The NUS MBA

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NUS MBA Introduction

 

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.

 

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NUS MBA Application Essays 2019-20

 

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 Winning Sample Essays

 

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) *
  1. I am passionate about…
  2. My greatest challenge has been…
  3. 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 MBA Interview Tips

 

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

NUS MBA Application Essays Tips

 

National University of Singapore offers a 17-month MBA program offering specializations in 4 distinct areas (Finance, Marketing, Healthcare Management, or Strategy & Organization). If you are looking for an Asian-focused program with strong placement in the Consulting (21%), Finance (23%), or Technology (29%) industries in Singapore (50%), China (13%) or other Asia-Pacific countries, then NUS may be a great program for you.

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)

The first essay in this set asks you about your future career, why now is the right time for an MBA and why NUS is your choice. You will want to explain a bit about your past experiences, but avoid reciting your resume. Think about the key moments in your career that have influenced you or highlighted your skills.

Those are the mini-stories to tell. Then, you can explain your career choice with specifics. What industry do you want to work within? What will be your function (marketing or finance, for example)? Do you have any desires for location and aspirations to impact the global economy?

Also, note that NUS has successfully assisted students with career changes and entrepreneurial dreams. If you are looking for a new career after your MBA, NUS may be the perfect place. Thorough school research will help you make the case to the admissions committee. You will want to explain what classes, professors, alumni and student community activities will help you achieve your goals.

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) *

NUS is looking for leaders. Think about the experience that shows your character, value system and demonstrates leadership. There is no time limit to this essay; you could explore something formative that happened to you as a teenager, or an achievement from last week. In terms of selecting the best example, you should think about an achievement that both demonstrates who you are, and also shows a moment that changed the course of your life.

Experiences that may have taught you how to leverage the experience of a team. Or how to research and learn on your own. Think about the achievements/Failure that stretched your abilities and taught you the most. A failure example can also show how you handle your values and overcome diverse situations in diffult times.

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) *

All MBA programs want their students to be pleased with the employment they find and the career trajectory ahead of them after graduation. Applicants must demonstrate in this essay that they know what they can expect to achieve within 5 years of graduating so that the Admissions office will believe you are realistically driven.

LinkedIn searches for NUS alumni can be very useful to see what a wide range of MBA alumni have succeeded in doing within around 5 years of graduating. Go to NUS’s LinkedIn page and then use the Search Alumni button, and you can restrict your search to graduates around 2010-2012 to get a sense of their 5-year progress. This isn’t foolproof: you must check that you are looking at MBA graduates (and not undergraduate degree holders or exchange students), but this will offer you wider insight than your own small circle of acquaintances. Go ahead and reach out to alumni through LinkedIn and through your personal network to discuss how they reached the advancement that they did to add depth to your own plans for this essay.

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)

Reapplying demonstrates your sincere interest in this program, so don’t assume that the admissions committee is biased against you. Instead, use this space to show that you have used the time since you applied to take on new challenges, expand your leadership experience, and build insight in areas that will interest your NUS classmates and future recruiters. The final aspect of the essay prompt – about your motivation for re-applying to NUS – also offers you the opportunity to show that you’ve done your research about the NUS MBA: what students have you spoken to and what have you learned about how this program will help you on your path? What makes NUS special? Those details will further demonstrate your readiness for the program.

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