What’s the Entry Requirements for Business & Management Courses at Malaysia’s Private Universities?

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Admission Requirements for Business & Management Foundation, Diploma & Degree Programmes at Private Universities in Malaysia

In order to enter the university for the course that you are interested in, you will need to meet their entry requirements. It is important to find out what the entry requirements are for your course of interest so that you can plan during your high school which Pre-University course would be suitable.

Knowing the requirements, you can then choose the right subjects so that you can enter the course without any problems. Furthermore, some courses will require additional requirements such as English, that you need to meet, therefore, you will need to plan ahead to sit for the relevant exams before the intake starts.

In order to choose the right course that fits you to study in Malaysia, you would also need to know the entry requirements. If you don’t meet the requirements for your course of interest, you may need to opt for another choice. Furthermore, entry requirements would vary from university to university. Students would need to know the different entry requirements for FoundationPre-U and Diploma courses or Degree programmes in Malaysia so that you can register or apply for the course. In this article, you will find out what are the entry requirements for Business & Management programmes at the private universities in Malaysia.

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Admission Requirements for Business & Management Foundation, Diploma and Degree Programmes at Malaysia’s Private Universities

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In order to have a successful career as an engineer, students must choose to study at the best private universities in Malaysia whose degree programmes are accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The entry requirements will vary from university to university, some may have higher entry requirements. Therefore, you will need to check with the particular university for their exact requirements. I have listed the basic requirements as stated by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

Generally, it is understood that SPM students must have a pass in BM and Sejarah because if you fail either one, means that you have failed the SPM examination. In addition, a “Credit” for SPM/IGCSE/O-Levels are A, B and C. For UEC, a “Credit” is A and B. For the A-Levels, a Principal is from A to E.

What is the Grading System?
SPM UEC IGCSE/O-Levels STPM A-Levels
A+ A1 A A A
A A2 B A- B
A- B3 C B+ C
B+ B4 D B D
B B5 E B- E
C+ B6 U – Ungraded C+ F
C C7 C
D C8 C-
E D+
G D

What’s the Education Pathway to a Business & Management Degree after Secondary School?

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Students after SPM or IGCSE O-Levels with at least 5 credits can consider going for the Foundation in Business for 1 year before continuing on to the degree.

Alternatively, with 3 credits in SPM or IGCSE O-Levels, you can go for the Diploma in Business Administration or Diploma in Accounting course at a top private university in Malaysia. Duration for the Diploma is 2 years (6 semesters).

After the 2-year diploma, you can continue on to Year 2 of the related business Degree at the same university or college if the degree course is offered. There is no need to perform exemptions if you continue on to degree at the same university.

Alternatively, you can transfer your diploma credits into another university to enter into Year 2 of the degree for another 2 years depending on the exemptions.

After the Foundation, Pre-U or Diploma course, students can enter a wider variety of related business courses such as:

What’s the Entry Requirements for Foundation in Business & Management?

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Foundation in Business & Management courses are intensive, focused one-year courses which prepare students for your degree studies in Malaysia and guarantee entry to the university of interest upon successful completion.

Top Private Universities in Malaysia offer the 1-year Foundation in Business Administration with about 15 subjects. A Foundation in Business Administration is a structured and straightforward path to a degree in Business at top private universities in Malaysia.

Students after SPM or IGCSE/O-Levels who are sure of pursuing a Business degree should go for the Foundation in Business Administration programme to prepare themselves well in addition to studying the subjects that they are interested in.

A Foundation in Business & Management focuses on business-related topics by focusing on specific subjects related to these various majors in Business. After the Foundation in Business, you can choose to study degree programmes in Business AdministrationActuarial ScienceAccountingAccounting & FinanceBanking & FinanceFinance & InvestmentMarketingHuman Resource Management and more.

Business, Management, Marketing, Digital Marketing & Human Resource Management
  • 5 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 5 subjects at SPM level with a minimum of a pass in English
  • 5 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 5 subjects at IGCSE/O-Levels
  • 3 Credits (Grade B & above) in at least 3 subjects in UEC
Accounting, Banking, Finance and Actuarial​
  • 5 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 5 subjects at SPM level including Mathematics with a minimum of a pass in English
  • 5 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 5 subjects at IGCSE/O-Levels including Mathematics
  • 3 Credits (Grade B & above) in at least 3 subjects in UEC including Mathematics

What’s the Entry Requirements for Diploma in Business & Management?

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A Diploma in Business Administration provides a broad-based business education with exposure to global perspective of business.

The diploma prepares students for future, building in them lifelong fundamental values and skills. A Diploma in Business from a top private university in Malaysia can equip you with important knowledge and skills to succeed in the competitive business world.

Students can take the Diploma for 2 years and then upon completion, continue on into Year 2 of any of the Business fields.

After completing the Diploma in Business, you can either continue on to the degree course at the same university or transfer to another university. In order to transfer to another university you would need to provide the documents for them to evaluate for exemptions.

Generally, you can transfer your diploma credits into another university to enter into Year 2 of the related degree course for another 2 years depending on the exemptions. It will take about one to three weeks for the university to perform the exemption evaluation.

Students can choose from a wide variety of business degree courses to study.

  • SPM/IGCSE/O-Levels – At least credits in THREE (3) subjects
  • UEC – Minimum 3 credits

What’s the Entry Requirements for Diploma in Accounting?

Students after SPM or IGCSE O-Levels who are sure that they want to study accounting can choose to study the Diploma in Accounting instead of going for a Pre-University Programme. Diploma in Accounting graduates may get 4 papers exempted out of 15 papers of the ACCA programme. Students whose English is not very good, should go for the Diploma.

  • SPM/IGCSE/O-Levels – At least credits in THREE (3) subjects, including Mathematics AND a pass in English;
  • UEC – Minimum 3 credits inclusive of Mathematics (Pass is required for English)

What’s the Entry Requirements for Business & Management Degree Programmes at Private Universities in Malaysia?

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Students who are interested in business courses have a wide variety of choices. You can choose from the general Business Administration or Management course to more specific ones like Accounting, Accounting & Finance, Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, and many more. With so many business courses, it can be confusing to choose the right one.

A business degree prepares you for a career that may stretch across any sector or industry. Your career options are therefore varied. Obtaining the right business degree can offer you a bright future as the job demand and salaries for the various business careers are high.

The degree will take you 3 years to complete. You will also need to look at the necessary accreditations and recognition from professional bodies for your degree of choice. Accounting courses would need exemptions from professional bodies such as the ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, etc while Actuarial Science would seek exemptions from SOA, IFOA, etc.

Here is a list of the top choices of Business courses for Malaysian students to choose from

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  1. Accounting
  2. Accounting & Finance
  3. Actuarial Science
  4. Finance
  5. Marketing
  6.  Logistics
  7. Human Resource Management
  8. Business
  9. International Business
  10. Economics

Below are the entry requirements for the business & management courses listed above.

Business – Business Administration, International Business, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Logistics etc
  • Foundation in Business/Arts/Science/IT/Engineering – Pass, with a minimum CGPA of 2.0
  • STPM – Minimum 2 principals (C) (CGPA 2.0) in 2 subjects and pass in Mathematics and English at SPM Level.
  • ​A-Level – Minimum 2 principal (D )
  • UEC – Minimum 5 credits (B6) and pass (C8) in Mathematics and English
  • Canadian Pre-U -Minimum average of 60% in 6 subjects
  • AUSMAT/MUFY/ SACE/WACE – Minimum average of 60% in 5 subjects
Accounting, Finance, Finance & Investment, Fintech, Banking & Finance and Actuarial Science
  • STPM- Minimum Grade C+ (GPA 2.33) in any 2 subjects and pass SPM with credit in Mathematics and pass in English;
  • A-Level – Minimum 2 D grades
  • UEC – Pass in UEC with minimum 5 credits (B6) including Mathematics and pass in English
  • ​AUSMAT/MUFY/ SACE/WACE – Minimum average of 60% in 5 subjects
  • Foundation in Arts/Business/Science/IT/Engineering – Minimum CGPA of 2.50 out of 4.00
MUET and English Requirements for Accounting Degree in Malaysia

Please note that the Government has made it compulsory that all students must have a credit in SPM or IGCSE/O-Level English and also MUET Band 2 / IELTS 4.0 / TOEFL iBT 30 before entering into an Accounting degree programme in Malaysia.

How to Find Out if I Qualify to Enter the Business & Management Course in Malaysia?

Students who are interested to find out if you qualify to enter the course may take picture of your results, trial or mock results and upload them below. I will contact you to let you know.

Entry Requirements Assessment Form
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