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Masters Programs (Management) in Singapore

Post by mks » Fri, 11 Jan 2008 2:37 am

I am evaluating enrolling in a part time Masters program while on assignment in Singapore.

Does the Work/Life balance in SG allow time to devote to a part-time Masters (MSc, MBA) program?

Do the schools have the necessary recognition in the market place for the Masters to be worthwhile professionally?

What Masters programs are the best? INSEAD, NUS, NANYANG, Singapore Management University etc?

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

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Post by Peelorn » Sun, 13 Jan 2008 12:09 am

There are probably over 30 MBA programmes in Singapore the majority being part time

They are from Singapore, the USA, UK, Europe and Australia in the main

Prices range from around 20k at one end of the market to over 180 K for INSEAD and CBS with all stops in between.

I am doing mine with a British University with a ranking on both the Economist and FT lists - modular with a module about every two months lasting two weekends and 6 week nights.

Just like everything else the recognition depends on the course and of course all the decent ones are recognised internationally as they are exactly the same as the MBA's in the home country (as a proviso I would check they do fly out their business school staff from home and not use a local contract hire though)

INSEAD, Nanyang and CBS are probably seen as the best out there but they do have the associated costs as well - depends if you want to go right to the top tier or would take an acceptable one from a less prestigious University but one that is well enough recognised.

You must also consider why you are taking the course - sure we all want career progression but do you really want to take it for yourself too and get as much out of it as possible?

Some just want to tick the boxes and get through as quickly as possible taking the quickest route and not bothering which courses they have to take to do this while others take care and build up their program in what interests them and have a good fit.

It has been a great experience for me so far taking this course in such a multi-cultural environment - try to get a mix of expats and locals

I will also take modules in the UK for a wider experience and probably Hong Kong too

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Post by lifeiselsewhere » Sat, 19 Jan 2008 3:52 pm

INSEAD will be the obvious global brand name MBA in Singapore. The most attractive thing about INSEAD is the relatively short time it takes to complete the program. That said, INSEAD doesn't offer a part-time MBA.
Those that do, NUS and NTU would be the most credible ones, with the best market recognition. Hope that help! Good luck!
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