NUS Asia-Pacific Executive MBA

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Why NUS Asia-Pacific Executive MBA? 

The NUS Asia-Pacific Executive MBA is truly a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity that integrates the best of management theory and practice from the East and West. It is designed for senior executives who embrace "glocalization" and value the diverse and rewarding experience of living, learning and working in Asia-Pacific.

Click here for Programme Highlights.

2. How much commitment is required? 

The Asia-Pacific Executive MBA requires significant time commitment. Hence, candidates are strongly encouraged to obtain sponsorship where the employer agrees to relief the candidate from normal duties during all residential segments. 

The programme comprises six intensive 2-week segments conducted in Singapore, India, Indonesia, Japan, China and Vietnam. Typically, each module lasts 60 hours. Reading materials will be sent 1-2 months before the class starts. 

Click here for Curriculum and Schedule.

3. Who teaches in the Asia-Pacific Executive MBA?

NUS Business School is known for its leadership in management and business. Its faculty comprises 5 academic departments, namely Strategy & PolicyDecision SciencesFinanceAccountingManagement & Organization and Marketing.

Our professors earned their doctorates from the best universities around the world, including institutions such as Harvard University, Stanford University, London Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, etc. They represent 28 nationalities and are competent in at least 20 languages.

Our faculty members are also actively involved in both academic research and applied business consulting projects.

4. Who is eligible for the Programme?

Candidates who meets the following criteria:

  • A good bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of 10 years' full-time work experience (holding a senior position or have the potential to assume managerial position in the near future)

Based on the past intakes, our candidates are a diverse group, in terms of nationality, industry and background, etc.

 Click here for Admission Requirements.

5. Do I need GMAT or TOEFL? 

Both GMAT and TOEFL are not mandatory. However, applicants are required to sit for GMAT on a case-by-case basis. TOEFL is usually required if the medium of instruction during the undergraduate studies was not in English.

6. Can IELTS or GRE act as a substitute for TOEFL?

Yes, you may submit IELTS score in place of TOEFL.

7. Is it necessary to have a laptop?

Yes, the laptop is frequently used during classes for projects and presentations. As such, it is recommneded that you bring along a laptop.

8. Why is the Asia-Pacific Executive MBA's tuition fee higher than the regular MBA?

The Asia-Pacific Executive MBA programme is designed for senior executives. As such, the University provides a premium level of service, in terms of faculty, service staff and facilities. In comparison with the other EMBAs offered in the region, the Asia-Pacific Executive MBA is still regarded as a high quality product at an affordable price. In addition, there is no opportunity cost - you get to keep your job while pursuing a degree, unlike a full-time MBA.

9. How do participants pay for the Programme? Is there any financial aid available?

The payment structure is as follow:

  Amount Due
Upon Acceptance S$10,000
June 2014 S$30,000
January 2015 S$30,000
June 2015 S$25,000
Total S$95,000

There are no financial aid available through the School.  Candidates may take advantage of government grants, where possible, e.g. SPRING Singapore's CDG, if the organization falls under the Small & Medium Enterprise category in Singapore. Some candidates take up study loans through banks. 

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10. Is company sponsorship required?

Candidates are strongly encouraged to obtain sponsorship where the employer agrees to relieve the candidate from normal duties during residential segments. Financial support from the employer, though preferred, is not mandatory.

Generally, about 20% of the candidates receive sponsorship from their employers. Another 30% are partially sponsored by the company, while the rest pay for their own fees.

11. Why should my company sponsor me?

While your company invests in developing your skills and rewarding your contributions, it is also preserving its corporate competence, by sending its executives to acquire the best practices, latest knowledge and skills that will continue to position the organization at the forefront in a competitive business environment. You will be able to contribute immediately after each segment as you bring back with you new ideas to identify, analyze and solve company issues.

In addition, the interaction or networking with classmates, faculty and guest speakers often bring in new businesses to the company.

12. What degree do I get? 

Upon graduation, you will get a Masters of Business Administration degree from National University of Singapore.

13. Is it difficult to return to studying after being out of school for so many years? 

Returning to an intense environment after so many years certainly requires adjustment and time commitment. However, as most candidates have also been out of school for many years, they will face similar challenges. As such, the candidates provide mutual encouragement and support during the programme, leading to new networks or friendships forged along the way.

14. May I apply for exemptions or transfer of credits for any previously completed courses? 

No, exemptions and transfer of credits are not practiced in the program. Candidates are required to take all the 14 modules.

Click here for Curriculum and Schedule.

15. What happens if I am not able to attend a module or segment? 

You may defer modules or segments owing to work or family exigencies and make-up for the module or segment in the following year with the new cohort, while you continue with the rest of the modules or segment with your current cohort.  The candidature period is 6 years but we strongly encourage you to complete the programme within 15 months with your cohort.  Most of our students would complete the programme in 15 months or at most graduate with the next cohort.

16. Will the programme office advise overseas based candidates on accommodation in Singapore?

Yes, the administrators from the programme office will advise you about available accommodation on campus and also provide information about hotels nearby.  Candidates may advise their preference.  Most candidates however, prefer to stay on campus.

It is best to advise the administrators early if you wish to stay on campus, to avoid disappointments of not securing a room.

National University of Singapore
NUS Business School
Asia-Pacific Executive MBA (English)
Mochtar Riady Building Level 4
15 Kent Ridge Drive
Singapore 119245

Phone: +65 6516 7800
Fax: +65 6775 9097



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