MBA – National University of Singapore

MBA – National University of Singapore


Singapore, as the only island city-state in the world, provides students with an excellent living and educational infrastructure, seamless transportation and communications systems, and a rich heritage blending centuries of Asian and Western traditions. Located in the heart of Asia, the NUS Business School is at the crossroads of the world and with a unique blend of East and West, the NUS MBA is known for providing management thought leadership from an Asian perspective, opening up a wealth of opportunities for students as they embark on an exciting career. 

The NUS MBA offers deep Asian insights and expertise while giving participants a global perspective, providing them the opportunity to develop themselves professionally and  preparing them for a new world where they will leave their mark and make a difference in Singapore, Asia, and beyond.

A World of Learning

The NUS MBA offers a world of learning to its students. From day one they are immersed in a global learning environment and are given the right tools to allow them to reach their career aspirations.

With students from over 30 nationalities, a diverse faculty team with in-depth industry experience and industry experts visiting the school, NUS MBA students can expect an intellectual, stimulating and insightful experience. Learn how business is conducted in an emerging market such as Vietnam, why ‘guanxi’ is so important in China, and the best practices of some of Germany’s most successful companies. Participants will gain first-hand experience through working with counterparts from all over the world. 

A World of Opportunities

The NUS MBA opens up a world of opportunities for its students as they groom them to identify chances, seize them, and develop lasting careers that have a global impact.

In addition, The NUS MBA gives students the unique “Singapore advantage”. Located in the heart of a bustling Asian economy, Singapore is the key to unlocking the gateway of Asia. As the most globalised city in the world, the country is home to many Fortune 500 MNCs and is consistently ranked as the most liveable city in Asia.

A World of Networks

As part of the flagship university of Singapore, students can instantly tap into a network of over 200,000  university alumni, many of whom are now holding prominent positions globally.  As part of the programme,NUS MBA students can also participate in overseas MBA study trips, networking sessions, and student exchange programmes to further widen  their network. In addition to the strong network that students  will develop in The NUS MBA, they will also get mentorship from professionals, insights on industries and develop friendships with their peers that extend beyond just business.



The NUS MBA seeks individuals who have integrity, strong leadership capabilities and the desire to achieve academic and management excellence. In addition, we are looking for individuals who are mature, motivated, focused and wish to make a positive impact on business and society. Candidates must satisfy the followingentry requirements for the MBA programme.

  • Good Undergraduate Degree
    Applicants must have a strong academic record in any undergraduate field from a reputable academic institution. 
  • Work Experience
    Applicants must have a minimum of two years full-time postgraduate work experience. 
  • GMAT / GRE
    All applicants are required to take either the GMAT or GRE exam as they provide us with a standardised way of evaluating candidates. We do not have a minimum score required for admission as standardised tests are just one of several admission criteria. A high score does not guarantee admission, and a below average score does not eliminate a candidate. Scores may be self-reported; however, should you receive an offer of admission, official scores will then be requested for verification. 
    Applicants whose undergraduate degree was not in English are required to submit TOEFL / IELTS / PTE scores. The TOEFL code for NUS is 9082 Department Code 02. The IELTS code for NUS is 0677. Visit TOEFL or IELTS for more information.

    • TOEFL - Minimum score of 100 for internet-based test.
    • IELTS - Minimum score of 6.5.
    • PTE - Minimum score of 68.
  • Referee Reports
    Two referee reports are required to complete your application. The two referees can be your current employer, previous employer or corporate client.

    In the online application system, you are required to provide contact information about your referees. This information is important as it allows us to contact your referees. The email will contain information on how to access and submit the online referee report. Under the online application system, you could also initiate to send out the online referee form to your two referees before you complete your online application. The online referee form will only be valid for two weeks after you initiate to send out.

    Two referee reports have to be submitted within the application deadlines.


Short-listed applicants will be interviewed and may be required to take further evaluation tests if deemed necessary.


Course Outline 

Programme Structure

The NUS MBA programme requirements are as follows:

  • 8 full modules and 4 half modules equivalent to 40 core Modular Credits (MCs)
  • Management Communication (Compulsory non-credit graduation requirement) 
  • Electives (28 MCs)
  • Total 68 MCs 

The NUS MBA programme is offered on both full-time and part-time basis. A typical full module comprises of 4 modular credits (MCs) and meets 3 hours a week for 14 weeks. A typical half module comprises of 2 MCs and meets 3 hours a week for 7 weeks.

Full-time MBA programme

Full-time MBA students complete their studies within 17 months. This schedule offers students with the opportunity to enrich their learning experience by spending a semester on student exchange and another semester on internship. Core module classes are generally held in the day while elective classes are generally held in the evenings.

Example of a full-time MBA schedule

   Number of modules Other activities 
Year 1
Semester 1 5  
Semester 2 6  
Special Term 1 2  
Special Term 2 1 Internship
Year 2
Semester 1 3 Student exchange / Internship

Part-time MBA programme

The part-time NUS MBA programme allows working managers and professionals to upgrade their managerial skills and pursue further professional growth opportunities. Classes for part-time MBA students are held during weekday evenings and/or weekends.

Example of a part-time MBA schedule

   24-month schedule  30-month schedule
   Number of modules  Number of modules
Year 1
Semester 1 2 2
Semester 2 2 2
Special Term 1 2 2
Special Term 2 2 2
Year 2
Semester 1 2 2
Semester 2 3 2
Special Term 1 2 2
Special Term 2 2 1
Year 3
Semester 1 - 2

 *Number of Modules is equivalent to a combination of full modules and half modules. Each academic year consists of two regular semesters and two optional Special Terms. 

Semester I : August – November/December 
Semester II : January – April 
Special Term I : (optional) May – June
Special Term II : (optional) June – July

Class Timings and Schedule

MBA classes meet once a week per module during regular semesters and twice a week during special terms. The duration of each class during regular semesters is 3 hours. The duration for each class during special term is 3.5 hours.

Classes are held in the mornings (9.00am to 12.00pm), afternoons (12.00pm to 3.00pm and 3.00pm to 6.00pm) or evenings (6.00pm to 9.00pm). Part-time students would be given priority for core modules classes held in the evenings.

The NUS MBA offers a distinctive industry-focused curriculum that combines the best of global business training with a unique focus on the vibrant Asian region. To complement this, NUS MBA curriculum is constantly enhanced by a team of faculty and industry professionals, ensuring that students obtain the necessary rigour, business discipline, and innovative thinking, setting them apart from other MBA graduates.

Programme Curriculum

Core Modules

The core modules provide students with the knowledge and concepts that are the backbone of a general management education, equipping you with the essential skills required by leaders to succeed in the global business environment.

  • Analytics for Managers
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Macroeconomics in the Global Economy
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing Management
  • Management Practicum
  • Management Accounting (half module)
  • Managing Operations (half module)
  • Management and Organisations (half module)
  • Leadership in Organisations (half module)
  • Management Communication (compulsory non-credit graduation requirement)

A typical full module comprises of 4 modular credits (MCs) and meets 3 hours a week for 14 weeks. A typical half module comprises of 2 MCs and meets 3 hours a week for 7 weeks.

Elective Modules

Elective modules can be chosen from the following disciplines:

  • Accounting
  • Decision Sciences
  • Finance
  • Management and Organisation
  • Marketing
  • Strategy and Policy


Application Dates

Full-Time NUS MBA Application Dates

The application window is from 01 October 2016 – 31 March 2017. 
Round I: 01 October 2016 – 31 January 2017 (Scholarship Qualifying Period) 
Round II: 01 February 2017 – 31 March 2017

Part-Time NUS MBA Application Dates

The application window is from 01 October 2016 – 15 May 2017.  
Applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis; hence, applicants are encouraged to submit their application early.

Application Fees

Fees for 2017 Intake (Academic Year 2017-2018) 

 Full-time MBA:  SGD 62,000 payable over 2 semesters 

 Part-time MBA: SGD 62,000 payable over 4 semesters 

The above tuition fee applies to both Singapore Citizens / PRs and International students.

An acceptance fee of S$8,000 is payable upon acceptance of offer. This will be credited towards your tuition fees. Payment can be made online via credit card or by cheque.

 Semester  Full-time MBA Part-time MBA
Acceptance Fee  S$8,000  S$8,000
1  S$27,000  S$13,500 
2  S$27,000  S$13,500
3    S$13,500
4    S$13,500

The table above excludes an annual Mandatory Miscellaneous Fees (MMF). For more details on Fees Payment, please visit the Registrar’s Office website.

Living Costs

The estimated monthly living expenses* for an international student in Singapore are outlined below:

Expense Type Cost
Accommodation Renting a room in a public housing apartment
SGD $500 – S$1,000

Renting a public housing apartment
SGD $2,200 – $3,000

Renting a room in a private apartment
SGD $600 - $1,300

Renting a 3-bedroom private apartment
SGD $4,000 - $7,000
Meals SGD $300 – $450
Transport (within Singapore) SGD $100 - $150 (buses & trains)
Healthcare SGD $18 – $55 per consultation with a General Practitioner
Personal Expenses SGD $150 – S$350
Mobile phone & broadband SGD $50 – S$150
 * Actual amounts will depend heavily on the individual's lifestyle


Other Info

#1 Singapore University

  • by QS World University Rankings, 2011
  • by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15
  • by Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2015

#1 Singapore Business School

  • by QS Global 200 Top Business Schools Report 2014/15, Asia Pacific
  • by The University of Texas, Dallas, Top 100 Business School Research Rankings 2010-2014

#1 in Asia

  • By The Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2016
  • by Forbes for "Best International 2-year MBA Programme 2015"
  • by QS World University Rankings, 2015

#2 in Asia

  • by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15
  • by Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2015
  • by QS Global 200 Top Business Schools Report 2014/15, Asia Pacific

#4 in Asia

  • by the Economist WhichMBA? Rankings, 2015

#12 Globally

  • by QS World University Rankings, 2015

#17 for International Mobility

  • by Financial Times Global MBA Rankings, 2015

#24 Globally

  • by Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2015

#25 Globally

  • by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15

#45 Globally

  • by The Economist for "Opening new career opportunities" 2015


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