NUS Business School

NUS Business School is the business school of the National University of Singapore (NUS). NUS Business School is consistently rated as one of the top business schools in the Asia Pacific region and one of the leading business schools worldwide. The Forbes ranking of International Two-Year MBA programmes ranks the NUS MBA 7th globally [1] while the Quacquarelli Symonds Global 200 MBA Rankings 2014/15 ranks the NUS MBA 2nd in Asia.[2] In the Financial Times 2018 Global MBA Rankings, NUS Business School was ranked 18th globally (2nd in Singapore).[3]

National University of Singapore Business School
MottoLeading From Asia
TypeBusiness School
Established1965 (1965)
DeanBernard Yeung
Academic staff
15 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119245
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1°17′39″N 103°46′26″E
AffiliationsNational University of Singapore


NUS Business School was established in 2002, although its history dates back to 1961, when Business Administration was first taught as a subject in the Department of Economics in NUS.[4] The school is located at the flagship Mochtar Riady Building at the NUS Kent Ridge campus. The current dean is Professor Bernard Yeung. Given below is a timeline of the school's history

  • 1961: The area of Business Administration as a proper academic field is first taught in the Department of Economics at the University of Singapore.
  • 1965: The Department of Business Administration is set up to meet the growing needs of a formal business education in Singapore, under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, led by Acting Head Professor A H Zecha.
  • 1966: First cohort of 24 students enrol. The University of Singapore Business Administration Society is set up.
  • 1969: The Department of Business Administration is merged with the Department of Accountancy, and the School of Accountancy and Business Administration is formed.
  • 1972: First batch of 26 students graduate in the Diploma of Business Administration programme.
  • 1978: Joint-campus scheme between the Nanyang University and the University of Singapore is implemented.
  • 1980: The University of Singapore and Nanyang University merge. With the merger of the two universities, the School becomes known as the Faculty of Accountancy and Business Administration. The Faculty comprises the Department of Accountancy as well as the Department of Business Administration. Part-time MBA programme is launched.
  • 1983: The Faculty is restructured again, and the School of Accountancy and the School of Management are formed. Stanford-NUS executive programmes in Asia is launched. The MBA Club is formed.
  • 1987: The School of Accountancy is moved to the Nanyang Technological Institute. Following this move, the Faculty's name is shortened to become the Faculty of Business Administration.
  • 2002: Faculty of Business Administration is renamed NUS Business School (as it is called today).
  • 2003: NUS Business School is accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International.
  • 2008: NUS Business School becomes the First Asian School to be a full member of The Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS).
  • 2009: NUS Business School receives the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation.
  • 2011: NUS Business School's MBA Programme is ranked 4th by Forbes amongst its annual ranking of International MBA Programmes.[5]

Academia and research

Academic departments

The school is made up of six academic departments:

Department of Accounting

It was established in 2007 as a distinct department in the NUS Business school.

Head of Department: Professor Ching Tung Keung [6]

Department of Analytics & Operations

A multidisciplinary department focusing on Analytics, Operations Research (OR) and Supply Chain Management (SCM), it aims to bridge academic research and industry challenges in the field of Operations Management, OR and SCM.

Head of Department: Professor Chung Piaw Teo[7]

Department of Finance

Offers modules that lead to a specialisation in Finance in academic programmes as the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) for undergraduate students, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and PhD for graduate students.

Head of Department: Prof Allaudeen Hameed[8]

Department of Management & Organisation

With a staff strength of around 30, the department offers a variety of courses in organisational behaviour and management, and human resource management through undergraduate, graduate and executive training programs. The department includes the Human Resource Management Unit.

Head of Department: Professor Michael Frese[9]

Department of Marketing

Head of Department: Assoc Prof Lee Yih Hwai[10]

Department of Strategy & Policy

There are several clusters in which the department engages research including:

  • Firms, Governance and Institutions
  • Business and Competitive Strategy
  • Technology and Innovation

Head of Department: Professor Andrew Karl Delios[11]


There are six research centres at the NUS Business School.

  • Asia Accounting Research Centre (AARC)
  • Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy (ACSEP)
  • Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI)
  • Centre for Behavioural Economics (CBE)
  • Centre for Governance, Institutions & Organisations (CGIO)
  • China Business Centre (CBC)


NUS MBA (Master of Business Administration)

NUS Full-Time MBA (Master of Business Administration)

Full-time MBA students by default complete their studies within 17 months. But MBA curriculum is flexible and can be completed in 1 year, or can be extended another semester to get it completed in 24 months.

NUS Part-Time MBA (Master of Business Administration)

The part-time NUS MBA programme allows working managers and professionals to upgrade their managerial skills and pursue further professional growth opportunities. Classes for part-time MBA students are held during weekday evenings and/or weekends.[12]

MBA specialisation programmes

There are 5 specialisation programmes students can choose from:


The NUS MBA Specialisation in Finance focuses on the concerns of the financial industry in the recent years, covering topics like international financial management, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, options and futures and corporate governance.


The NUS MBA Specialisation in Marketing provides an analytical understanding of markets, consumers, and marketing models. Among the subjects addressed are consumer behaviour, applied market research, marketing channels and pricing models, and marketing strategy for SMEs and start-ups.

Strategy and Organisation

Unstable markets, changing regulatory environments, disruptive technologies, and ever-evolving consumer behaviour patterns are among the most common challenges for businesses worldwide. The NUS MBA Specialisation in Strategy address these challenges by delving into the most significant behavioural and strategic issues that impact today.

Healthcare Management

The NUS MBA Specialisation in Healthcare Management, offered in partnership with NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. The programme emphasises healthcare economics and financing, healthcare policy and systems, and quality of care measuring systems, and offers framework to maximise organisational efficiency and resource allocations.

Real estate

The NUS MBA Specialisation in Real Estate, offered in partnership with the Department of Real Estate at NUS.

MBA double degree programmes

MBA Double Degrees give the chance to double the prospects for success by studying in one or more renowned universities in more than one location. There are six double degrees to choose from:

  • NUS-Peking University Double Degree MBA
  • NUS-HEC PARIS Double Degree MBA
  • S3 Asia MBA
  • Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
  • NUS MBA – Yale Master of Advanced Management Double Degree Programme

NUS MSc in Finance

The NUS Master of Science (Finance) is a 14-month programme designed to groom recent graduates to address the substantial changes in the regulatory and institutional environments faced by the finance sector today. The curriculum leverages self-directed and experiential learning to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the industry, while instilling qualities for students to be resourceful and enterprising in exploring effective solutions.[13] This is a pre-experience masters, targeted at candidates with less than two years of working experience.[14]

NUS MSc in Management

The NUS Master of Science (Management) is a one-year programme designed to help graduates gain a competitive advantage in the job market by providing advanced knowledge and skills in key areas of management in a multicultural learning environment.[15] This is a pre-experience masters, targeted at candidates with less than two years of working experience, and with prior business education.[16]

NUS MSc in Management + CEMS MIM

The NUS MSc in Management students can enroll in a double-master's degree programme by opting for an additional CEMS Master’s in International Management (CEMS MIM) degree. Students will gain a double-master's degree over the course of 1.5 years. Students will get to study in two different CEMS Academic Partners in two different semesters.[17]

NUS MSc in Business Analytics

The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) is an intensive programme that can be studied both on a full-time or a part-time basis. The programme is aimed at recent graduates and industry practitioners specializing in engineering, computing, science, mathematics, statistics, business or economics. The programme is conducted entirely in Singapore.[18]

NUS MSc in Supply Chain Management

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management(M.Sc.(SCM)) programme is ideal for graduates with good honours degrees in engineering, mathematics, computing, business administration or other related technical disciplines, who are keen to advance themselves in a career in the logistics and supply chain industry. The programme admits a balance mix of local and international students including both full–time and part-time students. It is an inter-faculty programme between The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific (TLI–AP), Industrial Systems Engineering & Management (ISEM) at Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Analytics & Operations (DAO) at NUS Business School .[19]

Master in Public Administration and Management

With the fast expanding Chinese economy and its rapid integration with the rest of the world, there is a great and increasing need for public administration education among government officials and state-owned enterprise (SOE) executives from China and other emerging economies. In order to reach out to larger constituents, including mid-level and senior government officials and SOE executives who have a desire to participate in Chinese language based programmes, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in collaboration with NUS Business School introduces a Master in Public Administration and Management (MPAM) programme taught in Chinese to train public service professionals and SOE executives. MPAM graduates will be equipped to perform in a wide variety of public service fields in all levels of government, in the international arena, and in the private sector, and will receive a Master of Public Administration and Management (MPAM) degree conferred by the National University of Singapore. The programme is a collaboration between the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the NUS Business School.[20]

NUS BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration)

The programme operates on a modular system where students design their curricula to pace their studies. They may also take modules of their interest, subject to any prerequisite requirements and to the availability of modules. Students usually indicate their preferred specialisation at the end of the 2nd year to the start of the 3rd year.

Undergraduate majors and minors[21]

  • Major/Minor in Management
  • Major in Management (Technology)
  • Minor in Technopreneurship


Designed for executives with at least 10 years of work experience, this programme offers a robust curriculum, bringing participants to 6 different Asian countries – Singapore, Indonesia, India, Japan, China & Australia. In each of the country, there are corporate visits to organisations and sessions with guest speakers to complete the overseas experience.


Developed jointly by UCLA Anderson School of Management and NUS Business School, the UCLA - NUS EMBA aims to provide a global perspective on leadership and management. The part-time intensive program aims to prepare its participants for C-level management in organizations around the world. Participants will leave with an MBA from both the NUS Business School and UCLA Anderson School of Management.[22]

Reputation and rankings

Business (MBA) Rankings
Financial Times[23]
(2018, world)

Forbes Ranking

International Two-Year MBA Ranking
2017: 7th worldwide[24]

Bloomberg Businessweek Ranking

International MBA Ranking
2017: 19th worldwide[25]

Financial Times Ranking

Global MBA Ranking
2018: 18th worldwide[3]
Global EMBA Ranking
2017: 18th worldwide[26]

Quacquarelli Symonds Ranking

Global MBA Ranking
2018: 42nd worldwide[27]


NUS Business School offers double degree programs with top universities across Asia, Europe and North America. Following are the partner universities that offer double degree programmes in association with NUS Business School:[28]

Twice yearly, the NUS Business School sends over 400 BBA and MBA students on exchange with its partner universities and schools. Students typically spend one semester abroad taking modules worth up to 24 Modular Credits (6 modules) in their 2nd or 3rd year. During this time, the school hosts about 200 exchange students.[29]

Student life

NUS Bizad Club

The NUS Students’ Business Club, commonly known as the Bizad Club, is a constituent club under NUSSU. It forms the core student body representing all undergraduates pursuing the BBA and BAC degree in NUS Business School. The current Bizad Club is a merger of Bizad Club and Bizad Society in 1999.[30]

MBA Student Council

NUS MBA Student Council is headed by the President, the Vice-President and fellow club leaders, who together coin the agenda for student activities during the academic year. Activities encompass both professional and personal development through frequent Invitational Cocktails, Networking Nights, Cultural Events, Workshops, Industry Visits, alumni and industry interactions.

Student clubs and directorates

The Council currently houses 13 primary clubs that cater to the professional, social responsibility and general interest of the student cohort: Consulting, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Fashion & Luxury, Finance, Healthcare, Language & Culture, Marketing, Social Impact, Social & Recreation, Sports, Technology, and Women in Business Club.

In addition to the Clubs, the Council is supported by three directorates, each headed by a Student Director who represents the MBA student body in the liaison with NUS offices. These departments are:

  • Alumni Relations, who liaise with the Global Alumni Network Office (GANO);
  • Academic Affairs, who liaise with MBA academics office on academic matters;
  • Career Development and Corporate Outreach, who liaise with the Career Services Office (CSO).

Notable alumni

Notable alumni from the NUS Business school are listed below

See also


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