The NUS MBA Highlights


The NUS MBA provides an energizing forum for growth and discovery that will prepare you for leadership roles in today’s competitive global marketplace. Merging East and West, the MBA curriculum integrates Western business models and leadership tenets from a distinctly Asian perspective. Outside the classroom, overseas student exchanges, student-led study trips, business case competitions and other initiatives will expand your horizons and international network.

An integral part of the MBA journey, the Management Communication course you will be taking at the start of your programme is a non-credit course that focuses on vital “soft skills” that are essential for success in any leadership position. Over five intense days, you will learn how to build better connections and professional relationships by analysing the keystones to effective communication, emotional intelligence and core dynamics needed to influence others. This intense and interactive “boot camp” will spark new ideas and insights that will deliver essential leadership insights and guide you throughout the programme. The course is built around four main pillars:
  1. Management Communication: Key principles of positive leadership.
  2. Conscious Communication: Building awareness and developing a daily practice of management communication principles.
  3. Self-Leadership: Self-awareness and the inner motivation to holistic leadership qualities and influencing skills.
  4. High Challenge, High Support: Cultivating an environment conducive to the practice of Conscious Communication and Self-Leadership

This is the NUS flagship programme in experiential learning. In a span of five years since its inception, the Management Practicum programme has offered over 300 projects across 12 different industries with 120 companies in fields such as Fintech, Banking, Consulting, Technology, Hospitality & Tourism, Manufacturing, FMCG and more. It provides hands-on consultancy projects to apply what you have learnt in a real business scenario, where you will work directly with a company to solve current business challenges at the highest level.

You will be required to define and solve strategic problems, explore business opportunities, enhance organisational competitiveness, and improve organisational and managerial effectiveness – all within a limited timeframe. You will be working in teams of 4-5 students alongside company representatives and under the supervision of a faculty. As a team, you will research and analyse issues to produce a comprehensive, in-depth strategic business plan that would incorporate financial, marketing, operational and strategic recommendations. This required program will earn you 4 modular credits towards your graduation and needs 3-4 months to complete.

Recent Management Practicum projects:
  1. Market entry strategies for a global helicopter manufacturing and support company looking to expand regionally
  2. Research for a non-governmental organization towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities within south East Asia
  3. Improvements to operational efficiencies and service levels for a hospital group in Singapore
  4. Analysis of the Asian bond markets and identification of strategic opportunities for an investment management company

In the contemporary business world, effective communication across a broad variety of settings is a common key to success in large multinationals and entrepreneurial start-ups. Management Skills, conducted throughout the first semester of an MBA student’s enrolment in the program, is designed to augment students’ skills in communicating in organizational and corporate settings. It is an extension of the Management Communications module. It enables students to enhance their abilities to communicate orally by:
  1. Improving situational analysis skills through a focus on business case training
  2. Improving persuasion skills through a focus on business presentations
  3. Improving discussion skills through a focus on extemporaneous discussion skills
  4. Improving presentation and communication skills through digital media. Modes of emphasis include business case analysis, effective presentations, client and project management, handling Q&A and giving effective feedback and appraisals

The NUS MBA provides you with a solid foundation in general management combined with elective offerings to enable you to customise the programme to your unique professional objectives. In total you will complete 68 modular credits—40 universal core credits and 28 elective credits—as well as a non-credit compulsory course in management communication. You may also take up to two cross-faculty elective modules within the university*, an option that is particularly beneficial for those interested in special interest areas such as computing, engineering and public policy. *Allocation to cross-faculty courses is subject to availability and approval by the NUS MBA Academic Director. For all courses, the University reserves the right to revise the curriculum. Learn more about how your curriculum will be like and how your MBA will be structured.

Bringing with him a wealth of life experience, Mr Tan is a beacon of light for our MBA students in matters of studies, life and even of the heart.

Mr Tan is a beacon of light for our MBA students in matters of studies

The NUS MBA was a perfect match and once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I could foster global network and cultivate cutting edge knowledge about Asian business protocols as well as global business.
Japan, Class of 2017
2015 Intake, Full time