- Is this an online program?
- Are there elective courses in the program? Can I major in a particular subject?
- What are the main differences between a full-time MBA and an Executive MBA program?
- How does this program differ, for example in terms of academic content from the other EMBA programs at UCLA and NUS? How does this program differ from other EMBA programs offered in Asia and the U.S.?
- What is the purpose and value in having international residencies?
- Can group or individual projects be undertaken that are directly related to a participant's employer?
- How do professors grade and evaluate the participants?
- Does the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA program use case studies?
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 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.
How does this program differ, for example in terms of academic content from the other EMBA programs at UCLA and NUS? How does this program differ from other EMBA programs offered in Asia and the U.S.?
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.
Can group or individual projects be undertaken that are directly related to a participant’s employer?
Yes. There are a number of opportunities to discuss various issues facing your company, although it is important to note that these opportunities vary depending on the professor and the course. For instance, a course module may ask your learning team to analyze some aspect of a participant’s organization if it is facing a particular challenge that is of relevance to the teaching and course.
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.