- 1. When is the application window?
Application details and important dates for the different certifications and qualifications can be found on the NUS Office of Admissions website here.
- 2. How and where do I apply?
All applications are to be submitted online here.
- 3. What is the offer acceptance deadline?
The offer acceptance deadline for NUS may be found here.
- 4. What is the entry cut-off for BBA/BBA(ACC)?
The latest indicative Grade Profiles for applicants presenting the GCE A-level certification and th local polytechnic diplomas may be found here.
- 5. What are Aptitude-Based Admissions and how do I go about applying for it??
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)• Leadership aptitudeStudents 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.
- 6. What are the subject requirements for applying into the BBA and BBA (ACC) Programmes??
• GCE A-level: At least a pass in H1 Mathematics• Polytechnic: All local diplomas are welcome to apply• IB Diploma: At least a pass in Standard Level (SL) Mathematics. Note: Mathematics subject is different from Math Studies. Math studies does not fulfill the eligibility requirement• NUS High School Diploma: Major CAP of 2.0 in Mathematics• Others: Refer to Office of Admissions booth if unsure
- 7. Am I eligible for Advanced Placement Credits?
- 8. What are the tuition fees like?
- 9. 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/financial-aid-scholarships/scholarships
- 10. 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.
- 11. What kinds of financial aid are available and how do I apply?
Financial aid packages are available only at the university level, direct them to the Admissions booth or online at http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/financialaid.html.
Programme Focused Questions
- 12. What is the BBA and BBA (ACC) curriculum like?
For more about the BBA2017 new curriculum, feel free to refer to our brochure or visit our website at http://bba.nus.edu/bba2017 .For curriculum details for students who matriculated before AY17/18, please refer to the following websites:BBA Curriculum: http://bba.nus.edu/academic-programmes/bba-programme/curriculum
- 13. What is the percentage of each BBA specialisation within the School?
The three new specialisations under the new curriculum aside, approximately 55% of BBA students specialise in Finance, 25% in Marketing, 10% in Human Capital Management and the remaining 10% in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Students are allowed to read a double specialisation, which comprises 2 of the 4 options.
- 14. Why do you not have a hospitality/tourism specialisation?
NUS Business School is a top-tier university. By and large, universities in this league generally keep their scope of specialisation to the mainstream 4: Finance, Logistics, Marketing and HR as we do. Also:• Hospitality is still not considered a mainstream specialisation and the sustainability of such a major is not certain• The nature of the hospitality and tourism specialisation is highly similar to the marketing specialisation with high focus on soft skills. Many of our students specialising in marketing have proven well-equipped and have gone on to pursue careers in this sector.
- 15. 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. 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.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.
- 16. What is the percentage of students in NUS Business School that qualify for the Honours programme?
Based on past statistics, close to 90% of our students qualify for the Honours Programme. With the new curriculum, all students are automatically enrolled into the direct honours programme with the possibility to withdraw should they wish to complete just the basic Bachelor degree.
- 17.What is the purpose of the ‘Grade-free’ Scheme for First Year Undergraduates?
The ‘grade-free’ scheme 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 serves to alleviate anxiety among students and transform the mind-set of placing an excessive focus on maximising grades to engage in exploratory, self-directed and independent learning.
- 18. How does the ‘Grade-Free’ scheme work?
More details on the application of the Grade-free Scheme for BBA and BBA (ACC) students can be found here.
- 19. How does the NUS GE curriculum work?
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.
- 20. Will the GE reform affect the polytechnic exemptions, double degree programmes and concurrent degree programmes?
Polytechnic diploma holder Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) - Single-Degree programmesBefore AY2015/2016, incoming students with a Polytechnic diploma typically receive 20MCs of automatic exemptions - 8MCs (equivalent to 2 modules) from their University-Level Requirements, and 12 MCs for their 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.*As such, post-polytechnic students pursuing the 3-year BBA programme will typically only require 12MCs (equivalent to 3 modules) of exemptions due to the length of their candidature and therefore its requirements. 3-year BBA (ACC) programme students do not take UEMs, hence the above will not apply. Students pursuing the 4-year BBA/BBA (ACC) Honours programme are eligible for 20MCs of UEM exemptions.Double and concurrent degree programmesStudents 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.
- 21. 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 accountancy 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.
- 22. 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. Honours students 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.
- 23. Will I become a Chartered Accountant (CA) once I complete my Accountancy degree in NUS?"
In compliance with the ISCA (Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants) regulations, all local Accountancy degree fresh graduates will have to complete a minimum of 3 years working experience before becoming Chartered Accountants in Singapore. As of 2013, revised regulations also call for an additional qualifying exam (SQP, Singapore Qualification Program) which must be read and passed to secure the conversion to CA. More details are available on the ISCA website here.For more details on the SQP, visit http://singaporeqp.com/
- 24. What are the different double degrees available?
The double degree programmes (DDP) available for BBA/BBA (ACC) with the following:• Law• Economics• Engineering• Communications and New Media• Computer Science• Information Systems• Ad-hoc Double Degree (with other faculties not mentioned above, with the exception of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Music.)
- 25. How do I apply for the Double Degree Programme?
There are two rounds of application available:A. Done alongside the main application into the University - look for the segment on DDP within the online application to select and rank the course optionsB. Mid-stream admission after the 1st year of study for those who wish to enroll in a single degree first and enter the programme later.Note: For the Ad-hoc double degree option, admission will only be after the 1st year of study.Other details regarding DDP:• Students in a DDP will be expected to complete the honours programme in their home faculty• Double honours is a possible option only if they qualify academically• Takes an average of 5 years to complete, or shorter if they choose to overload• All must complete approximately 200MCs (~50 modules) to be conferred a Double Degree• Maintain an overall CAP of 4.0 for their home faculty modules, and 3.5 for the second degree modules to remain in the programme.• Students unable to adhere to the minimum requirement over 2 consecutive semesters will require to exit the programme and complete a single degree in their home faculty. Modules already completed in the second degree can be converted to fulfill the requirements of a minor (24MCs) or second major (48MCs), subject to prevailing quotas for the major and minor intakes.
- 26. 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. 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 recognised as a legitimate double degree combination in NUS, hence the heavier course load vis-à-vis other institutions.
- 27. 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 + Master of Science (Management) + CEMS Master in International ManagementStudents 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 an independent programme also open to non-BBA prospects. Unlike the MBA, no prior work experience is required to be eligible to admission, only a bachelor degree.Detailed queries on this programme pertaining to application process and curriculum can be directed to Mr Saul Sio or Mr Daniel Pang from the CEMS management team.BBA/BBA (ACC) + Master in Public PolicyStudents 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 that intake numbers for this programme is very small, and admissions highly selective.
- 28. 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.
Internship placement and career prospects
- 29. 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. 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.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 also free to independently source for their own internship opportunities.
- 30. Are internships compulsory in the curriculum?
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.
- 31. How do credit- bearing internships work?
Since the 2015 admission cohort, credit-bearing internship modules have been introduced and formalised as part of the curriculum, allowing students to fulfill modular credits through their internships based on the following criteria:• 4 MC internship module – minimum 8 weeks and during summer vacation only• 8 MC internship module – minimum 16 weeks and during semester time onlyStudents can register for these modules only after 1.5 years of studies (60 MC of modules) and tuition fees are payable. The internship modules have assessment components but are graded pass-fail only. More information available here.
- 32. What are the career prospects of a Business degree? / What can I do with a Business degree?
At a glance, career paths of Business graduates can range from:• Banking and finance (Investment banking, Corporate banking, Trading & Securities, Private Wealth Management, Financial Institutions, FOREX etc.)• Marketing (Brand management, marketing communications, advertising and PR, social media marketing, digital marketing etc.)• Logistics and supply chain (PSA, freight forwarding, logistics planning)• Management (Human Resource Management, Human Resource consulting, Executive search/Recruitment)• Others: Consulting, Manufacturing, Customer ServicesA more detailed list of companies that BBA students joined upon graduation is available in the BBA brochure.The Business Degree prepares you for a career in any sector and scope with the exception of professional and highly niche fields like:• Medicine• Dentistry• Law• Pharmacy• Scientific research• Engineering• Music/fine arts• Accountancy
- 33. 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.
- 34. Do I get a higher starting salary as a double degree student?
The double degree programme does not promise higher starting salaries, but gives students 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).
- 35. Who is eligible for the Student Exchange Programmes (SEP) /Summer Programmes/NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC). What are the differences between these programmes?
All undergraduate students are welcomed to apply for overseas programmes from their first year of study onwards. That said, each programme has its own application criteria and focus.Student Exchange Programmes (SEP)• Focus on gaining invaluable international experience• Typically last for a semester, modules are credit (not grade) transferable• Applications are considered based on CAP score, minimum 3.0 (70%), and CCA involvements (30%)• Actual university placement also depends on other variables, from number of places in each partner university, to the profile of applicants for any one round of application.• Double degree programme students may select Partner Universities from the university-wide partners and faculty partners of his/her home faculty. *This does not apply for summer programmes.http://bba.nus.edu/student-experience/exchange-programmes/about-usNUS Overseas Colleges (NOC)• Focus on grooming entrepreneurial, resourceful, independent self-starters• 1 year programme, consisting typically of an internship with a start-up and classes in the partner university in that city• Students will read up to 10 modules, only 3 are grade-transferrable, the rest only credit-transferrable• No explicit cut-off, application outcomes are dependent on the demand and supply of places• On NUS Overseas College (NOC), a separate application process applies. Interviews required.• This programme will likely cause a delay in graduation.http://bba.nus.edu/academic-programmes/bba-special-programmes/nus-overseas-colleges-nocSummer Programmes• Focus on gaining invaluable international experience• Typically lasts 4 to 6 weeks and taken during the University summer vacation period• No explicit cut-off stated, application outcomes are dependent on the demand for and supply of places• No limit to the number of summer programmes a student can take, only as time and resources permit.• Modules completed are not grade-transferrable, only credit transferable• Summer programme fees will typically apply, as these are hosted by the overseas partner universityhttp://bba.nus.edu/student-experience/exchange-programmes/summer-programmes
- 36. 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.
- 37. 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, in 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.
Student Life and Others
- 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 university student life 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 onwards. 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 Accountancy 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 enrol 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. Halls of Residence2. Student Residence3. Residential CollegesHalls are known for their vibrant CCA, rich history and culture. Residents are expected to participate actively in hall activities. Student residences offer independent living with opportunities for cross cultural interaction with the international community of students. As Residences offer more privacy, they tend to be quieter than Halls. 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 fulfil University-level and Unrestricted Elective Module requirements.http://nus.edu.sg/osa/has
Comparison Questions between Universities
- 41. What is the Business School’s ranking?
Latest rankings for the Business School: http://bschool.nus.edu/about-us/school-rankings
- 42. How is the NUS Business School programme different from SMU and NTU’s?
Each University possess its own set of unique strengths, for the new curriculum, applicable to students applying from AY17/18 onwards, 2 key features stand out:A. Customisability of the degree. The ability to pursue a 2nd specialisation, 2nd Major and Minors is factored into the 160 or 120 modular credits, as compared to being add-ons which most often require students to go beyond the required module credits to graduate i.e. overload or extend their graduation. Students hence graduate skilled in multiple disciplines within a standard candidature.B. 100% students experiencing Global Immersion: We are the only local program now that places major emphasis in international exposure by mandating overseas experience as a graduating requirement. This signals our priority in grooming global and cross-culturally aware business leaders.Otherwise, when comparing between programmes from different universities, it is advisable to take the following factors into consideration:A. University ranking/establishment/reputationPertaining to NUS (and consequently reading Business or Accountancy in NUS), its international ranking and reputation as a university is second to none in Singapore. This has an immediate impact on the perceived and absolute value of a degree conferred by NUS. As the nation’s most established University, graduates of NUS join a large pool of alumni, a lifelong network of established individuals from a wide range of vocational backgrounds.B. Programme content and depth (i.e. range of academic tracks such as specialisations within the major, cross-faculty minors, majors, double degrees and concurrent degree programmes).NUS being a comprehensive University, offers a wide range of programmes and courses, which offers Business and Accountancy 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.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.C. Range of value-add programmes (Overseas programmes, Internships, Residential programmes)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. 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.D. Student life vibrancyNUS students 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.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 center location, and NTU Business School’s compressed 3-year programmes. 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. An objective comparison should be made only following first-hand consultation with representatives from all 3 Universities and programmes.
- 43. How is the NUS BBA 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. SMU uses the American teaching system. What is yours? / What are the differences in teaching styles between NUS, NTU and SMU Business programmes?
NUS Business School’s teaching system also models after the American system, but as opposed to SMU’s 100% seminar‐style teaching, NUS Business School conducts some foundation modules (e.g. Financial Accounting) in lecture‐tutorial style. This is due to the more quantitative nature of these topics, where the lecture - tutorial format has been deemed more suitable, and students are given sufficient time in between the weekly lecture and tutorial to internalize/grasp these concepts before applying them to in‐class discussions and homework assignments. NTU adopts a similar teaching method built on the similar principles.In recent years the BBA curriculum has also moved to implement 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.
- 45. SMU conducts their lessons in small classes, what about NUS?
The School does in most part, teach in smaller classes as well. However the university has also considered that due to the nature of content for certain modules, lecture‐tutorial format may be more conducive.
- 46. Why should I spend one more year in NUS when I can get honours in NTU in 3 years? / Why is NTU able to complete the BBA and Accountancy degree in 3 years and with direct honours?
If a one‐to‐one module comparison is done between NTU’s and NUS’ honours programme requirements, a student completes less modules in NTU, but still obtains an honours degree. Whilst this may appear more efficient, it may not be viewed as competitive in terms of depth and rigour. The NUS honours requirement 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.Also, NTU students who foresee that they may not be conferred a “good” honours degree (commonly seen as 2nd upper and above) do not have the option of withdrawing from the honours programme to graduate with a bachelor with merit. NUS however, offers students that flexibility.For students looking ahead to postgraduate studies, some distinguished institutions of higher learning outside of Singapore may view a 3‐year programme to be less in-depth compared to a 4‐year programme, whether or not it has honours tied to it. Hence, a 3‐year programme may be potentially limiting to the long‐term prospects of students looking to pursue a Master’s programme.
- 47. 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 utilise 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 2015 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.
- 48. Media – related
Pertaining to a recent blog post from late February 2017 regarding a Business School student’s negative experience on campus.“The School is taking action to investigate the matter fully. We take the allegations reported by the student seriously and have met with the student to address her concerns.NUS Business School puts the welfare of all its students as its highest priority and is committed to providing the very best learning environment for students from all backgrounds. The School does not condone acts of prejudice and discrimination of any kind.Updated as of 17 March 2017
- 37. How do I go on student exchange programme without delaying my studies?
BBA2017 CURRICULUM FAQ
- 1. Why the decision to revamp the curriculum?
The School keeps in tune to industry trends and the desired graduate skill-sets required. In this season, 3 key trends emerge. First, the rising ambiguity in career, industry and national boundaries. Second, greater usage of ICT, data analytics and other emerging technologies. And third, a growing number veering from the traditional job market to launch start-ups or work as free-lancers.Therein rises the need to develop A.G.I.L.E. business leaders for the VUCA economy, to which the curriculum is fine-tuned to target. Through this refined holistic programme, our students are groomed to be skilled in multiple disciplines, global-minded, and industry ready, graduating to produce quality results and thriving in the current demanding workforce.
- 2. Does a slimmer core mean that I have a less comprehensive foundation in business than my seniors?
The slimmer core combines the relevant topics and rigour of the previous curriculum, with fresh skills and knowledge desired for the current demands of the economy. Coupled with the Academic Orientation Modules and Academic Primer Modules, students doing the new curriculum in fact build a stronger foundation in the concepts of business studies.
- 3. When do I choose my BIZ specialisation?
BIZ Specialisations can be declared in the student module registration system as early as the student wishes, although most decide only as they near completion of the core modules.
- 4. What specialisations are there?
From AY17/18 onwards, the school will offer 7 specialisations, with the latter three being new.o Financeo Marketingo Leadership & Human Capital Managemento Operations and Supply Chain Managemento Business Analytics (New)o Innovation and Entrepreneurship (New)o Business Economics (New)
- 5. Is there a specific combination of specialisations that strengthens my career prospects?
Depending on your career aspirations, the combination of skills and knowledge desirable differs. Students are advised to keep in tune with the industry trends and desirable skill-sets in the profession of their interest.
- 6. How is the Business Economics specialisation different from (i) reading a minor or second major in Economics and (ii) majoring in Economics in FASS?
While students majoring in economics at the FASS may have their training complemented by knowledge in the humanities and social sciences, Biz School students will have their training in economics enriched and enhanced by the familiarity with concepts and knowledge in marketing, finance, data & decision sciences and human resource management. While the exposure and training of the two streams of student are different, both contribute to the pool of talents that are well- versed in the business administration concepts and economics. They add to the diversity and strength of manpower resources available to the economy.In terms of programme requirements, a specialisation requires 24 Modular Credits (MCs), a minor requires 24MCs and a major requires 48MCs worth of modules to be read in the area of study.
- 7. How is the Business Analytics specialisation different from the one offered by School of Computing?
This specialisation will pivot on the core business knowledge already acquired by all BBA students, and will take good contextual management understanding as given. Graduates with this specialisation should function very well in the sweet spot for a data-savvy business consultant, either internally for the graduate’s own organisation or external for client organisations. In contrast, Business Analytics by the School of Computing integrates a component with the technical mechanisms behind coding and programming the accurate application for data pooling.
- 8. What percentage of current students do each specialisation?
The three new specialisations aside, approximately 55% of BBA students specialise in Finance, 25% in Marketing, 10% in Human Capital Management and the remaining 10% in Operations and Supply Chain Management.
- 9. Is there a quota of students that each specialisation accepts?
There is no cap on the number of students who can pursue any specialisation. The student is deemed to have completed a specialisation once he/she fulfils the respective module requirement.
- 10. What is the teaching pedagogy behind the refreshed curriculum?
The teaching pedagogy is formulated to groom AGILE business graduates to thrive in a VUCA world.Modules engage an extensive use of a variety of teaching methods, particularly technology to provide flexibility and customisation in learning while also focusing on personal interaction on higher order learning. Greater experiential and practical knowledge development is also emphasised on through increased interaction with industry leaders. Module content sees a strong contextualisation to Singapore and to broadly-defined Asia, in a programme that is globally oriented and provides direct exposure to all students.
- 11. Can I enrol in FASS to pursue a degree in Economics and subsequently do a 2nd major in Finance?
NUS Business does not offer a 2nd major in Finance. However, we do offer a second major or minor in Management. Within, there are finance modules which students may read.
- 12. What is considered an overseas experience?
The following may count toward a student’s overseas experience: SEP, NOC, Summer Programmes, Case Competitions, overseas internships, BIZAD Abroad, NUS STEER Trips.
- 13. Why is an overseas experience required as a graduating requirement?
The AGILE business leader needs to be global and cross-culturally aware. By incorporating a mandatory global immersion requirement, our students are equipped with a mind-set stretched for global cultures and international economies.
- 14. Is it possible to be exempted from this requirement?
Students may be granted exemption on a case-by-case basis.
- 15. Is financial aid available for students going on overseas programmes?
Yes, financial aid is available. Students may refer to the following financial packages listed on the IRO site:http://www.nus.edu.sg/IRO/fa/bur/index.html, http://www.nus.edu.sg/IRO/fa/sch/out/index.htmlhttp://www.nus.edu.sg/IRO/fa/loans/index.html
- 16. Why are students being admitted straight into the Honours programme?
The university believes that the rigour and duration of the Honours programme is optimal to providing students the intellectual development and capabilities to sustain their long-term career development.Particularly considering the European Union education system where a five year curriculum comprising a three year undergraduate degree and two year graduate degree has been adopted as the convention.Nevertheless, for students who wish to complete the basic Bachelor’s degree, the option to withdraw from the Honours programme is available.
- 17. Are there any minimum requirements a student has to maintain to remain in the Honours programme?
A student will need to maintain a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.00 to remain in the Honours programme. Otherwise, they may graduate with a general degree. More information on the Honours system and classification can be found at http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/education-at-nus/undergraduate-education/continuation-and-graduation-requirements.html
- 18. What does the Honours programme entail?
There are 2 tracks students can choose from – Honours by Research or Honours by Coursework. The first consists of an Honours dissertation in the area of specialisation and two advanced Independent Study Modules or a Field Service Project. While the second option consists of three business modules in the area of specialisation and a Field Service Project.
- 19. Why is NTU able to offer students a direct honours degree in 3 years?
The NUS Business School programme believes that 4 years is a suitable duration to expose students to a good measure of depth and breadth in gaining industry experience and expertise. One may approach NTU to find to more about their programmes, similarly for other universities which offer otherwise.
- 20. What is the difference between pursuing an Honours by Research and Honours by Coursework track?
Apart from the differing programme requirements, the Honours by Research track is crafted for students interested to explore academia as a future career prospect while Honours by Coursework equips students gearing to practice in the corporate industries. Nevertheless, these intentions should only be used as guiding points for students in making their decision, each track has its respective benefits to be considered.
- 21. What is a Field Service Project?
For more details about the Field Service Project, please refer to this website.
- 22. What is the percentage of students who choose between the 2 tracks?
As this is a new feature, the statistics for students opting for various tracks is not available.
- 23. Are there different admission requirements for these direct 2nd major/minor with BBA and BBA(ACC) combinations?
Admissions will be based on a competitive basis.
- 24. What is the difference between applying for direct admissions as compared to later on in a student’s candidature?
Direct admissions cater to students who have made up their minds regarding their academic choices early on. Programme wise, there is no difference between the two.
- 25. Why does the BBA(ACC) have fewer 2nd major/minor options to choose from?
The direct admissions 2nd major/minor pairings with BBA(ACC) are intentionally offered after taking into account complementing fields of study to the Accountancy profession. Additionally, these options of 2nd major/minor overlap enough to fit seamlessly with the BBA(ACC) curriculum.That said, should BBA(ACC) students wish to pursue any other 2nd major/minors not offered at direct admissions, they may still do so later in their candidature.
- 26. What are Academic Orientation Modules (AOM)s?
AOMs are mandatory online modules multimedia modules in Calculus & Statistics, and Microsoft Excel Skills for Business taken before the student begins his/her studies.
- 27. Why are AOMs introduced into the curriculum?
AOMs provide consistent pre-requisite knowledge and skills preparation to facilitate learning in class once semester begins, particularly since students with varying pre-university qualifications enrol with us.
- 28. Can I get exempted from the AOMs if I’ve read similar modules/topics in my previous institution?
AOMS are mandatory and will be a good revision opportunity for students who have read similar topics.
- 29. What is the Intensive Primer Module?
The Intensive Primer Module is a mandatory concentrated module taken on the Saturday’s of week 1 and 2 of the semester on the topic of ‘Understanding how Business Works’. Effective at introducing specific knowledge and experiential skills within a relatively short frame of time, these modules are non-credit and a graduating requirement.
- 30. Why has the intensive primer module been introduced into the curriculum?
It provides an introductory overview of firms and how they work, and an organising framework for the core and functional knowledge they will receive in class.
- 31. Do the other universities have this?
The intensive primer module is a new initiative, unique to the NUS Business School.
- 30. Why has the intensive primer module been introduced into the curriculum?
It provides an introductory overview of firms and how they work, and an organising framework for the core and functional knowledge they will receive in class.
- 31. Do the other universities have this?
The intensive primer module is a new initiative, unique to the NUS Business School.
- 32. If I have proven prior knowledge in business studies (i.e. completed in a Diploma in Business), can I be exempted from the intensive primer module?
The intensive primer module is mandatory and will be a good revision opportunity for students who have read similar topics.
- 33. Who can take 3rd year capstone modules?
These capstone modules are open to all business students from year three onwards, subject to available class capacity and allocated based on bid points.
- 34. Can these modules be used to fulfil specialisation requirements? If yes, which ones?
Yes, in particular the Innovation & Entrepreneurship specialisation.
- 35. What is the Career Creation Programme (CCP)?
The Career Creation Programme (CCP), previously known as the Business Finishing School, is one component of the curriculum’s mandatory Career Preparation Series. Helmed by the NUS Business Career Services Office, students spend several sessions developing skills from resume writing, to interview techniques, strategic career planning and networking expertise.
- 36. Why has CCP been introduced into the curriculum as a graduating requirement?
CCP has proved useful as a career development programme for preceding batches of graduates. Additionally, beyond strong academic grounding and extensive work experience, relevant soft skills are also key to succeeding in the corporate world.
- 37. What if I am unable to complete CCP during the semester which it was allocated?
Such instances are handled on a case-by-cases basis. Contact the BBA programme office for further action.
- 38. Can I get exempted from the CCP if I’ve done a similar workshop in my previous institution?
CCP is mandatory for all students to keep current in job search and career preparation skills desired, particularly in the present demanding VUCA economy.
- 39. Credit bearing Internships:
The School hopes to inspire and encourage more students to accumulate valuable work-related experiences prior to graduation by formalising internships as part of the undergraduate curriculum. Under the revised curriculum, students may earn up to eight modular credits (equivalent to two modules) through an internship experience.For more information on credit bearing internships, please refer to this website.
- 40. Leadership Seminar Series:
To provide greater exposure to industry leaders, the School has moved to formalise Leadership Seminars within the revised curriculum. Students will hence have to attend a minimum number of talks delivered by industry leaders per year.