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Warwick Business School Global Online MBA Application Insider

How can you ace an application at one of the top Online MBAs in the world? BusinessBecause speaks to Alex Harman, Recruitment Manager at Warwick Business School, to find out


Tue Jul 25 2023

Warwick Business School’s (WBS) Global Online MBA, previously the Distance Learning MBA, is consistently one of the top Online MBAs in the world. In the Financial Times 2023 Online MBA rankings, it came second globally and first in the UK.

Online programs are an optimal way to accelerate your career, increase your business knowledge and leadership skills and maximize your board-level awareness without stepping out of work. 

The Warwick Global Online MBA boasts a transformative experience, both professionally and personally. It prioritizes a balance between theory and practice and flexible 24/7 learning where students can slow down or take a break for up to two years. Participants attend two in-person residential weeks during the program, offering the opportunity to network face-to-face.


It has an innovative, interactive teaching model enabling students—who come from 105 countries—to discuss issues and engage in real-time lectures. They can test their knowledge, watch recorded sessions, and access teaching materials as well as support from WBS’s team. 

Graduates from the program and have gone on to work at several top companies, including Amazon, EY, JP Morgan, and KPMG, and see significant increases in salary. Graduates’ salary see an average increase of 33% with an average salary of $194,903, three years after graduation according to the Financial Times. 

So, how can you have the best chance of successfully applying to the WBS Global Online MBA? 

BusinessBecause caught up with Alex (pictured) Harman, Recruitment Manager at WBS, to learn how to ace your application.

What do you look for in Global Online MBA applicants?

At WBS, we look for individuals who demonstrate real, tangible leadership and inspire those who work with them. We are looking to develop the next generation of changemakers, who will impact not only their businesses but society as a whole. 

A changemaker will challenge the status quo and show that they are able to think creatively, demonstrating entrepreneurial spirit both inside and outside work. 

How far in advance should applicants start preparing for the WBS Global Online MBA application?

Typically, applications are open 10-12 months before the course start date. We would encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible, to give themselves time to plan accordingly before starting their course—for example, having conversations with employers or organizing any financial matters and visa requirements. 

We also encourage all potential applicants to reach out to us to arrange a 1-2-1 consultation by contacting WarwickMBA@wbs.ac.uk, so we can provide guidance and support on what to expect during the application process, and ensure the Global Online MBA program is the right course for them. 

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What is the biggest mistake you can make in an MBA application?

Applicants should make sure they are focusing on their responsibilities and impact—some people talk about group projects or activities and do not necessarily go into detail on the individual value they added, which should be the focus of their application to give a true reflection of their own experience and expertise. 

What is your top tip for the application process? 

The core values of WBS are curiosity, openness, restlessness, and excellence. A top tip would be that, throughout their essay and interview, applicants should connect their experience (professional or personal) to these competencies, demonstrating that they are a true changemaker. 

How can candidates increase their chances at landing a scholarship?

We have recently expanded the scope of our scholarship categories, going from three to seven to increase accessibility and maximize the opportunity for a wide range of candidates to apply for a scholarship. 

I would encourage candidates to read through the detail of all our scholarship categories and find one they relate to best. They should then tailor their scholarship essay to show why this category exemplifies their experience and expertise to date, as well as their ambitions for the future as a potential WBS ambassador for the category. 

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What questions should candidates expect in their admission interview?

Candidates should expect to talk about their leadership experience and strategic projects (with a focus on how they made an impact and added value), as well as expanding on their application essays by talking about their motivations for applying for an MBA and their future ambitions. 

They should talk about how their experience demonstrates the values of a changemaker—for example, problem-solving, creative thinking and their ability to challenge the norm and drive a strategic vision. 

Tell us one thing about the application process at WBS Global Online MBA that most people wouldn’t know?

Once you submit your application, within 48 hours you will be contacted and allocated a personal recruitment coordinator to support you throughout your application process. 

The process itself is designed to offer candidates support and guidance to get the best out of them and maximize the impact of their application.

Student Reviews

Warwick Business School




On Campus

BSc Management with Marketing

I loved Warwick business school. The staff is supportive, my academic tutor was key in my development throughout the 3 years and you have to meet with her/him every term. Most professors are helpful and would happily offer support if needed. You also have office hours and can contact professors by email and through the forum. In general, WBS instills in you the willingness to learn and the resilience needed for you for whatever career you choose. Very international community which broadens your horizon and makes you more open minded and self aware. You will most certainly make friends and memories for life. I recommend that you get outside of your comfort zone and try new activities with your friends! WBS also has a great reputation and offers careers opportunities, and careers support throughout the degree. There is the opportunity to do a year abroad to further develop on a personal level. I wasn’t able to do this due to Covid but I would have loved to do it during normal circumstances! Would definitely recommend this. Although Warwick is not a city university, the campus vibe has a lot of advantages, especially at an undergraduate level. You are always around familiar faces, and in a student environment. Moreover, Birmingham is only 20 mins away from Leamington spa and London is only one hour away! Perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway!




On Campus

Life at Warwick Business School

Pursuing my master's degree at WBS has been a game-changer in my life. With high-quality education, interaction with students from across the world, amazing campus life and much more. I was able to learn about business, finance, project management and strategy all in one course: MSc in Management at WBS. Besides the top-notch education from the best professors, I also enjoyed being a part of fun societies and participating in fun activities such as scavenger hunts and so much more. The school also organises many company visits and interactions which help students get a head start at finding a job. As my course came to an end, I also have a good full-time job placement in my hands. Overall, my experience at WBS was a great one.






The Warwick Business School was like a dream come to life for me. The University ranking speaks for itself, from top-tier facilities to some of the best professors I had to honour to study with I fell in love with my course. Interactions with people from all over the world gave me a newfound confidence in myself. Career prospects after graduating are endless due to the contacts of the universities and the success rate for previous students, it does open a lot of doors for students in various career fields. The campus life is quite good as well with a lot of student groups and clubs, and extra circular activities to engage students at all times. Loved my experience.




On Campus

A good business school

It is a very cutting-edge, career-oriented business school, all courses are very practical, and the college does a very good job of career service. From the hardware and facilities to the staff, the student experience is at the core of the school and student satisfaction is taken very seriously. I understand that many universities in the UK are relatively traditional and can occasionally be rigid in terms of rules and regulations, and although WBS has a relatively short history, this makes it more innovative and dynamic, which is essential for a business school. The downside is that because it is on the outskirts of Coventry, it is a long bus ride to the city centre, not to mention the difference in experience from a big city like London.




On Campus


The people, campus, staff. It’s a very enjoyable environment and it’s particularly good for learning and playing sports. The people there are extremely friendly and welcoming and it’s very easy to make friends




What I Like About Warwick

I’ve personally liked my experience at Warwick so far because of the amazing people I’ve gotten to meet and how many opportunities we students are provided with to learn and grow. Within Warwick, I’m part of the Business School, a learning haven comprised of well-structured modules and extremely helpful people All in all, a great place to be :)




Campus Life

One thing that stood out for me was the campus life, you felt like part of a community. The social aspects of the student union and on-campus accommodation meant you can easily get together and enjoy with friends. Additionally, I felt the course provided a variety of subjects allowing me to enhance my knowledge, from Marketing to Law and Finance. Overall I would most definitely recommend this university to friends and family.




Excellence self catered

The campus is very welcoming and Modern. There are many opportunities at Warwick but it is up to the student how do they want to make the most out of it and the staff at the school will definitely helo as much as possible. The location and the ranking have been amazing.




Warwick business school

Warwick business school is one of the best universities around the globe with a solid base of economic and business studies. Moreover, students get a chance to study in a diverse and warm environment with professional stuff which tries to provide the best opportunities for career development. One of the memorable features of the university are great events which sometimes take a place in one of the landmarks of the London city, the Shard building.

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