UCLA - NUS Executive MBA

General Questions

  1. Can you provide a quick overview of the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA program?
  2. What degree will I earn? Is it the same MBA degree as from the full-time program?
  3. Who teaches in the program?
  4. How long does the program take?
  5. What is the minimum age requirement?
  6. Who are your students?
  7. What "type" of candidate are you looking for?
  8. Must I live near Singapore or Los Angeles to take this program?
  9. How much work is required between the six segments? Can I remain fully employed and still do the required coursework?
  10. Where are the sessions held in China and India? How do we learn about these countries while taking modules there?
  11. May I talk with current participants and/or alumni about their experiences and perspectives on the program?
  12. Will we have access to the alumni networks of both schools?

Can you provide a quick overview of the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA program?

The UCLA – NUS Executive MBA is a part-time, 15 months dual degree program offered by both UCLA Anderson School of Management (University of California, Los Angeles) and NUS Business School (National University of Singapore).

The program is conducted in an innovative format that consists of 6 intensive sessions, 2 weeks each, at 3-month intervals. Course modules are held in 4-5 different cities in 4 countries: two sessions in Singapore, two in Los Angeles, one in Shanghai, and one in Bangalore and New Delhi. It is a general management curriculum with 3 course modules per session. At the end of the program, participants graduate with two MBA degrees, one from UCLA and one from NUS.

What degree will I earn? Is it the same MBA degree as from the full-time program?

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.

Who teaches in the program?

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.

How long does the program take?

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

What is the minimum age requirement?

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.

Who are your students?

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.

What "type" of candidate are you looking for?

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.

For a more detailed outline of the school’s admissions policy, visit the Admissions page for more information.

Must I live near Singapore or Los Angeles to take this program?

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.

How much work is required between the six segments? Can I remain fully employed and still do the required coursework?

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.

Where are the sessions held in China and India? How do we learn about these countries while taking modules there?

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 – the course modules taught at these locations are strategically selected to enable participants to gain first-hand knowledge and insight into these local economies. Company site visits also are scheduled and industry speakers are invited to complement the teachings.

May I talk with current participants and/or alumni about their experiences and perspectives on the program?

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
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Will we have access to the alumni networks of both schools?

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

 

Program Manager
UCLA - NUS EMBA Program Office
NUS Business School
National University of Singapore
Mochtar Riady Building, Level 4
15 Kent Ridge Drive
Singapore 119245

Tel: (65) 6516-1351
Fax: (65) 6775-9097
Email: ucla@nus.edu.sg

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