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The NUS MBA offers a distinctive industry-focused curriculum that combines the best of global business training with a unique focus on the vibrant Asian region. To complement this, NUS MBA curriculum is constantly enhanced by a team of faculty and industry professionals, ensuring you obtain the necessary rigour, business discipline, and innovative thinking, setting you apart from other MBA graduates.


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CORE MODULES

The core modules provide you with the knowledge and concepts that are the backbone of a general management education, equipping you with the essential skills required by leaders to succeed in the global business environment. A typical full module comprises of 4 modular credits (MCs) and meets 3 hours a week for 14 weeks. A typical half module comprises of 2 MCs and meets 3 hours a week for 7 weeks. Learn more about how a typical MBA schedule is like. curriculuminfograph-19 Learn more about our core modules:
Fact-based decisions supported by timely data analyses are the norm in this “Big Data” era. Moreover, many MBA graduates start their career as consultant / analyst advising the Supply Chain, Marketing, Finance and HR departments on making them more efficient, profitable and customer-centric. This course aims to equip participants with a scientific / analytical mindset i.e. making informed decisions based on data, models and “what if” sensitivity analyses.
This foundational course in strategy explores the basic concepts, analytical techniques, and strategic options that form the basis for strategic analysis and action. It explores the reasons for the success and failure of businesses in this era of global competition. We will focus on two central questions: “What business should we be in?” and “How should we compete in our existing businesses?” In exploring these questions, you will develop a conceptual and practical understanding of the strategic challenges of developing and implementing corporate strategy. We will explore strategic questions such as: 1. What are the challenges to competition? 2. How do firms cope with and overcome such challenges? 3. What are the key organizational elements necessary for growth? As we explore these questions, we will address the fundamental issue of how an organization can create sustainable competitive advantages. Given these focal points of exploration, the course emphasizes the application of concepts and analytical frameworks to the strategic issues faced by real companies.
This is an introductory course that aims to provide a strong conceptual foundation for finance. Finance theory will be used to solve practical problems faced by financial managers.
The course stresses the theory of accounts, generally accepted accounting principles, and the interpretation of financial statements. The perspective of the course is that of managers and investors as knowledgeable users of accounting information.
This module aims to provide students with the necessary tools and economic framework to better understand and analyse macroeconomics issues such as economic growth, unemployment, inflation, business cycles, government budget, trade deficit/surplus, and the measures and policies adopted by government and international institutions to cope with them. Undoubtedly, macroeconomics at both the domestic and international levels will have impact on the business decision and strategies for product innovation, market expansion, and investment. This module emphasize application of the macroeconomic models and analytical framework to real life macroeconomic events in the global economy.
Managerial Economics as the first year MBA core course aims to expose the students to a rigorous foundation in microeconomics, game theory and industrial organization. Its main objective is to develop students’ capacity to analyze the economic environments in which business entities operate and understand how managerial decisions can vary under different constraints that each economic environment places on a manager’s pursuit of his/her goals. Its focus will be on analyzing the functioning of markets, the economic behavior of firms and other economic agents under various market structures, and the economic and social implications of the outcomes.
Marketing management is the process of planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of goods, services, and ideas to create exchanges with target groups to satisfy customer and organizational objectives. It involves analyzing the environment to identify opportunities, and developing marketing strategies and programs to exploit such opportunities. This introductory course aims to impart marketing concepts and tools that may be applied to solve various problems in marketing management. It also provides an Asian perspective to the marketing management process.
You will get to directly apply concepts and theories acquired in the classroom to real-life business situation with Management Practicum. Analyse complex business issues, define core strategic issues, explore business opportunities, and improve organisational and managerial effectiveness with this hands-on consultancy project. By offering your expertise to the community, you will grow both personally and professionally. Guided by a NUS faculty member, team up with 3-4 of your MBA classmates to work closely with company representatives on a specific corporate issue. Leveraging their collective interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, your team will research and analyse the issue and develop a comprehensive, in-depth business plan that incorporates financial, marketing, operational and strategic recommendations. Teams dedicate around 130 hours over a 3- to 4-month span on the project and earn four modular credits towards graduation. Upon your project’s conclusion, your team will deliver your findings before the company’s senior representatives and your academic supervisor.
This course is to develop the students’ analytical abilities to deal with the use of accounting information internally in managing an organization. It introduces students to the role of accounting in planning, control and making informed decisions. This course will cover costs concepts and behavior, various costing systems, budgeting, performance analysis, relevant costs and their uses for decision making and planning.
From a systems perspective, this module introduces you to the strategic and operating issues (decisions) involved in managing the operational (business) processes in an organization. An operational process transforms inputs into goods, service, or both. Effective and efficient management of these processes is a major competitive advantage. Such advantages, however, can only be realized to the fullest when all functional units are managed as an integral system. Hence, the capability to manage operations to achieve the system objective is a key ingredient for success. An understanding of it is essential for all managers. Principles for transforming organizations to operational excellence will be emphasized throughout the module.
Managers often express surprise when they find that people are more difficult than numbers to understand. Recruiters often indicate that they wish new managers possessed stronger people skills. Alumni often affirm that they too wish they had stronger people skills. The aim of this course is to provide you with some of these skills so that you can become a more effective manager and leader. However, management is not a science. Nor is it a profession. It is an art – a craft that is developed over a lifetime. This course is therefore not designed to offer you a magic formula for how to manage an organization. It is designed to provide tools to help you better understand why people in organizations do the things they do and how to influence these behaviors. We will use theories of management, economics, sociology, psychology, and philosophy to help us discuss individual, team, and organizational?level behaviors.
Leadership at the heart of business education. In this module we shall examine leadership from the perspectives of both management thought and practice. This module is conducted over three days. The theme of the first day is the substance of leadership, beginning with an examination of commonly held assumptions about leadership and comparing them to what has been found in research. Interpersonal aspects of leadership, such as engagement and the personal compact, are then explored. The second day turns to the context of leadership, focusing on the influence of situational and social factors on leadership behaviours and outcomes. The third day looks to the future of leadership, with topics such as leading change, resilience and continuous learning.
An integral part of the MBA journey, the Management Communication course you will be taking at the start of your programme is a non-credit course that focuses on vital “soft skills” that are essential for success in any leadership position. Over five intense days, you will learn how to build better connections and professional relationships by analysing the keystones to effective communication, emotional intelligence and core dynamics needed to influence others. This intense and interactive “boot camp” will spark new ideas and insights that will deliver essential leadership insights and guide you throughout the programme.

ELECTIVE MODULES

You may wish to graduate with a specialization upon completing 28 MCs in a single business function. Elective modules can be chosen from the following disciplines:
finance
FINANCE
marketing
MARKETING
healthcare
HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
strategy
STRATEGY & ORGANISATION
The NUS MBA was a perfect match and once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I could foster global network and cultivate cutting edge knowledge about Asian business protocols as well as global business.
TOMOYUKI SHIGETA
Japan, Class of 2017
2015 Intake, Full time