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NUS, or National University of Singapore, offers both full-time and part-time MBA programs as well as an EMBA with UCLA. Ranked #15 in the world by the Financial Times (FT) Global MBA rankings for 2019, NUS MBA is the Number 1 MBA among Singapore universities. Full-time MBA students complete their studies within 17 months.

The NUS MBA opens up a world of opportunities for its students, grooming them to identify chances, seize them, and develop lasting careers that have a global impact. It provides students with an energizing forum for growth and discovery that will prepare them for leadership roles in today’s competitive global marketplace. Merging East and West, the MBA curriculum integrates Western business models and leadership tenets from a distinctly Asian perspective.Outside the classroom, overseas student exchanges, student-led study trips, business case competitions and other initiatives will expand student’s horizons and international network.With 93% of the MBA class being international students, NUS also offers a high degree of diversity. With classmates coming from all corners of the world and from walks of life, NUS MBA will be a truly global learning experience for every student.

The course fees is an estimated SGD 65,000 (excluding GST), payable over 2 semesters. A multitude of scholarships are available for both domestic and international students.

As per the latest graduating cohort, 94% of graduates were employed within 3 months of graduation, with an average post graduation salary of S$143,917.

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Application Deadlines

Round 1: 1 September 2020 – 27 January 2021 (Scholarship Qualifying Period)

Round 2: 28 January 2020 – 31 March 2021

Application Fee (Round 1): $50

Application Fee (Round 2): $100

Admissions Facts

 Program length: 17 months

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 16%

Average age of new entrants: 32

 Require standardized test: GMAT/GRE
*Part time MBA applicants with 7 or more years of work experience have the alternative of taking the Executive Assessment (EA) in place of the GMAT or GRE.

 Average GMAT score: 672

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: At least 2 years

Application Essay

Season: 2020


Please introduce yourself to your NUS MBA classmates. (Max: 300 words)


Please answer ONE of the following short essay prompts. (max: 300 words)
a. I am passionate about…
b. My greatest challenge has been…
c. My biggest failure was ….


Tell us about your intermediate (5 yrs) post-MBA career goal, describing your industry, function and country of choice and a plan on how you would achieve this goal. (max: 300 words)

Optional Essay

If there is anything else you would like to share with the Admissions Committee that was not covered in your application, please it include here (eg. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance). (max 150 words)

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2020

Two referee reports are required to complete your application. The two referees can be your current employer, previous employer or corporate client. The reports have to be submitted within the application deadlines.


  1. How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity/context? (maximum: 1,000 characters including spaces)
  2. How would you rate the applicant among executives at a similar level?
  3. How would you rate the applicant on the following dimensions? (Potential to excel, competency & efficiency, integrity, energy & drive, ability to work in a team, leadership qualities, presentation & communication skills)
  4. In your opinion, what is the candidate’s leadership potential for the next 5 years? (maximum: 1,000 characters including spaces)
  5. Please provide three memorable achievements the applicant attained in your company. (maximum: 1,000 characters including spaces)
  6. Kindly provide and instance when the applicant exhibited any one of the following qualities: Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Exceptional work performance (maximum: 1,000 characters including spaces)
  7. From what you understand of the applicant, what are his/her main motivations or interests in life? (maximum: 1,000 characters including spaces)

Admissions Verdict



“NUS is Singapore's top university, so competition is steep for seats in its MBA program. On the positive side, their GMAT requirements are achievable, but you should have some impressive experiences, ideally in a global context.” Consultant2018

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