Nanyang Business School in NTU is acredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and is known as one of the world’s top tier business schools, #3 in all of Asia. In the 2017 Financial Times Global MBA ranking, the Nanyang MBA came in 2nd world-wide. It is recognized for developing global leaders in accounting, finance, and cultural intelligence. It also offers double masters programmes in partnership with Waseda in Japan, St. Gallen in Switzerland, and ESSEC in France. It houses the Centre for Applied Fiancial Education, allowing business students to access real-time financial, economic, and business news. The tuition fees is S$ 62,000.

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Application Deadlines

Round 1: 14 November 2018

Round 2: 15 January 2019

Round 3: 31 March 2019

Application Fee: $100

Admissions Facts

 Program length: 12 months

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 44%

Average age of new entrants: 28

 Require standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 670

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: At least 2 years

Application Essay

Season: 2018


Briefly describe your involvement in any socially responsible or sustainable development activities. (maximum 150 words)


Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your near term (3 – 5 years) future career objectives and how pursuing an MBA will help you achieve them. (maximum 400 words)


Tell us about two achievements (one as a leader and one as a team member) that you are most proud of, and why you feel that to be so. (maximum 400 words)


Share with us a situation where you faced adversity. Describe how you resolved/managed it and what you learned from the experience. (maximum 400 words)

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2018

Two professional recommendation letters are required, providing information about your leadership and management potential. As such, at least one recommendation should come from your workplace; your current supervisor or manager is usually a good choice. The other recommendation should be from someone who has had a chance to evaluate you in a professional setting, for example, a client, a former supervisor or a colleague from your community service or extracurricular activities. Academic recommendations are acceptable but they are less likely to address our main interest, which is to assess your ability to work with and manage others as well as your potential for senior management. If you feel it would add value to your application, you may also upload an optional third letter of recommendation as part of the supporting documents.


Recommenders will be given 16 MCQs on 6 competencies and character traits that contribute to successful leadership. The competencies and character traits are grouped into five categories:

  1. Achievement
  2. Influence
  3. People
  4. Personal Qualities
  5. Cognitive Abilities

That apart, recommenders answer 3 or 4 essay-style questions:

  1. Essay #1: Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (Recommended word count: 50 words)
  2. Essay #2: How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (Recommended word count: 500 words)
  3. Essay #3: Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (Recommended word count: 500 words)
  4. Essay #4: (Optional Essay) Is there anything else we should know?

Admissions Verdict



“Highly ranked program in Singapore and Asia. Strong academics, work experience, and a significant level of responsibility professionally are essentials. Essays to truly showcase a holistic profile and wow the admissions commitee.” Consultant2018

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