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Motto  Leading From Asia
Established  1965
Undergraduates  2,693
Address  Singapore 119245
Mascot  LiNUS
Type  Business School
Academic staff  149
Postgraduates  829
Total enrollment  2,907 (2010)
Dean  Bernard Yeung
NUS Business School

Undergraduate tuition and fees  33,570 SGD (2011), International tuition: 38,740 SGD (2011)
Similar  National University of Singap, Nanyang Business School, Singapore Management University, National University of Singap, Nanyang Technological University

NUS Business School is the business school of the National University of Singapore (NUS). NUS Business School is consistently rated as one of the top business schools in the Asia Pacific region and one of the leading business schools worldwide. The Forbes ranking of International Two-Year MBA programmes ranks the NUS MBA 7th globally out of a total of 11 schools listed while the Quacquarelli Symonds Global 200 MBA Rankings 2014/15 ranks the NUS MBA 2nd in Asia. In The Economist 2016 Full-Time MBA rankings, NUS Business School's MBA programme slipped 12 places to 99th worldwide (6th in Asia). In the recent Financial Times 2016 Global MBA Rankings, NUS Business School slid one spot down to 32nd globally (2nd in Singapore).


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NUS Business School was established in 2002, although its history dates back to 1961, when Business Administration was first taught as a subject in the then Department of Economics in NUS. The school is located at the flagship Mochtar Riady Building at the NUS Kent Ridge campus. The current dean is Professor Bernard Yeung. Given below is a timeline of the school's history

  • 1961: The area of Business Administration as a proper academic field is first taught in the Department of Economics at the then University of Singapore.
  • 1965: The Department of Business Administration is set up to meet the growing needs of a formal business education in Singapore, under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, led by Acting Head Professor A H Zecha.
  • 1966: First cohort of 24 students enrol. The University of Singapore Business Administration Society is set up.
  • 1969: The Department of Business Administration is merged with the Department of Accountancy, and the School of Accountancy and Business Administration is formed.
  • 1972: First batch of 26 students graduate in the Diploma of Business Administration programme.
  • 1978: Joint-campus scheme between the Nanyang University and the University of Singapore is implemented.
  • 1980: The University of Singapore and Nanyang University merge. With the merger of the two universities, the School becomes known as the Faculty of Accountancy and Business Administration. The Faculty comprises the Department of Accountancy as well as the Department of Business Administration. Part-time MBA programme is launched.
  • 1983: The Faculty is restructured again, and the School of Accountancy and the School of Management are formed. Stanford-NUS executive programmes in Asia is launched. The MBA Club is formed.
  • 1987: The School of Accountancy is moved to the then Nanyang Technological Institute. Following this move, the Faculty's name is shortened to become the Faculty of Business Administration.
  • 2002: Faculty of Business Administration is renamed NUS Business School (as it is called today).
  • 2003: NUS Business School is accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International.
  • 2008: NUS Business School becomes the First Asian School to be a full member of The Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS).
  • 2009: NUS Business School receives the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation.
  • 2011: NUS Business School's MBA Programme is ranked 4th by Forbes amongst its annual ranking of International MBA Programmes.
  • Academic Departments

    The school is made up of six academic departments:

    Department of Accounting

    It was established in 2007 as a distinct department in the NUS Business school. Head of Department: Professor Yew Kee Ho

    Department of Decision Sciences

    A multidisciplinary department focusing on Analytics, Operations Research (OR) and Supply Chain Management (SCM), it aims to bridge academic research and industry challenges in the field of Operations Management, OR and SCM. Head of Department: Professor Chung Piaw Teo

    Department of Finance

    Offers modules that lead to a specialisation in Finance in academic programmes as the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) for undergraduate students, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and PhD for graduate students. Head of Department: Prof Allaudeen Hameed

    Department of Management & Organisation

    With a staff strength of around 30, the department offers a variety of courses in organisational behaviour and management, and human resource management through undergraduate, graduate and executive training programs. The department includes the Human Resource Management Unit. Head of Department: Professor Michael Frese

    Department of Marketing

    Head of Department: Assoc Prof Lee Yih Hwai

    Department of Strategy & Policy

    There are several clusters in which the department engages research including

    1. Firms, Governance and Institutions

    2. Business and Competition

    3. Technology and Innovation


    There are five different research centres at the NUS Business School.

  • Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy (ACSEP)
  • Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI)
  • Centre for Behavioural Economics (CBE)
  • Centre for Governance, Institutions & Organisations (CGIO)
  • China Business Centre (CBC)
  • NUS Full-Time MBA (Master of Business Administration)

    Full-time MBA students complete their studies within 17 months.

    NUS Part-Time MBA (Master of Business Administration)

    The part-time NUS MBA programme allows working managers and professionals to upgrade their managerial skills and pursue further professional growth opportunities. Classes for part-time MBA students are held during weekday evenings and/or weekends.

    MBA Specialisation Programmes

    There are 5 specialisation programmes students can choose from


    The NUS MBA Specialisation in Finance focuses on the concerns of the financial industry in the recent years, covering topics like international financial management, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, options and futures and corporate governance.


    Strategy and Organisation

    Healthcare Management

    The NUS MBA Specialisation in Healthcare Management, offered in partnership with NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health.

    Real Estate

    The NUS MBA Specialisation in Real Estate, offered in partnership with the Department of Real Estate at NUS.

    MBA Double Degree Programmes

    MBA Double Degrees give the chance to double the prospects for success by studying in one or more renowned universities in more than one location. There are six double degrees to choose from:

  • NUS-Peking University Double Degree MBA
  • NUS-HEC PARIS Double Degree MBA
  • S3 Asia MBA
  • Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
  • NUS MBA – Yale Master of Advanced Management Double Degree Programme
  • NUS MSc (Mgt)

    The NUS Master of Science (Management) is a one-year programme designed to help graduates gain a competitive advantage in the job market by providing advanced knowledge and skills in key areas of management in a multicultural learning environment. This is a pre-experience masters, targeted at candidates with less than two years of working experience.

    NUS MSc (Mgt) + CEMS MIM

    NUS MSc (Mgt) students can enroll in a double-master degree programme by opting for an additional CEMS Master’s in International Management (CEMS MIM) degree. Students will gain a double-master degree over the course of 1.5 years. Students will get to study in two different CEMS Academic Partners in two different semesters.

    NUS BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration)

    The programme operates on a modular system where students design their curricula to pace their studies. They may also take modules of their interest, subject to any prerequisite requirements and to the availability of modules. Students usually indicate their preferred specialisation at the end of the 2nd year to the start of the 3rd year.

    Undergraduate Majors & Minors

  • Major in Management (Technology)
  • Minor in Technopreneurship
  • Major in Management
  • Minor in Management
  • NUS APAC EMBA (Executive MBA)

    Designed for executives with at least 10 years of work experience, this programme offers a robust curriculum, bringing participants to 6 different Asian countries – Singapore, Indonesia, India, Japan, China & Australia. In each of the country, there are corporate visits to organisations and sessions with guest speakers to complete the overseas experience.

    UCLA-NUS EMBA (Executive MBA)

    Developed jointly by UCLA Anderson School of Management and NUS Business School, the UCLA - NUS EMBA aims to provide a global perspective on leadership and management. The part-time intensive program aims to prepare its participants for C-level management in organizations around the world. Participants will leave with an MBA from both the NUS Business School and UCLA Anderson School of Management.


    Forbes Ranking

    International MBA Ranking

    Bloomberg Businessweek Ranking

    International MBA Ranking

    Financial Times Ranking

    Global MBA Ranking Global EMBA Ranking

    The Economist Intelligence Unit Ranking

    Global MBA Ranking


    NUS Business School offers double degree programs with top universities across Asia, Europe and North America. Following are the partner universities that offer double degree programmes in association with NUS Business School:

  • HEC Paris
  • Fudan University
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • Yale School of Management
  • Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
  • Guanghua School of Management
  • Twice yearly, the NUS Business School sends over 400 BBA and MBA students on exchange with its partner universities and schools. Students typically spend one semester abroad taking modules worth up to 24 Modular Credits (6 modules) in their 2nd or 3rd year. During this time, the school hosts about 200 exchange students.

    NUS Bizad Club

    The NUS Students’ Business Club, commonly known as the Bizad Club, is a constituent club under NUSSU. It forms the core student body representing all undergraduates pursuing the BBA and BAC degree in NUS Business School. The current Bizad Club is a merger of Bizad Club and Bizad Society in 1999.

    MBA Student Council

    NUS MBA Student Council is headed by the President, the Vice-President and fellow club leaders, who together coin the agenda for student activities during the academic year. Activities encompass both professional and personal development through frequent Invitational Cocktails, Networking Nights, Cultural Events, Workshops, Industry Visits, alumni and industry interactions.

    Student Clubs and Directorates

    The Council currently houses 13 primary clubs that cater to the professional, social responsibility and general interest of the student cohort: Consulting, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Fashion & Luxury, Finance, Healthcare, Language & Culture, Marketing, Social Impact, Social & Recreation, Sports, Technology, and Women in Business Club.

    In addition to the Clubs, the Council is supported by three directorates, each headed by a Student Director who represents the MBA student body in the liaison with NUS offices. These departments are:

  • Alumni Relations, who liaise with the Global Alumni Network Office (GANO);
  • Academic Affairs, who liaise with MBA academics office on academic matters;
  • Career Development and Corporate Outreach, who liaise with the Career Services Office (CSO).
  • Notable Alumni

    The prominent alumni from the NUS Business school are listed below

  • Chew Hua Seng
  • Bobby Chin
  • Chua Sock Koong
  • Chung Tang-Fong William (Dr)
  • Veronica Eng
  • Huynh Quang Hai
  • Adam Khoo
  • Lam Kwong Yu
  • Howie Lau
  • Laurence Lien
  • Lim How Teck
  • Robin Ng
  • Ng Ser Miang
  • Peter Seah
  • Peter Tay
  • Wong Ah Long
  • Yam Ah Mee
  • Yang Tseng Pu
  • Yeo Keng Joon
  • Yin Wei Dong
  • Kuok Khoon Hong
  • References

    NUS Business School Wikipedia