ABOUT THE NUS MBA

The NUS MBA has consistently ranked amongst the world’s top MBA programs and attracts the brightest minds from across the world. The program combines western and Asian business principles and provides a world-class learning experience with distinguished faculty, international industry exposure, and a diverse cohort. Based in Singapore, The NUS MBA provides a strong ecosystem for participants looking for deep understanding and insights into business in Asia. As the world’s 2nd most prospering economy and a truly globalized country, Singapore is home to the world’s top MNCs and budding innovation startups and thus provides students with a plethora of career opportunities in and outside of the city. 

THE 2 YEAR MBA PROGRAM 

The NUS MBA is a 17-month full-time MBA program, based in Singapore. It ranks 21st globally and 2nd in Asia in the Financial Times Global business school rankings. 

Nearly 120 distinguished professors from 19 countries comprise the NUS MBA faculty. They are the frontrunners in their respective fields and bring a holistic teaching experience to the classroom.

When you complete your NUS MBA program, you become part of a vibrant network consisting of more than 38,000 business school graduates and 288,000 university alumni from diverse disciplines.

The tuition fee for the full-time program is SGD 68,000 (exclusive of GST) payable over 2 semesters. Generous scholarships are offered to outstanding international candidates on a merit basis. Here are a few examples of scholarships available.

  • The NUS MBA  study awards (dean’s/excellence/achiever)
  • The NUS MBA scholarship for emerging countries’ leadership
  • The NUS MBA diversity scholarship
  • The NUS entrepreneurship scholarship

CLASS PROFILE

The MBA cohort typically represents more than 30 countries and a wide array of industries and professional backgrounds, providing a truly global learning experience.

International students (outside Singapore) comprise 90% of the class. This makes the NUS MBA cohort a diverse one. 

The industry experience of students, before joining is also diverse, ranging from consulting, banking, and financial services to fashion and performing arts.

The average work experience for the full-time MBA is 6 years which ensures that students contribute richly to classroom learning by bringing forward their varied industry experience Peer-peer learning beyond the classroom is also facilitated through this.

At 37%, NUS has one of the best gender diversity ratios at B-schools throughout the world. 

The average GMAT score stands at 670.

The infographic below depicts the NUS MBA class profile with statistics about the gender distribution, age, work experience, and geographical background of the students.

Source: The official school website 

COURSE CURRICULUM SUMMARY

This is an infographic of the curriculum at a glance.

Source: The official school website

Academics

The 17-month experience is rigorous and transformative and has several modules. Students start by building a strong foundation with the dual-core (total of 10 courses) comprising 7 core courses that span finance, accounting, marketing, operations, and economics. The 3 other courses – ‘Launch your Transformation’, ‘MBA survival kit’, and ‘MBA consulting project’ are supplementary courses that concentrate on leadership principles, problem-solving and critical thinking. 

Thereafter, 7 electives can be taken from 9 specializations – Finance, Marketing Healthcare Management, Strategy, and Organization, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, real estate, consulting, Analytics & Operations, and Digital Business.

Projects and Application

International Student Exchange

The NUS MBA program give students the chance to spend a semester abroad at one of 62 top universities worldwide. The experience will expose you to new cultures, political systems, and economic environments, and widen your perspectives on international business.

NUS partner schools are members of the prestigious Partner in International Management consortium, an international network of leading business schools. 

Some partner schools- 

  • Columbia University Columbia Business School
  • Cornell University The Johnson School
  • Duke University The Fuqua School of Business
  • London Business School, United Kingdom
  • ISB Indian School of Business

Global Immersion Program

Student-led overseas study trips are organized every semester with the support of the MBA Office. These educational trips provide a unique platform to garner international experience and learn best practices in the corporate, entrepreneurial, and government spheres of the host country. You will also enhance your professional network and gain frontline insights from top-level business leaders and government representatives and an international network. GIPs have been organized in London, Japan, Australia, Germany, and many other countries in the past. 

Case Competitions

One of the distinct benefits of participation in case competitions is that it offers opportunities for MBAs to hone their leadership skills, as well as to demonstrate the mastery and application of their knowledge and business principles to real-life business challenges. Additionally, MBAs will get to network among their peers from other top business schools around the world as well as business leaders from leading global organizations.

A few case competitions NUS organizes are – 

  • CLEANTECH CHALLENGE – SINGAPORE CHAPTER

The CleanTech Challenge provides a launchpad for teams to pitch innovative ideas, have a positive environmental impact, and have sustainable business potential. 

  • INNOVATECHINA BUSINESS INNOVATION COMPETITION

Established in 2008 by CEIBS, INNOVATEChina provides an intellectually stimulating platform for creative individuals to share their business ideas in a collaborative team-based environment. 

  • THE VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTMENT COMPETITION

The Venture Capital Investment Competition began in the middle of the technology bubble in 1998 as an educational event for MBAs to learn about venture funding and has continued since then.

PLACEMENT STATISTICS

Each year, NUS achieves high employment rates above 94% of each MBA class. About 89% of the class found jobs through the Career Services Office and school-facilitated activities. The return on investment is huge given an average alumni salary 3 years after graduation of USD $153,216.

These are the key placement statistics.

Source: The official career report

Financial Services, Consulting and Technology emerge as the 3 industries in which the majority of the class is placed. Close to 65% of the class goes to these industries post MBA.

NOTABLE ALUMNI

Liak Teng Lit, MBA 1991, Group Chief Executive Officer of Alexandra Health System

Yam Ah Mee, MBA 1991, former Chief Executive of LTA

Yeo Keng Joon, MBA 1985, Board of Directors NUS

APPLICATION DETAILS

Admission Requirements

  • Education. Bachelor’s degree.
  • Work Experience. Minimum 2 years of post-bachelor’s full-time work experience. 
  • GMAT/GRE. Good GMAT/GRE scores
  • TOEFL / IELTS. TOEFL: Minimum score of 100. 
  • Referee Reports. Two referee reports to be submitted before the application deadlines.

Application Fee: $100

Application Process

The NUS MBA program accepts applications on a rolling basis during the application cycle.

The NUS MBA does not engage any external agencies to undertake student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in the NUS MBA must apply directly to the NUS Business School Graduate Studies Office and not through education agents.

1. Online Application Form

Only applications submitted via www.mba.nus.sg/apply will be accepted.

2. Preference for Programme

  • You are required to indicate at least 1 MBA program as Preference 1 under the “Preference” section.
  • If you are interested in more than 1 MBA program, add another application under the “Manage Applications” section. A unique application number will be assigned to each of the MBA programs.
  • Please indicate your order of preference, as the applications will be processed accordingly.

3. Specialisations

You need to state your specialization preference only if you are applying for the NUS MBA Specialisation in Healthcare Management or Real Estate (cross-faculty specialisations). It is not required for all other specializations (e.g. Marketing, Finance, Strategy & Organisation, etc).

4. Supporting Documents

Please note that you will need to upload the following supporting documents (size limit: 10MB) as part of your online application:

  • A copy of your resume
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree scroll
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree transcripts/mark sheets
  • A copy of your Test Taker’s GMAT/GRE/EA score report
  • A copy of your IELTS/TOEFL report (if the medium of instructions for your undergraduate studies was not in English)
  • A copy of your passport, NRIC, or Employment Pass (upload only ONE that applies to you)
  • A passport-sized photograph
  • A copy of your “Financial Supporting” documents (such as your latest payslip or bank account statement)

5. Admissions Essays

  • All applicants to The NUS MBA program have to complete two compulsory (plus one optional) essay questions in the online application.
  • If you are a reapplicant to the NUS MBA Programmes, you will need to complete an additional reapplicant essay.

6. Referee reports

 Two referee reports are required to complete your application. The two referees can be your current employer, previous employer, or corporate client.

Application Deadlines

Source: The official school website

Essay questions

Essay 1: How do you plan to spend your time on The NUS MBA to transform yourself personally & professionally? Briefly describe your experience to date, and how this and The NUS MBA can help you achieve your mid and long-term career goals. (350 words)

Essay 2: How have people, events, and/or situations in your life influenced who you are today? (250 words)

Optional Essay: Is there any additional information relevant to your application that you’d like to share with the Admissions Committee? (200 words)

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