NUS BBA

Special Programmes

  • The USP is NUS' premier leadership programme that provides the multidisciplinary intellectual grounding to nurture the personal, intellectual and leadership qualities of promising students. It aims to create a close-knit liberal-arts experience for the select group to develop these qualities that are necessary to shape our cultural perspectives and national priorities, and to guide Singapore in this 21st century.  This programme is therefore particularly suitable for bright and ablest students in the NUS Business School.

    USP is weaved into the four-year BBA/BAC Honours programme.

    University Scholars must show consistently good performance in order to stay in the programme and to proceed on to Honours. University Scholars in the NUS Business School are not required to read the Business Communication module offered by the School, as well as some or all of the regular University-Level Requirements (depending on the cohort).

    All USP students are expected to fulfil a two-year commitment of living in the USP residential college (Cinnamon College) in their first year and one other. Our students enjoyed and treasured the camaraderie within the vibrant USP community.

    USP offers students many exclusive overseas opportunities. USP students on overseas exchange may be able to map modules read on exchange unto USP modules, with USP office's approval. Please refer here for the details.

    USP students who completed the NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) 12-month programme are deemed to have fulfilled two HSS and two ST Inquiry-tier modules (including ISM requirements).  For USP students matriculated in 2011 and before, their NOC experience would have fulfilled the USP Advanced Curriculum requirements. Please refer here for the details.

    Please click on the link below for the academic requirements for each cohort of USP Scholars:

    For more information, please consult the USP website.


  • Programme Requirements: BBA (Hons) with USP
    (MCs)
    BBA Acc (Hons) with USP
    (MCs)
    Business Core 60 56
    Business Specialisation 24 32
    Field Service Project 8 8
    Honours Thesis (worth 3 modules) 12 12
    Business Internship - 4
    University Level Requirements:
    GER1000 Quantitative Reasoning 4 4
    GEM (other 4 Pillars) - -
    Unrestricted Elective Modules 4 -
    University Scholars Requirements
    USP Foundation Modules 12 12
    USP Inquiry Modules 32 32
    USP Reflection Tier 4 4
    Total 160 164

    Note:

      1. Please familiarise yourself with the USP requirements at the following webpage.
      2. Specialisation requirements for USP and non-USP students are the same.  Please refer to the BBA website for more info.
      3. Students are to note that the curriculum is subject to change. Requirements and MCs may also vary. Thus please consult your faculty programme coordinator to understand the requirements and/or to clarify any doubts.

  • Programme Requirements: BBA (Hons) with USP
    (MCs)
    BBA Acc (Hons) with USP
    (MCs)
    Business Core 60 56
    Business Specialisation 24 32
    Field Service Project 8 8
    Honours Thesis (worth 3 modules) 12 12
    Business Internship - 4
    University Level Requirements:
    GEM (5 Pillars) - -
    Unrestricted Elective Modules 8 -
    University Scholars Requirements
    USP Foundation Modules 12 12
    USP Inquiry Modules 32 32
    USP Reflection Tier 4 4
    Total 160 160

    Note:

      1. Please familiarise yourself with the USP requirements at the following webpage.
      2. Specialisation requirements for USP and non-USP students are the same.  Please refer to the BBA website for more info.
      3. Students are to note that the curriculum is subject to change. Requirements and MCs may also vary. Thus please consult your faculty programme coordinator to understand the requirements and/or to clarify any doubts.
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    Programme Requirements:B.B.A.(Hons)With University Scholars Programme (MCs)BBA(Acc.Hons.) With University Scholars Programme (MCs)
    Business Foundation 60 56
    Business Specialisation 24 32
    Field Service Project 8 8
    Honours Thesis (worth 3 modules) 12 12
    University Level Requirements:
    General Education - -
    Singapore Studies - -
    Breadth: Electives outside the School -  
    Unrestricted Elective Modules 8 4
    University Scholars Requirements
    USP Foundation Modules 12 12
    USP Inquiry Modules  32 32
    USP Reflection Tier  4 4
    Total 160 160

    Note:
    1. Please familiarise yourself with the USP requirements at the following webpage.
    2. Specialisation requirements for USP and non-USP students are the same.  Please refer to the BBA website for more info.
    3. Students are to note that the curriculum is subject to change. Requirements and MCs may also vary. Thus please consult your faculty programme coordinator to understand the requirements and/or to clarify any doubts.
  • DEGREE REQUIREMENTS OF THE BBA (Hons)/BBA (Acc.Hons) PROGRAMME FOR USP STUDENTS ADMITTED INTO NUS IN AUGUST 2012 AND 2013
    Programme Requirements:B.B.A.(Hons)With University Scholars Programme (MCs)BBA(Acc.Hons.) With University Scholars Programme (MCs)
    Business Foundation 60 56
    Business Specialisation 24 24
    Field Service Project 8 8
    Honours Thesis (worth 3 modules) 12 12
    University Level Requirements:
    General Education - -
    Singapore Studies - -
    Breadth: Electives outside the School -  
    Unrestricted Elective Modules 8 20
    University Scholars Requirements
    USP Foundation Modules 12 12
    USP Inquiry Modules  32 24##
    USP Reflection Tier  4 4
    Total 160 160

    ## BBA (Acc.Hons) students matriculated before AY2014 will use the Field Service Project to replace 2 USP Humanities & Social Sciences ISMs. This does not apply to any other programmes or combinations.
    Note:

    1. Please familiarise yourself with the USP requirements at the following webpage.
    2. Specialisation requirements for USP and non-USP students are the same.  Please refer to the BBA website for more info.
    3. Students are to note that the curriculum is subject to change. Requirements and MCs may also vary. Thus please consult your faculty programme coordinator to understand the requirements and/or to clarify any doubts.
  • DEGREE REQUIREMENTS OF THE BBA (Hons)/BBA (Acc.Hons) PROGRAMME FOR USP STUDENTS ADMITTED INTO NUS IN AUGUST 2010 AND 2011

    Programme Requirements:B.B.A.(Hons)With University Scholars Programme (MCs)BBA(Acc.Hons.) With University Scholars Programme (MCs)
    Business Foundation 60 56
    Business Specialisation 24 24
    Field Service Project 8 8
    Honours Thesis (worth 3 modules) 12 12
    University Level Requirements:
    General Education - -
    Singapore Studies - -
    Breadth: Electives outside the School -  
    Unrestricted Elective Modules 8 20
    University Scholars Requirements
    USP Foundation Modules 12 12
    USP Inquiry Modules  32 24##
    USP Reflection Tier  16 8##
    Total 160 160

    ## Students in the BBA (Acc.Hons) programme will use the Field Service Project to replace 2 USP Advanced Modules. This does not apply to any other programmes or combinations.

    Note:

    1. Please familiarise yourself with the USP requirements at the following webpage.
    2. Specialisation requirements for USP and non USP students are the same. Please refer to the BBA website for more info.
    3. Students are to note that the curriculum is subject to change. Requirements and MCs may also vary. Thus please consult your faculty programme coordinator to understand the requirements and/or to clarify any doubts.

    Note:

    1. USP students are not required to take ES2002 Business Communication, as it will be replaced by module UWC2101%.
    2. Three categories of Independent Study Modules are available to USP Scholars at the NUS Business School:

       (i) Individual or Small Group Study: Students are to undertake an individual reading, research or project course, or form groups of up to a maximum of 7 members, identify a faculty member who is willing to supervise the individual or group, and negotiate with the potential supervision the topic and its coverage, the requirements and deliverables for the ISM. Typically, students will be expected to engage in lots of reading, making presentations and criticizing articles. Students are also expected to write one or several reports, depending on the negotiation with the supervisor.

      (ii) Modified regular modules: students could opt to do any of the approved 3000/4000-level classes. In opting for this, students will, in addition to the regular requirements for the course, negotiate with the instructors involved for additional requirements. This additional load is expected to be at least 20% more than the normal requirement of the module concerned.

      (iii) 5000 or higher level Master's course based modules: Students undertaking the earlier USP curriculum (2011 and before) could opt to do any of the approved 5000-level research coursework modules. In opting for this, students will attend the same classes as the graduate students and will be expected to engage in the same assignments and reports expected of the class.

      The BIZ-USP ISM application form can be obtained here

      For more information on ISM.Besides academic opportunities, the Programme also encourages students to join the University Scholars Club:

      • immerse in community life through the University Scholars Club (USC)
      • embark on exciting international programmes.
      • partake in courses and seminars such as Creativity in Arts, Science and Technology seminars, public speaking and marketing workshops, University Scholars Seminar, and the Outward Bound School
      • participate in inter- and multi-disciplinary activities such as conferences, study attachments, focus group discussions with distinguished guests from the private and public sectors.
       
    3. For further enquiries, please contact the BBA Programme Office or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Programme Requirements:B.B.A.(Hons)With University Scholars Programme (MCs)BBA(Acc.Hons.) With University Scholars Programme (MCs)
    Business Foundation 56 52
    Business Specialisation 16# 24
    Consulting Practicum (or 2 Business electives) 8 -
    Honours Thesis (worth 3 modules) 12 12
    University Level Requirements:
    General Education - -
    Singapore Studies - -
    Breadth: Electives outside the School - 4 (EC2102)
    Unrestricted Elective Modules 20 20
    University Scholars Requirements
    USP First-Tier Modules 32 32
    USP Advanced Modules  16##  16###
    Total 160 160

    #BBA Hons students must take 3 compulsory modules from the list of essential modules under one of the 4 specialisations and 1 module from the restricted elective modules in the same specialisation.

    ##Two of the advanced modules must be from the same specialisation if a student intends to read a specialisation.

    ###Students in the BBA (ACC.Hons.) programme must take 2 advanced modules offered by Business School at level-4000 or higher.

    *Specialisation requirements for USP and non USP students are the same. Please refer to the BBA website for more info.

    *Students are to note that the curriculum is subject to change. Requirements and MCs may also vary. Thus please consult your faculty programme coordinator to understand the requirements and/or to clarify any doubts.

    Note:
    (a) USP students are not required to take ES2002 Business Communication.  
    (b) NUS Business School offers two categories of Advanced Modules:

    1. Independent Study Modules (ISMs)
    2. Course-Based Modules (CBMs)
      • USP students in the 2008/09 cohort BBA (Hons) programme are required to take at least 2 ISMs offered by the NUS Business School. The 2 ISMs must be from the same specialisation if students intend to secure a specialisation.
      • Please note that a maximum of two ISMs will fulfill the Specialisation (Essential/Elective/ Restricted Elective Modules) requirement.
      • Both ISMs and CBMs may be substituted with approved level-5000 or above modules.

    (c) Three categories of Independent Study Modules are available to USP Scholars at the NUS Business School:

    (i) Individual or Small Group Study: Students are to undertake an individual reading, research or project course, or form groups of up to a maximum of 7 members, identify a faculty member who is willing to supervise the individual or group, and negotiate with the potential supervision the topic and its coverage, the requirements and deliverables for the ISM. Typically, students will be expected to engage in lots of reading, making presentations and criticizing articles. Students are also expected to write one or several reports, depending on the negotiation with the supervisor.

    (ii) 5000 or higher level Master's course based modules: Students could opt to do any of the approved 5000-level research coursework modules. In opting for this, students will attend the same classes as the graduate students and will be expected to engage in the same assignments and reports expected of the class.

    (iii) Modified regular modules: Students could opt to do any of the approved 3000/4000-level classes. In opting for this, students will, in addition to the regular requirements for the course, negotiate with the instructors involved for additional requirements. This additional load is expected to be at least 20% more than the normal requirement of the module concerned.

    The BIZ-USP ISM application form can be obtained here.

    For more information on ISM.

    Besides academic opportunities, the Program also encourages students to join the University Scholars Club:

    • immerse in community life through the University Scholars Club (USC)
    • embark upon expeditions to places such as Cambodia, Sikkim, and India
    • partake in courses and seminars such as Creativity in Arts, Science and Technology seminars, public speaking and marketing workshops, University Scholars Seminar, and the Outward Bound School
    • participate in inter- and multi-disciplinary activities such as conferences, study attachments, focus group discussions with distinguished guests from the private and public sectors.
    (d) For further enquires, please contact the BBA Programme Office or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..