NUS BBA

BBA/BBA(Acc.) Programme

Our NUS BBA/BBA(Acc.) is the leadership and management talent programme.  The Business School is committed to academic excellence and being a world-class institution, building on its strength in research and teaching.  The School serves to:

"provide a rigorous, relevant, and rewarding education for present and future leaders and managers by integrating the best of East and West in our research, teaching, service and enterprise activities."

The NUS Business School operates on a modular system.  Students have the flexibility to design their curricula and to pace their studies.  They also have the freedom to take all modules in the sequence they prefer, subject to any prerequisite requirements and to modules availability through the Centralized Online Registration System (CORS); i.e., there is no fixed course of study, except that students are urged to bid for ES2002 Business Communication during their 3rd or 4th semester.  Students considering a double degree programme may be further guided by its more restrictive requirements.  New students choose their modules during the Orientation Week.

Business students may freely choose and change their specialisations online at the beginning of every semester (including their very first semester). Indication of specialization usually takes place at the end of the 2nd year to the start of the 3rd year.  Students typically enroll for modules that together are worth from 15 to 24 MCs (i.e. about 4 to 6 modules) in a regular semester; more can be taken on exceptional basis.  It is theoretically possible to complete a BBA in 2 years, and a BBA(H) in 3 years.

More than 70% of curricular time is spent in a class with less than 49 other students; More than half of classes conducted have no final examinations.  Any final examination can only constitute a maximum of 60% of a module's grade.  BBA's U.S.-style curricular structure and assessment rubric are complemented by U.K.-style focus on specialised contents with functional depths, as well as Singapore-style academic governance and educational zeal.

Students may enrich their curriculum by applying for the University Scholars Program (USP), Student Exchange Program (SEP) and NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC), thus spending up to 1.5 years abroad whilst still fulfilling University study requirements.

Students enter the BBA as a stand-alone programme, as part of a double-degree programme, or as part of a Concurrent BBA Master of Science in Managment (With CEMS Master in International Management) or BBA with Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme.  As such, our BBA welcomes students, as burgeoning leaders and managers, either directly from outside NUS or indirectly from other NUS faculties or departments.  MSc(Mgt) students may complete the BBA(H)/BBA(AccH) USP MSc(Mgt) MIM(CEMS) in 5.5 years.  Top-flight students may also complete the BBA(H) USP MPP(LKY) MPA(Columbia) in 5.5 years with normal academic load.

Final-year students in the 3-year BBA programme may apply through CORS to do any level-4000 BBA module, provided:
1.  Minimum CAP of 3.6 (out of 5.0) is met.
2.  Any prerequisites are met.
3.  There are vacancies after BBA(Honours) students had registered for their level-4000 BBA modules.

Any NUS undergraduate student not in the BBA or BBA(Honours) programme may apply through CORS to do any level-1000 to level-3000 BBA module, subject to vacancies and meeting of any prerequisites, except when a module is precluded by individual Business School departments (see below).

Any NUS undergraduate student not in the BBA or BBA(Honours) programme may apply through CORS to do any level-4000 BBA module, provided:

1.  The student has at most 40 Modular Credits (MCs) left in his/her Honours degree programme.
2.  Minimum CAP of 4.0 (out of 5.0) is met.
3.  Any prerequisites are met.
4.  There are vacancies after students from the School of Business had registered for their level-4000 BBA modules.
5.  It is not a module precluded by the Business School department concerned (see below).


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The following Business School academic departments provide links for preclusions to the above general rules:
Accounting
Decision Sciences
Finance
Management & Organisation
Marketing
MSc(Mgt)
Strategy and Policy

Students may do any level-4000 BBA module, just like BBA(Honours) students.
Current module offerings can be accessed through our online system; module outlines are also online.   

An overview and details on the BBA and BBA (Hons) degree requirements for the various student intakes are found in the following:

 

Accreditations

Gradudates of the BBA programme will receive exemptions for Papers C1 to C5, P1 and P4 for the examinations leading to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification.  In addition, Paper P7 may be exempted if FNA3127/AC3605 Taxation or FNA3111/ACC3601 Corporate Accounting Reportng is successfully completed, and Paper P8 may also be exempted if ACC3615 Accounting Theory and FNA3126/ACC3614 Valuation and FNA3123/ACC3606 Advanced Corporate Accounting & Reporting or FNA3112/ACC3602 Managerial Planning & Control Systems are successfully completed.

Please click here to view exemptions for BBA.

Please click here to view exemptions for BBA(ACC).

Dean's List, Medals, Prizes, Honors Society, Scholarships and Study Awards

Students who have achieved outstanding academic performances will be placed on the Dean's List.  In determining the placing of students on the Dean's List, the performances of students within an academic year will be considered.

Students who are in the top 7% for BBA1 or BBA2, or top 10% for BBA3 or BBA4, are eligible to join as life members (list) of the international Business students honors society Beta Gamma Sigma.

In addition to the many scholarships and study awards, students with outstanding academic performances will also be awarded Gold Medals and Book Prizes.

Teaching and Assessment Methods

First and second level modules are conducted in a mixture of lecture-tutorial format whereby issues covered in the lectures may be discussed in greater depth during tutorials; as well as sectional sessions in groups of between 30 to 40. All third and fourth level modules adopt the sectional teaching format whereby both lectures and tutorials are incorporated within each class meeting.

The teaching methods vary from module to module. The aim is to develop each student's knowledge of the modules as well as their analytical skills, research competency and presentation skills.

There is a balance of case discussions, small group discussions, computer-simulated games, individual and group projects, quizzes, essay writing, presentations, lectures by guest speakers, etc. The combination of different teaching methods enable students to master both theoretical and practical components in a lively and interesting way.

In a typical week, most students will spend 15 hours in lectures, tutorials and seminars. Besides attending formal classes, students may also approach instructors for consultation. It is also common for students to form discussion groups on their own to help one another in their course work.

Award of Degrees

The types of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree awarded by the NUS Business School are:

  • BBA First Class Honours
  • BBA Second Class (Upper Division) Honours
  • BBA Second Class (Lower Division) Honours
  • BBA Third Class Honours
  • BBA with Merit
  • BBA

The Cumulative Average Point (CAP) system is used to determine the award of the above. Details are as follows: 

Student Intake from academic year 1998/99 to 2001/02

Degrees

CAP Cut-Offs (BBA Honours Program)

CAP Cut-Offs (BBA Program)

1st Class Hons

4.50 and above, plus at least an 'A minus' in the Honours Thesis

-

2nd Class (Upper) Hons

4.50 and above, without the minumum grade of 'A minus' in the Honours Thesis

-

2nd Class (Upper) Hons

4.00 to 4.49

-

2nd Class (Lower) Hons

3.50 to 3.99

-

3rd Class Hons

3.20 to 3.49

-

Pass with Merit

3.00 to 3.19

3.00 and above

Pass

2.00 to 2.99

2.00 to 2.99

Fail

Below 2.00

Below 2.00

 

Student Intake from academic year 2002/03 onwards 

Degrees

CAP Cut-Offs (BBA Honours Program)

CAP Cut-Offs (BBA Program)

1st Class Hons

4.50 and above, plus at least an 'A minus' in the Honours Thesis

-

2nd Class (Upper) Hons

4.50 and above, without the minumum grade of 'A minus' in the Honours Thesis

-

2nd Class (Upper) Hons

4.00 to 4.49

-

2nd Class (Lower) Hons

3.50 to 3.99

-

3rd Class Hons

3.20 to 3.49

-

Pass with Merit

-

3.20 and above

Pass

2.00 to 3.19

2.00 to 3.19

Fail

Below 2.00

Below 2.00

 

Honours Thesis

Residency Requirements and Maximum Candidature

The University has established a minimum residency requirement and maximum candidature for all NUS degrees, including joint and double degrees with foreign universities. Residency, in this instance, is defined as payment of fees and ability to meet all curricular requirements of the programme of study. With respect to the latter condition, the MCs which count towards residency must come from letter-graded modules that are factored into the CAP computation. Additionally, for research-based graduate programmes, residency also requires the satisfaction of other departmental requirements, such as teaching assistance. 

Undergraduate Programmes

A student registered for a Bachelor's degree must do the greater of 50% of required MCs for the degree programme, or 80 MCs at NUS. In addition, such students are required to read at least 15 MCs per semester except during the following semesters when they are allowed to read fewer MCs:

  • final semester; and
  • semester in which the students are undergoing industrial attachment or doing their final year projects.

 

In general, the maximum candidature is:

Type of Programme

Maximum Candidature

3-year Bachelor's degree (i.e. 120-MC programme)

              4 years

4-year Bachelor with Honours degree (i.e. 160-MC programme)

              5 years

Double degree programme (i.e. 180 MCs or above)           

              6 years











Students are allowed to remain at most for an additional semester after they have fulfilled their graduation requirements.

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