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 (e.g. BBA+CommunicationsBBA+EngineeringBBA+Law), any eligible NUS non-Business undergraduate student can construct an ad hoc double-degree combination with the BBA or the BBA Honours (BBA(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, which is only possible for a student intending to be in the BBA(H) program. Henceforth, such a student is referred to as a BBA(H) student, for simplicity. In general, all relevant regulations below apply reciprocally to the BBA(H) 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.

  • A student generally must apply for the BBA programme soon after completing 60 or more MCs for the first time, except that he/she may still apply until soon after having completed 80 or less MCs for the last time (roughly, "between completing 60 and 80 MCs"; these MCs must be obtained from NUS modules, and must not include transferred credits earned via Student Exchange Programmes, or Advanced Placement Credits). Thus, a student generally must apply just after the third or fourth semester.

    The student must apply to the School of Business through the partnering non-Business Faculty (by writing to its Vice-Dean (Academic)), which would forward the application if it approves. [BBA students wishing to apply for double degrees must email or write to the School of Business Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Academic & Admin), with a copy to the BBA Senior Manager. At the time of their applications, they need not have done enough Business modules to qualify for the BBA(H), but if they do not subsequently qualify, they cannot continue with the double degree programme.

    Students who would like to pursue a double degree are advised to plan their modules carefully even before their third or fourth semester.

  • The minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) requirement for acceptance to the BBA programme for all non-Business students is 4.0 (between completing 60 and 80 MCs). A student must also have a CAP of at least 4.0 when applying to another school/faculty.) In making a judgement about ability and potential, the School of Business and the partnering Faculty/Faculty would generally consider whether the student has read some modules in the BBA programme.

    Other students applying to our BAC programme must taken and have obtained at least B+ grades for either or both ACC1002 Financial Accounting and ACC2002 Managerial Accounting modules.

    Students must generally have a pass in 'AO' Level Mathematics or 'O' Level Additional 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' Level-equivalent Mathematics may be useful with some BBA module combinations.

    A successful student is admitted into the BBA programme in the first instance, may later be admitted into the BBA(H) programme upon fulfilling the requirements, even though the programme may not be for double Honours initially.

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

    After withdrawal from the BBA programme, all the modules that the student had taken to fulfil the requirements of the BBA programme will be reflected in the transcript, and included in the computation of the CAP for the Partner's degree programme. Some BBA modules may then count towards the Major or Minor in Management, a subset of the BBA programme.

    Students who do not maintain a CAP of 4.0 in modules contributing to the Partner's degree for any two consecutive semesters will be deemed to have withdrawn from the BBA programme. (This section also applies reciprocally to a BBA(H) student admitted into a double-degree programme with another faculty).

  • To be allowed to pursue the BBA programme, a student must pursue Honours in the Partner's degree programme, i.e. a student may pursue either Honours in both degrees, or only Honours in the Partner's degree and non-Honours in the Business 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.

    A double degree with BBA/BAC and BBA(H)/BAC(H) must therefore involve at least 20 and 40 extra MCs (5 and 10 modules) respectively.

    • The student will, in consultation with the undergraduate advisors of the School of Business and the partnering Faculty/Department, work out the requirements for the double degree programme. 


      The following tables summarize the MCs required for DDPs with BBA, BBA(H), BAC and BAC(H)
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      Ad-Hoc DDP with BBA/BBA (Hon)
      Ad-Hoc DDP with BBA (ACC)/ BBA (ACC. Hon.) 

      The details are as follow:

    • University Level Requirements

      Students need to satisfy only one set of University Requirements. 

    • Major 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 Major requirements must be fulfilled by dedicated and distinct (i.e. unshared; no overlapping) modules. 

      It is sometimes possible to do a common thesis (final-year project), field service project or integrated honours thesis for the two degree programmes. 

      Some modules in the BBA Major requirements can be substituted by Substituting modules 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. 

      Of the Core Modules, ES2002 Business Communication can be replaced by any one of a collection of NUS writing modules, e.g. a USP Writing and Critical Thinking module.

      The BBA programme requires 6 Essential Modules. A student's selection of Essential Modules may be guided by any optional specialisation. 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 exempted from Unrestricted Elective Modules (UEMs). However, if UEMs are taken, these must count towards one of the two degrees. 

    • USP and RCP Requirements: University Scholars Programme (USP) and other Residential College Programmes (RCP) students are exempted from University Level Requirements. 

    • Modules double counted towards the requirements of both degrees may not be further counted towards a Minor (e.g. Minor in Business).

    • Degree Requirements: Both the School of Business and the partnering Faculty/Department (and residential colleges, if applicable) must be satisfied that all the 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 to this DDP. 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, 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 before graduation, when the student files for graduation, subject to the approval of the partnering Faculty and the School of Business. 

      The grades from modules (e.g. University Level Requirements) that may be double counted 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, at the discretion of the student.

      Any Honours or Merit classification for BBA will be determined by the computed BBA CAP.

  • Please consult this link (Q12) 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.