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Academic Matters
Yes, you can opt for a general MBA degree by fulfiling the 40 core modular credits and 28 elective modular credits from any of the electives offered.

Full-time students must enrol in modules totalling up to at least 12 MCs and up to 20 MCs per semester. During special terms, full-time students can only enrol for modules up to a maximum of 8 MCs for each special term.

Part-time students must enrol for modules totally up to at least 4 MCs and not more than 12 MCs of study per semester. For each special term, part-time students can register for up to 8 MCs.

You need to complete 68 modular credits (MCs) in order to qualify for graduation.

A typical full module comprises of 4 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.


There are nine specialisations offered:
  • 1. Finance
  • 2. Marketing
  • 3. Strategy & Organisation
  • 4. Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • 5. Consulting
  • 6. Analytics & Operations
  • 7. Digital Business
  • 8. Real Estate*
  • 9. Healthcare Management*

Students need to fulfill minimum of 20* modular credits to qualify for a specialisation. It is possible for students to specialise in two functional areas of interest. And achieve a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.5.

*For specialisations in Real Estate and Healthcare Management, you need to indicate your choice at the time of application as these two programmes are held in partnership with other faculties in NUS.

A typical academic year consists of two regular semesters and two special terms.

A typical full module, which comprises of 4 MCs, meets once a week during semesters and twice a week during special terms. The duration of each class is 3 hours during semesters and 3½ hours during special terms.

Classes for full-time students are held on weekdays while electives are held on weekday evenings and during weekends (9am to 5pm).

Classes for part-time students are held typically on weekday evenings (6:30pm to 9:30pm) and Saturdays for elective modules (9am to 5pm). Part-time students will be given priority for core module classes held in the evenings.

Admission Test
Yes, the Graduate Studies Office accepts either GMAT or GRE scores for the application process.

Please request your test scores to be sent to the programme you are applying to.

GMAT Codes
The NUS MBA Full-Time Programme: DRT-MK-35
The NUS MBA Part-Time Programme: DRT-MK-59
S3 Asia MBA: DRT-MK-81
The NUS MBA Double Degree with Peking University: DRT-MK-50

GRE DI code: 7539

Executive Assessment (EA): Please upload your EA score report in the ‘Documents Upload’ section in the application portal.

For students applying to the NUS MBA Double Degrees with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and with HEC Paris, please send your scores to the NUS MBA Full-time or Part-time Programme.

No, the GMAT is a different test from TOEFL or IELTS. While the former evaluates your analytical skills as well as quantitative skills, the latter assess your language skills.

GMAT or GRE is compulsory for all candidates applying to The NUS MBA and its double degree programmes, regardless of academic and professional backgrounds. GMAT/GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the test date.

Only part-time MBA applicants with 7 or more years of work experience have the alternative of taking the Executive Assessment (EA) in place of the GMAT/GRE. Part-time MBA candidates may also apply (by the test waiver consideration deadline) to be considered for a test waiver, however waivers are granted on an exceptional basis, typically to applicants with 10 years or more of work experience, strong academic and career track record, and excellent interview scores.

TOEFL / IELTS scores are required if English is not your native language, and the medium of instruction for your undergraduate degree was not in English. The minimum TOEFL internet-based test score required is 100. The minimum band for IELTS is 6.5.

The Admissions Committee will review your application and assess your profile based on your work experience, undergraduate grades, essays in the online application, interviews etc.

A GMAT score of 600 and above, would be a good gauge.
The average GMAT score is 670 for the full time MBA, and 645 for the part-time MBA.

Admissions
All applications must be submitted online at mba.nus.edu/apply.

The following required documents are to be scanned and uploaded online:

1. Resume
2. A copy of your degree scroll
3. The test taker copy of your GMAT, GRE or EA scores. Alternatively, you may upload your unofficial score sheet in your online application. Please note that the official scores must still be sent to us.
4. A copy of your undergraduate and/or post-graduate transcripts/mark sheets
5. A copy of your TOEFL/IELTS results (required if the medium of instruction in undergraduate study was not in English)

In addition, you are required to nominate two professional referees in your online application. They are required to complete an online referee report form and you may trigger the referee report email to them in your online application. Please note the referee report link is valid for 2 weeks from the date of your email trigger.

There is only ONE intake per year, commencing in July/August.

  • 1. Bachelor’s degree
  • 2. Minimum 2 years of post-bachelor’s full-time work experience (at the point of application)
  • 3. Good GMAT or GRE score (Executive Assessment acceptable for part-time MBA applicants with more than 7 years of full-time work experience)
  • 4. TOEFL or IELTS score (if the medium of instruction in undergraduate study was not in English)

TOEFL: 100 (Internet-based test)
IELTS: minimum score of 6.5

You will need to confirm your acceptance by completing an acceptance form, accompanied with an acceptance fee of SGD10,000 (exclusive of GST).”
This amount is non-refundable and will be credited towards payment of your tuition fees.

In addition, please arrange for the following to be sent to The NUS MBA Programme Office:
  • 1. One set of official degree transcripts and your attested degree scroll (request from your university’s registrar)
  • Your official GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment scores

Please visit the application deadline page for the latest information. Start your application at mba.nus.edu.sg/apply

Application Status
Being put on the waiting list is not an offer of a place, but neither is it a rejection.

The Admissions Team will place a candidate on the waiting list if they are not willing to offer his/her a place outright, but consider him/her strong enough to potentially be given a place on the programme. After more applications have been reviewed, the waiting list candidates are re-assessed by the Admissions Team and they will make a final decision.

No action is required from you. Please allow up to 8 weeks for the Admissions Team to revert to you via email with the final decision.

Yes. If you are made an offer for your second choice, the Admissions Team will make a final decision on your application. Any offer for your first choice will take precedence. It is not possible to hold more than one offer of a place.

The waiting list is not numbered or ranked in order of merit. The Admissions Team may contact the waiting list candidates either via email or phone should they be re-assessed.