UCLA - NUS Executive MBA

Application and Admissions Questions

  1. What is required to apply for admission? Do you require applicants take the GMAT?
  2. Is it possible to be admitted without a university degree?
  3. I did not graduate from a university in the United States - is there additional material that I need to include?
  4. Does the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA program accept credits from other institutions?
  5. I have been out of school for a long time and/or I do not have a quantitative background. I am apprehensive about my quantitative readiness. How do you assess my quantitative skills in the admissions decision process?
  6. Is an admission interview required?
  7. When will I be notified of the acceptance decision?
  8. Can I defer admission?
  9. Do I need to take the TOEFL?
  10. What are the required scores on the TOEFL and IELTS exams?
  11. Is it possible to apply without currently being employed?
  12. Is there an application fee?
  13. Who should write the letters of recommendation?
  14. What should be included in the company support letter?

What is required to apply for admission? Do you require applicants take the GMAT?

Click here to 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 – NUS Executive MBA Program Office may contact you to schedule a personal interview. This provides prospective candidates the opportunity to elaborate on and personalize their application.

Please note that the GMAT is not a requirement for acceptance into the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA program, however it is highly recommended for those candidates whose prior academic work does not show distinction or evidence of quantitative and logical reasoning skills. Given the experience level of our applicants, we find that work experience and career history is a more important measure of potential than standardized testing.

Should you be admitted, you also are required to send a company support letter to confirm that your company will allow you the necessary time required to attend the 6 two-week residential segments.

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

Is it possible to be admitted without a university degree?

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.

I did not graduate from a university in the United States - is there additional material that I need to include?

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.

Does the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA program accept credits from other institutions?

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

I have been out of school for a long time and/or I do not have a quantitative background. I am apprehensive about my quantitative readiness. How do you assess my quantitative skills in the admissions decision process?

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.

Is an admission interview required?

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.

When will I be notified of the acceptance decision?

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.

Can I defer admission?

Admission cannot be deferred.

Do I need to take the TOEFL?

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.

What are the required scores on the TOEFL and IELTS exams?

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.

Is it possible to apply without currently being employed?

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.

Is there an application fee?

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

Who should write the letters of recommendation?

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.

What should be included in the company support letter?

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.

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