Kamaren Kaiser, a US-based participant on the Distance Learning MBA*, provides five reasons why she decided to study an MBA in the UK and Warwick Business School in particular.
I have been dreaming about going back to school for an MBA since before I earned my Bachelors, which was quite a few years ago now. I wasn’t initially expecting to attend a program outside of the US, but as I did a lot of research on different programs my priorities eventually led me to the online MBA at Warwick. Here are the main reasons I chose Warwick over a US-based program:
1. Cost - I am self-funding and want to feel confident that there will be an ROI over the rest of my career. Similarly ranked and accredited programs in the US were more than double the cost of Warwick, and I felt Warwick had a lot more to offer in terms of career support.
2. Global and Diverse Cohort - I aspire to work internationally again. So, having the opportunity to network with peers from around the world was an important factor. I found that programs outside the States, and especially Warwick, generally attracted a more global and diverse group of MBA candidates.
3. Women’s Representation - While there’s still some room for improvement, the ratio of women to men (currently 31/69%) was much higher at Warwick than in many other programs. They also received the Athena SWAN Silver Award, so that was an additional plus for choosing Warwick.
4. Accreditation - I wanted a program that was AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited. Warwick fit that bill and then some with their triple accreditation.
5. Rankings - I wanted to find a program that was well-ranked and recognizable, and found that a few international programs outranked ones in the US. The online MBA program at Warwick was one of them and is currently 1st in the UK and 2nd in the world by the Financial Times' Online MBA Ranking 2023.
I’m nearing the completion of my first year of the MBA programme, and my hopes for this program have come to fruition. I have started building connections with people from all around the world. And they have all brought with them their unique experiences and culture from which I have been able to learn from.
I have met some truly kick-ass women, who are accomplished leaders in the workplace but also manage to find time to enjoy their families and lives outside of work.
And there have been some unexpected yet pleasant surprises as well. While I was anxious about starting an MBA program and finding a lot of pretentious bragging from other MBA candidates, flaunting fancy titles and such - what I instead have found is a cohort that has a lot to offer in terms of their experience, but also recognizes that they have even more to learn from the program and each other.
I have also been happily surprised by the program’s administration team. I had to temporarily withdraw from the program due to a family emergency and the team was there every step of the way - helping me through the withdrawal and re-enrollment processes and making sure I had everything I needed when I was ready to restart my studies.
I can confidently say that my expectations of the MBA at Warwick have been surpassed. It has been a transformative experience, and I look forward to the next year of the program!
*Please note that the Distance Learning MBA is now titled Global Online MBA.