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#170 Nanyang MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Gilbert Chua

“The Nanyang MBA leverages a lot on the NTU expertise in technology and innovation. At Nanyang Business School we infuse technology and business and prepare you for the digitally disrupted world… Our balanced curriculum also emphasizes personal leadership development and growth through special leadership modules, leadership coaching and an Asian leadership series.”

Gilbert Chua, Deputy Director of Marketing, Recruitment & Admissions at Nanyang Business School, discusses what makes the Nanyang MBA unique, the school’s admissions process, career opportunities and more.

Program Highlights (2:30) | Admissions (11:50) | Scholarships (31:45) | Careers (34:20)

About Our Guest

Gilbert Chua is the Deputy Director of Marketing, Recruitment & Admissions at Nanyang Business School. Gilbert previously served as Head of Recruitment & Admissions for Singapore Management University’s Postgraduate Programmes, where he also got his EMBA.

What is unique about the Nanyang MBA? What are its key advantages?

  • 1-year program includes 9 core courses + 4 electives + 1 leadership module + 1 business study mission + 1 strategy project, with option to add a summer / fall exchange or get Double Masters with Waseda (Japan), St. Gallen (Switzerland) or Essec (France)
  • Offers 5 concentrations in Banking & Finance, Strategy & Innovation, General Management, Marketing Management, Human Capital Management, and Strategy Projects
  • Admissions looking for academic capacity, those with “T-shaped” leadership potential, ability to contribute in classroom, and cultural adaptability
  • The Nanyang MBA was ranked the 35th worldwide by Financial Times (2020) and 73rd worldwide by the Economist (2019)
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) was ranked 13th globally by the QS Global World Rankings (2021), and has placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities (under 50 years old) for five consecutive years

Touch MBA’s Nanyang MBA Fast Facts

last updated October 2020

Program Highlights (2:30)

  • 1 intake/year in Fall
  • Length: 1 year, can be extended for exchanges & dual degrees
  • 80-100 participants/intake
  • ~20 nationalities/intake
  • Program structure: 9 core courses, 1 leadership module, 1 business study mission, 1 strategy project  and minimum 4 elective courses
  • Nanyang Business School is a member of PIM, comprised of 65 business schools worldwide for exchange students
  • Rankings: #35 Financial Times 2020, #73 Economist 2019
  • Accredited by AACSB and EQUIS

Admissions (11:50)

  • 3 rounds of deadlines in November, January and March
  • Avg GMAT: 670, GMAT or GRE accepted
  • Avg age: 28, Avg work experience: 6, 2 years of work experience required
  • 2 recommendations required
  • TOEFL (100 IBT, 600 PBT) / IELTS (6.5) required if applicant’s undergraduate degree was not conducted in English
  • Interviews conducted by Programme Academic Director and Senior Admissions Officer

Financing & Scholarships (31:45)

  • Full-time MBA Tuition: 62,000 SGD (66,862 SGD with GST)
  • Merit-based scholarships available, ranging from 10-20% of tuition, awarded gender, industry and geographic diversity

Careers (34:20)

  • Full-time placement report? Yes
  • 98% of graduates employed within 3 months
  • Salary: Average is $134,000 USD, 3 years after graduation (Financial Times)
  • Top Industry Placements: 27% Technology, 20% Consulting, 16% Financial Services, 10% Manufacturing
  • Top Geographic Placements: 53% Singapore, 20% East Asia, 12% Southeast Asia
  • International MBA graduates need to obtain a Pass (Visit Pass) to stay in Singapore and search for jobs for a maximum of 12 months
  • 50,000 Nanyang Business School alumni in 90+ countries

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