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School of Management FAQ


Good day dear juniors. First of all, we would like to congratulate and welcome you all to the School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Your many years of hard work had finally paid off. Right now, you are about to embark on a brand new chapter of your life. If you are having any doubts or confusions, here’s the FAQs that hopefully will be of help to all of you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What will students study in a Management degree?

Management is a 4-year degree course and in order to graduate successfully, students will have to accumulate 136 units (credit hours) including 21 units of several papers required by the university (English, Bahasa Malaysia, TITAS, Ethnic Relation etc). Management students are required to choose a major and minor from the lists below.


  1. Finance
  2. Marketing
  3. Operational Management
  4. Organizational Behavior
  5. International Business
  6. Islamic Finance

Minor (whatever School that provides Minor courses):-

  1. Economics
  2. Political Science
  3. Southeast Asian Studies
  4. Psychology
  5. Computer Science
  6. Information Technology
  7. Communication Studies
  8. Science and Environmental Journalism
  9. Islamic Studies
  10. English Language
  11. Translation and Interpretation
  12. Japanese Language Studies
  13. Chinese Language Studies
  14. Communication Arabic

SOM do not offer double major programme currently. And programmes offered for major cannot be chosen as a minor. Eg. Students CANNOT major in Finance and MINOR in Marketing. Students must choose ONE from the major list as major and ONE from minor list as your minor.

Students will only be asked to choose minor during 3rd semester and major during your 4th semester.

So, for first year, students will normally take subjects about the basics or some fundamental of those major courses. Students will take papers such as Principle of Marketing, Finance, Organizational Behaviour, Operational Management and International Business. All the papers mentioned above will unveil what can expect from those majors.

2. What is the best major or minor?

There is no such thing as the best major or minor. It all depends on what students like and enjoy the most. So, when the time comes, choose something that you are interested in.

3. What will students study in an Accounting degree?
Similar to the Management program, Accounting is a 4-year degree course and in order to graduate, you will have to accumulate 137 units (credit hours) including 15 units of several papers required by the university (English, Bahasa Malaysia, TITAS, Ethnic Relation, Core Entrepreneurship etc). Students will get more details about this inside a guide book that will distribute during orientation. Accounting program is a professional course so students are not required to have no minor subjects.

4. For accounting students, what qualification we may get after graduate?

The Bachelor of Accounting degree graduates are recognized by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). Graduates will be obtained a certificate in Bachelor of Accounting (Hons.) and accepted as Certified Accountants after gaining 3 years of working experiences at an accounting firm or an industry.

*For more information, you can get from http://www.mia.org.my/new/members_being_application.asp

5. How many examination papers can exempted from professional accounting bodies? (*subject to changes)

(a) CIMA – The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (10/16)

Syllabus – http://www.cimaglobal.com/PageFiles/360026951/CIMA%20Syllabus.pdf

Exemption – http://www.cimaglobal.com/Starting-CIMA/Starting-CIMA/Exemptions/Exemption-Search/University-Sains-Malaysia-USM-9859/?qualification=1-2NIVF22
(b) MICPA – The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (exemption granted – professional stage exam)

Advanced stage syllables – http://www.micpa.com.my/v2/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/List_of_approved_qualifications_2017.pdf

Exemption – http://www.micpa.com.my/v2/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/List_of_approved_qualifications_2017.pdf
(c) CPA Australia

(d) ACCA – The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (9/14)

(e) ICAEW – Institute of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales (8/15)


6. What is the medium of teaching in management and accounting program?

English. Lectures, tutorials and examinations are all conducted in English. However, for Minor courses, it may be in English, BM or other languages.

7. How to register the courses for the first semester?

For the first semester, School of Management provided automatic courses registration. Students are only required to check the courses that auto-registered.

8. Do students have to do internship?

For management program, the students will do their internship during the 8th semester which is the last semester. For accounting program, the students will do their internship during the 6th semester.

9. Do students need to buy textbooks?

Textbooks will be recommended by lecturers. We do not encourage photocopying of textbooks but students may make their own decision.  For some papers, lecturers will require students to take online quizzes which carry weight into coursework grades (eg. 5% or 10% of coursework grades). In order to take those online quizzes, students will need to have an activation code that comes along with the purchase of textbooks. So in this case, students will have no choice but to buy the textbooks.

Lecturers will be using slides to teach most of the time, and USUALLY, students will be given the lecture notes (PPT slides or PDF). Anyway, for those courses don’t have the online quizzes, juniors can try to get the textbooks from seniors for free or buy the textbooks from seniors.

10. What is the proper attire for attending lectures and tutorial classes?

In discussing this issue, USM is comparatively liberal among public universities. Students do not have to wear formal to attend classes every day. As long as they wear long pants and covered shoes.  Round neck t-shirts are also acceptable in USM.

11. How do students get access to Internet?

Within USM compound, students can connect to USM network using their own IDs which will be given upon entering USM. However, being able to connect does not guarantee the speed of the connection.

12. Can students choose not to attend lectures or tutorials?

Students are required to have at least 70% and above attendance or else they may be barred from final examinations. So, students are not endorsed to skip lectures and tutorials. Moreover, lecturers might give tips for examinations during certain lectures or tutorials. Some lecturers may choose to give pop quizzes to ensure students attend their classes.

13. Must all students join any co-curricular activities?

USM does not force students to join co-curricular activities. However, students might need the units (credit hours) from co-curricular activities to graduate successfully. So, to join or not is up to students own preferences. 1st year students will be given more information during orientation week.

USM also have a lot of societies or clubs which they can choose to join. These societies or clubs offer NO units. However, by joining those societies or clubs, students will be able to gain MyCSD points (important to secure a hostel room in second year). MyCSD is My Continuous Student Development in full. It is a program that intends to build a holistic student personality under the APEX program. Having a low MyCSD points will lessen the chance of getting a room in subsequent year in USM. Again, joining these societies or clubs is based on students own preference.

 14. Can students drive in USM? How to get the sticker?

First year students are NOT allowed to bring in any vehicles into USM. If students get caught driving any unregistered vehicle in USM, they will receive a summon. Students can only bring their own vehicle to USM start from second year. Still, students have to get a sticker and register their own vehicle with Jabatan Keselamatan in USM. In order to entitle a sticker, students have to be active in societies and clubs. Stickers are limited and they are only given to students who are actively participating in the clubs. Anyway, vehicles without stickers can be parked at Padang Kawad ONLY.

15. Can students take foreign language? Is it compulsory to take it?

Yes, management and accounting students are allowed take foreign language. It is not compulsory but you can take foreign language to fulfill the units (credit hours) in order to graduate successfully.

Foreign languages that are available in USM:

15.Where is School of Management located?

School of Management is in building E45. It is located opposite the Hamzah Sendut Library 2 (E41) and School of Educational Studies (E43).

16.Does School of Management have any societies or clubs?

Yes, there are two societies which are Management Society (for management students) and Accounting Society (for accounting students).

Get Connected with Us

USM School of Management FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/USM.SOM
USM School of Management FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/USMSOM/
USM Management Society FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/USM.Management
USM Accounting Society FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/usm.accounting.society
USM SOM (Intake 2016/2017) FB 
USM School of Management Official Web: http://www.som.usm.my/

Fee Payment Methods


:::::Notice from USM:::::

Payment can be made before registration day. Here are the details of payment methods:-

  1. Online banking (http://epayment.usm.my )

    Follow the steps below:
    a. Log in to the ‘Bahagian Bil Yuran’
    b. Press ‘Bayar’
    c. Just follow the steps and key in the details
    d. Make your payment (Debit Card / Credit Card / Master Card / Visa / Perbankan Internet-FPX)
    e. Print out the payment slip and keep it as proof of payment

  2. At counter Jabatan Bendahari USM
    a. You can make payment by using Maybank QR Pay / Credit Card / Debit Card / Touch’n Go
    b. NO cash transaction

Students are not advised to carry large amount of CASH to university during Orientation Week.

Student Hostels

Staying in the USM Student Hostels (Desasiswa)

No matter where you live on campus, you’re usually within walking distance of everything you need. It’s about RM2.70 to RM4.50 per day per person (only for students). Different prices applied on non-students. All rooms are equipped with basic furniture, including:-

  • Bed with a mattress;
  • Table;
  • Chair;
  • Wardrobe;
  • Fan, rubbish bin and a broom.

Pillows, linen and additional cleaning equipment are not provided. The hostels have no kitchen, although facilities to boil water are made available. Coin self operated laundry machines are also available. Each hostel will have different design and layout, therefore the amount of toilet and bathroom are not same. There are different hostels for men and women.

  • Men are STRICTLY NOT ALLOWED to visit the hostels for women, and vice-versa.
  • Overnight visitors are not allowed but your friends are welcome to visit you during the day.
  • Quiet hours should be observed after 12:00am.

When you live in the hostels, USM has free WiFi provided. There is a chance that you may not be able to get access to the Internet. This is due some of the blind spots of the Wifi Zone.

In case you wish to continue living in the hostel after the exams, you can apply for an extension to do so. Eateries are available outside campus during the semester break. The hostel officers will inform you about the application procedure, as well as handling over the keys. No application is needed for staying in the hostel during shorter school breaks.

All Freshie are COMPULSORY to stay in the campus during Orientation Week (Program Siswa Lestari).

To continue staying in Campus Hostel, you are required to obtain a minimum requirement of MyCSD units. Find out more about MyCSD here (http://www.myusminfo.com/mycsd/)

List of USM Hostels

Off-Campus Accommodation

However, if you prefer staying outside the campus, please make sure you are clear about all the costs that you might incur in your housing arrangements, and that USM will not be held responsible.

  • Usually water and electric bills are not included in the rent.
  • Also, be prepared to pay a deposit, usually one month’s rent in advance.


For more information about USM Housing and Accommodation, kindly contact UPPU:-

Main Campus

Pejabat Pusat Perumahan & Penginapan Universiti
Tingkat 1, Bangunan H23,
Kompleks Cahaya Siswa, 11800 USM.
No Tel: 04-653 4459; Fax: 04-657 8962
Email: uppu@usm.my

Engineering Campus

Desasiswa, Universiti Sains Malaysia,
Seri Ampangan, 14300 Nibong Tebal,
Pulau Pinang.
No Tel: 04-599 5530; Fax: 04-594 1005

Health Campus

Desasiswa, Universiti Sains Malaysia,
16150 Kubang Kerian,
No Tel: 09-767 3000; Fax: 09-765 2678

Website: http://uppu.usm.my

Majlis Sambutan Siswa


Apa itu Majlis Sambutan Siswa (MSS)?

  1. Majlis rasmi penuh protokol menyambut kedatangan pelajar-pelajar baru.
  2. Majlis memperkenalkan Pengurusan Tertinggi Universiti, Ahli Senat yang terdiri dari dekan, pengarah PTJ dan professor yang berkaitan.
  3. Majlis lafaz ikrar oleh pelajar baru.
  4. Majlis menandatangani surat ikrar oleh pelajar baru.


Tarikh-tarikh Penting MSS

Raptai Majlis Sambutan Siswa

3 September 2018 (Isnin) 8:30 am – 10:30 am (K2)
3 September 2018 (Isnin) 2:15 pm – 4:00 pm (K1)

Majlis Sambutan Siswa

DATE: 4 September 2018 (Selasa)
TIME: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
VENUE: Dewan Tuanku Syed Putra (DTSP)



  • Seluar Slack Panjang (warna gelap)
  • Baju kemeja berkolar (putih berlengan panjang dan bertali leher)
  • Kasut bertutup berwarna gelap dan berstokin (Selipar & Sandal tidak dibenarkan)


  • Baju kurung / kebaya atau blaus berlengan panjang (berwarna putih)
  • Kain / seluar / skirt panjang (warna gelap)
  • Sopan (Bukan Melayu)
  • Skirt panjang bawah lutut
  • Skirt pendek tidak dibenarkan
  • Berkasut (Selipar & Sandal tidak dibenarkan)

**Sila bawa pen bersama


Banks / ATMs / CDMs around USM


If you are visiting or studying in Universiti Sains Malaysia, you are not required to bring too much of cash with you. There are plenty of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) and Cash Deposited Machine (CDM) around the campus. Withdrawing money from different bank’s ATM usually will charge RM 1.00.

Below are the comprehensive list of ATM & CDM around campuses.

::::: Main Campus :::::

In front Library PHS 1, Next to DTSP

  • Bank Islam (ATM)
  • RHB Bank (ATM)
  • CIMB Bank (ATM)
  • AmBank (ATM)

Uptown MallKompleks Cahaya Siswa

  • Bank Islam (ATM & CDM)

Masjid USM

  • CIMB Bank (ATM)
  • Bank Islam (ATM)

Cafeteria Desasiswa Restu & Saujana

  • Bank Islam (ATM)

Cafeteria Desasiswa Aman

  • Bank Islam (ATM)

Bank in Campus (Next to Roundabout)

  • CIMB Bank
  • Bank Muamalat
  • Bank Simpanan Nasional (Near Dewan Budaya USM)


::::: Outside Main Campus :::::

Maybank Malaysia

  • Tesco Extra (ATM)
  • Queensbay Mall (Bank)
  • Gelugor (Bank)

 Sungai Dua Area

  • Am Bank (Branch)
  • Hong Leong Bank (Branch)
  • RHB Bank (Branch)

Bukit Gambir Area (Outside Kompleks Desasiswa Restu, Saujana & Tekun RST)

  • Am Bank (ATM) at 7-Eleven


::::: Engineering Campus :::::

Cafeteria Staff, Next to Library

  • Bank Islam (ATM & CDM)
  • Bank Muamalat (ATM)

Cafeteria Desasiswa Lembaran

  • Bank Islam (ATM)

Banks nearby in Parit Buntar

  • CIMB Bank
  • Maybank
  • Public Bank
  • Hong Leong Bank
  • Bank Islam
  • RHB Bank
  • Bank Muamalat
  • AmBank


::::: Health Campus :::::

Hospital USM
  • CIMB (ATM)
  • Bank Islam (ATM)
  • Maybank (ATM)
Opposite USM
  • CIMB Bank
  • Bank Islam
Kota Bahru, Kelantan (Town)
  • Maybank
  • CIMB Bank
  • Hong Leong Bank
  • RHB Bank
  • Public Bank
  • AmBank
  • UOB Bank
  • BSN
  • EON Bank
  • SME Bank
  • etc

USM WiFi Setting Guide (Windows 7)

USM Living in Campus Guide – USM WiFi Setting Guide (Windows 7)

1.Open Network and Sharing Center

2.Manage wireless networks

3. Click ‘Add’

4. Click ‘Manually create a network profile’

5. Set the network name as ‘USMSecure’
6. Change the security type to ‘WPA2-Enterprise’
7. Change the encryption type to ‘AES’
8. Click ‘Next’

9. Click ‘Change connection settings’

10. Click ‘Settings’

11. Untick ‘Validate server certificate’
12. Click ‘Configure…’

13. Untick the column, then click ‘OK’

14. Go to Wifi, click connect to USMSecure

15. Type in your USM student mail ID and your IC number as the password
16. Then click ‘OK’

17. You are now connected to USMSecure, enjoy the Wifi

You may download WiFi Setting Guide here

Public Transportation around Penang



Public Transport Around Penang (2)

Public Transport


The Penang Bus Map contains useful information about getting around the island. State-owned Rapid Penang is the foremost public bus operator in the state. For Rapid Penang bus routes and maps, you may get it from the official website: http://www.rapidpg.com.my/.

Bus fares range from RM1.00 – RM3.00. Always carry some coins and small notes with you, as the drivers will not provide you with change. Don’t be surprised though if the buses do not leave on time; even if they may have accurate schedules; usually the bus leaves when it is half full at least. During the daytime, the buses run frequently but do be prepared to wait, sometimes for a much longer duration towards the evening. Most public transportation ends around 11:00pm and starts again around at 6:00 am – 7:00 am.

There is also the free bus ride within George Town, the administrative capital of Penang and also the UNESCO World Heriate Site! Called the Hop On Central Area Transit (CAT), it is a joint effort by the Municipal Council of Penang and Rapid Penang to provide tourists to Penang a convenient way of exploring Penang’s famous landmark heritage sites. It plies the route between Weld Quay and KOMTAR on 15-minute interval from 6:00 am – 12:00 am midnight.

The dark yellow / bright orange buses and vans with the text “Bas Sekolah” passing a bus stop without stopping, these buses are for school buses transporting children to their schools and will not  take other passengers. The same applies to some blue buses, which take factory workers to their workplace. These buses have the text “Bas Kilang” on them.

The transit places for buses are at Weld Quay (Penang Ferry Terminal) and KOMTAR. Rapid Penang provides bus service to the mainland side of Penang as well. Be sure to check the bus route carefully.

Rapid Penang Website: http://www.rapidpg.com.my
apid Penang FB: http://www.facebook.com/rapidpg
apid Penang Route at a glance (HERE)
Be Rapid Penang FB friend and check out the festival free ride.

PUBLIC BUS (Long Distance Travel)

If you wish to take long-distance buses to other cities and destinations in the Peninsular, Thailand or Singapore, all you need to do is buy a ticket and board at the Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal, located just 5 minutes drive away from USM. The seats can be booked in advance, but you will have to go the terminal to do so.

(You can take Rapid Penang Bus 301, 303, 304 and 308 from USM Main Campus Sungai Dua Gate to the Bus Express Terminal)

USM WiFi Setting (for Android & iOS)

Android Phone Guideline

  1. Menu > Settings
  2. Choose ‘Wireless & networks’
  3. Turn on Wi-Fi
  4. Choose Wi-Fi Settings
  5. Click USMSecure.
  6. Set a password for the credential storage (at least 8 characters).
  7. Security: Entreprise(802.1x)
    MAC address: 00:00:00:00:00:00 << (example)
    EAP method: PEAP
    Phase 2 authentication: None / MSCHAPV2
    Identity: (your USM email address, ie: cwxu.uman10@student.usm.my)
    Anonymous identity: (same with Identity)
    Wireless password: (created by yourself)
  8. Choose Connect.
  9. If it require to ‘Enter the credential storage password’, please try for 5 times, then will auto delete your default settings.
  10. Reset by repeat step 7.



iOS Setting Guideline 

  1. Connect directly to USMSecure
  2. Key in your Username & Password
  3. Get connected!


For more info, please visit wifi.usm.my via USMWireless or USMSecure

USM WiFi Setting Guide (Windows 8)

USM WiFi (USMSecure) Setting for Windows 8 is almost the same with Windows 7 (http://www.myusminfo.com/wifi/windows7)

Just to confirm the details in Encryption Type.Picture11. Main window, make sure the details same as below:
Security type: WPA2-Enterprise
Encryption type: TKIP

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 3.25.46 PM

2. Settings
Tick ‘Specify authentication mode’
Choose ‘User authentication’

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 3.26.25 PM3. Advanced Settings
Tick the “Validate server certificate” and “connect to these servers”

 4. Configure
Untick “Automatically use my windows logon name and password”

For more info, please visit HERE 

For more regarding Windows 10 Setting, please click HERE



Internal Shuttle Bus

::: Introduction :::

Commuter bus service is prepared to ease the travel of students, especially from hostel to lecture hall and vice versa. 

All buses will be operating from Monday to Saturday, except for public holiday. Every buses in USM will be labelled with different alphabets, each with different routes. Students are advised to look at the alphabets clearly before boarding the bus.

Updated 01 August 2018
BM Version

Latest Info (Updated 28 March 2016)

1. Jumlah bilangan bas komuter di dalam kampus USM ialah 10 unit.

(2 unit Bas A; 1 unit Bas B; 1 unit Bas C; 2 unit Bas AC; 2 unit Bas D; 2 unit Bas E).

2. [RST] Bas E akan beroperasi mulai pukul 7.30 pagi.

Waktu Puncak (7.30 pagi hingga 11.00 pagi) : Kedua-dua unit Bas E akan berada di stesen perhentian bas M07 dan bergerak menuju ke Jejantas RST setiap 15 minit.

Waktu Puncak (5.00 petang hingga 7.00 petang) : Kedua-dua unit Bas E akan berada di Jejantas RST dan bergerak menuju ke stesen perhentian bas M07 setiap 10 minit atau bergerak terus apabila Bas E penuh.

Waktu biasa (11.00 pagi hingga 5.00 petang) : Satu unit Bas E akan berada di stesen M07 dan satu unit Bas E akan berada di stesen Jejantas RST. Bas akan bergerak setiap 15 minit.

3. [Kampus Induk] Bas akan beroperasi mulai pukul 7.30 pagi.

Waktu Puncak (7.30 pagi hingga 10.00 pagi) : Bas A, AC dan D yang mula bergerak dari stesen perhentian bas Padang Kawad USM tidak akan berhenti di stesen perhentian bas Desasiswa Indah Kembara. Oleh itu, pelajar dari Desasiswa Indah Kembara diminta untuk mengambil bas komuter di stesen Padang Kawad USM. W/bagaimanapun, 4 unit EcoVan telah disediakan untuk mengambil pelajar dari Desasiswa Indah Kembara supaya lebih memudahkan pelajar. Pada waktu puncak, bas akan bergerak setiap 10 minit atau bergerak terus apabila bas penuh.

Waktu Rehat Pemandu Bas : Pihak MPP difahamkan oleh Pihak Unic Leisure bahawa waktu rehat bagi Pemandu Bas terbahagi kepada 2 slot, iaitu Slot Pertama (1.00 tgh hingga 2.00 petang) dan Slot Kedua (2.00 petang hingga 3.00 petang). Pemandu Bas berehat secara bergilir-gilir. (CONTOH) Pemandu Bas AC pertama akan berehat pada pukul 1.00 tgh hingga 2.00 petang, manakala Pemandu Bas AC kedua akan bertugas. Pada pukul 2.00 petang, Pemandu Bas AC pertama akan sambung bertugas.

Waktu Rehat Bas B (Aman Damai) : Untuk pengetahuan Pelajar dari Desasiswa Aman Damai, waktu rehat Bas B adalah mulai pukul 2.15 petang hingga 3.15 petang.

4. [Pergerakan Bas pada waktu Solat Jumaat]

Bas A akan bergerak mengikut laluan Bas A mulai pukul 1.00 tengah hari. Selain itu, satu unit Bas dengan label “KE MASJID” pada papan tanda elektronik bas juga akan bergerak pada pukul 1.00 tengah hari menuju ke Masjid USM. Bas tersebut akan bertolak pulang ke Padang Kawad USM mulai pukul 2.30 petang.

Semua yang dinyatakan di atas merupakan hasil perbincangan antara MPPUSM bersama dengan pihak Unic Leisure mengenai sistem pengoperasian bas komuter di kampus induk USM. Pelajar USM juga boleh merujuk kepada jadual bas yang dilampirkan supaya dapat merancang pergerakan ke kuliah dan sebagainya dengan lebih efisien. Pihak MPPUSM akan sentiasa memantau perkhidmatan bas komuter dalam kampus USM dan sebarang aduan atau masalah boleh dikemukakan kepada pihak Unic Lesisure dengan merujuk poster yang dilampirkan.

For more info, please visit MPPUSM Official Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/mppusm.official/posts/912115485576770

Penang CAT in USM

Start from July 2018, Penang CAT is available inside USM. There are few stations inside USM where will stopped by Penang CAT Bus.

Operating hours: 5:30am – 11:30pm

USM Students can take the bus for FREE! 

For more information, can refer the post on USMinfo Facebook Page: