Full time MBA - Warwick vs Cranfield (Sept 2023 intake)


Rahul Dua

I am an Indian male with nearly six years of experience in accounting and finance. I am also a member of a couple of professional accounting bodies. I intend to transition to the asset and investment management industry. Moreover, I am also deeply interested in fintech.

I have secured an offer for a full-time MBA program from Warwick Business School and Cranfield School of Management. I am looking to start my studies in September 2023. Cranfield has also offered me a 33% scholarship, while I did not get any scholarship from Warwick. However, the cost is not a deciding factor for me.

During my MBA, I want to focus on leadership and entrepreneurship development aspects with exposure to fintech. I am not planning on specializing in finance, as I am pursuing CFA, which I will complete before my MBA. After finishing my MBA, I plan to work with asset management corporations or banks in the UK. (However, I am open to exploring entrepreneurial ventures if an opportunity arises). In the long run, I want to start my firm.

I am a bit confused about making a choice between Warwick and Cranfield as both schools seem to have a good alumni network, a curriculum focused on entrepreneurship development and strong career support. ROI on initial investment also seems similar, although Cranfield has an edge in my case due to the scholarship. Both have a fintech module. Also, neither of them has any location advantage (Cranfield is 50 miles and Warwick is 98 miles away from London.)

Which school is better considering my career goals?
Any other suggestions are also welcomed.

I am an Indian male with nearly six years of experience in accounting and finance. I am also a member of a couple of professional accounting bodies. I intend to transition to the asset and investment management industry. Moreover, I am also deeply interested in fintech.

I have secured an offer for a full-time MBA program from Warwick Business School and Cranfield School of Management. I am looking to start my studies in September 2023. Cranfield has also offered me a 33% scholarship, while I did not get any scholarship from Warwick. However, the cost is not a deciding factor for me.

During my MBA, I want to focus on leadership and entrepreneurship development aspects with exposure to fintech. I am not planning on specializing in finance, as I am pursuing CFA, which I will complete before my MBA. After finishing my MBA, I plan to work with asset management corporations or banks in the UK. (However, I am open to exploring entrepreneurial ventures if an opportunity arises). In the long run, I want to start my firm.

I am a bit confused about making a choice between Warwick and Cranfield as both schools seem to have a good alumni network, a curriculum focused on entrepreneurship development and strong career support. ROI on initial investment also seems similar, although Cranfield has an edge in my case due to the scholarship. Both have a fintech module. Also, neither of them has any location advantage (Cranfield is 50 miles and Warwick is 98 miles away from London.)

Which school is better considering my career goals?
Any other suggestions are also welcomed.
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Congratulations on your acceptance. Better choose Cranfield as it has a compact and solid networkings. Besides, it does have a good reputation when it comes to an entrepreneurship.

Congratulations on your acceptance. Better choose Cranfield as it has a compact and solid networkings. Besides, it does have a good reputation when it comes to an entrepreneurship.
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Duncan

Warwick is the better school for most people. 

Warwick is the better school for most people. 
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Rahul Dua

Warwick is the better school for most people. 


Thank you, Duncan, for your feedback.

Cranfield has recently revamped their entire curriculum starting from the academic year 2023-24. As per their website, they have made their modules more management and leadership-focused and introduced mandatory one-month overseas study modules. 

From a curriculum structure perspective, I find Cranfield a bit better. However, I can not find a dedicated career centre for management students at Cranfield. (The website keeps redirecting to the general career service page applicable to all undergraduate and postgraduate students). 

In contrast, I found Warwick's career centre dedicated to MBA students. Given my international student status and my aspirations to switch careers, I am biased towards Warwick based on its career support services.

Can you tell me any other factors besides career services I should consider before making a final decision?
 

[Edited by Rahul Dua on Dec 06, 2022]

[quote]Warwick is the better school for most people.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Thank you, Duncan, for your feedback.<br><br>Cranfield has recently revamped their entire curriculum starting from the academic year 2023-24. As per their website, they have made their modules more management and leadership-focused and introduced mandatory one-month overseas study modules.&nbsp;<br><br>From a curriculum structure perspective, I find Cranfield a bit better. However, I can not find a dedicated career centre for management students at Cranfield. (The website keeps redirecting to the general career service page applicable to all undergraduate and postgraduate students).&nbsp;<br><br>In contrast, I found Warwick's career centre dedicated to MBA students. Given my international student status and my aspirations to switch careers, I am biased towards Warwick based on its career support services.<br><br>Can you tell me any other factors besides career services I should consider before making a final decision?<br>&nbsp;
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Duncan

That's a long conversation. Considering Cranfield's ongoing decline in the MBA rankings (see Monday's FT ranking) I think you would need a very specific reason to attend it. 

That's a long conversation. Considering Cranfield's ongoing decline in the MBA rankings (see Monday's FT ranking) I think you would need a very specific reason to attend it.&nbsp;
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Rahul Dua

That's a long conversation. Considering Cranfield's ongoing decline in the MBA rankings (see Monday's FT ranking) I think you would need a very specific reason to attend it. 


Thank you for the prompt response.

I am going with Warwick. Thank you again for providing your valuable inputs.

[quote]That's a long conversation. Considering Cranfield's ongoing decline in the MBA rankings (see Monday's FT ranking) I think you would need a very specific reason to attend it.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Thank you for the prompt response.<br><br>I am going with Warwick. Thank you again for providing your valuable inputs.
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