The First Step: Making the Commitment
"For every student, the first step is to make the choice and the commitment.”
The School of Business offers students a business degree that will expand their knowledge base and upgrade their skills to enhance their career progression in business and management. For every student, the first step is to make the choice and the commitment.
While applicants to Singapore University of Social Sciences are subjected to the same entry requirements, applicants to the School of Business' programmes would be interviewed to assess their suitability for our programmes. Students could take this opportunity to find out more about their programmes, before making their final decision.
Successful applicants would be offered a place in the programme of choice. An acceptance of the offer marks the beginning of the student's commitment to pursue a Singapore University of Social Sciences degree.
The Orientation: Opening a New Chapter
One would naturally be apprehensive about taking on a new challenge in life. Lessons, assignments, examinations – are common worries on the minds of students after having left student life years ago.
As in other institutions, students undergo an orientation to get to know the learning culture in Singapore University of Social Sciences. However, unlike other institutions, our orientation provides more opportunities for students to get to know our faculty and also the Dean of the school, before the start of the term.
Students would be briefed on the various channels and avenues available for students to access their learning materials and to get assistance during their course of study.
The Environment:Promoting a Culture for Self-Learning
"We aim for flexibility in the learning approach, without sacrificing academic rigour and standards."
Singapore University of Social Sciences provides a flexible learning environment that ensures our students are able to balance their studies, work and family commitments.
Besides the provision of print materials before the start of term, courses are being made available online via our learning management system in phases. Lectures, tutorials and seminars are conducted in the evenings and on weekends.
Courses are also organised in a credit system and scheduled within a modular structure, allowing students to choose the desired number of courses to complete in a semester, subjected to a maximum cap. This allows students to learn at a pace suitable for them.
The School of Business provides a flexible learning environment to enable a student to learn anytime, anywhere; promoting a culture of self-learning. We aim for flexibility in the learning approach, without sacrificing academic rigour and standards.
The Journey: Bringing the Business World to You
"...what they teach in the night could very well find its way into a students'
actions or decisions at work the very next day."
Classes are conducted over two 15-week academic semesters, inclusive of the examination period.
Credit Unit (cu) System
Most courses are offered as a 5-credit unit (cu) course. Students usually do not take more than four 5 cu courses per semester. On average, our students complete their studies in 4 ½ years, due to work and family commitment.
Small Seminar-Style Classes
Classes in the School of Business are conducted in small seminars of about 50 students. Instructors focus on discussions and class exercises, encouraging active peer-to-peer interactions as well as class discussions. These activities hone communication and decision-making skills – important traits for today's business professionals.
Real-World Learning Experience
Class assignments and assessments revolves around real-world issues that students may encounter at work. Using these work-base examples, our students participate in active discussions with their instructors; exchanging ideas and views, besides gaining insights into their classmates' workplace scenarios. Our unique student profile which comprises of working professionals, facilitates this learning process. Discussions are brought into the virtual world through the use of discussion boards which are facilitated by instructors.
With close support from industry partners, our students get first hand exposure to the workings within the industry. The School of Business calendar of events are constantly filled with programmes and activities which expose our students to the business world.
Seminars, talks and conferences, brings experts from the industry and academia together to share their professional experiences and research knowledge in the confines of the campus. Site visits and field trips, on the other hand, brings students to witness how classroom theories translate to real-life applications in the actual professional setting.
Our faculty and instructors are deeply aware of one fact which sets our programme apart from other business degrees – what they teach in the night could very well find its way into a student’s actions or decisions at work the very next day.
Our students have the unique opportunity to connect with institutions and industry overseas through our overseas immersion programmes organised in collaboration with our overseas strategic partners. Overseas study trips have been conducted in countries such Bhutan, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. More such trips are being planned for China, India and Thailand. These immersion programmes give participants a broader view of how businesses and supply chains operate in different contexts through company visits and case studies. They provide rich insights into the people, language, culture and cuisine in Asia. Participants are able to form strong friendships and networks with their overseas counterparts as well as among themselves.
The Graduation: Your Goal, Your Pride, Your Moment
Student life in the School of Business revolves around night lessons on campus or online, intense discussions, project work and assignments as well as assessments and examinations, while balancing work, family and social commitments.
At the end of this journey, you would have obtained new knowledge and picked up new skills, gained rare insights into the processes in the business world and made new friends and form new bonds. Graduation marks the celebration of your effort and achievements for having reached this juncture of your educational journey.
Most importantly, our graduates have become professionals who are analytical, articulate and effective decision makers ready to face challenges in the business world.
The Alumni: Learning & Networking for Life
School of Business has about 3,340* alumni, which is growing from year to year. Our alumni work in diverse sectors of the economy. They are essentially our Singapore University of Social Sciences ambassadors for life.
The School of Business keeps in touch with its alumni through its annual school dinner which brings alumni, students and associates together to network and reinforce bonds formed during their studies. Such informal settings provides a platform for the school and the alumni to build relationships that last a lifetime.
"Take that first step as many before you have done, and aim to be part of
our growing Singapore University of Social Sciences ambassadors for life."
*Information correct as of March 2017.