Top 10 MBA Degrees in Malaysia 2019

How do I choose an MBA program in Malaysia? The options are overwhelming on the internet. Before you simply jump into any MBA program, it's important for you to understand the types of MBA programs available.

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There are several different types of MBA programs. Not every business school offers every type, but most schools do offer at least one of more of the following:

Two-Year MBA Programs - Also known as full-time or traditional MBA programs, two-year MBA programs take approximately two years to complete. They are designed for students who are able to devote themselves to full-time study.

One-Year MBA Programs - One-year MBA programs, or accelerated programs as they are sometimes known, are rigorous programs that can be completed in as little as 12 months. These programs are also designed for students who are able to devote themselves to full-time study.

Part-Time MBA Programs - Part-time MBA programs are designed for working professionals and other students who are unable to attend class full-time. Courses often take place in the evening and on the weekend to accommodate working professionals. Part-time MBA programs commonly take three to four years to complete.

Executive MBA Programs - Executive MBA programs are very similar to the other MBA programs mentioned above, but are specifically designed for working executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and other business leaders who have at least six years of work experience. Courses are typically explored from a management perspective and are often scheduled at night and on the weekends to accommodate working professionals.

Online MBA Programs - Many of the MBA programs mentioned above can be taken on-campus or online. Online MBA programs are often very similar to their campus-based counterparts. The only difference is that course schedules are usually more flexible, allowing students to attend class when it is convenient for them.

Below is a list of MBA programs in Malaysia. We have shortlisted a list of top 10 recommended MBA programs so that it's easier for you to choose. The list is based on Google Search Results and information available on blogs, reviews sites and forums. The recommended MBA programs have been arranged in no particular order. 

Check out the list below.

1. Universiti Malaya

Universiti Malaya (UM) received a 4 Palmes of Excellence award in the 2018 Eduniversal Business Schools Ranking, marking it as a “Top Business School with significant international influence”. UM’s MBA is also fully accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), giving the degree international credibility and status.
  • Duration: 3 – 8 semesters, 2 – 2.5 years 
  • Intakes: February and September
  • Fees – Malaysian: RM29,727.90
  • Fees – International: RM49,163.50
  • QS World University Rank: 87
  • Campus: UM campus – Kuala Lumpur

2. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) industrial partners co-developed the university’s MBA programme, making it very industry-driven. This means that students are provided with highly relevant content that is suited to the most current business needs. Specialised and elective courses are offered, with a special emphasis on action learning and leadership development.

  • Duration: 1 – 1.5 years (full time) or 2 years (part time)
  • Intakes: March and September
  • QS World University Rank: 184
  • Fees – Malaysian: RM26,800.00 – RM28,800.00
  • Fees – International: RM34,300.00 – RM36,300.00
  • Campus: Bangi – Selangor
  • 2 Palmes of Excellence Award

3. Universiti Putra Malaysia

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) offers different MBA specialisations which students can undertake in their studies, such as finance, marketing and human potential management. These individual programmes also ranked highly in the 2018 Eduniversal Masters Ranking, placing among the Top 20 in Far East Asia. UPM is also a recipient of the 3 Palmes of Excellence award, solidifying the status of its faculty as an excellent business school.

  • Duration: 1.5 years (full time) or 32 months (part time)
  • Intakes: January, May and September
  • Estimated fees: RM 27,050 – RM 33,050
  • QS World University Rank: 202
  • 3 Palmes of Excellence Award

4. Universiti Sains Malaysia

Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) programme includes core and elective courses, as well as a research project and viva voce (thesis defence). MBA students who choose to specialise in International Business are also expected to participate in an overseas exchange programme as part of the course in order to broaden their experiences. Another highlight is USM’s collaborative MBA Double Degree programme with the University of Glasgow, which allows students to pursue both an MBA and MSc (Master of Science) degree.

  • Duration: 4 – 10 semesters, 2 – 5 years
  • Intakes: February and September
  • QS World University Rank: 207
  • Fees – Malaysian: RM18,480.00
  • Fees – International: RM27,696.00
  • Campus: Penang campus
  • 3 Palmes of Excellence Award

5. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

As a fellow recipient of Eduniversal’s 3 Palmes of Excellence award, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) is another great option for students looking to study for an MBA. Compared to other institutions, UTM offers more unique areas of concentration such as aviation management, Islamic finance and even techno-entrepreneurship.
  • Duration: 1 – 3 years (full time) or 2 – 4 years (part time)
  • Intakes: February and September
  • Estimated fees: RM 22,150
  • QS World University Rank: 228
  • 3 Palmes of Excellence Award

6. UCSI University

UCSI University’s MBA programme is unique in Malaysia, as it is the only one in the country that is based on the famous Blue Ocean Strategy framework. The class sizes are kept small in order to foster a highly interpersonal learning environment for students. Apart from the usual lectures, case studies and presentations, the course module also includes workshops, debates and guests speakers for a more dynamic learning experience.

  • Duration: 1 year (minimum)
  • Intakes: January, May and September
  • Estimated fees: RM 26,000

7. Taylor’s University

Taylor’s University’s MBA is accredited by the prestigious Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Taylor’s MBA students automatically become CMI Affiliate members during their studies, and are able to enjoy all the privileges that come with membership. The benefits include extra resources and support, as well as networking opportunities and mentoring services.

  • Duration: 1 year (minimum)
  • Intakes: January, May and September
  • Estimated fees: RM 49,700 – RM 51,896

8. University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham offers one of the best MBA programmes worldwide, having scored a spot in the 2019 QS Global MBA Rankings. Students in the Malaysian campus are provided with an identical syllabus, so they can be sure that they will receive the same high quality education. In total, students will complete 12 taught modules and a management project.

  • Duration: 1 year (full time) or 2 – 4 years (part time)
  • Intakes: February and September
  • Estimated fees: RM 60,500
  • QS World University Rank: 82

9. University of Reading

The University of Reading’s Henley Business School is an elite, triple-accredited institution. Specially designed for experienced managers, the MBA programme pushes students to think outside the box, further developing their management and leadership skills. Students will learn about international business strategies, strategic marketing, corporate reputation and more through workshops, peer group learning and online activities.

  • Duration: 33 months (minimum)
  • Intake: September
  • Estimated fees: RM 77,250

10. Heriot-Watt University

The MBA is one of Heriot-Watt University’s flagship programmes. The seminars are not only delivered by top academics in Asia, but also by the university’s faculty from the UK who regularly fly to Malaysia to update students on current trends and practices. Students who want to find out more information can also attend one of the university’s MBA previews.

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Intake: January and September
  • Estimated fees: RM 54,000 – RM 58,050



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