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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 you obtain the necessary rigour, business discipline, and innovative thinking, setting you apart from other MBA graduates.


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CORE MODULES

The core modules provide you 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. 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. Learn more about how a typical MBA schedule is like. curriculuminfograph-19 Learn more about our core modules:
This foundational course in strategy explores the basic concepts, analytical techniques, and strategic options that form the basis for strategic analysis and action. It explores the reasons for the success and failure of businesses in this era of global competition. We will focus on two central questions: “What business should we be in?” and “How should we compete in our existing businesses?” In exploring these questions, you will develop a conceptual and practical understanding of the strategic challenges of developing and implementing corporate strategy. We will explore strategic questions such as: 1. What are the challenges to competition? 2. How do firms cope with and overcome such challenges? 3. What are the key organizational elements necessary for growth? As we explore these questions, we will address the fundamental issue of how an organization can create sustainable competitive advantages. Given these focal points of exploration, the course emphasizes the application of concepts and analytical frameworks to the strategic issues faced by real companies.
This is an introductory course that aims to provide a strong conceptual foundation for finance. Finance theory will be used to solve practical problems faced by financial managers.
The course stresses the theory of accounts, generally accepted accounting principles, and the interpretation of financial statements. The perspective of the course is that of managers and investors as knowledgeable users of accounting information.
Managerial Economics as the first year MBA core course aims to expose the students to a rigorous foundation in microeconomics, game theory and industrial organization. Its main objective is to develop students’ capacity to analyze the economic environments in which business entities operate and understand how managerial decisions can vary under different constraints that each economic environment places on a manager’s pursuit of his/her goals. Its focus will be on analyzing the functioning of markets, the economic behavior of firms and other economic agents under various market structures, and the economic and social implications of the outcomes.
Marketing management is the process of planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of goods, services, and ideas to create exchanges with target groups to satisfy customer and organizational objectives. It involves analyzing the environment to identify opportunities, and developing marketing strategies and programs to exploit such opportunities. This introductory course aims to impart marketing concepts and tools that may be applied to solve various problems in marketing management. It also provides an Asian perspective to the marketing management process.
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.
This course is to develop the students’ analytical abilities to deal with the use of accounting information internally in managing an organization. It introduces students to the role of accounting in planning, control and making informed decisions. This course will cover costs concepts and behavior, various costing systems, budgeting, performance analysis, relevant costs and their uses for decision making and planning.
Managers often express surprise when they find that people are more difficult than numbers to understand. Recruiters often indicate that they wish new managers possessed stronger people skills. Alumni often affirm that they too wish they had stronger people skills. The aim of this course is to provide you with some of these skills so that you can become a more effective manager and leader. However, management is not a science. Nor is it a profession. It is an art – a craft that is developed over a lifetime. This course is therefore not designed to offer you a magic formula for how to manage an organization. It is designed to provide tools to help you better understand why people in organizations do the things they do and how to influence these behaviors. We will use theories of management, economics, sociology, psychology, and philosophy to help us discuss individual, team, and organizational?level behaviors.
Leadership at the heart of business education. In this module we shall examine leadership from the perspectives of both management thought and practice. This module is conducted over three days. The theme of the first day is the substance of leadership, beginning with an examination of commonly held assumptions about leadership and comparing them to what has been found in research. Interpersonal aspects of leadership, such as engagement and the personal compact, are then explored. The second day turns to the context of leadership, focusing on the influence of situational and social factors on leadership behaviours and outcomes. The third day looks to the future of leadership, with topics such as leading change, resilience and continuous learning.
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.
Operations refers to the collection of actions that a firm (or an organization) takes to channels its assets, resources, and capabilities into outputs of value. For most for-profit firms, this output can be a physical product, or a service, or both. From this definition alone, it is evident that a firm’s operations is central to its identity, existence, and sustainability. Although not every manager will have direct control over a firm’s operating processes, all managers are, invariably, indirect stakeholders in the operations of a firm, its subsidiaries, and/or its partners. This course highlights the necessity for every manager, in any role, industry, and context, to be an effective operating manager, which we define as someone who is able to understand of the processes of a firm in order to assess its operations thoughtfully, identify root causes of operational failure or sub-optimality, and develop recommendations for impactful and sustainable improvement. Analytics refers broadly to structured approaches of interpreting data, understanding business processes, and ultimately, making better decisions. This course will emphasize the role of analytics as a tool to support effective operational management.
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) improve persuasion skills through a focus on business presentations; (3) improve discussion skills through a focus on extemporaneous discussion skills; and (4) improve 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.

ELECTIVE MODULES

You may wish to graduate with a specialization upon completing 28 MCs in a single business function. Elective modules can be chosen from the following disciplines:

finance
FINANCE
marketing
MARKETING
healthcare
HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
innovation & entrepreneurship
INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
consulting
CONSULTING
analytics & operations
ANALYTICS & OPERATIONS
digital business
DIGITAL BUSINESS
real estate
REAL ESTATE
strategy
STRATEGY & ORGANISATION

NUS MBA is a journey of self discovery, culture immersion and leadership improvement. The most valuable asset I learnt is “leading from who you are”.
YANG XIAO LU
China, Class of 2017
2015 Intake, Full time