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Thinking of an MBA?

by StudyMalaysia.com on December 10, 2018 | Top Stories

Thinking of an MBA? - StudyMalaysia.com

Read this first – there could be more choices out there than you thought

Have you been working a few years and feel it’s time to up your career game? Is an MBA what you’ve been thinking of doing? There are many advantages of doing an MBA – from building invaluable networking opportunities to improving your chances for career advancement.

But before you jump into the first MBA programme that comes your way, here’s a look at what’s available in the MBA market and how far down your pockets you need to reach to enrol for one. It’s important to know how much to budget for to help you decide if the benefits of an MBA justifies the cost.

Here are examples of MBA programmes offered by private universities, foreign university branch campuses and public universities.


Private universities

Programme Offered by Duration Estimated cost of tuition fee
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2-3 years
RM 29,500
Master of Business Administration Berjaya University College Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
RM24,150
Master of Business Administration HELP University Part-time: 1.5 years RM36,000
Master of Business Administration Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 to 3 years
RM24,460
Master of Business Administration International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW) Part-time: minimum 1.5 years RM28,400
Master in Business Administration Management and Science University (MSU) Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
RM18,200
MBA (Human Potential Management) MBA (Marketing) Putra Business School Full-time: 1.5 years
Part-time: 32 months
RM31,550 (Full-time)
RM33,050 (Part-time)
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Putra Business School Full-time: 1.5 years
Part-time: 32 months
RM27,050 (Full-time)
RM28,550 (Part-time)
Master in Business Administration Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) UCSI University 1.5 years (full-time) RM50,000
Master in Business Administration (MBA) UNITAR International University
course available at Kelana Jaya, Selangor and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Full-time 1 year 4 months
Part-time: 2 years 4 months
RM24,480
Master of Business Administration Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
Sungai Long Campus
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
RM20,900 (Full-time)
RM21,650 (Part-time)

Foreign university branch campuses

Programme Offered by Duration Estimated cost of tuition fee
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Heriot-Watt University Malaysia 2 years part-time RM58,050
Master of Business Administration (MBA) The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2-4 years
RM60,500

Public universities

Programme Offered by Duration Estimated cost of tuition fee
Master of Business Administration (MBA) University of Malaya 2-2.5 years RM28,312
Master of Business Administration Universiti Sains Malaysia 2-5 years RM18,480

Entry requirements

Most MBA programmes require the candidate to have a recognised bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.5. Many also require relevant work experience though the number of years required varies.

The candidate also needs to demonstrate an adequate level of English language proficiency. Most institutions require an IELTS score that varies between 5.5 and 6.5. Other accepted scores include TOEFL iBT with a range of 46-93.

Because every institution had a different set of requirements, it is best to check with them on their specific entry requirements.


Before you sign up

After determining a course that meets your budget, another thing to consider when signing up for an MBA is the delivery mode of the programme (taught course vs course work, and face-to-face class vs online delivery). Do also note the intake date and the corresponding application deadline.

It would be worthwhile to speak to current students or the alumni to find out their experience with the MBA programme. And to ensure that you complete the MBA successfully, you need to find a course that you can fit into your schedule, particularly if you plan to work and study part-time.


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