The NUS MBA
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The full-time MBA program at the National University of Singapore is a relatively new and small experience that was founded in 1985. As you would expect, the vast majority of MBA students here are from outside Singapore. In the class entered in 2012, 91% of the students are deemed “international.” The diversity of nationalities in the class, from just 20 different countries, is much less than most top business schools in the U.S. And when students become graduates, they inevitably stay close to home: six of every ten graduates in the Class of 2012 landed jobs in Singapore.
The primary focus of the 17-month-long MBA program is predictably on Asian business, though students can spend a semester on exchange at one of 42 partner universities, including New York University’s Stern School of Business and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in the U.S., Fudan University in China, and IE Business School in Spain.
The school aims to be the leading business school in Asia, globally recognized for excellence in education and research. Its stated mission is to “advance knowledge and develop leaders so as to serve business and society.”
Good facts about NUS:
– Low fees: almost equal to ISB and short duration of course: 18 months
– Great placement statistics of 96% in 3 months and 94% of it was facilitated by the school itself, unlike EU schools where you need to rely on your Networking skills to make it.
– Even better is the 30% placement in technology sector.
– Apart from that placements are well distributed between consulting (21%) and finance (23%), So NUS is not a finance school or a consulting mill like INSEAD. Which can be really good for career switchers.
Not so good Facts:
Low batch strength of 100. Really bad for Indians. In order to maintain diversity they only take 10-15% Indian candidates. So for Indian they only have 10-15 seats. So do apply at the earliest.
The application window: 13 August 2019 – 31 March 2020 (Before SGT 23:59:59 for all deadlines.).
Round I: 13 August 2019 – 31 January 2020 (Scholarship Qualifying Period)
Round II: 1 February 2020 – 31 March 2020
The application window: 13 August 2019 – 15 May 2020.
Essay 1: The NUS MBA offers a highly transformative education experience. What kind of transformation are you working towards in your professional and personal self? (250 words)
Essay 2: Describe the type of leader you are right now, and the qualities of a leader you aspire to be. How would The NUS MBA help you cultivate those qualities? (250 words)
Essay 3: Share a situation in your personal or professional life, where your value system was put to the test. How did you react, and what did you learn from it? (250 words) *
Essay 4: Tell us about your intermediate (3 years) post-MBA career goal, describing your industry, function and country of choice and a plan on how you would achieve this goal. (250 words) *
Essay 5: (Only applicable to re-applicants) Please provide an update on any new aspects of your professional, international, academic or personal profile that would not have been included in your previous application. Please also explain your motivation for re-applying to NUS. (Max. 300 words)
NUS MBA Essay 1: Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goal including your industry, function and country of choice and how have your prior experiences motivated and prepared you to pursue these goals? (300 words – 3500 characters)*
Post-MBA, I want to move up the value-chain in the finance sector and work as a Senior Consultant/Executive in a top-tier financial advisory firm/division in Singapore, with the likes of EY, KPMG, and Barclays. Long term, I aspire to grow up the ladder to a Partner/Director at a prestigious financial advisory company in the Asia-Pacific region.
In the last 4.5 years in financial advisory roles, I have worked with PE funds, financial services firms and Fortune 500 companies to craft and recommend financial and strategic solutions. This exposure has provided me insights on several industries and helped develop an understanding of global business through interactions with CXOs from over six countries. This experience, coupled with CFA knowledge, has sharpened my technical expertise, analytical skills and problem-solving ability…Continue Reading Here.
NUS MBA Essay 2: Please answer ONE of the following short essay prompts. (300 words) *
I am passionate about…
My greatest challenge has been…
My biggest failure was ….
My biggest failure was when I let down my students in Pratigya (a student initiative dedicated to imparting education to underprivileged children) where I used to teach and lead the volunteers’ team.
My mother, a teacher, has always inspired me to impart the gift of education to underprivileged children. During my undergraduate, I joined Pratigya but was disheartened to see extremely irregular attendance and poor grades in all classes. I gathered a team of 15 volunteers and led multiple efforts to spread awareness among the children’s families regarding the importance of education. We also worked on children’s self-motivation to learn, through experiential learning programs. Attendance rose to 50 and grades improved gradually. Our initiatives were changing lives and as its convener, I was deeply gratified…Continue Reading Here.
NUS attracts a lot of Asian applicants. Shortlisted candidates are invited for NUS MBA personal interview. For overseas candidates interviews are held either face-to-face or on webcam. The admission committee informs the interviewee whether the MBA personal interview will be held in person or through a video call, via email/call.
NUS Interviews are generally blind interviews. The admissions committee has not gone through the application/essays of the interviewee. Interviews are generally held for about 20-25 minutes.
They have only a single interview for a few candidates while they have 2 interviews for some. In case of 2 interviews, the first one is a 15 minute interview where you might be asked for a 3 minute extempore speech (so better sit with a notebook and pen) on a topic and the second interview is 20-25 minute long and might stretch for 35-40 minutes.
Keep in mind NUS’s vision, mission and values.
Vision – A premier partner in securing the safest environment possible for Singapore’s leading global university.
Mission – To provide and maintain, a safe and secure environment for work and study, through effective partnership with stakeholders.
Values – Honesty and Integrity, Helpfulness, Dedication and Commitment…Continue Reading Here