One of the most exciting cities in all of Asia is Singapore and Nanyang Business School was the very first MBA school in the country. So if you’re looking for a school that would allow you to do a deep dive on Asia in an incredibly welcoming city, Nanyang is the place to be. It’s full-time MBA program, which boasts a focus on Asia, can be completed in just 12 months.
With nearly nine out of ten students from outside Singapore, the school attracts a wildly diverse group of MBA candidates, especially from all across Asia. Some 16% of the Class of 2012 were from Europe and from Southeast Asia; 18% from India, 13% from China, 12% from Northeast Asia, and 6% from the Americas. An unusually high percentage were women, 43%, compared with the more typical one-third in U.S. business schools.
The vast majority of Nanyang’s MBAs tend to land jobs in Asia (some 81% of the Class of 2011), with 14% going off to Europe and 5% to North America. The school says that 48% of the class used the MBA degree to transition to a new industry, while 46% changed functions. Even more impressive is the fact that more than a third of the graduates (38%) were double-switchers, using the MBA to change both industries and job function at the same time.
Round 1: 14 November 2017
Round 2: 15 January 2018
Round 3: 31 March 2018
Decision 1: 15 January 2018
Decision 2: 15 March 2018
Decision 3: 20 May 2018
APPLICATION ESSAY TIPS
Essay 1 –
Briefly describe your involvement in any Social Responsibility or Sustainable Development activities (maximum 150 words)
From this prompt, it is obvious that Nanyang places social responsibility very high on its list of priorities. While describing your involvement, don’t forget to explain your motivation for undertaking the task in question, and the impact it made. In all likelihood, you will have worked in a group, so that you can also bring out the collaborative nature of your undertaking.
Journalists follow a classical rule while reporting events, and you may possibly find this useful in your description. It is called the five W’s and one H. In presenting any account, say who was involved, what happened, where and when it took place, and why and how it happened. Answering these questions ensures that you give a complete picture of the situation.
Essay 2 –
Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your near-term (3-5 years) future career objectives and how pursuing a Nanyang MBA will help you achieve these. (400 word limit)
While assessing your career progress, you need not go into detail regarding your technical accomplishments. Rather, you should concentrate on the leadership roles you assumed, since this is what the adcom will be primarily concerned with. Explain what drove you into this career, and why a particular career path especially appeals to you. If there has been any switch in career roles, or gaps between different jobs, give credible reasons for the same. Following this, point out the short-term and long-term goals you have formulated for yourself, and then zero in on the skills you still need to acquire, and on why you think Nanyang is your best bet in this regard. Cogent reasons might include its strong Asia-focus, its high ranking, and its location in one of the world’s most liveable and efficient cities.
Essay 3 –
Tell us about two achievements (one personal and one professional) that you are most proud of, and why you feel that to be so. (400 word limit)
There are certain attributes all business schools look for in applicants – impactful leadership, community service, a sense of vision and the capacity to think big, initiative, integrity, communications skills, the ability to be a team player, self-awareness, etc. Therefore, when you discuss your personal and professional achievements, make certain you focus on one or more of these traits. Since you have already spoken of community service in your first answer, this does not need to feature again here.
Let us suppose you topped your batch in college, and you also took the lead in organizing an alumni association. While the first example might reflect your academic brilliance, it does not by itself reflect any of the qualities listed above. However, the fact that, with the help of your colleagues, you organized an alumni association will be seen as indicative of your initiative and collaborative spirit. Hence, it would be more judicious to mention the latter achievement.
Do not neglect to point out the impact of your achievements, for this is something the adcom is always on the look-out for.
Essay 4 –
How do you anticipate contributing to the Nanyang MBA Program and your fellow participants? It may be helpful to share experiences from your past where you have been able to do something similar. (400 word limit)
To answer this question properly, you need a thorough familiarity with the program. Find out as much about the program as you can from all available sources – the Nanyang website, alumni, current students, etc. As such, a visit to the campus would be highly recommended. Once you have a good idea of what the program is all about, it will be much easier for you to decide which areas you would like to contribute to. This will naturally depend on the expertise, skills, and knowledge you have picked up in the past. Therefore, when you state, in this essay, exactly where you would like to contribute, cite instances from your personal and/or professional life where you have participated in similar activities or been involved in similar engagements. This will be required to convince the adcom that you are not speaking merely theoretically, but are actually equipped to put your words into concrete action.