NUS Business School MBA ranked 17th in Financial Times Global MBA rankings, highest ranking to date

The NUS MBA programme is among the top three in Asia Pacific; the leading MBA among Singaporean autonomous universities

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School's Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme is ranked 17th in the Financial Times (FT) Global MBA rankings for 2019, up one place from a year earlier.

The ranking is the highest for the School's MBA programme since it first participated in 2006.

The annual rankings are based on data compiled from two main sources: surveys conducted with alumni who graduated three years ago, and data provided by business schools.

Criteria used to assess and rank MBA programmes globally, including career progress of alumni, post-graduation salary increases, professional aims achieved, school diversity through international faculty and students, and idea generation through research.

Salaries and salary increases are the most heavily-weighted ranking criteria for the FT's rankings and were key areas where the NUS MBA performed strongly. The alumni surveyed commanded a weighted average annual salary of US$153,216 three years after graduation, with a post-graduation salary increase of 131 per cent.

Among autonomous Singapore universities, the programme scored the highest in the following categories:

  • Weighted salary
  • Career progress
  • Aims achieved
  • Alumni recommend
  • International mobility
  • International course experience
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • FT research rank

The NUS MBA programme has been grooming future global leaders since it was launched in 1982. In 2018, it took in 112 full-time, 54 part-time and 10 double-degree programme students from 23 countries.

Professor Jochen Wirtz, Vice Dean of Graduate Studies at NUS Business School, said, "We are proud to deliver a transformational MBA education experience that is based on solid hands-on learning. Those include live-consulting projects, credit-bearing internships and working with start-ups. Also, we have introduced new specialisations in digital business, consulting, as well as analytics and operations. I believe these cutting-edge curriculum innovations provide our students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to translate their aspirations in career and life."

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