Have read few post on this topic but none really from the angle I am looking at things. I have worked for 6 years in high end consulting and plan to do an MBA degree - it is likely I will transition to industry at some point in near future and while consulting has been great I am looking to refresh and expand my business (corporate) education and get a good name on my CV (I have MBB firm there, but only undergrad degree from non-target school - which can be an issue). As far as industries - I like pharma, automotive and anything tech-focused. Location wise - western europe would be the target for now, but also thinking middle east, maybe states - I am open.
I dont want to stop for a year now, so plan to do 2 year distance learning program. This limits my options. It was all a bit last minute so I applied to Warwick Distance Learning MBA, Imperial's Global Online MBA and ESCP's EMBA. I know there is also IE, but didn't manage to do things on time. I was accepted to all so now the choice part. Location of studies given online nature doesn't play a role. My view so far is:
ESCP is a good school with good program. It will likely have me working with the most senior cohort and will be quite interesting. However, the name is an issue. Nobody from those around me knew the school (many high up people). This could be problem if I go beyond Europe. As such I narrowed it to Imperial/Warwick.
Of the two, Warwick seems to be overall better business school, very highly rated in the online space, been running program 30+ years, has interesting and more senior cohort, some connections to automotive that I could find, very good course layout. On the other hand it is not as selective of a school (have heard first hand from recruiters that Imperial students were more impressive), has less worldwide recognition (in UK is about on par with IC) and is not focused much on technology aspect.
Imperial is the school with better overall name (beyond UK/Europe), stronger alumni network, and with very good recent reviews on this particular Global Online MBA. Coursework is still good (just misses few things vs Warwick) and the school has a good tech focus which I like - they often talk about this business and technology intersection. So perhaps while not as good in some aspects its still very good. Post program support seem to e better too -> options to take electives, career support (not paid) etc.
I'm leaning to Imperial, could you tell me if this is a fair analysis, and if you have any other comments/points to take into account while deciding between the two distance-learning programs?
Thank you very much!
[Edited by luke_morris on Dec 23, 2020]