- 1. When is the application window?
Application details and important dates for the different certifications and qualifications can be found on the NUS Office of Admissions website here.
- 2. How and where do I apply?
All applications are to be submitted online here.
- 3. What is the offer acceptance deadline?
The offer acceptance deadline for NUS may be found here.
- 4. What is the entry cut-off for BBA/BBA(ACC)?
The latest indicative Grade Profiles for applicants presenting the GCE A-level certification and the local polytechnic diplomas may be found here.
- 5. What are Aptitude-Based Admissions and how do I go about applying for it??
The University sets aside places for consideration of candidates who demonstrate a strong interest or aptitude for the courses they have applied for. The University will consider factors besides academic grades and admit applicants on other bases, including demonstrated ability and interest, work experience, leadership, community service and exceptional talent, subject to a minimum level of academic competence.
Applicants who wish to be considered under this scheme must provide details under the ‘Outstanding Achievements’ section of the online application form. If you have indicated information this section, you are strongly encouraged to provide an elaboration of these activities at the ‘Essay’ portion of this section too.
The following are areas of excellence that the business programme emphasizes on:
- Sporting excellence at the national or international level
- Artistic talent at the national or international level (i.e. MediaCorp artiste, fine arts, theatre/dance productions)
- Entrepreneurial flair (must be able to substantiate it with sufficient evidence of having managed a business)
- Leadership aptitude
Students are strongly encouraged to complete that segment, objectively stating their argument for their being in the business program while listing their achievements in support of their statements. For technical queries of a similar nature and on filling out the online application, do refer prospects to the Office of Admissions direct.
- 6. What are the subject requirements for applying into the BBA and BBA (ACC) Programmes??
• GCE A-level: At least a pass in H1 Mathematics• Polytechnic: All local diplomas are welcome to apply• IB Diploma: At least a pass in Standard Level (SL) Mathematics. Note: Mathematics subject is different from Math Studies. Math studies does not fulfill the eligibility requirement• NUS High School Diploma: Major CAP of 2.0 in Mathematics• Others: Refer to Office of Admissions booth if unsure
- 7. Am I eligible for Advanced Placement Credits?
- 8. What are the tuition fees like?
- 9. Are scholarships and awards available?
More information on scholarships and awards can be found at the following:• University-level: http://www.nus.edu.sg//oam/scholarships/
- 10. What is the difference between a scholarship, an award and a bursary?
Scholarships are generally longer in duration and monetarily more attractive than awards. Scholarships typically provide sponsorship for tuition fees, and in some cases other expenses pertaining to University life. Awards are a lump-sum amount given to the student to offset any expenses as he/she wishes. Bursaries are similar to awards, but awarded based on the financial needs of the applicant. In the case of a bursary application, the student will be required to declare the financial status of his/her household.
- 11. What kinds of financial aid are available and how do I apply?
Financial aid packages are available only at the university level, direct them to the Admissions booth or online at http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/financial-aid.
Programme Focused Questions
- 12. What is the BBA and BBA (ACC) curriculum like?
For more about the BBA2017 new curriculum, feel free to refer to our brochure or visit our website at https://bba.nus.edu.sg/nus-bba-curriculum/.For curriculum details for students who matriculated before AY17/18, please refer to the following websites:BBA Curriculum: https://bba.nus.edu.sg/academic-programmes/bba-programme/curriculum-ay2017-2018-onwards/
- 13. What is the percentage of each BBA specialisation within the School?
The three new specialisations under the new curriculum aside, approximately 55% of BBA students specialise in Finance, 25% in Marketing, 10% in Human Capital Management and the remaining 10% in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Students are allowed to read a double specialisation, which comprises 2 of the 4 options.
- 14. Why do you not have a hospitality/tourism specialisation?
NUS Business School is a top-tier university. By and large, universities in this league generally keep their scope of specialisation to the mainstream 4: Finance, Logistics, Marketing and HR as we do. Also:• Hospitality is still not considered a mainstream specialisation and the sustainability of such a major is not certain• The nature of the hospitality and tourism specialisation is highly similar to the marketing specialisation with high focus on soft skills. Many of our students specialising in marketing have proven well-equipped and have gone on to pursue careers in this sector.
- 15. What is a specialisation, major and minor? What are the differences?
Specialisations are fundamentally the same as majors and minors, except the former constitutes reading modules within the Business School and the latter, modules from other NUS faculties.A second major comprises 48 modular credits from a cross-disciplinary field within NUS that a student can undertake. A minor comprises 24. In both cases, the student will still only be conferred a single degree, but with an added second major or minor reflected in the academic transcript. There is an extensive list of 2nd majors and minor programmes available to BBA and BBA (ACC) students.Some majors and minors are more popular than others, so a quota is imposed, and an additional application process and minimum CAP score is required to gain entry into these programmes. Also, certain specialized courses like Medicine, Law and Engineering do not offer a major or minor programme.
- 16. What is the percentage of students in NUS Business School that qualify for the Honours programme?
Based on past statistics, close to 90% of our students qualify for the Honours Programme. With the new curriculum, all students are automatically enrolled into the direct honours programme with the possibility to withdraw should they wish to complete just the basic Bachelor degree.
- 17.What is the purpose of the ‘Grade-free’ Scheme for First Year Undergraduates?
The ‘grade-free’ scheme was proposed with the aim of providing a supportive and enabling environment for new NUS undergraduates to make a successful transition into the academic and social culture of university life. It serves to alleviate anxiety among students and transform the mind-set of placing an excessive focus on maximising grades to engage in exploratory, self-directed and independent learning.
- 18. How does the ‘Grade-Free’ scheme work?
More details on the application of the Grade-free Scheme for BBA and BBA (ACC) students can be found here.
- 19. How does the NUS GE curriculum work?
NUS has implemented a reformed General Education (GE) curriculum since Academic Year 2015/16. These refer to modules outside of the core/compulsory requirements for a student’s primary major. This segment of modules comprised 5 main pillars: Thinking and expression, Asking questions, Quantitative reasoning, Human cultures, and Singapore studies.
- 20. Will the GE reform affect the polytechnic exemptions, double degree programmes and concurrent degree programmes?
Polytechnic diploma holder Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) – Single-Degree programmes
Before AY2015/2016, incoming students with a Polytechnic diploma typically receive 20MCs of automatic exemptions – 8MCs (equivalent to 2 modules) from their University-Level Requirements, and 12 MCs for their Unrestricted Elective Modules (UEM). The former will now be reworked into the new GE curriculum and hence all 20MCs will be directed to UEM exemptions.
* Students pursuing the 4-year BBA/BBA (ACC) Honours programme are eligible for 20MCs of UEM exemptions. More details regarding APC can be found here: https://bba.nus.edu.sg/academic-programmes/module-registration-information/general/
Double and concurrent degree programmes
Students enrolled in the double degree programmes will have to read an additional 8MCs for their ULRs, as there will no longer be exemption for these under the new GE curriculum.
- 21. I heard that the NUS Accounting program is not accredited. Is that true?
No, this is not true. The NUS BBA (ACC) is an accredited accountancy degree under the Accountants Act and is also accredited for the newly introduced Singapore Qualification Program. The same applies to the accountancy programmes at NTU and SMU.
- 22. Do I have the option of pursuing a career in finance with a Bachelor of Business Administration Accountancy?
Yes, students in the Accountancy programme who wish to gain more exposure to finance can read a finance specialisation. Honours students will be able to complete the specialisation within their 4-year candidature. This combination equips students to take on more quantitative and technical roles in banks/financial institutions.
- 23. Will I become a Chartered Accountant (CA) once I complete my Accountancy degree in NUS?”
In compliance with the ISCA (Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants) regulations, all local Accountancy degree graduates will also have to complete the Singapore Chartered Accountants (CA) Qualification Programme before being recognised as Chartered Accountants in Singapore. More details can be found here.
- 24. What are the different double degrees available?
Highly motivated students with an interest in two complementing disciplines may consider the Double Degree Programme (DDP). BBA students may choose from the following options:
- Business Analytics (New)
- Communications and New Media
- Computer Science
- Information Systems
- Ad-hoc Double Degree * (with other faculties not mentioned above, with the exception of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Music.)
* Students may apply to pursue self-initiated DDP combinations ater the first year of study. BBA (ACC) students may also pursue the above options through and ad-hoc arrangement. More information can be found here: https://bba.nus.edu.sg/academic-programmes/dcdp/ddp/ad-hoc-double-degrees/
- 25. How do I apply for the Double Degree Programme?
There are two rounds of application available:A. Done alongside the main application into the University – look for the segment on DDP within the online application to select and rank the course optionsB. Mid-stream admission after the 1st year of study for those who wish to enroll in a single degree first and enter the programme later.Note: For the Ad-hoc and Accountancy double degree option, admission will only be after the 1st year of study.Other details regarding DDP:• Students in a DDP will be expected to complete the honours programme in their home faculty• Double honours is a possible option only if they qualify academically• Takes 4.5 to 5 years to complete, or shorter if students choose to overload• All must complete approximately 180-200 MCs (45-50 modules) to be conferred a Double Degree• Maintain an overall CAP of 3.75 for their home faculty modules, and 3.25 for the second degree modules to remain in the programme.• Students unable to adhere to the minimum continuation requirement over 2 consecutive semesters will require to exit the programme and complete a single degree in their home faculty. Modules already completed in the second degree may be used to fulfill the requirements of a minor (24MCs) or second major (48MCs), subject to prevailing quotas for the major and minor intakes.
- 26. Why does an NUS double degree take 5 years?
The full course load of an NUS double degree programme is between 180 and 200 MCs, as opposed to 160 credits for a single degree. Assuming a 5-module per semester work load, this works up to 4.5 to 5 years (9 – 10 semesters). Any two disciplines also need to have a less than 30% content overlap to be recognised as a legitimate double degree combination in NUS, hence the heavier course load vis-à-vis other institutions.
- 27. What are the Concurrent Masters programmes about? How do I apply if I’m interested?
The NUS Business School currently offers the following Concurrent Masters programmes:BBA + Master of Science (Management) + CEMS Master in International ManagementStudents can choose to apply for the BBA + Master of Science (Management) upon entry into NUS or apply mid-way. However they will only be able to apply for the CEMS Master in International Management (MIM) upon completion of their BBA Honours and Master of Science (Management). The Master of Science (Management) is an independent programme also open to non-BBA prospects. Unlike the MBA, no prior work experience is required to be eligible to admission, only a bachelor degree.Detailed queries on this programme pertaining to application process and curriculum can be directed to Mr Saul Sio or Mr Daniel Pang from the CEMS management team.BBA/BBA (ACC) + Master in Public PolicyStudents are allowed to apply for this when they submit their applications for entry into the Business School, or apply during the course of their Bachelor programme. The selection process typically involves an interview with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy after admission into the BBA or BBA (ACC) programme. Do note that intake numbers for this programme is very small, and admissions highly selective.
- 28. What percentages of students pursue double or concurrent degree programmes?
Due to the academic rigor of these programmes, an estimated 10% or less pursues this route.
Internship placement and career prospects
- 29. Can you tell me more about internships and the career placement programme?
Internships are excellent platforms to gain work experience and explore career options before graduation. These typically take place over the summer vacation months of May to July, but there are options for winter internships during the December holiday as well. Some students also take Leave Of Absence for an entire semester to pursue 6-month long internship, which will entail a delayed graduation.The Business School’s dedicated Career Services Office also plays an instrumental part in preparing, sourcing and matching our students to suitable internship placements. Students are also free to independently source for their own internship opportunities.
- 30. Are internships compulsory in the curriculum?
Students are not required to do an internship, but are strongly encouraged to and most, if not all do so. BBA (ACC) students must complete at least 8-week internship that is accounting or finance-related. There are no limits to the number of internships that can be done.
- 31. How do credit- bearing internships work?
Since the 2015 admission cohort, credit-bearing internship modules have been introduced and formalised as part of the curriculum, allowing students to fulfill modular credits through their internships based on the following criteria:
- 4 MC internship module – minimum 8 weeks and during summer vacation only
- 8 MC internship module – minimum 16 weeks and during semester time only
Students can register for these modules only after 1.5 years of studies (60 MC of modules) and tuition fees are payable. The internship modules have assessment components but are graded pass-fail only. More information available here.
- 32. What are the career prospects of a Business degree? / What can I do with a Business degree?At a glance, career paths of Business graduates can range from:• Banking and finance (Investment banking, Corporate banking, Trading & Securities, Private Wealth Management, Financial Institutions, FOREX etc.)• Marketing (Brand management, marketing communications, advertising and PR, social media marketing, digital marketing etc.)• Logistics and supply chain (PSA, freight forwarding, logistics planning)• Management (Human Resource Management, Human Resource consulting, Executive search/Recruitment)• Others: Consulting, Manufacturing, Customer ServicesA more detailed list of companies that BBA students joined upon graduation is available in the BBA brochure.The Business Degree prepares you for a career in any sector and scope with the exception of professional and highly niche fields like:• Medicine• Dentistry• Law• Pharmacy• Scientific research• Engineering• Music/fine arts• Accountancy
- 33. Do I need an ACCA to be a Certified Public Accountant in Singapore?The ACCA is an international qualification, so this will not be necessary if the student only wishes to practice in Singapore. For the ACCA qualification, the BBA (ACC) programme grants exemptions only for the foundation modules.
- 34. Do I get a higher starting salary as a double degree student?The double degree programme does not promise higher starting salaries, but gives students more career options, i.e. a student who has completed a double degree in business and law can pursue career paths in both the business functions (finance, marketing, logistics, HR), and in law (litigation, conveyancing etc).
- 35. Who is eligible for the Student Exchange Programmes (SEP) /Summer Programmes/NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC). What are the differences between these programmes?
All undergraduate students are welcomed to apply for overseas programmes from their first year of study onwards. That said, each programme has its own application criteria and focus.Student Exchange Programmes (SEP)NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC)Summer Programmes
- 36. Can I go on SEP, NOC, and also summer programmes during my candidature here
Yes, as time and resources permit, and subject to meeting NUS residency requirements for graduation. This requirement states that at least 50% of total (and major) modules must be completed at NUS.
- 37. How do I go on student exchange programme without delaying my studies?
SEP allows students to read modules they would otherwise complete here in NUS in the partner university, in a process called module mapping. Hence should a sufficient number of relevant modules be done, no delay is necessary. Modules read on exchange are credit-transferrable, but not grade-transferrable, in that students are only required to pass and the grades of modules done on exchange will not count towards the CAP score.
Student Life and Others
- 38. I heard that the environment in NUS Business is very stressful and weightage on class participation is heavy, is that true?
NUS prides itself for its highly dynamic and vibrant student life. Depending on how much a student wants to take on during his/her university years, it is advisable for him/her to manage wisely. Much of university student life is self-steered and managed. Hence, take on as many opportunities as interested, however also be conscious of what one can cope with.Concerning the BBA curriculum, the teaching methodology places great focus on seminar based, small-group, interactive based teaching, particularly for upper level modules from the 2nd year onwards. However certain foundation courses that are deemed more concept-heavy and quantitative are kept to lecture-tutorial style learning. This differentiates us from local counterparts who implement 100% sectional teaching for all its courses. Sectional teaching requires more immediate application by virtue of it being high in in-class participation (so students are required to engage fully at all times and contribute constructively to discussions), but is an effective way to practically apply what is learnt in a classroom setting, thus adding more value to their learning and person development. These go a long way preparing them in being quick on their feet and well-spoken for their careers, a necessary rite of passage for a solid education in Business.
- 39. The students in NUS Business School are very competitive and study very hard, is this true?
The Business and Accountancy programmes offered by the local Universities are typically the more popular course of choice for undergraduate prospects, following medicine and law (historically speaking). As a result, students who enrol in the courses are at the top of their class academically, which makes for an inherently competitive study environment. Students who tend towards the business course are also generally self-motivated, which also means they enjoy being involved in co-curricular activities, overseas programmes, and the range of value-added programmes available to them in the University. On the whole, the student profile is one of work-hard, play-hard.
- 40. What are the options for accommodation in NUS?
There are 3 main categories of accommodations available for full time students to apply:
Halls are known for their vibrant CCA, rich history and culture. Residents are expected to participate actively in hall activities. Student residences offer independent living with opportunities for cross cultural interaction with the international community of students. As Residences offer more privacy, they tend to be quieter than Halls. Residential colleges are learning communities where students – enrolled in an academic programme – learn from and live alongside their peers and professors. The academic component of these residential colleges comprise 5 modules used to fulfil the University-level requirements of the respective degree programmes. For the University Scholars Programme, students do 12 modules instead of 5. They will also be awarded an additional scroll upon graduation certifying that they have been a student of the scholars programme. No extension to the standard candidature is required, as these modules will be used to fulfil University-level and Unrestricted Elective Module requirements.
- Halls of Residence
- Student Residence
- Residential Colleges
- 37. How do I go on student exchange programme without delaying my studies?