MBA: Frequently Asked Questions

Entry requirements (Full-time)

Entry requirements (Distance learning)

If you do not have a degree or equivalent qualification but have a substantial amount of work experience the Selection Committee may request that you take either the Warwick test or GMAT. 

 

Entry requirements - Executive MBA & Executive MBA (London)

If you do not have a degree or equivalent qualification but have a substantial amount of work experience the Selection Committee may request that you take either the Warwick test or GMAT. 

How do I apply?

For our MBA programmes you should apply online

You can register your referees so that they can submit references online.  Please follow the instructions for this on the application system. Alternatively you can download the reference form for them to complete, if they choose to complete it this way they will need to post the completed form directly to us in a signed and sealed envelope.

We require two professional references but if you have left education within the last five years, you could give one academic and one professional reference. You should approach referees who are able to comment on your academic or business skills and one reference should ideally be from your current line manager.  We do not accept references from family members or friends.

You will also need to provide transcripts of your degree.  These should be translated into English and we need to see the original or a certified/attested hard copy.  If you are unable to send the original/certified copies to us at the same time as submitting your application then scanned and emailed copies can be accepted temporarily.  Please contact us if you have any difficulties. When send originals or certified/attested copies we recommend using a tracking service.

Application process and timescales

Distance learning MBA:

Once you have submitted your application and we have received all of your supporting documents the process should take up to 4 weeks depending on the time of year.  Your file will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and once they have made a decision we will contact you initially by email.  If you have been successful you should complete the relevant forms and return to us as soon as possible in order to secure your place.

You will then receive instructions on how to register and enrol and when to expect your course materials. Registration and enrolment usually takes place 6 weeks before the start of the programme.

Full-time MBA, Executive MBA:

We will let you know once we have received all of your documents and your file has been sent to the Selection Committee. The Committee will decide if they would like to shortlist you for an interview. We will then arrange a mutually convenient date and time for your interview, if possible this should be carried out here at Warwick or at our base in The Shard, London. If you are based outside the UK please let us know and we can arrange an interview by Skype. 

After your interview your application will once again be reviewed by the Committee who will then make their decision.  We will then email you with the decision along with the official letter and any forms that need completing. 

If you have been successful you should complete the relevant forms and return within the timescale indicated on your letter.  Please note that until these forms have been completed your place on the programme is not secure.  Should you be offered a conditional place you will also need to show that you have met the conditions of your offer by providing the required original documentation.

This process usually takes 3 – 6 weeks depending on the time of year.

Application deadlines

We accept applications on a rolling basis but you should ideally apply earlier than the following deadlines in order for your application to be processed in time for your preferred intake.

Full-time MBA:
31 July, but if you require accommodation on campus you should apply no later than 29 May in order for us to process your application before the accommodation application deadline.

If you require a visa we also recommend that you apply by 29 May, to allow time to process your course application and for you to apply for your visa.

Distance learning MBA:
6 November – January intake
9 April – June intake

Executive MBA:
10 February – March intake
17 July – September intake

Executive MBA (London):
10 February - March intake
17 July – September intake

Can I defer my offer?

You can defer your offer for one year.
 

GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Test is a test of general skills and ability that you have acquired over time. It can be sat through a number of centres across the world. Generally you will need a well-balanced GMAT score of 650 or above, or satisfactory performance in the Warwick Test, or a valid GRE score equivalent to GMAT admissions requirements. 

Find out more and book your test here.

Language tests

Warwick accepts scores from IELTS, PTE Academic, CAE or CPE. Our minimum requirements are:

IELTS 7.0 - all four language components have to be scored 6.0+, with maximum of two components at lowest level 6.0 or 6.5
PTE 70 - with 51+ in every section
CAE Grade C - scoring 60+, no worse than 3 component results at borderline and 1 at weak
CPE Grade C (CEFR level C2) or above
TOEFL 100 – minimum component scores L21, R22, W21, S23

Depending on the language test you take you will either need to send us your TRF number (IELTS), nominate us online (PTE) or provide your ID number and secret number (Cambridge).

Full-time MBA:
We do not offer places conditional upon an applicant completing a pre-sessional English course at Warwick University.  These courses do not finish until September which is too late to then start the MBA programme after proving that you have met your condition.  Instead we would advise you to take local tuition in English and then resit the language test in plenty of time before the start of the September intake.

However, the pre-sessional English course can be taken before starting the MBA as a way to give you an introduction to the British culture and to strengthen your English language ability and study skills.
You can find out more here.

Fees

Full-time MBA:
The fee for September 2017 entry is £36,650.  You should also budget for between £10,000 and £15,000 for accommodation and living expenses.

Distance learning MBA:
The total tuition fee for June 2017 is £30,000. This does not include accommodation, travel, living expenses or any tuition for additional face-to-face electives. If you extend your studies you will have to budget for an extension fee for each extra year of study (currently £895). Additional fees also apply if you want access to extra career support.

Executive MBA:
The total tuition fee for September 2017 and March 2018 is £41,820. This does not include accommodation, travel or living expenses. If you extend your studies you will have to budget for an extension fee for each extra year of study (currently £895). Additional fees also apply if you want access to extra career support.

Executive MBA (London)
The total tuition fee for September 2017 and March 2018 is £49,00. This does not include accommodation, travel or living expenses. If you extend your studies you will have to budget for an extension fee for each extra year of study (currently £895). Additional fees also apply if you want access to extra career support.

Scholarships

Full-time MBA:

A number of scholarships are available to students admitted onto the Warwick Full-time MBA. This is to promote gender, geographic and sector diversity, alongside recognition for academic and professional excellence. WBS scholarships are highly competitive and awarded on the basis of three broad criteria:

Scholarships are awarded to exceptional candidates on an ongoing basis and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Those interested in applying for a scholarship should write a separate essay (up to 300 words) outlining why they believe that they are a worthy candidate. Applicants need not necessarily specify which scholarship they wish to apply for as the scholarship committee will consider which specific scholarship would be most suitable.   

Executive MBA & Executive MBA (London):

A number of scholarships are available to students admitted onto the Warwick and London variants of the Executive MBA. These are highly competitive and awarded on the basis of three broad criteria:

Scholarships are awarded to exceptional candidates on an ongoing basis and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship you need to submit a written statement (up to 300 words) outlining why you believe you should be awarded a scholarship. You don’t need to specify which scholarship you wish to apply for as the committee will consider which scholarship would be most suitable. 

Distance learning MBA:
Scholarships are available to outstanding applicants who are self-funding. There is no separate application required:  the Selection Committee will award scholarships at the time of making an offer.  

WBS Scholarships
WBS Scholarships are targeted to those who:

The International Office at Warwick offer scholarships for people in different countries together with British Council scholarships. 

Please note that the deadline for many of these scholarships is in April and you need to have accepted the offer of a place before your application will be accepted.

Salary Sacrifice

In the UK, salary sacrifice is a contractual arrangement whereby an employee gives up the right to receive part of their cash remuneration, usually in return for their employer’s agreement to provide some form of non-cash benefit. This means that the amount paid towards tuition fees would be free of tax and national insurance. It is possible that a new employee contract will need to be produced.

More information can be found here.

Flexibility

Can I complete the part-time MBA programmes in less than three years?

All of our part-time MBA programmes are timetabled to be complete within two year.

Can I take longer on the part-time courses?

Students are allowed to take up to four years to complete our part-time MBAs. If you extend your studies you will have to budget for an extension fee for each extra year of study (currently £895).

Careers Support

Full-time MBA:

Warwick Business School has an experienced career development team who support students throughout their course. 

Full time students have access to a careers message board via my.wbs (online resource).  In their first term they are included in the CV Register which is distributed to a wide range of key recruiters.  Recruitment fairs and industry led workshops are organised throughout the year and students have one-to-one contact with the WBS CareersPlus team.

As a school we do not focus too heavily on any one particular industry and attract a diverse mix of students who are looking to venture into a wide range of sectors and job roles, we believe this adds richness to discussions and debates. We have a strong network both within the school, alumni community and the range of external associates and coaches who support the professional development programme who will help you open doors, it is a partnership approach however and you will need to be proactive also.

Executive MBA & Executive MBA (London):

Warwick Business School has an experienced career development team who support MBA students throughout their course. 

The WBS CareersPlus team have developed the Career Management Module for Executive MBA students which includes Executive Coaching sessions, Careers Planning Workshops and a career consultation this is alongside the Careers+ services available such as webinars and online resources.

Distance learning MBA:

Warwick Business School has an experienced careers team who support MBA students throughout their course. 

Distance learning MBA students have full access to the career services offered by the WBS CareersPlus team, these include: webinars, workshops, executive coaching and a range of online resources.

Included in the tuition fee each student will receive a career consultation on a topic of their choice such as CV, career plan or networking. There is the option of booking further career consultation sessions and executive coaching session for an additional fee.

Accreditation 

WBS is the first business school in the United Kingdom to hold triple accreditation from:

WBS has received further external recognition from many bodies, including:

 

Visiting Us

We hold drop-in sessions every Tuesday (apart from Christmas) here starting promptly at 10am. You will have the opportunity to speak to an admissions co-ordinator and to take a tour of WBS. There is no need to book for this visit.

Alternatively we also hold regular open events; these are programmed events including a Question and Answer session about each mode of study, a taster lecture and the opportunity to speak to staff, students and/or alumni. These events are usually held on an evening or weekend. 

If you are unable to visit us, we host a number of online information sessions using our wbsLive virtual classroom.  

If none of these events are convenient we would be very happy to make an alternative appointment for you to visit us.  Please let us know which day and time, Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm, you would like to visit. If you would like to meet with someone from the programme team and/or a student we will try our best to arrange it but please note that this does depend on the times of lectures and availability of staff.

If you live outside the UK you may find that we are visiting a city near you. 

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