The Diploma in Business (DB) is specially designed for those who wish to acquire or upgrade their knowledge and skills in the whole arena of business operations and to further their career.
The Diploma in Business programme aims to provide students with a holistic view of the business process and to equip them with the knowledge and skills in the professional practices of business operations.
This programme involves a combination of coursework, assignments, projects, presentations and examinations/tests. All modules contain both formative and summative assessment components. Summative assessments for each module may be based on an individual assignment, tutorials, group project and a final written examination.

Tutorials during class may take a variety of forms depending on the module and include class participation, debates, case studies and oral presentations. Take home work may also be allocated to students.

Students are required to pass the overall assessment in order to be granted a passing grade for the module. A student who fails the final examination will take the supplementary examination. However, a supplementary examination fee applies.

Should the student fail the supplementary examination, he or she is required to repeat the module. To repeat a failed module, a student must attend classes and pay a re- module course fee before he/she is considered eligible to take the examinations. In the case of non-examination modules, a student who fails the major assessment component (highest percentage weightage) will be required to re-work.

All students are required to fulfil the attendance requirement of at least 75% for each module before they are considered eligible to take the end-of-semester examinations.
Students who have completed all necessary course works, successfully passed all required modules and met all financial obligations to the Institute shall be awarded the Diploma in Business and be allowed to use the designatory letters Dip B. after their names.

You are required to collect your Certificate in person within 6 months or it will be discarded after the cut-off period. Please note that you will have to apply for a replacement Certificate after the 6-month timeline. A fee will be levied for the replacement Certificate as well as Academic Transcript.

Marketing Institute of Singapore Business School (MIS Business School) is the training arm of Marketing Institute of Singapore (MIS). MIS is the one place that connects its members to the largest fraternity of Sales and Marketing professionals. And, MIS Business School students are affiliate members of this Institute.

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The Marketing Institute of Singapore Business School reserves the right to vary, change and amend the module content, entry requirements, course fees, curriculum, examination rules and regulations, lecturers, lecture date, venue and other aspects of the course at any time prior to and during the delivery of the modules.
Programme Structure & Curriculum
This is a 8-month part-time programme, covering 6 modules over 2 semesters with a total of 216 contact hours. 12 sessions are to be conducted for each module. The details are as follows:

Modules Code

Principles of Management 
Understanding Business and Economic Environment 
Business Statistics
Principles of Marketing
Financial and Managerial Accounting 
Business Law

The Delivery of Modules may not follow the sequence as depicted above.

This programme involves lectures, group discussions, case studies and presentations by students. Classes are usually held two to three times a week. Weekly lectures are conducted by qualified and experienced local lecturers approved by the Institute.

Module Descriptions

DB101: Principles of Management
Managers in modern business today are facing increasingly competitive and uncertain environments. This module aims to introduce students to the management function, and will focus on planning, organising, leading, and controlling an organisation effectively. Some of the topics that will be covered:
  • functions, responsibilities and practices of management
  • managerial decision-making
  • managing change
DB102: Understanding Business and Economic Environment
This module provides students with an introduction to business and economic concepts and models, and to help them understand how microeconomic and macroeconomic issues can have implications on the business decisions of a firm. Some of the topics that will be covered:
  • PESTLE framework
  • market forces of demand and supply
  • Business cycle, unemployment and inflation.
DB103: Business Statistics
This module provides students with an introduction to the concepts, methods, and applications of descriptive and inferential statistics. The objectives are to help students understand various business situations in which a range of statistical techniques are applicable, to develop skills in presenting, summarising and processing sample data, making basic statistical inferences and arriving at appropriate business decisions. Some of the topics that will be covered:
  • introduction to statistics and data types
  • numerical and graphical descriptive techniques
  • simple probability
DB104: Principles of Marketing
The module aims to equip students with a good knowledge of the fundamental concepts of contemporary marketing and their practical applications. Some of the topics that will be covered:
  • marketing orientation and environment
  • market segmentation, targeting and positioning
  • the marketing mix concept
DB105: Financial and Managerial Accounting
This module introduces students to the basic financial accounting (preparing, interpreting and analysing of financial statements) and management accounting (use of accounting information for planning and control, decision making, and the costing of organisational activities). Students will acquire knowledge on how financial and managerial information is used by decision-makers in organisations. Some of the topics that will be covered:
  • preparation of financial reports and analysis
  • budgeting
  • cost-volume-profit relationships
DB106: Business Law
The aim of this module is to equip students with a functional familiarity of the legal environment in which business decisions are made. It was designed to give students the knowledge they need regarding the basis of business law so as to enable them to make legal and ethical decisions. Some of the topics that will be covered:
  • law of contract, sale of goods, agency
  • legal aspects of different business entities
  • torts and property laws
Entry Requirements

All applicants must possess :

Academic Qualifications

Working Experience

2 GCE “A” Level credits, or


5 GCE ‘O' Level credits, or


4 GCE ‘O' Level credits, or

1 year

3 GCE ‘O' Level credits, or

3 years

2 GCE ‘O' Level credits, or

4 years

1 GCE ‘O' Level credits, or

5 years

5 GCE ‘N' Level credits, or

3 years

Higher National ITE Certificate NITEC, or



3 years

MIS Business School Certificate in Sales and Marketing (CSM), or


MIS Business School Certificate in Retailing (CR), or


MIS Business School Certificate in Business Studies (CBS) or the equivalent from a recognised PEI



Mature applicants can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English requirement:
At least IELTS 5.5, iBT TOEFL 46-59, or a pass in GCE 'O' level English or its equivalent. Applicants who do not meet to the English requirement must sit for MIS Business School English Placement Test and obtain a score of 80% and above; if the score obtained is below 80%, applicants must first go through MIS Business School English Preparatory Programme and pass Level 4. Applicants may also be interviewed for further assessment.

Minimum Age Requirement : 17 years old

The Marketing Institute of Singapore Business School Academic Board reserves the right to change the above requirements and selection at its sole discretion.

The course fee is at S$4087.40 (inclusive of 7% GST).
A non-refundable application processing fee of S$107.00 (inclusive of 7% GST) is chargeable upon application and submission of documents.

The course fee covers lesson delivery, Industry-wide Course Fee Protection Insurance Scheme, MIS membership and DOES NOT include textbooks and other miscellaneous charges, if any. Please click here for detailed list of charges.

In the event of a failed module, students are to pay a re-module fee and attend classes before they are allowed to submit their coursework for assessment or considered eligible to take the prescribed examination.

Marketing Institute of Singapore Business School is also committed to adhere with full integrity of the announced Marketing Institute of Singapore Business School Refund Policy that is communicated in its student contract, student handbook and website, amongst others. Please refer to the Refund Policy for further information.
SkillsFuture Study Award
With the SkillsFuture Study Awards, Singaporeans currently working in the retail sector can now upgrade themselves and deepen their skills within the sector. The SkillsFuture Study Awards support early to mid-career Singaporeans in their quest to upgrade their knowledge and value-add to their workplace through relevant courses. As an award recipient, you can receive $5,000 which you can use to cover the course fees and other out-of-pocket expenses related to your approved course of study.

  • Minimum 3 years of work experience in the retail sector
  • Committed to deepening skills in the retail sector
  • Meets entry requirements for selected course of study

Application period:

Both individual applicants and company nominated applicants can apply. Find out more and send in your application at

PIC Funding

Companies sponsoring their staff for this course may claim for Productivity & Innovation Credit (PIC) Funding Scheme under IRAS. PIC Funding is applicable to only company sponsored applicants.
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Bank loans

Bank loans are available for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, please refer to Study Loans for information on the various bank loans available.