Warwick DL MBA or Durham Partime MA Management


delrey
I have been accepted to both the above programmes . I do understand that the obvious choice is the Warwick MBA but when I consider the factors below I become in need of professional feedback which I am seeking here.

I live in Lebanon and do not plan to relocate - in fact I returned here 5 years ago after working for multinational companies abroad. I have 15 years of experience in total.

My current salary is already that of well paid MBA graduates here and I am due to be promoted next year to a senior role regardless if I do a masters a MA or neither .

I love to learn and cant spaek enough of the importance of graduate management education. Thus applying for these programmes is to achieve my personal and professional goals. And of course get all the benefits as a cherry on top.

When I compare the 2 programmes from an opportunity cost perspective , I conclude that with the DBS Partime MA I will be saving 20k pounds . The face to face study times of the 2 programmes is the same with an advantage to Warwick. I am aware I am comparing apples to oranges as the MBA is different than the more theoretical MA but the DBS MA has been running for some years and is very workbased focused .

Worst case if , I find the DBS MA below my expectations I will have earned a MA degree and still have around 20k pounds to invest in an online MBA or even a PhD.

On the other hand the WBS reputation and ranking is improving significantly and the WBS MBA is becomeing more selective and fees are increasing every year - so it may be now or never for me .

Appreciate your thoughts . Any idea is welcome !
I have been accepted to both the above programmes . I do understand that the obvious choice is the Warwick MBA but when I consider the factors below I become in need of professional feedback which I am seeking here.

I live in Lebanon and do not plan to relocate - in fact I returned here 5 years ago after working for multinational companies abroad. I have 15 years of experience in total.

My current salary is already that of well paid MBA graduates here and I am due to be promoted next year to a senior role regardless if I do a masters a MA or neither .

I love to learn and cant spaek enough of the importance of graduate management education. Thus applying for these programmes is to achieve my personal and professional goals. And of course get all the benefits as a cherry on top.

When I compare the 2 programmes from an opportunity cost perspective , I conclude that with the DBS Partime MA I will be saving 20k pounds . The face to face study times of the 2 programmes is the same with an advantage to Warwick. I am aware I am comparing apples to oranges as the MBA is different than the more theoretical MA but the DBS MA has been running for some years and is very workbased focused .

Worst case if , I find the DBS MA below my expectations I will have earned a MA degree and still have around 20k pounds to invest in an online MBA or even a PhD.

On the other hand the WBS reputation and ranking is improving significantly and the WBS MBA is becomeing more selective and fees are increasing every year - so it may be now or never for me .

Appreciate your thoughts . Any idea is welcome !
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Duncan
The ESA in Beirut is a better option, surely?
The ESA in Beirut is a better option, surely?
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delrey
Hi Duncan , of course it is a good option that I considered. I also know some friends who studied there. But in my opinion that this programme would be similar to that of MIP in Italy meaning that it is targeted locally and most of the candidates are actually employees of the same group of companies . The ESA cohort will always be made up of employees of the same local banks , a couple of GCC based companies and the rest are more or else other company sponsored candidates that will take the course part of their development plan. Meaning there is no diversity or motivation that enriches the learning process. In addition to that most of the candidates will only have Lebanese work experiences so no breadth of ideas. I do not see it as a program that will disrupt me and challenge my mind as much as it will be an escalator to achieving 2 reputable double degrees (ESA and ESCP Europe ) in a happy family environment . They are the only EMBA I have looked at that ask for a min of only 5 years of experience ( I think this is not enough for an EMBA) and do not mention the min Ielts and Toefl requirements - they do that because the majority of those of who apply are francophone rather than anglophone. Locally I would choose the AUB EMBA had it been within my budget.

Going back to my original question . What would you recommend?
Hi Duncan , of course it is a good option that I considered. I also know some friends who studied there. But in my opinion that this programme would be similar to that of MIP in Italy meaning that it is targeted locally and most of the candidates are actually employees of the same group of companies . The ESA cohort will always be made up of employees of the same local banks , a couple of GCC based companies and the rest are more or else other company sponsored candidates that will take the course part of their development plan. Meaning there is no diversity or motivation that enriches the learning process. In addition to that most of the candidates will only have Lebanese work experiences so no breadth of ideas. I do not see it as a program that will disrupt me and challenge my mind as much as it will be an escalator to achieving 2 reputable double degrees (ESA and ESCP Europe ) in a happy family environment . They are the only EMBA I have looked at that ask for a min of only 5 years of experience ( I think this is not enough for an EMBA) and do not mention the min Ielts and Toefl requirements - they do that because the majority of those of who apply are francophone rather than anglophone. Locally I would choose the AUB EMBA had it been within my budget.

Going back to my original question . What would you recommend?
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Duncan
The MA cohort will not be so great. Warwick is obviously better. I guess the Kellogg Recanti programme is out for you?
The MA cohort will not be so great. Warwick is obviously better. I guess the Kellogg Recanti programme is out for you?
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