Business Administration and Business Administration (Accountancy) students who display strong academic ability and wish to pair their business degree with a master degree, may choose from the following:
- Concurrent Degree Programme with Master of Public Policy
The NUS Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours, BBA (Hons)/ Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy) with Honours, BBA Acc (Hons), and Master in Public Policy (MPP) Concurrent Degree Programme aims to prepare the next generation of policy leaders to apply business principles to social and environmental issues, as well as to address corporate social responsibility and business ethics concerns. This dual-degree offering had been developed for would-be professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors with an interest in the global dimensions of public affairs and national policies.
There is a convergence in the practices of public sector and private sector companies, and in the management of private enterprises and state or public enterprises. Hence, Business Policy and Public Policy, Business Administration and Public Administration, or Business Administration and Public Policy are closely intertwined and correlated. The set of management precepts applicable to private enterprises draws parallel in the government sector, particularly in the context and framework of government-linked companies in this dynamic continent.
This concurrent degree programme by the School of Business and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy develops versatile leaders to tackle the biggest issues through BBA's managerial leadership training and MPP's unique exposure to country-wide policy shaping.
The rigorous academic curriculum is well complemented by the intimate networking among selective like-spirited future leaders, many nominated by their own governments from more than 20 countries in this part of the world and beyond, while others are double-masters students from New York, London and Paris. The experience is thus ideal for young people in this region who aspire to lead in the public sector and its enterprises, or in private or non-profit sector areas that cherish the widest international connections or require insights into issues on the region's national agendas.
Candidature & Leave
The maximum period of candidature will be six years, excluding approved leave of absence.
A student may be granted an official leave of absence, for personal or academic reasons, for not more than two semesters in total.
Admissions to the concurrent degree programme is highly competitive and selective. Applicants should have very good verbal skills in order to mingle comfortably with generally more mature MPP students who articulate and write well.
There is a dual-entry system for the concurrent degree programme:
(1) Admissions with competitive A-level qualifications or equivalent
Same online application for admission to NUS (refer to FAQ).
Eligibility as per BBA/ BBA Acc programme.
(2) Admissions at the end of the second year of the BBA/ BBA Acc programme
Application through BBA Office when the invitation is announced in the middle of Second Semester;
CAP of at least 4.0 out of 5.0.
All offers to this Concurrent Degree Programme are conditional in the first instance. In other words, a place in the MPP programme is not guaranteed. Students must pass a final interview if they are shortlisted, during their third year in the BBA/ BBA Acc, before joining their MPP cohort for the Master's programme in the fourth year.
MPP core modules are usually taken as a cohort starting in August, during the last 3 or 4 regular semesters of the Concurrent programme. If students in this CDP have completed most of their BBA (Hons)/BBA Acc (Hons) degree requirements and wish to optimize their workload in the final undergraduate semester, they may read some of the MPP electives before the MPP core modules, subject to approval from both faculties.
Information on modules offered and the class schedules are available at:
Continuation and Termination
Students can choose to leave the concurrent degree programme, or can be removed from the concurrent degree programme if they fail to meet continuation requirements. A student whose academic performance falls under any one or more of the following categories shall be dismissed from the concurrent degree programme, even if all other requirements are met:
(a) CAP falls below 4.0 for completed BBA/ BBA Acc modules for 2 consecutive semesters; or
(b) CAP falls below 3.0 for completed MPP modules for 2 consecutive semesters; or
(c) CAP falls below 3.5 for completed MPP modules for 3 consecutive semesters; or
(d) Fail any particular MPP module twice; or
(e) Fail 3 or more MPP modules
Students who leave the concurrent degree programme are permitted to work towards BBA or BBA Acc (with or without honours) if prevailing continuation requirements for these undergraduate programmes are met. For students who leave the concurrent degree programme, modular credits completed in the concurrent degree programme will be counted towards the fulfilment of the prevailing degree requirements for BBA or BBA Acc (with or without honours), with all completed MPP modules being included in the computation of the CAP for the undergraduate programme.
Grading and Degree Classification
In students' graduating semester, they must obtain a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of :
- at least 3.0 for all MPP MCs and,
- at least 3.5 for modules counting towards the BBA(Hons) or BBA Acc (Hons) degree.
Two separate degrees will be conferred with the same conferment date, and two degree scrolls issued, one for each degree. BBA(Hons) or BBA Acc (Hons) degree classification will be dependent on the CAP computed.
Fees & Scholarship
Students pay prevailing fees for the BBA(Hons) or BBA Acc (Hons) Programme until they have completed at least 132 of the 180 MCs in the concurrent degree programme; thereafter students pay prevailing MPP fees.
Those staying beyond the fifth year (excluding any leave of absence) in the concurrent degree programme may be required to pay full (unsubsidized) BBA (Hons)/ BBA Acc (Hons) or MPP fees.
Students currently receiving financial aids for their BBA/ BBA Acc programme should consult their awarding organisations concerning whether any extra fees will be covered. Many NUS-funded scholarships cover tuition fees for the fifth year in dual-degree programmes. The School of Business also offers attractive full entrance scholarships to direct–entry students that covers up to the fifth year of study. The LKY School of Public Policy also offers attractive financial aids.
The Student Financial Aid Unit and the Part-time Appointment Scheme provide financial aid information. International students are also encouraged to seek funding from their government agencies.
Please consult NUS' FAQ page for Concurrent Degree Programmes.
Other Useful Links:
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy MPP FAQ.