- 1. When is the application deadline?
Application details and important dates for the different certifications and qualifications can be found on the NUS Office of Admissions website at http://nus.edu.sg/oam/apply-to-nus.html
- 2. How and where do I apply?
You may apply through the following link: http://nus.edu.sg/oam/apply/apply.html
- 3. When is the offer acceptance deadline?
The joint acceptance deadline for NUS, NTU and SMU is typically the start of June. From the time of offer till then, a change in decision without penalty is permitted.
- 4. What is the entry cut-off for BBA/BBA(ACC)?
The latest Indicative Grade Profile for applicants presenting the GCE A-level certification and local Polytechnic diplomas can be found here: http://nus.edu.sg/oam/gradeprofile/sprogramme-igp.html
- 5. What is the entry grade profile for applicants presenting the IB Diploma?
Based on past-year incoming students presenting the IB Diploma qualification, entry scores (out of a full score of 45 points) are in the range of 39 (local applicants) and 40 (international applicants) for the BBA programme, and 41 (local applicants) and 42 (international applicants) for the BBA(ACC) programme. These scores should only be taken as an indicative grade profile for applications.
- 6. What are Discretionary Admissions and how do I go about applying for it?
The discretionary admissions segment comprises up to 10% of the total places in the programmes. They are reserved for applicants with outstanding achievements in the following categories (these parameters are specific to the Business School discretionary admissions criteria): 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) and leadership aptitude.
The discretionary admissions application segment is embedded in the non-compulsory segment of the online application portal. 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.
- 7. What are the subject requirements for applying into the BBA and BBA(ACC) Programmes?
- 8. Am I eligible for Advance Placement Credits/Exemptions?
Details on the the following can be found here:
http://bba.nus.edu/academic-programmes/module-registration-information/general and http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/education-at-nus/undergraduate-education/continuation-and-graduation-requirements.html#APCExe
- 9. How much are the tuition fees?
Details on the latest tuition fees can be found at the following sites:
Scholarships & Financial Aid
- 10. 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/
- Faculty-level: http://bba.nus.edu/bba-financial-aid-scholarships/scholarships
- 11. 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.
- 12. What kinds of financial aid are available and how do I apply?
Details on financial aid packages offered by the University are set out here:
NUS Business School also supports its students with a number of bursaries for financially needy students. More details can be found at the following:
- 13. What is the BBA and BBA (ACC) curriculum like?
Detailed outlines of the BBA and BAC curriculum are available in the BBA brochure and on the BBA website.
BBA Curriculum: http://bba.nus.edu/academic-programmes/bba-programme/curriculum.
BAC Curriculum: http://bba.nus.edu/academic-programmes/bba-accountancy-programme/curriculum
- 14. What is the percentage of each BBA specialisation within the School?
The school currently offers four specializations: Finance, Marketing, Management and Human Resource, and Operations and Supply Chain Management. About 60% of students specialise in finance, and 30% in marketing. The balance specialise in Human Capital Management or Operations and Supply Chain Management. Students are allowed to read a double specialisation, which comprises 2 of the 4 options.
- 15. Why do you not have a Business Analytics specialisation or track?
Students interested in pursuing this track of studies may refer to the following programme offered by the NUS School of Computing http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/programmes/ug/ba/curr/.
- 16. Why do you not have a specialisation in hospitality/tourism?
NUS Business School is considered a top-tier university, and by and large, universities in this league generally keep their scope of specialisation to the mainstream 4: Finance, Logistics, Marketing and HR. Hospitality is still not considered a mainstream specialisation and the sustainability of such a major is still not certain at this point. On top of that, the nature of the hospitality and tourism specialisation is highly similar to the marketing specialisation in that it has high focus on soft skills, so students who major in marketing are not at much of a disadvantage should they desire to specialize in that field.
- 17.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 modular credits. 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. More details can be found at: http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/edu/UG/spugp-double-major.html and http://bba.nus.edu/academic-programmes/bba-majors-minors/for-current-bba-students/minors-for-bba
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.
- 18. What is the percentage of students in NUS Business School that qualify for the Honours programme?
Approximately 70% based on past statistics. Students are required to have a minimum CAP score of 3.2 after completing their core modules to qualify.
- 19. What is the purpose of the 'Grade-free' Scheme for first year undergraduates?
The 'grade-free' first semester 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 also serves to alleviate anxiety among students and transform the mindset of placing an excessive focus on maximising grades to instead, engage in exploratory and self-directed and independent learning.
- 20. How does the 'Grade-Free' Scheme work?
You may find more information from this link: http://bba.nus.edu/academic-programmes/general-academic-matters/grade-free-scheme
- 21. What are the new changes to the NUS GE curriculum about?
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.
- 22. Will this GE reform affect the polytechnic exemptions, double degree programmes and concurrent degree programmes?
Polytechnic diploma holder Advanced Placement Credits (APCs)
Before AY2015/2016, incoming students with a Polytechnic diploma typically receive 20MCs of automatic exemptions split between 8MCs for University-Level Requirements, and 12 MCs for 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.
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.
- 23. "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 accounting 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.
- 24. 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. This will however require at least 3.5 years to complete for non-Honours students. For the Honours students, they 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.
- 25. Will I become a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) once I complete my Accounting degree in NUS?
In compliance with the ICPAS regulations, all local Accountancy degree fresh graduates will have to complete a minimum of 3 years working experience in the audit line before becoming Certified Public Accountants in Singapore. As of 2012, revised regulations also call for an additional qualifying test which must be read and passed to secure the conversion to CPA. More details are available on the ISCA website at http://corp.isca.org.sg/.
For more details on the SQP, visit http://singaporeqp.com/
- 26. What are the different double degrees available and how do I apply?
The double degree programmes (DDP) available for BBA/BBA(ACC) are as follows:
Students in a DDP will be expected to complete the honours programme in their home faculty (double honours is possible, but as an option, and only if they qualify academically). This takes an average of 5 years to complete. Students may complete the programme in a shorter span of time by reading more modules each semester. All must complete approximately 200MCs (~50 modules) in order to be conferred a Double Degree.
Application for the Double Degree is done alongside the main application into the University. However, mid-stream admission after the 1st year of study is also available to students who wish to enroll in a single degree first and enter the programme later on. For the ad-hoc double degree option, admission will only be after the 1st year of study.
Students in the DDP will have to maintain an overall CAP score of 4.0 for their home faculty modules, and 3.5 for the second degree modules to remain in the programme. Students who are unable to adhere to the minimum requirement over 2 consecutive semesters will be asked to exit the programme to complete a single degree in their home faculty. Courses already completed in the second degree can be converted to fulfil the requirements of a minor (6 modules) or second major (12 modules), but this will be subject to prevailing quotas for the major and minor intakes.
- 27. Why does an NUS double degree take 5 years?
The full course load of an NUS double degree programme is approximately 200MCs, as opposed to 160 credits for a single degree load. Assuming a 5-module per semester work load, this works up to 5 years (10 semesters).
Any two disciplines also need to have a less than 30% content overlap to be canonized as a legitimate double degree combination in NUS, hence the heavier course load vis-à-vis those of other institutions.
- 28. 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/BBA(ACC) + Master in Public Policy
Students 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 however that the intake numbers for this programme are very small, and admission is highly selective.
BBA + Master of Science (Management) + CEMS Master in International Management
Students 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 also an independent programme open to non-BBA prospects. Unlike the MBA, no prior work experience is required to be eligible to admission, only a bachelor degree.
- 29. 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.
- 30. 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. 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.
BBA 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.
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 more than welcomed to apply for self-sourced internships. More information available at the following: http://bschool.nus.edu.sg/CareerService.aspx
For the 2016 admission cohort, credit-bearing internship modules have been introduced. Refer to http://bba.nus.edu/acad-prog/general-academic-matters/business-internship-modules
- 31. What are the career prospects of a Business degree? What can I do with a Business degree?
The Business Degree prepares you for a career in any sector and scope with the exception of professional and highly niche fields like:
At a glance, career paths of Business graduates can range from:
A more detailed sample list of companies that BBA students joined upon graduation is available in the BBA Brochure, as well as the Career Services info panel at the Open day exhibition booth.
- 32. 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.
- 33. Do I get a higher starting salary as a double degree student?
The double degree programme does not promise higher starting salaries, but it does give the student 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.)
Overseas Opportunities, Student Experience and Others
- 34. Who is eligible for the student exchange programmes/summer programmes/NOC. How may I find out more?
All overseas programmes offered by NUS will be open to undergraduate students from their first year of study. A minimum CAP cut-off of 3.0 for the student exchange programme applies, but the actual university placement depends on a number of other variables, from number of places in each partner university, to the profile of applicants for any one round of application. There is no explicit cut-off stated for NOC and summer programmes but again, application outcomes are dependent on the demand for and supply of places in that year.
For students reading the double degree programme, their choices of Partner University comprise the University-wide partners, and the faculty partners of his/her home faculty. This however, does not apply to summer programmes.
Students interested to apply for student exchange, will be considered based on their CAP score (70%), and co-curricular involvements (30%).
On NUS Overseas College (NOC), a separate application process applies. Duration of the programme is 1 year, consisting typically of an internship, and classes conducted by the partner institution in that city. Students will read up to 10 modules on NOC, but only 3 are grade-transferrable, the rest only credit-transferrable.
More information is available on the respective Exchange Programme and NOC pages.
- 35. 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 through 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.
- 36. What are Summer Programmes?
Summer programmes are typically 4 to 6 weeks in duration, and take place during the University summer vacations. There is no limit to the number of summer programmes a student can embark on, only as time and resources permit. Like the student exchange programme, the modules completed are not grade-transferrable, but students can count these toward their graduation requirement back in NUS. Summer programme fees will typically apply, as these are hosted by the overseas partner university. More details on application to the individual programmes are sent to students by the BBA office via email.
- 37. 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.
- 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 a student's university experience 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 onward. 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 Accounting 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 enroll 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:
1. 6 Halls of Residence
2. 1 Student Residence (Prince George’s Park)
3. 5 Residential Colleges (USP, Tembusu, CAPT, RC4, RVRC)
Halls are known for their vibrant CCA, rich history and culture. Here, the active participation in hall activities form a huge part of students' campus life experience. Student Residences on the other hand, offer independent living with opportunities for cross cultural interaction with the international community of students. As these residences offer more privacy, they tend to be quieter than Halls. Finally, 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 fulfill University-level and Unrestricted Elective Module requirements.
Please refer to the following websites for more information.
Why NUS Business School
- 41. What is the Business School's ranking?
The School's achievements on the global ranking boards can be found at http://bschool.nus.edu/AboutUs/SchoolRankings/tabid/373/default.aspx
- 42. How is the NUS Business programme different from SMU and NTU's?
When comparing between programmes from different universities, it is advisable to take the following factors into consideration:
Having considered the above, a prospect can then decide which programme and University best fits his/her individual expectations and requirements for University undergraduate education.
Each University possess its own set of unique strengths, pertaining to NUS (and consequently reading Business or Accounting in NUS), its international ranking and reputation as a university is second to none in Singapore (refer to ranking details in item 20). This has an immediate impact on the perceived and absolute value of a degree conferred by NUS. Being the nation's most established University, graduates of NUS join a large pool of alumni, a lifelong network consisting of a large pool of established individuals from a wide range of vocational backgrounds.
Secondly, NUS being a comprehensive University, offers a wide range of programmes and courses, which offers Business and Accounting students extensive choice in the reading of elective modules. This gives undergraduates a more diversified and holistic education which provides the option of exploring other disciplines whilst pursuing a single major.
Thirdly, NUS offers a myriad of overseas programmes, ranging from summer school to a year-long study cum work programme (NUS Overseas College). NUS Business school is proud to send at least 400 students on a semester-long overseas exchange programme alone each year. On the overall, 80% of Business and Accountancy students are able to complete at least 1 overseas programme during their course of study, the highest percentage in the entire University. SMU and NTU also offer options for study and work abroad, specific details can be obtained from the respective University reps as well.
Fourthly, NUS students also enjoy extensive choice with respect to campus life, accommodation and student activities. This includes the NUS University Town, which offers a student college experience exclusive to NUS (in that no other University in Asia offers). Refer to http://utown.nus.edu.sg/ for more information. These benefit all students, business and accountancy included.
Lastly, the Business and Accountancy programmes at NUS Business School honours programme require an additional year of study, which lengthens the programme to 4 years. This is done to provide sufficient depth of knowledge and content to the academically strong students, and also stands honours graduates in better stead for post-graduate studies in recognized institutions, particularly in USA, where 4-year programmes are prized above 3-year programmes.
SMU and NTU's business programmes offer unique features in their own right, which they will be able to expound upon first-hand when consulted. Examples include SMU's central city centre location, and NTU Business School's compressed 3-year programmes. An objective comparison should be made only following first-hand consultation with representatives from all 3 Universities and programmes.
- 43. How is the NUS Accountancy programme different from SMU and NTU's?
NUS BBA Accountancy curriculum comprises a good dose of management fundamentals for the purpose of training generalists in the accounting sector who not only have the skill set of a trained accountant but also strong business acumen. This empowers graduates to be ready to take on management roles beyond the executive audit level when the need arises. At the same time, it also bears the features of a double degree in business and accountancy, but still a single degree, which allows students to pursue another complementing field like law, engineering or communications and new media as a second degree.
- 44. What are the differences in teaching style between NUS, NTU and SMU Business programmes?
NUS adopts a lecture-tutorial format for some of the first year (level 1000) modules where students attend lectures and apply concepts learned in small group tutorials. This is done for the reason that core modules like Financial Accounting are better suited to the lecture teaching style. NTU adopts a similar teaching method built on the similar principles.
However, in recent years, the BBA curriculum has implemented sectional teaching (seminar style classes) for a few of the first year modules with the aim of providing a more interactive and thought-provoking educational experience that engages students to articulate their views with substance and confidence. Similarly, SMU also places strong emphasis on class participation, hence their 100% seminar style teaching.
- 45. Why is NTU able to complete the BBA and Accounting degree in 3 years and with direct honours?
The NUS honours requirement for bachelor programmes stipulates an additional year of upper level courses/modules, a final year project (Field Service Project) and/or a thesis. For more details on NTU's honours requirements and programme outline, direct referencing off their prospectuses and website provide a good first-hand perspective. This will enable a prospect to make a one-to-one comparison in terms of programme content between both.
- 46. I understand that both NTU and SMU incorporate internships into their basic curriculum, why doesn't NUS do the same?
Abiding by NUS' philosophy to offer students flexibility of choice, the internship is kept as an option available to students who wish to gain work experience prior to graduation. The Business School has a fully staffed and equipped Career Services Office which facilitates student placements in internship and full-time positions, and also organizes career development courses/workshops to groom and prepare students. Each business student is also assigned a career counsellor who paces them from first year till graduation. This resource is readily available to students, and most of them complete at least one internship before graduation. For students who wish to utilize their time in University differently (i.e. overseas exchange, summer programmes, CCAs, hall involvement etc.), they are free to do so according to their choosing, without having to work around a structured internship programme.
Since the 2016 cohort, credit-bearing internships have been introduced to the curriculum. Also, it is important to note that BBA (ACC) students do have a compulsory internship requirement.