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Walking You Through The MBA Application Process


So you’ve made up your mind and the Nanyang MBA programme looks like a great fit for you. First make sure that you’ve cleared the initial checklist; do you have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of work experience? Is your GMAT score above 600 or do you have its equivalent in the GRE test? If you checked everything off, you’re ready. Take it step by step to avoid unnecessary stress. Here’s how:

  • Get Online:

Do not go to any external agents or education firms for the application – it’s available online for your convenience. Once you register on the application portal and start filling out the application, you’ll find clear instructions leading you till the very end. The admission committee will be keen to know as much as possible about your interests, intellectual capability, achievements and leadership skills, so be prepared to answer questions that will pertain to these. Sit down with a clear head and with lots of time on hand.

  • Answer the Essay Questions:

The application will contain some essay questions for you. You should answer them all. Be honest and stick to the prescribed word limit. Don’t try to give an inflated impression of yourself because the people reading your application are great at spotting such candidates. And of course, pay attention to grammar and typos and stay away from clichés. Most importantly, click on the Save button as you go along.

  • Apply for Scholarships:

The scholarship application process is easy. There are no separate forms to apply. All you have to do is tick on the boxes next to the scholarships that will be mentioned in the online application. NBS offers several scholarships for meritorious candidates who display promise as future leaders.

  • Pay the Application Fee

Your application won’t be considered without the application fee. Once you click on the Submit button after you’ve completed every field, you’ll be given multiple payment methods to choose from. So you can pay by cheque or bank draft, or by Visa or Mastercard. Remember that the fee is non-refundable.

  • Put Together the Supporting Documents:

In our online application system, you have to upload important supporting documents such as your resume or CV, a recent passport size photograph, and your GMAT or GRE score report. The GRE DI code is 3802. For those of you whose language of instruction at the bachelor’s level wasn’t English, do arrange to take the English Language Testing System (ELTS) test or the Pearson Test of English Academic test (PTE). The NBS MBA programme requires a good command of English with proficiency in reading, writing and speaking.

  • Request Referee Reports:

Unlike the other supporting documents, your referee reports or recommendation letters cannot be uploaded. Instead, you need to download the form and send it to two referees and ask them to send the completed reports to us by email at mba.admissions@ntu.edu.sg. Remind them to include their designation and contact details and official email address. People get busy, so don’t hesitate to follow up with them and see if they’ve sent in the forms.

Applicants to the part-time programme have to download the Company Approval Form and get it filled out by their work supervisor.

  • Provide Certificates and Legal Documents

Get your degree scrolls, certificates and official transcripts of academic records ready from every institution that you have attended. If a document isn’t in English, you must arrange to have a translated version sent to us. If you have any professional membership certificates, send in those too. Applicants should also provide proof of identity and nationality and residency status. Without these, your application will not be complete.

  • Interview Time

The NBS MBA programme has three rounds of application deadlines. You’ll find them here: http://www.nanyangmba.ntu.edu.sg/admissions/admission-deadlines/

If you have been shortlisted for an interview, NBS will let you know within 4 to 6 weeks after the deadline of the round you applied to. If you are shortlisted, look out for an email since interviews are by invitation only. After the interview is over, the committee will decide if you’ve made it to their list.

Then it’s time to breathe. You’ve worked hard on your application. Successful applicants will get the good news by email. Avoid calling or sending follow-up emails to the admissions office to find out the status of your application. The online system lets you check on the status.

Good luck!

Applications to The NANYANG MBA 2011/2012 intake – NOW OPEN!

Author: Cynthea Lam, Marketing Manager

Each year, we receive thousands of applications and we spend a considerable amount of time and efforts pouring through each application in detail. Each application is
important to us, as this is a critical step to grooming leaders for a sustainable world.

Many are curious as to whether there is a certain set of criteria that determines
entrance into the program, and the answer is, no.

Firstly, to be able to apply, you should already be prepared with some of the
mandatory requirements such as a GMAT score (of a minimum of 600 points), a
minimum of 2 years’ full-time working experience post bachelor degree, a bachelor degree and a TOEFL score (of a minimum of 100 points) if English was not the medium of instruction at your university.

The application form is an important document that must be duly filled out and
submitted before we are able to study an applicant’s profile. Hence, we’re unable to
accede to email requests for quick ‘advice’ of an aspirant’s ‘chances of getting into the program’, based on their work history and simple description of their educational

A holistic view into your true calibre would only be visible to us, through your answers entered into the application form, your career journey in the form of a CV, and all
other accompanying documents, including your GMAT score. This then allows us to
fairly and accurately access you against all the other qualified applicants, and haul
you in for an interview if you have been shortlisted.

Whilst there is no typical profile we look out for, year in year out, a single criteria
remains constant; we admit individuals who have the X-factor to become responsible
leaders who have the intrinsic qualities to lead in a sustainable world. An aptitude that
matches the program’s objectives clearly puts you ahead of your competition.

We encourage you to answer all questions with your innermost ambitions and
earnestness. Nothing matters more than being true to yourself. And as with any job
application, you should attend the interview well-prepared, especially with a well-
charted career plan.

With this, we wish all aspirants to The NANYANG MBA all the best in this endeavor and a fruitful journey to their goals!

For more information about The NANYANG MBA, visit

To apply to The NANYANG MBA, fill out this form.

Application Deadlines:
Round 1 – 31 December 2010
Round 2 – 31 March 2011

Next Generation GMAT Exam to Add New Integrated Reasoning Section

Prospective students preparing to join The NANYANG MBA for the 2013 intake should take note of the latest update from GMAC on the introduction of Integrated Reasoning in the GMAT exam, to be implemented from June 2012 onwards

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) will add an innovative new section

designed to measure people’s ability to evaluate information from multiple sources. The new integrated reasoning section, scheduled to be introduced in June 2012, will provide business schools with a window into how prospective students respond to the kinds of complex challenges they will encounter as managers in today’s information-rich business environment.

The coming enhancements to the GMAT exam stem from multiple surveys of business school faculty conducted during the past four years by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), owners of the exam. GMAC solicits input from faculty as a regular part of its commitment to continuously improving the GMAT exam. The Council unveiled the changes to the exam here today at its Annual Industry Conference, the largest gathering of graduate business school professionals in the world.

The integrated reasoning portion of the GMAT will capitalize on innovations in technology and assessments and feature questions that further enhance the validity of the test. These questions include information from multiple sources, such as charts, graphs, and spreadsheets. Examinees will be asked to analyze information, draw conclusions and discern relationships between data points, just as they must do in business school.

“The new integrated reasoning section of the GMAT will be a microcosm of today’s b-school classroom,” said Dave Wilson, president and CEO of GMAC. “These questions will provide critical intelligence to schools about the ability of prospective students to make sound decisions by evaluating, assimilating or extrapolating data.”

The overall length of the GMAT exam (three and a half hours) will not change. The new integrated reasoning section will be 30 minutes long and replace one of two essays that are part of the GMAT’s analytical writing section. Admissions officers have stated and GMAC research has shown that performance on the essays is closely aligned, making a single essay acceptable for predicting performance.

The GMAT exam’s verbal and quantitative sections will not change. As a result, when the new section is introduced in June 2012, tests will be scored on the same 200–800 scale used today.

Test takers will receive a separate score for the essay—as they do now—and another distinct score on the new integrated reasoning section.