FAQ

What degree will I earn?

Two Master of Business Administration degrees - one from UCLA and one from NUS.

Is it the same MBA degree as from the full-time program?

Yes. It is the same MBA degree that is given in all MBA programs at UCLA Anderson and NUS Business School.

Who are your students?

Senior working professional from all over the world with a range of cultural, professional, academic and personal backgrounds. (Please visit Class Profile for more details on the background of class participants.)

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

No. This program is designed to accommodate the demanding schedules of busy working professionals who might be located in any geographic region of the world and who would like to gain an extensive management education, with a primary focus on Asia and the United States.

How much work is required between the six segments?

We recommend students to 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.

Can I remain fully employed and still do the required coursework?

Absolutely. This program is designed for working professionals who are fully employed. Students 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.

Where are the sessions held in China and India?

Classes are conducted in specifically selected hotels that are centrally located.

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

Yes, certainly. Please send us an e-mail. We will then put you in contact with students and alumni who have volunteered to talk with interested candidates.

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

Yes. Current students and alumni enjoy immediate access to the online alumni directories of both UCLA Anderson and NUS Business School, two powerful resources for job searching and connecting with alumni both locally and globally.

What is the basic requirement for admission to the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA program?

To be eligible for the program, we require approximately 10 years of work experience and an acceptable bachelor's degree. Please click here for more information.

Do you require applicants take the GMAT?

The GMAT is not required, however it is highly recommended for those candidates whose prior academic work does not show distinction or evidence of quantitative and logical reasoning skills.

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

Yes, a certified copy of the diploma/certificate as well as an official transcript (list of courses and the qualification received) must be submitted. These documents must also be accompanied with a certified English translation. To find out more about the required academic records, please click here.

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

No. The transfer of credits from any other institution is not accepted due to the unique design of the curriculum of this program.

Is an interview required?

Yes. Upon receipt of your complete 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.

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/IELTS?

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. Please click here for more information.

Is corporate sponsorship required?

Corporate sponsorship is encouraged. However, a number of participants are self-funded or partially reimbursed by their employer.

Is it possible to apply without currently being employed?

The program is designed for those who are employed full-time however we recognize that candidates may also be in career transitions. Candidates will be evaluated on their work experience, career history and their ability to contribute to the program.

Who should write the letters of recommendation?

Letters should come from distinguished people who can credibly evaluate you and your performance: your direct supervisor, if you have one, as well as past supervisors, colleagues, previous professors, etc.

Is this a distance learning program?

No, all modules are taught "face-to-face" by UCLA Anderson and NUS Business School faculty.

Who teaches in the program?

The same award-winning UCLA Anderson and NUS Business School faculty who teach in the schools' other MBA programs (full-time, fully-employed and executive programs).

Are there elective courses in the program?

There are no electives in this program. The UCLA – NUS Executive MBA program is a general management curriculum that consists of 16 core course modules and a two-part Management Practicum. Students will complete a total of 72 credits - 36 credits from UCLA and 36 credits from NUS. Click here to view the program curriculum.

Can I major in a particular subject?

There are no majors or concentrations in the program. However, students 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.

What is the purpose and value in having international residencies?

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.

I still have questions. Who should I contact?

Send an e-mail to gemba.asia@anderson.ucla.edu or ucla@nus.edu.sg.