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I have been looking for a possibility to study for an MBA while working full time. Most distance learning MBA programs disappointed me after studying the brochures. Until I found the WBS distance learning MBA program! I am really excited about this program and very motivated to apply as soon as possible. However, I have some additional questions before I can complete my application.
I have been looking for a possibility to study for an MBA while working full time. Most distance learning MBA programs disappointed me after studying the brochures. Until I found the WBS distance learning MBA program! I am really excited about this program and very motivated to apply as soon as possible. However, I have some additional questions before I can complete my application.

Answer from Warwick Business School:

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Further to these questions from Silke Øverby, our responses are listed below:

The question was:
1. GMAT:
I hold the degree "Diplom-Kauffrau (FH)" from the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. According to the web pages of Open University (UK), this degree is comparable to an UK Honours degree (or equivalent). Will this degree be sufficient for an application at WBS or do I need a GMAT?

Response:
As you are an overseas candidate, we would expect to see transcripts of your first degree to ensure that it meets our entry requirements. A GMAT is not usually required for our Distance Learning applicants, as we place more emphasis on their existing qualifications.

The question was:
2. Professional experience
You demand at least 4 years professional experience. I am not completely sure if I fulfil this requirement.

- Aug 1996 - Jun 2000: I studied in a "dual" program, i.e. I spent 12 weeks at university and 12 weeks per semester working for Siemens in Munich, Paderborn and Stockholm (total working experience: 24 months).

- Jul 2000 - May 2002: Employed by a strategic marketing company in Hamburg. I started as junior consultant and was promoted to project manager after approximately one year.

- Jun 2002 - Jan 2003: Scholarship by the German Carl Duisberg Society (Heinz Nixdorf program for young professionals): 2 months language course (Mandarin Chinese and Malay) and 6 months internship (project controller) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

- Feb 2002 - Apr 2003: Travelling in south-east Asia

- May 2003 - Sep 2003: Language course (Norwegian) and work as translator (German - English, freelance) in Oslo, Norway

- From Oct 2004: Export Area Manager for an international producer of cables and cabling systems, located in Oslo, Norway. Responsible for partner management and business development in Central Europe, Baltic countries, Belarus, Finland and Ukraine.

Will you consider this professional experience as sufficient? I feel ready to start my MBA studies, but if you recommend gaining more professional experience, I will of course accept this decision.

Response:
All candidates for the Part-time modes of study on the Warwick MBA are required to have a minimum of 4 years' post-degree business related work experience. We would need to look at your application in its entirety to be able to determine whether your post-degree experience would be sufficient; your time spent travelling has meant that you have not had four years' solid work experience. However, your work history shows that you have undertaken some interesting roles since graduating so we would encourage you to submit an application so that we may consider your work experience alongside other information.

The question was:
3. TOEFL
I passed the TOEFL test some years ago (TOEFL(P) 600 points, TWE 5), but I know that the test expired a while ago. I will not have the possibility to do another TOEFL test in Norway before October 2004; therefore the test results will not be available before your application deadline in October. Is it possible to apply without TOEFL and hand in the results later?

Response:
For TOEFL, the minimum score is 260 for the computer-based test and 620 for the paper-based test. The minimum score if taking the IELTS test is 7.0.

Yes, it is possible to apply prior to taking your new test, although our next Distance Learning intake is not until January 2005, so you have sufficient time to retake your test.

The question was:
4. References
As I graduated from university less than 5 years ago, you would like to receive one recommendation letter from an academic person and one from my professional background.

This will be no problem, but the relationships between students and professors in Germany are very impersonal. I know that the dean of my former university would write a recommendation letter for me. But there are many persons, for example the employees at Carl Duisberg society who are responsible for the Heinz Nixdorf program, who know my personal development and abilities much better. Wouldn't it make more sense to send a recommendation from Carl Duisberg society and one with a professional background? I could also send you three recommendation letters (one from university, one from Carl Duisberg society, and one from my working life).

Response:
We would need to see one reference from an academic institution and one from an employer. If the Dean of your former university would be willing to act as a referee, this would be fine.

Please visit the Warwick MBA website at www.wbs.ac.uk for further information.

Kind regards

Catherine Gordon
Assistant Manager - MBA Marketing & Recruitment
Warwick Business School
Dieser Artikel ist erschienen am 23.07.2004