NUS BBA

BBA Academic Programmes

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is a pre-eminent broad-based leadership and management talent programme for sensitive, inquisitive and articulate students.

Besides specially customised double degrees and concurrent degrees developed by the School of Business and partnering Faculties or Departments, any eligible NUS non-Business undergraduate student can construct an ad-hoc double-degree combination with the BBA/BBA(H) or BAC/BAC(H) programme. Students with time pressure could read instead the 12-module BBA-subset Major in Management, or even the 6-module Minor in Management

The rest of this page applies to any ad-hoc programme put together by an originally non-Business student. (Some information is provided for a Business student putting together an ad-hoc double degree programme with a partnering non-Business department or faculty. Henceforth, such a student is referred to as a BBA student, for simplicity.) In general, all relevant regulations below apply reciprocally to the Business student.

Double degree programmes with BBA or BBA(H) may take between 4.5 years and 5 years respectively. For double degrees programme with BAC or BAC(H), that may take slightly longer.

Details below are stated in terms of Modular Credits (MCs). Please note that currently most School of Business modules carry 4 MCs, and may be studied in any order, provided that the pre-requisites (if any) are fulfilled.

  • Students are strongly advised to apply by the end of their first year so as to start the double-degree programme at the beginning of their second year. This is so that students may complete the double degree programme within the normal candidature. For students who wish to apply for mid-entry only after completion of between 60 to 80 MCs, please submit a proposed study plan with the application. Students must apply through their home faculties. Short-listed applicants may then be interviewed.

    Students who would like to pursue a double degree are advised to plan their modules carefully.

  • The minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) requirement for acceptance to the double degree programme is 3.75. The applicant will also need to meet the minimum prevailing admission criteria of both courses. In making a judgement about ability and potential, the School of Business and the partnering Faculty/Department would generally consider whether the student has read some modules in the other programme applied to.

    Other students applying to our BAC programme must have obtained at least B+ grades for either or both ACC1002 Financial Accounting and ACC2002 Managerial Accounting modules (Cohort 2016 and before); ACC1701 Accounting for Decision Makers and preferably also ACC2706 Managerial Accounting (Cohort 2017 onwards).

    Students must generally have a pass in H1 Mathematics, or otherwise demonstrated equivalent preparation. The student's non-academic activities in NUS will be considered, and he/she usually would also have to attend an interview.  Although not an explicit requirement, good communication and inter-personal skills are definite pluses, and fine writing skills help. 

  • A student may decide to withdraw, or be required to withdraw from the double degree programme. However, the student is not allowed to withdraw from the Partner's non-Business degree programme and transfer to the Business programme. A student who exited from the home faculty's Honours programme would be deemed to have automatically withdrawn from the double degree programme.

    After withdrawal from the double degree programme, all the modules that the student had taken to fulfil the requirements of the second programme will be reflected in the transcript, and included in the computation of the CAP for the home degree programme.  Non-business students may use some completed Business modules towards the Major or Minor in Management, a subset of the BBA programme.

    Students whose CAP falls below 3.75 for the home course, or below 3.25 for the second degree, or both, for two consecutive semesters, will be required to leave the double degree programme. However, this continuation rule is not applicable once a student's total cumulative modular credits exceeds 160MCs.

  • To be allowed to pursue the double degree programme, a student must pursue Honours in the home degree programme, i.e. a student may pursue either Honours in both degrees, or only Honours in the home degree and non-Honours in the second degree programme.

    Student's promotion criteria as follows:

    BBA1/BAC 1:   Student who has completed less than 40MCs worth of modules.

    BBA2/BAC2:    Student who has completed at least 40MCs worth of modules.

    BBA3/BAC3:    Student who has completed at least 80MCs worth of modules, but not eligible for (or choose not to pursue) the honours programme.

    BBAH/BACH:   Student who has completed at least 80MCs worth of modules, with a CAP score of at least 3.2 and accept the offer to be in the honours programme.

  • The minimum MC requirements for double degrees are as follows:

    (a) Single-Honours Degree: 180 MCs 
    (b) Double-Honours Degree: 200 MCs

    The actual total MCs will be dependent on the requirements of the two degrees and how much double counting is possible between the two programmes.

  • The details are as follow:

    • University Level Requirements

      Students need to satisfy only one set of University Requirements. 

    • Programme Requirements: 

      DDP students must also fulfill The University guidelines on DDP which is available via: http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/edu/UG/spugp-double-degree-guidelines.html. At least two-thirds of each set of programme requirements must be fulfilled by dedicated and distinct (i.e. unshared; no overlapping) modules. 

      It is sometimes possible to do a field service project and/or integrated honours thesis for the two degree programmes. 

      Some modules in the BBA requirements can be substituted or replaced by permitted recognized modules offered outside the School of Business. Partnering Faculties and Departments may suggest modules for consideration as Substituting or Recognized. For example, ES2002/MNO2706 business communication module may be replaced by a USP Writing and Critical Thinking module.

      The BBA programme requires 6 Specialisation Modules. In place of a specialisation, students may take an equal number of business modules from any area, at the equivalent levels.

    • Unrestricted Electives: Students are usually exempted from Unrestricted Elective Modules (UEMs), but may be required to read them in order to meet the minimum MCs required for the double degree programme.  If UEMs are read, these must count towards one of the two degrees. 

    • Modules double counted towards the requirements of both degrees may not be further counted towards a Minor (i.e. triple counting is not allowed).

    • Degree Requirements: Both the Business School and the partnering Faculty/Department (and residential colleges, if applicable) must be satisfied that all the graduation requirements, including any non-credit graduation requirements, for their respective degrees (and programme) have been fulfilled.

  • Refer to the University Guidelines for details on DDP: http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/edu/UG/spugp-double-degree-guidelines.html

    The maximum period of candidature will be six years. The two degree programmes must be undertaken and completed within a single continuous candidature period (save for the usual provisions for leave of absence).

  • The University Guidelines on DDP applies. Please refer to the following for details: http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/edu/UG/spugp-double-degree-guidelines.html

    • The CAP for both degree programmes will be computed separately and the two CAPs, one each for the respective degree programmes, are reflected separately on a single transcript.

    • The process and method for computation of CAP are as follows:

      During the registration for modules in each semester, the student must declare which modules he/she wants to use to count towards fulfilment of each of the two degrees. Any changes to the module declarations may only be made during the final semester, subject to the approval of the partnering Faculty and the School of Business. 

      The grades from modules that may be double counted (e.g. University Level Requirements) will be used twice to compute the CAP for each of the two degrees. 

      If any Unrestricted Elective Module has been taken, the grade obtained will be used to compute the CAP for either one (but not both) of the two degrees.

      Any Honours or Merit classification for two degrees will be determined by the respective CAP.

  • Please refer to the RO website and this DDP FAQ link (refer to A12) for details. Students currently receiving financial aids for their undergraduate programmes should consult their awarding organisations concerning whether any extra fees will be covered. Many NUS-funded scholarships awarded to students may cover tuition fees for the fifth year in Double Degree programmes. 

    The Student Financial Aid Unit provides financial aid information.

  • The student will be eligible for award of medals and prizes and for inclusion on the Dean's List for both degrees. Two separate degrees will be conferred with the same conferment date, and two degree scrolls issued, one for each degree.

For more information, you may also refer to the general FAQ page for double degree programmes.

Please do contact us for any further information.