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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Singapore EMBA

The following is a list of frequently asked questions for the Singapore Executive MBA program. This list is comprised of questions we typically receive from prospective students and is updated regularly. If you have a question that is not answered here, contact us at mgt-semba@buffalo.edu or 6248-6138.

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"The UB Executive MBA provides an unparalleled return on investment and leadership edge for both the students and their organizations."


Dr. Lewis Mandell
Professor - Economics for Managers
Former Dean, UB School of Management

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Q. What are the requirements for admission into the Singapore Executive MBA program?
A. To apply for the EMBA program you need to have an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution, at least five years of full-time work experience and proficiency in English. These are the minimum requirements, we do have many students with advanced degrees and the average student in the program has 10 to 15 years of professional experience. 

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Q. What documents do I need to submit in order to apply for the Singapore EMBA program?
A. You will need to submit the online application, certified true copies of all transcripts, contact information for two professional references, personal motivation essay and a current copy of your résumé or CV. If your transcripts are in a language other than English, you will need to provide both the originals and a translated version. Once all your documents have been received, they will be reviewed by the faculty admissions committee in Buffalo.

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Q. Is there an interview as part of the application process?
A. Yes. Once you submit your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with the EMBA program director and/or a UB faculty member.

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Q. Do I need to take the GMAT?
A. The GMAT is not required for EMBA applicants. However, you are required to demonstrate your career progression, level of responsibility in your current position and your potential for future professional advancement as part of the application process. Your success in the workplace is the best predictor of success in the EMBA program.

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Q. Will I be required to take the TOEFL exam?
A. Any applicant whose undergraduate degree was conducted in a language other than English is typically required to submit his or her TOEFL or IELTS score. The UB School of Management can grant a TOEFL waiver in cases where the applicant is able to provide documentation of educational instruction conducted in English, significant work experience in English or Permanent Resident status in Singapore. A waiver cannot be guaranteed, it is up to the discretion of the UB School of Management.

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Q. How are applicants selected for admission?
A. Applicants are selected based on their academic qualifications (i.e. an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution), and professional work experience. The review committee will look at your ability to contribute to the success of classmates and professional motivation. All admission decisions are made solely by the UB School of Management.

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Q. My transcripts are in a country other than Singapore. Can I submit my application without them and then send them in when they arrive?
A. Applications will not be reviewed until all requisite documentation has been submitted and the application fee has been paid. We recommend that applicants wait until they have all the requisite documentation together before submitting.

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Q. When is the deadline to apply?
A. The formal deadline is January 20, 2014, second deadline is March 10, 2014 and late deadline April 7, 2014, with class beginning in June. The University will consider late applications up until the third module (August) on a case-by-case basis. 

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Q. What is the class composition?
A. The composition of each class varies among intakes. Typically, the majority of the students have between 10 – 15 years of experience. They come from a broad range of professional backgrounds including finance, sales, operations, IT, human resources and marketing. Roughly 80 percent work for multinational corporations, 10 percent for SMEs and the final 10 percent for either government or nonprofits. All are mid- to senior-level managers in their respective organizations. Download detailed information on our 2013 Cohort Profile [PDF] here.

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Q. How many intakes are there per year?
A. The UB School of Management has one intake annually that commences in June. Students may be admitted to the program on a case-by-case basis up until the commencement of the third module in August.

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Q. When does the program start?
A. The EMBA program brings in a new cohort every year in June, however students can be admitted into the program up until the third module which begins in August. Any student admitted after the third module would start the following year. The 2014 Course Schedule [PDF] can be viewed here.

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Q. What is the average class size?
A. Intakes are kept relatively small to enhance class discussion, interaction with faculty and opportunity for soft skill development. Cohorts are typically around 20 - 30 students.

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Q. When are the EMBA classes held?
A. The EMBA program classes are compressed into two-week intensive modules with lectures held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and all day Saturday. The final exam will be held on the Saturday one week after the last lecture. You will then have approximately two to four weeks to prepare for the next intensive module.

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Q. Where are the EMBA classes conducted?
A. Classes are held at the SIM Management House at 41 Namly Avenue off of Bukit Timah. This is an ideal facility with on-site library, computer labs, meeting rooms and state-of-the-art classrooms. The specific classroom for each module will be provided with your course materials as well as displayed on the digital monitors in the Management House lobby.

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Q. How do I get my class materials?
A. All textbooks and related instructional materials will be provided to you as they are included in your tuition fee. You will receive the materials for each class on the last lecture day of the previous class. This gives student typically two to four weeks to prepare for the next class.

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Q. How much is tuition?
A. Tuition for the entire program for the 2014 intake is S$69,550 (inclusive of 7 percent GST). The program fee is payable in four installments spread across the duration of the program.

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Q. What is included in my tuition costs?
A. EMBA program tuition covers instruction, GST, fees, books, educational materials, tea breaks and lunch on full-day classes for the entire program. It also includes networking, guest speakers and ongoing professional development events.

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Q. When are the tuition payments due?
A. The tuition is payable in four equal installments across the duration of the program.  All payments must be made directly to the Singapore Institute of Management Pte Ltd. An interest-free installment plan is available through OCBC. Terms and conditions apply.

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Q. Will I need a computer?
A. Yes. Many of your courses will require familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. Most EMBA students bring laptop computers to class with them. Additionally, the majority of your classes will be held in a classroom equipped with laptops.

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Q. Does this program have an attendance requirement?
A. Yes, attendance is mandatory. The university’s policy allows students to miss one out of 10 class sessions per module. Permission must be granted by the professor. If you miss more than two sessions, you will need to defer the module and retake it the following year.

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Q. What happens if I need to miss a module due to a work conflict?
A. If you miss a module due to a work-related conflict, you will need to defer the module and make it up when it is offered again, the following year. In order to defer, you will need to submit supporting documentation to SIM as far in advance as possible. All modules must be completed within four years from the first day of commencement.

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Q. What happens if I need to miss an exam due to a work conflict?
A. If you know that you will miss an exam due to a work-related conflict, you will need to notify the professor immediately for approval to take an alternate exam. If the faculty member approves, you will need to provide written documentation to SIM and schedule a make-up exam. All make-up exams must be scheduled during regular business hours and will be conducted by the exam department at the SIM headquarters.

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Q. How are the students assessed in the program?
A. Continuous assessment comprised of tests, quizzes, assignments, projects, participation and presentations are scheduled throughout each module. Final examinations are held on the following Saturday after the completion of each module.

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Q. Does this program require any time away from work or travel outside of Singapore?
A. No, the entire program is conducted in the evenings and on Saturdays so that you do not need to take any time off of work. Additionally, all classes and exams are conducted locally at the SIM Management House, so no international travel is required.

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Q. My job requires extensive travel. Will I be able to manage the academic work load with my travel schedule?
A. A large number of our students have significant travel requirements for their jobs and have been able to successfully manage their coursework. We provide the full course schedule in advance so that you are able to schedule your travel around modules. The EMBA format was specifically designed to enable busy managers to maintain full-time employment while completing their studies. The classes are compressed into two-week modules typically with three weeks off in between.

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Q. What initials can I use after my name upon completion of the program?
A. MBA

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Q. Will my degree be from the University at Buffalo or Singapore Institute of Management Pte Ltd?
A. The EMBA program is developed and awarded by the University at Buffalo. Your degree will read Master in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

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Q. Will the graduation ceremony be held locally or at the University at Buffalo?
A. An annual graduation ceremony will be held at the SIM campus. Students are also welcome to attend the commencement ceremony held annually at the University at Buffalo.

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