Academic Matters
We intend to admit 45 to 50 participants per class.

The calendar for the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA program consists of six intensive two-week segments. Modules are conducted in residence at NUS in Singapore and UCLA in Los Angeles, and in Shanghai, Bangalore and New Delhi. Each segment consists of three course modules.

There are usually case studies, readings, quizzes, and/or assignments that participants will have to prepare for and work on in the evenings. Company visits, roundtable and panel discussions, and distinguished guest speakers also are scheduled throughout. Click here to view a typical two-week segment.

Each module consists of 32 contact hours similar to modules for full-time MBA programs. Each residential segment comprises three core modules. Each degree requires satisfactory completion of all necessary degree and course requirements of both institutions. Students will complete a total of 72 credits - 36 credits from UCLA and 36 credits from NUS.

During each two-week residential segment, there will be three core modules. To meet the rigorous academic requirements of both institutions, each module comprises 32 contact classroom hours. In between residential segments, the number of hours spent on coursework, reading and group study varies by individual. We recommend participants spend approximately 10 hours per week studying between the segments. We also see peer tutoring and study groups being formed - this is particularly useful as different participants have different strengths and skills to share.

Study groups are in general self-selected and compose of approximately 4-5 participants each, depending on the module and particular assignment. In some modules, professors select the groups to ensure that the composition of each group is balanced in terms of nationality, job function, industry and academic backgrounds.

Yes, participants have access to professors throughout the program. In addition, some professors also have teaching assistants to help participants in the more quantitative-related modules.

No, all modules are taught “face-to-face” by UCLA Anderson School of Management and NUS Business School faculty.

There are no majors or concentrations in the program. However, participants can tailor parts of the program to specific industry and functional interests, especially in the Management Practicum and in the case work and assignments of many course modules.

The UCLA – NUS Executive MBA program is demanding and rigorous. It employs the same faculty base, applies the same rigorous grading standards, and provides the same MBA degrees as each school’s other MBA programs (full-time, fully-employed and executive programs). However, the content has been adjusted to include more global issues and strategies to serve a participant population that has far more global management experience and leadership potential.

Unlike traditional Executive MBA programs which usually have a regional draw, the flexibility and innovative format of the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA program attracts participants from around the globe.

International residencies are an important ingredient in a global MBA program as they add to the value and richness of the classroom component by providing various lenses (cultural, social, economic and experiential) through which to view various economies and systems. Instead of simply studying one single economy, the Executive MBA program provides an experiential component that adds value to the learning experience and which cannot be duplicated in locally-based programs. This is accomplished using a variety of means, including visiting regional companies, hosting local speakers, bringing in company representatives to supplement case discussions, and simply by experiencing the region outside of classroom time. Additionally, being away from job responsibilities and family in an unfamiliar culture also helps build the intimacy and team spirit of the group. Oftentimes, Executive MBA participants, alumni and faculty members who reside in the residency location act as hosts and expose the class to experiences and cultural insights that the average visitor would not encounter.

Some professors assign pre-module assignments, some assign post-module assignments – these may be individual or group-based. One or more exams during the two-week segment are common. Class participation also is an important factor. The exact weight of each of these items will be determined by the professor for each course module.

This all depends on the course and the instructor, based on what is appropriate for the topic. Some courses are more exam-based, while others require term papers. Typically, class participation makes up 20 to 40% of the final grade depending on the particular course module. The UCLA – NUS Executive MBA program requires both verbal and analytical skills.

Yes. Case studies are employed along with other teaching techniques such as analytical methods, simulations and conceptual tools from economics, statistics, behavioral sciences, and other academic disciplines.

Once you have gone through the preliminary assessment, we are happy to introduce you to EMBA alumnus and current participants who are happy to share their experience.

Yes, all enrolled participants will receive an “e-mail-for-life” account from both schools, which can be used not only during the program but also following graduation.

Click hereto view the admissions requirements. A completed application includes the following sections (detailed information on all these materials and comprehensive application instructions are included on the online application portals):

Two completed applications at NUS and UCLA portals
Two letters of recommendation (to be sent through UCLA portal only)
Official College and University transcripts and other academic records
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report (where applicable).
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score report (optional)
Non-refundable application fee of US$200 (to be paid through UCLA portal only)
Upon receipt of your completed application, the UCLA

Prospective candidates must possess a bachelor's or equivalent four-year degree from a regionally accredited institution, and a scholastic average of B or above in the last two years of undergraduate coursework and any post-baccalaureate study. For a more detailed outline of the school's admissions policy, visit the Admissions page for more information.

Applicants who received a degree from a university outside of the United States must submit a certified copy of the diploma/certificate as well as an official transcript (list of courses and the qualification received) of the diploma. These documents must also be accompanied with a certified English translation if need be.

The transfer of credits from any other institution is not accepted due to the unique design of the curriculum of this program.

The admissions committee will look closely at your performance at the undergraduate level for an indication of overall academic performance as well as any graduate work you have done, including quantitative courses. The committee will also consider your career history and the types of quantitative work that you may have been exposed to. Should there be a question about your quantitative skills, you may be requested to take the GMAT.

Please note however that while the GMAT is not a requirement for acceptance, it is highly recommended for those candidates whose prior academic work does not show distinction or evidence of quantitative and logical reasoning skills.

Yes. An admission interview is required as part of the application process. Upon receipt of your complete application, the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA Program Office will contact you to schedule a personal interview. This provides prospective candidates the opportunity to elaborate on and personalize their application. Admissions interviews are conducted by NUS and can be in person or by telephone for those applicants residing outside Singapore.

Admissions decisions must be made by both UCLA and NUS. The decision can take approximately 4 to 6 weeks from the time the completed application is submitted (and the interview is conducted) in non-exceptional cases.

Admission cannot be deferred.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be required if the applicant's first language is not English. Applicants who hold a bachelor's or higher degree from a university located in a country in which English is both the spoken language and the medium of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution, are exempt from this requirement.

For those applicants who are required to sit the exam, there are three options: an internet based on-line exam, a computer-based, and a paper exam. The minimum total score for the internet based (iBT) on-line exam is 87 . The minimum total score for the computer-based exam is 220. The minimum total score for the paper exam is 560. For a more detailed outline of the school's admissions policy, visit the Admissions page for more information.

We recognize that candidates may be in a transitional period in their careers. Candidates will be evaluated on their work experience, career history and their ability to contribute to the program.

All applicants are required to submit a non-refundable application fee of US$200.

Letters should come from someone who can credibly evaluate you and your performance. They could be your direct supervisor, as well as past supervisors, colleagues, previous professors, etc.

Time commitment is required from the applicant's employer. This letter should state that the company will provide applicants with the necessary time away from work to attend the 6 two-week residential segments. The letter may also include details of financial support, though this information is optional.

Career Management Services
All participants have access to a dedicated career coach available for confidential, one-on-one career counseling. Assistance is provided through:

- Self-assessment, including Career Leader
- Industry and job function overviews
- Career management strategy (e.g., job targeting, career management plan development)
- Skill development (e.g., resume writing, networking)
- Career advancement strategies (for leveraging the MBA degree in one’s current organization).
- Career workshops also are provided. In addition a variety of web-based career management resources, job portals and networking events are available. Current participants and alumni enjoy immediate access to both UCLA Anderson School of Management and NUS Business School’s online alumni directories, two powerful resources for job searching and connecting with alumni both locally and globally. With numerous search options available, these alumni directories are two of the Executive MBA’s most important networking resources.

The tuition fee includes the cost of recommended text books and readings as well as most meals for each residential segment. The cost of travel, accommodation and miscellaneous expenses is not included and is to be borne by the participant.

A non-refundable acceptance fee of $7,490 (inclusive of Singapore GST @ 7%) will be required to secure your place once you receive an admission offer. This amount will be offset against the first tuition payment. Fees are always due prior to each session. (Please visit Program Fees for the most current fee information and payment schedule. and payment schedule.)

Fees are paid in installments prior to each session on a pay-as-you-go basis. There is no refund for admission fees or fees for those segments taken should a participant decide to withdraw from the program.

The Executive MBA program is not eligible for U.S. Federal Financial Aid as it is administered in Singapore and not in the United States. In Singapore, SPRING offers a grant to SMEs for up to 70% of the course fee capped at $90,000 Singapore dollars. Currently, there are no scholarships available for this program.

No, the tuition fee is billed to the student’s name. Kindly contact the Program Office directly should you have any issues on this.

Participants are awarded two MBA degrees recognized worldwide - one from UCLA and one from NUS. Participants receive the same MBA degree that is given in all MBA programs at each of the respective schools. We apply the same admissions standards and the same rigor as in all of our MBA programs , so our graduates receive the full degrees.

The entire program is taught by the same award-winning UCLA Anderson School of Management and NUS Business School faculty who teach in the schools’ other MBA programs.

The programs lasts 15 months and begins in May in Singapore with participants graduating the following August at UCLA in Los Angeles.

There is no minimum age requirement but there is a minimum level of work experience. The average age of participants in the Executive MBA program is 38 and the average number of years work experience is 14.5 years. We also take into consideration the quality of the candidate’s work experience and focus on their ability to contribute to classroom discussion. Please visit Class Profile for more details on the background of class participants.

The UCLA – NUS Executive MBA program is designed for senior working professionals with a good track record of achievements and demonstrated leadership ability. The program attracts participants from all over the world with a wide range of cultural, professional, academic and personal backgrounds. Participants’ backgrounds include areas such as finance, law, engineering, sales, marketing and operations. We also have a number of entrepreneurs and participants from the public sector.

Although each applicant will be assessed on his and her unique qualities, some characteristics that the admissions committee looks for in a UCLA – NUS Executive MBA applicant include:

- Minimum of 10 years work experience
- Motivation, enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity and commitment to assure success in an intellectually challenging global learning endeavor
- Quantitative aptitude and the intellectual ability to complete a rigorous graduate management degree program required by UCLA and NUS
- Strongly proficient in English (written and spoken)
- A clear understanding of the effort and commitment required to succeed in the program.

Admissions page for more information.

The program is designed to accommodate the demanding schedules of busy executives who might be located in any geographic region of the world and who would like to gain an extensive management education. Most of our participants come from Asia or North America, but we also have a number of participants flying in from Europe, the Middle East and South America.

While the program is designed for working professionals who are fully employed, participants must commit to be away from work for the six two-week segments. There is preparation work in between the segments, such as independent readings and assignments. We recommend participants spend an average of 10 hours per week of study time between segments. It is a continuous learning process with virtual workgroups playing a pivotal role in between segments.

In Bangalore, New Delhi and Shanghai, classes are conducted in specifically selected hotels that are centrally located. UCLA Anderson School of Management and NUS Business School faculty members fly out to teach at these segments

Yes, certainly. We have a list of willing participants and alumni who have volunteered to talk with interested candidates. If you would like to get in touch with any of our previous participants, contact the Program Manager at the contact below: Program Manager
UCLA – NUS Executive MBA Program Office
NUS Business School | National University of Singapore
Mochtar Riady Building, Level 4
15 Kent Ridge Drive
Singapore 119245
Phone: (+65) 6516 1351
Fax: (+65) 6775 9097

Yes. Membership in the extensive, powerful, global alumni networks of both business schools and universities is a direct benefit of two MBA degrees.

The first difference is that participants in the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA program do not need to stop working to earn their MBA degree and do not need to live locally. The innovative program structure allows participants to attend from all over the world. It is ideal for executives who travel extensively and cannot attend weekend programs. Click here to view the program structure.

Second, the class profile of the Executive MBA program is significantly more senior, with more extensive business experience than in traditional full-time MBA programs. Learning from other senior peers is a core part of the value proposition of this EMBA program.

All readings and materials are sent to participants 8 to 12 weeks ahead of the next segment.

Yes, candidates are highly encouraged to visit campus to attend classroom sessions, meet with current participants, professors, and staff members and get acquainted with the campus and the program. Given the rigor of the program and the necessary time commitment, how do I fit this into my life? How are current Executive MBA participants handling it? The Executive MBA program will certainly require some prioritizing in your life. When deciding to apply to the program, participants need to make sure that those around them - including families, friends and co-workers - understand the commitment and support the undertaking. Some companies help to alleviate workload by providing their employees with additional support (e.g., staff support, time off), but most UCLA

All six residential segments must be attended and completed in order to graduate. In rare situations, if participants are unable to attend one residential segment they must join the next incoming class and wait until the following year to attend the next segment and graduate. This is not recommended and is at the discretion of the Executive MBA program’s Academic Directors.

Yes, but participants must check with each campus for hours of operation and to reserve a study room.

Yes, special payment arrangements can be made for such situations, though the final responsibility of the tuition rests with the participant (and not the company).