thorough, you just get a vague impression of the chnaces you have there. Is there a way to find out about the (relistic) chances one has, other than applying?
cheers
Martin


Answer London Business School

Martin,

Unfortunately, it is impossible to offer counselling to all candidates on an individual basis. The information on the web pages gives an idea of the kind of bright, ambitious leaders of the future we are looking to recruit.

I would like to reiterate that we take candidates from a huge variety of backgrounds. Obviously we take in a lot of candidates from business - finance, accounting, consulting, entrepreneurs, general industry management etc. However we take many people from backgrounds such as the military, law, medicine, engineering, architecture, the arts...this year we have a theatre director, in the past we have had a professional show jumper and an opera singer!

David Simpson
Senior MBA Manager

Answer Warwick Business School

Dear Martin

We appreciate your concern here, and our MBA managers are always very willing to talk through the admissions process, our requirements, and your own career plans, either on the phone or by email, before the application form filling stage is reached

Each business school has its own 'flavour' and will not suit all applicants. The Warwick MBA is a broad-based generalist degree for post-experience applicants - the average age of full-time students is 29, for part-time it is 32.

And our teaching methods combine case studies, lectures and group work, computer-based learning, simulations, and business games. A central feature to the WBS learning approach is the creative interplay and sharing of ideas and experience in a lively multi-cultural group of students. So an applicant who likes to work alone and does not enjoy teamwork would not benefit by studying here

Initial discussion before the final application is therefore always useful for both the applicant and WBS!

I hope this reply is of some help for you



Regards, Diana Holton

Answer Cranfield School of Management

If you visit our web site: www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/mba and click on Application Form, you can complete a short on-line Pre-application Assessment form. We will then review your details and provide you with a preliminary estimate of your chances of being called for interview. The response will be by email - normally within 24 hours.

Maureen Williams
Senior Marketing Executive

Answer Oxford University

Dear Martin

Thank you for your query. Our entry criteria are set out below. The current class averages are:

GMAT 672
TOEFL 650
Age 29
Work experience 5-6 years

Although the above represents the class average, we do consider each application, and each component of an application, on an individual basis.
Question

To whom it may concern: I'm a German student of business administration. My degree won't say Bachelor but "Diplom". Can I enroll in a MBA program when I have a "Diploma" degree? If so, how long will it take to get the MBA degree and how much would it cost? Thanks.

Answer Open University Business School

Hi,

Your Diplom is accepted as a valid entry to the MBA of the Open University Business School. You will however need to be 27 years old and have 5 years of work and management experience

Once you start your MBA with us it will take three years on average. You can take longer if you need. For a student studying from Germany your fee total will be between £11,000 and £12,000. As you register and pay course by course your fees are spread over the period you study. Very best wishes

Tony Anthoni
Masters Programme Manager
The Open University Business School

Answer Cranfield School of Management

Will your Diplom be a Fachhochschuldiplom? If so, it is comparable to British Bachelor degree standard and we will accept it where an overall mark of Gut has been achieved.

However, our other entry requirements include at least three years' postgraduate work experience.

If you want to study full-time at Cranfield, it will take 12 months and currently the tuition fees are 23,000 GBP (37,000 Euros) and you would need to allow a further 10,000 GBP (16,000 Euros) for accommodation and living costs.

We also offer a modular option which takes two years and is designed for people based outside the UK who want to study on a part-time basis. Participants come to Cranfield for two weeks, four times each year, and complete the rest of the programme using the Internet from wherever they are based in the world.

Total tuition fees for the modular programme are 30,000 GBP (48,000 Euros). Accommodation costs would be around 7,200 GBP (11,500 Euros).

Maureen Williams
Senior Marketing Executive

Answer London Business School

Candidates can apply with any background. The MBA Programme is 2 years in length. Please see our website: www.london.edu

Answer Warwick Business School

Dear Enquirer

Your degree will certainly count towards being eligible to apply to study for a Warwick MBA.

Here at WBS, we regard the MBA as a post-experience qualification, so we also require 4 years' relevant employment experience, that is, work at a supervisory or managerial level, before commencing study for an MBA. (For full-time study, we also require a good balanced GMAT score.)

The Warwick MBA is offered through 4 study modes: full-time (12 months); distance learning (3-4 years, but can be extended up to 8 years): executive - evening or modular study (3 years). Students are able to change to a different mode of study if their circumstances change. For instance, a Distance Learning student from the USA may find him or herself posted to the Midlands in England, so would be able to study in the evening here at campus.

The fees are set out below: Full-time £21,000 Executive evening: £5000 per year (over 3 years) Executive modular: £5,800 per year (over 3 years) Distance learning: Parts A-C £3270, Part D (Project) £1,400 The part-time study modes fees are reviewed annually.

I hope this information is of use to you.

Regards, Diana Holton

Answer Oxford University

Thank you for your query. I confirm that a good German Diplom would satisfy our academic entry requirements

For your information, to be considered for a place on the Oxford MBA, candidates must be able to demonstrate the following:

Intellectual ability:
A good undergraduate degree or equivalent (German Diplom) is required. Applicants who do not hold such a qualification may be considered, if they have a very strong employment record which demonstrates a high degree of responsibility

All candidates are required to take the GMAT test. Our class average is 672. A high score does not guarantee a place, nor does a lower score automatically disqualify your application. However, as several of the programme's core courses require a high level of quantitative and analytical skills, we do look for evidence of these in GMAT results

Professional experience and management potential:
Oxford MBA students on average have 5-6 years work experience. An important component of the programme's success is the contribution made from such diverse work experience. We may consider students with less than three years experience, who are able to demonstrate a high level of maturity and combined with evidence of leadership ability

Team skills:
The ability to work effectively in multi cultural groups is a key component of the MBA programme, and is specifically assessed through two team projects, the New Business Development, and Summer Business Projects. We are therefore looking for candidates who can effectively demonstrate their willingness to be effective team players.
International exposure:
The Oxford MBA class is highly international with 32 nationalities representing the current class of 118 students. A high proportion have already studied or worked outside their native country, and most speak more than two languages. We seek students who are culturally sensitive and actively want international exposure

Ability to contribute to the Oxford MBA experience:
We seek students who will actively contribute to the programme by sharing their views, experiences, and skills. We look for maturity, a high degree of motivation, and strong interpersonal and communication skills.

English language ability:
The programme is taught in English. Candidates for whom English is not their first language are required to take either the TOEFL (minimum 600) or IELTs test

3. The Oxford MBA programme is an intensive 12 month course

4. Current fees are:
Course fee - £19,600
College fee - £2,000
Books - £500
Laptop - £2,000
Living expenses - £8,000

I hope that this is helpful. Please contact me, or visit www.sbs.ox.ac.uk, if you have any further queries

Best wishes

Alison Owen
Said Business School
University of Oxford


Answer Ashridge Business School

Candidates graduating in Germany with a Diploma can enrol on MBA Programmes. However, to enrol at Ashridge, you need also to have five years' business experience. The programmes is offered either over a one or a two year period and both options are modular in structure. The cost is the same for both options - £30,000 - which includes tuition, learning materials, case studies, photocopying, use of the Learning Resource Centre, virtual access to the Learning Resource Centre when off-site, food during modules and the Ashridge's leisure facilities (gym, swimming pool, tennis courts, etc).

Candidates who self fund and take the one year option, can expect to negotiate a consultancy fee with their host organisation (all candidates are attached to an organisation for the duration of the Programme as assignment and project work is live and delivers tangible benefits to an organisation). The average consultancy fee for project work is £15,000 and this goes some way to offsetting the cost of the Programme. Candidates should not rely on this consultancy fee when enrolling on the Programme, but should look on it as a bonus.

Doris Boyle
Ashridge Business School

Answer Manchester Business School

Thank you for your enquiry.

1. Yes it is possible to enter the programme at Manchester Business School with a German Diploma, as this is equivalent to our Bachelor Degree.

2. The main criteria for application is a good undergraduate degree/diploma, at least three years relevant work experience after your diploma, completion of a GMAT test with a minimum score of 550.(Our average score is 610) and a minimum TOEFL score of 250

3. Our MBA programme is 18 months

4. The fees are £22,000 and living expenses in Manchester for the duration of the programme are, on average, £13,500

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further information or assistance.

Kind Regards Kate Bradley
Answer Judge Institute (Cambridge University)

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We accept a 'diplom' degree from Germany. The MBA programe takes one year to complete.Good luck with selecting a school.Louise Freckelton
Question:

I have been working for a major German bank for nearly ten years, but I have no university degree. I would like to go into investment banking, perhaps working in London. An MBA programme with a special focus on finance would seem the perfect solution. Do I have a chance with my background?

Frank

Answer London Business School:

Frank,

It is very difficult to assess your chances of adnmission. Every year we take at least one student without an undergraduate degree, but numbers are small.
With no degree, you would be expected to perform above average (690) in the GMAT.

Your chances of future empoloyment depend on many many factors, including experience prior to the Programme and during our summer internship, projects etc.

I would advise you to apply for September 2003 entry, (you can apply from October 2002 onwards).

Regards

David Simpson
Senior Manager, MBA Marketing & Admissions

Answer Ashridge Business School:

Ashridge accepts candidates without a first degree provided they can demonstrate their ability to undergo the academic rigour of the Programme. We take a very practical approach at Ashridge and equally important to us is a candidate's track record and what they are bringing to the Programme.

Ashridge offers a general managment MBA and the learning vehicle here is a live, strategic project, carried out for an organisation. Candidates who self fund and who do not bring a project and organisation with them, will be assisted in the process by a Project Sourcing Director. Candidates who want to specialise, will choose a project which focusses on their special area of interest. Ashridge has links via their alumni and client list with major banks and it would not be impossible to secure a project in this sector.

Please contact us again if we can help you further.

Answer Manchester Business School:

Yes, it is possible to apply to Manchester Business School via the mature entry route if you are over 27 years old. In this situation an undergraduate degree is not necessary and the focus would be on your work experiences and interests outside of work.

Many of our core courses are financed based. After which it is possible to specialise in this area by selecting a wide variety of our finance - based electives. Approximately 25% of our graduates choose to go into investment banking after completing their MBA.
Kind Regards
Kate Bradley

Answer Open University Business School

Dear Frank,
You do have a chance with your background. The open access route to the MBA of the Open University Business School is specifically designed to allow students who do not have a degree to work towards achieving an MBA. The Open University Business School's courses are thaught through Supported Open Distance Learning. This means you would remain in work while you study at home, occasionally attending tutorials and residential schools.

The open access route means that you first start the Professional Certificate in Management (1 year) and then take the Professional Diploma in Management(also 1 year). After that you can move straight into the Stage II of the MBA, avoiding Stage I which is also a year long, studying the compulsory course 'Strategy' (6 months). After that you will need to complete 3 more 6 month courses from among a number of courses which we call 'electives'. One of those courses is called 'Financial Strategy' which is an excellent preparation if you want to work in the finance and banking sector. You will need to remember though that an MBA will always be a 'general' programme and cannot focus too much on one subject. You could possibly finish the programme in 4 years where a direct access MBA with OUBS, not available to you as you do not have a university degree, would take 3 years.

Happy to answer any further questions you may have. Very best wishes

Tony Anthoni Masters Programme Manager

Answer University of Oxford

Dear Frank

Thank you for your query. For your information I list our entry criteria below. Although the Oxford MBA is a generalist degree, it does have a strong Finance focus. Please review the information below and course information contained on our website, www.sbs.ox.ac.uk. Please let me know if you have any further queries.

To be considered for a place on the Oxford MBA, candidates must be able to demonstrate the following:

Intellectual ability:
A good undergraduate degree or equivalent (German Diplom) is required. Applicants who do not hold such a qualification may be considered, if they have a very strong employment record which demonstrates a high degree of responsibility.

All candidates are required to take the GMAT test. Our class average is 672. A high score does not guarantee a place, nor does a lower score automatically disqualify your application. However, as several of the programme's core courses require a high level of quantitative and analytical skills, we do look for evidence of these in GMAT results.

Professional experience and management potential:
Oxford MBA students on average have 5-6 years work experience. An important component of the programme's success is the contribution made from such diverse work experience. We may consider students with less than three years experience, who are able to demonstrate a high level of maturity and combined with evidence of leadership ability.

Team skills:
The ability to work effectively in multi cultural groups is a key component of the MBA programme, and is specifically assessed through two team projects, the New Business Development, and Summer Business Projects. We are therefore looking for candidates who can effectively demonstrate their willingness to be effective team players.

International exposure:
The Oxford MBA class is highly international with 32 nationalities representing the current class of 118 students. A high proportion have already studied or worked outside their native country, and most speak more than two languages. We seek students who are culturally sensitive and actively want international exposure.

Ability to contribute to the Oxford MBA experience:
We seek students who will actively contribute to the programme by sharing their views, experiences, and skills. We look for maturity, a high degree of motivation, and strong interpersonal and communication skills.

English language ability:
The programme is taught in English. Candidates for whom English is not their first language are required to take either the TOEFL (minimum 600) or IELTs test.

Best wishes

Alison Owen
Said Business School
University of Oxford

Answer Judge Institute (Cambridge University)
Thank you for your email. Your question is not really an easy one to answer but I will do my best.Firstly we have taken people onto the course without a degree, this is very unuaual BUT it can happen. Usually you will need to have an excellent GMAT score and excel in some other way.Your work experience too will be key. What work have you been doing in the bank?To have any chance of getting into Inv Banking someone you really needs top ranked school, and probably one that specialises in Finance or even to do a top class Masters in Finance.There is too little information here to give a comprehensive answer. I suggest you find some excellent careers adviser as a start.Good Luck
Louise
Answer Cranfield School of ManagementWithout knowing more about your career to date, it is difficult to say. Although an MBA is important, for investment banks one of the selection criteria of equal importance is the relevance of the candidate's career background.The elements of the finance customisation on the Cranfield programme include investment banking, and the tailored group of electives is aimed at those students who wish to enter some sort of finance function after completing their MBA. Cranfield will certainly equip you with key management skills that would be useful within the area of investment banking.We do take a few students each year who do not have a university degree or professional qualification, providing they have considerably more than the minimum requirement of three years' work experience. However, they do have to impress the interviewer, and gain a high GMAT score, to satisfy the Admissions Director that they will be able to cope with the academic side of the programme. The average GMAT score at Cranfield is 650.Maureen Williams
Senior Marketing Executive
Answer Warwick Business SchoolDear Frank,Thank you for your interest in the Warwick MBA. While our normal selection policy would require you to have a good first degree, the Programme Selectors are willing to consider applications from suitably experienced candidates who do not meet the formal academic entry requirements. In such cases, the Selectors are likely to require you to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test as a demonstration of academic competence (please note that this is in any case mandatory if applying for the Full-time MBA at Warwick).It is worth noting that the Warwick MBA is a broad based, generalist management qualification. We do not offer speciailist MBA's, although through careful selection of your option modules and through your choice of project topic, you can put a particular academic slant on your studies.Best regards,
Jon Lees.

Question:Dear Sir or Madam,
I am 24 year old student of international management at a University of Applied Sciences and I will pass my final exam in 2003.
My questions are:
1. is it possible to enter your program with a German diploma of a University of Applied Sciences?
2. What are the main conditions for entering (grades, qualifications, TOEFL, etc.)
3. How long does it usually take to succeed?
4. What fees,etc. do I have to consider?
5. How many applicants per student do you have?
6. How many places for foreigners do you offer?

Thank you in advance
Herbert
Answer Ashridge Business School:Thank you for your question. One of our entry criteria is that applicants must have a minimum of five years business experience. This is a post experience programme for experienced managers.Entry qualifications are: a first degree or professional qualification, a minimum of five years' business experience, preferably internationally, GMAT (we are not looking for a particular score, since we assess GMAT alongside other entry criteria - equally important for us is a candidates' experience, track record, and what they are bringing to the programme), two references and an interview with the Intake Director.The fee of £30,000 includes tuition, course materials, use of the learning resource centre, virtual access to the learning recourse centre when off site, case studies, photocopying and food during modules. Accommodation is not included.Overseas participants make up approximately 40% of our intake and we expect all participants to have international experience. We normally receive three applications for one place.Answer Cranfield School of Management:

Dear Herbert

In answer to your questions:

1. is it possible to enter your program with a German diploma of a University of Applied Sciences?

Yes - we would regard this as equivalent to an ordinary UK Bachelors degree. However, you would also need to meet our other entry requirements (see answer to question 2).

2. What are the main conditions for entering (grades, qualifications, TOEFL, etc.)

The normal age range of our students is 26-36 and our entry requirements are:
A good degree and/or professional qualification.
A good balanced GMAT score (the average at Cranfield is 650).
The British Council English Language Test (IELTS) result in band 7 or a TOEFL score of around 600 (paper test) or 250 (computer test).
At least 3 years post qualification work experience. This ensures that students get maximum benefit from the programme. We find that students learn from each others' experience, as well as that of the teaching staff. Because of this requirement for full-time, permanent postgraduate work experience we are unlikely to consider any applicants under the age of 25.

3. How long does it usually take to succeed?

The full-time programme takes 12 months of study. Our Executive Part-time and Modular programmes take two years.

4. What fees,etc. do I have to consider?

Tuition fees for the full-time programme are 23,000 GBP (37,000 Euros) and you would need to allow a further 10,000 GBP (16,000 Euros) for accommodation and living costs.
Total tuition fees for the part-time and modular programmes are 30,000 GBP (48,000 Euros). Accommodation costs for the two-year part-time programme would range from 2,000 - 7,000 GBP (3,200 - 11,200 Euros) and for the two-year modular option they would be around 7,200 GBP (11,500 Euros).

5. How many applicants per student do you have?

Approx. 3:1

6. How many places for foreigners do you offer?

We don't have a set quota, but around 50% of our full-time MBA students are international.

Thank you for your enquiry.

Maureen Williams
Senior Marketing Executive

Answer London Business School:

Dear Herbert,
This information is available in our website. Please go to: www.london.edu

Our MBA is made up of 85% non UK nationals - we are truely international!
We take in approx 300 students per year and receive a high volume of applications, (2000+).

We take people from all subject areas and industries.
Students have a minimum work experience after graduation of about 2-3 years, with the average being 5-6 years.
Current fees are £39,000 for the full 2 year fees.

Many thanks
David Simpson
Senior Manager, MBA Marketing & Admissions

Answer Judge Institute:

Dear Herbert
I hope you find these answers below useful:

1. Is it possible to enter your program with a German diploma of a University of Applied Sciences? Yes that is possible. We accept the German degree "diplom". However we require you to have at least two years full time work experience after your degree to be offered a place.

2. What are the main conditions for entering (grades, qualifications, TOEFL, etc.)

Application Checklist
Degree 1st or 2.1
A or B+
GPA - at least 3.2 / 4.0
GMAT: No formal pass level

English Proficiency Fluent or
IELTS - 7.0 (with no band below 6.0) or
CPE - A, B or C or
TOEFL (paper) - 600 (with 5.0 in the essay) or
TOEFL (computer) - 250 (with 5.0 in the essay)

Work Experience At least two years full-time post graduation

Completed application form Original and 4 copies

Completed MBA reference forms from at least three referees·

At least one of the referees should be someone in a position to judge your academic ability· At least one should be someone in a position to judge your practical management qualities. Full details are given on the application form.

Official transcripts of your university grades and /or degree certificates

Any other supporting documentation

There is no application fee.

3. How long does it usually take to succeed?

I assume you are asking about the length of the course? It is a one year programme.

4. What fees, etc. do I have to consider?

Financial Checklist

University tuition fee £21 000
College membership £ 2 000
Accommodation & meals £ 7 500
Computer & software £ 2 000
Textbooks £ 500
Total £33 000

All figures are approximations only based on 2002-03 figures.

5. How many applicants per student do you have?

This changes from year to year. This year we have receoved around 600 applications so far for 120 places on the course.

6. How many places for foreigners do you offer?

We do not have a quota for non British students. We usually have a 20% British and 80% non British class.

Answer Open University Business School:

Hi Herbert,

Good straightforward questions which I will address one by one though you will find that, for the Open University Business School many of them are not that relevant due to our open access policies and the specific model of supported open learning we provide. Your main limitation is that for direct access to the MBA one needs to be 27 years of age and have 5 years work/management related experience.

1. is it possible to enter your program with a German diploma of a University of Applied Sciences?

Yes, a Diplom from a German University is accepted by us for entry to the OUBS MBA.

2. What are the main conditions for entering (grades, qualifications, TOEFL, etc.)

The main condition for direct entry to the OUBS MBA is that you hold a qualification equivalent to a BA or BSc (Hons) in the UK. Being the MBA for the Open University Business School we also have an open access entry route which require you to study first the Professional Certificate In Management (1 year) and then the Professional Diploma in Management (1 year). The Open University's ethos strongly beliefs in providing open access qualifications for people who, for some reason were not able to study at university without compromising on high academic standards. Important is that a student for direct entry into the MBA will need to be 27 years of age and have 5 years of relevant work/management related experience.

3. How long does it usually take to succeed?

Stage 1 of the OUBS MBA is 1 year, unless you take the open access route when it becomes 2 years. Stage 2 of the MBA can be done in a further two years.

4. What fees, etc. do I have to consider?

You would be looking at a total programme fee of between £11,000 and £12,000 depending on when you start and finish. Payment is on a course by course basis.

5. How many applicants per student do you have?

With the OUBS MBA there is no competition for entry. If you meet the entry requirements you can register.

6. How many places for foreigners do you offer?

There is no limitation on foreign students on our courses as students study from their home country.

Very best wishes

Tony Anthoni
Masters Programme Manager

Answer Manchester Business School:

Dear Herbert,

1. Yes it is possible to enter the programme at Manchester Business School with a German Diploma.

2. The main criteria for application is a good undergraduate degree/diploma, at least three years relevant work experience after your diploma, completion of a GMAT test with a minimum score of 550.(Our average score is 610) and a minimum TOEFL score of 250.

3. Our MBA programme is 18 months.

4. The fees are £22,000 and living expenses in Manchester for the duration of the programme are, on average, £13,500.

5. On average we have 3 applicants to every 1 person accepted on the programme.

6. International students make up 75% of the overall percentage of students on the programme. This year we have 36 nationalities represented on the programme.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further information or assistance.

Kind Regards
Kate Bradley

Answer Warwick Business School

Dear Herbert

Thank you for your interest in the Warwick MBA. Your Diplom degree will certainly count towards being eligible for a Warwick MBA.

Here at WBS, we regard the MBA as a post-experience qualification, so we also require 4 years' relevant employment experience, that is, work at a supervisory or managerial level, before commencing study for an MBA. For full-time study, we also require a good balanced GMAT score.

Regarding English skills, we look for a score of 7.0 in IELTS, and in TOEFL a score of around 620 (paper-based) or 260 (computer based).

The Warwick MBA is offered through 4 study modes: full-time (12 months); distance learning (3-4 years, but can be extended up to 8 years): executive - evening or modular study (3 years). Students are able to change to a different mode of study if their circumstances change. For instance, a Distance Learning student from the USA may find him or herself posted to the Midlands in England, so would be able to study in the evening here at campus.

The fees are set out below: Full-time £21,000 Executive evening: £5000 per year (over 3 years) Executive modular: £5,800 per year (over 3 years) Distance learning: Parts A-C £3270, Part D (Project) £1,400 The part-time study modes fees are reviewed annually.

Our full-time MBA has 100 places each year, but we receive around 600 applications. For our part-time study, we try to discuss with each prospective applicant on their suitability and career plans before they apply, so the ratio of applications to places does not apply here.

At present, 58% of our MBA students are from countries outside the UK, with almost 100 countries represented in total.

Yours sincerely,
Diana Holton
Warwick Business School


Question:As a German I'm interested in doing an MBA in the UK - but not necessarily in working in this country after my graduation. I have no doubt about the quality of the top UK MBA programmes. But I wonder whether their contacts to potential German (or Continental Europaen) employers are as good as those of their competitors such as Insead, Rotterdam School of Management or IESE. And I have got the impression that the number of their alumni in Germany is rather limited...Answer Ashridge Business School:Ashridge has contact with a large number of continential European organisations.... clients who sponsor their employees on both our shorter, executive programmes and on our MBA. We also have an agent based in Germany. Whilst these contacts are not specifically for potential job opportunities, we do have a considerable number of MBA Alumni Members in Germany - approximately 150 - who are in regular networking contact with one another. The Ashridge MBA Alumni Association also organises events in Germany, this being the largest alumni contingent outside of the UK.Our European Partnership MBA Programme is run specifically for the employees of Lufthansa, Merck KGaA, Deutsche Bank and Bosch and whilst most of these candidates are German nationals, there is a small percentage from other parts of continental Europe which increases opportunities for European networking. Our open MBA Programmes, full and part time, also attracts a high proportion of candidates from continental Europe as well as other parts of the globe.Answer Cranfield School of Management:Inevitably we have better contacts in the UK than in Continental Europe. However, last year we appointed a new member of the Careers team who is tasked with developing more contacts with international companies, although most of the recruiters we work with at Cranfield are multinational companies anyway.We are also part of a group of 10 of the top European Business Schools (including Insead and RSM) who are organising an on-line MBA Career Forum on 29-30 May this year. This will take the form of a Virtual Careers Fair. Companies will be posting job opportunities, MBAs will be able to post their CVs on the site, and there will be chat rooms for discussion and careers advice.It is true that we do not have very many German alumni, partly because it is only comparatively recently that the German government has officially recognised the qualification. Currently we have 85 alumni in Germany (not just Germans), and 61 German alumni (some in Germany and others around the world).Warwick Business School

Dear Heinz

You will already have seen replies to your query from other UK business schools.

Our own comments are mirrored in much of what they have written, but I would like to invite you to contact me by email, as we have two managers who are interested in discussing the subject of the Warwick MBA and working in Germany. The first is a current full-time MBA student here, who is a German national and whose past job titles include Product Manager and Development Engineer. The second is an alumnus of the Warwick MBA, currently working near Munich.

I hope you understand why I have not published their contact details here - we need to protect them from an avalanche of emails!

Regards,
Diana Holton
Asst. Comms. Manager
diana.holton@wbs.ac.uk
Question:I want beer!!!!!!!!Answer Ashridge Business School:The Ashridge bar stocks a good selection of beers and we also have as a fine wine cellar. Ashridge is renowned for it's fine food and has won national awards.

Answer Warwick Business School:

Dear Beer Drinker

Thank you for your interest in our social facilities, if not in our MBA (though of course the two are by no means mutually exclusive).

At Warwick Business School, the University campus provides 17 different venues for eating and drinking, varying from silver service restaurants, to take-away fast food outlets. Only 5 of these venues are not licenced (do not provide alcoholic drinks).

There is also a supermarket which includes a large number of shelves of all kinds of alcoholic drinks, including an international selection of beers and lagers.

Yours sincerely
Diana Holton
Dieser Artikel ist erschienen am 08.05.2002