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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/

Societies & Clubs

List of Societies & Clubs Registered in Main Campus, USM


  1. Students Representative Council (Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar MPP)


  1. Anak Negeri – GAPP Gabungan Anak Pulau Pinang
  2. Anak Negeri – PERDAMA Perkumpulan Siswa/i Pahang
  3. Anak Negeri – PERMATA Perkumpulan Terengganu
  4. Anak Negeri – PERMAS Perkumpulan Selangor & WP
  5. Anak Negeri – AMLIS Anak Negeri Perlis
  6. Anak Negeri – PERKASA Perkumpulan Anak Sarawak
  7. Anak Negeri – HAAK Himpunan Anak-Anak Kelantan
  8. Anak Negeri – IKMAR Ikatan Mahasiswa/i Johor
  9. Anak Negeri – KAKUSMA Kumpulan Anak-Anak Kedah
  10. Anak Negeri – KUSISDARI Kumpulan Siswa/i Perak
  11. Anak Negeri – PURNAMA Perkumpulan Anak Melaka
  12. Anak Negeri – PEMANIS Perkumpulan Anak Negeri Sembilan
  13. Anak Negeri – PERSIS Perkumpulan Siswa/i Sabah


  1. Persatuan Sains Farmasi
  2. Persatuan Sains Fizik
  3. Persatuan Sains Kajihayat
  4. Persatuan Sains Kimia
  5. Persatuan Sains Matematik
  6. Persatuan Sains Komputer
  7. Persatuan Sains Tek. Industri
  8. Persatuan Perumahan, Bangunan dan Perancangan
  9. Kelab Astronomi USM



  1. Kelab Kung Fu
  2. Kelab Taekwando WTF USM*
  3. Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia*
  4. Kelab Karate*



  1. Persatuan Pelajar Buddhist
  2. Persatuan Mahasiswa Katolik
  3. Persatuan Navigator
  4. Persatuan Pelajar Sikh
  5. Persatuan Persaudaraan Kristian Agape (PKA)


  1. Kelab Alam Sekitar
  2. Kelab Antropologi dan Sosialogi
  3. Kelab Arkeologi
  4. Kelab Bridge & Catur
  5. Kelab Ekonomi
  6. Kelab Geografi
  7. Kelab Kebajikan St. John Ambulans M’sia
  8. Kelab Kerja Sosial
  9. Kelab Kebajikan Rancangan Khidmat Masyarakat*
  10. Kelab Pemadamdan Sekretariat Warga Sejahtera
  11. Kelab Pembimbing Rakan Sebaya
  12. Kelab Penyayang (USM Chapter)
  13. Kelab Perdamaian (KeDAMAI-USM)
  14. Kelab Rekreasi Palapes Laut*
  15. Kelab Palapes Tentera Darat (Palapes)*
  16. Kelab Sains Politik (Kespol)
  17. Kelab Sejarah
  18. Kelab Terjemahan & Inter. (BATI)
  19. Kelab Rekreasi Universiti (KRU)
  20. Kelab Fotografi
  21. Kelab Sastera
  22. Kelab Perancangan Pengurusan Pembangunan


  1. Persatuan Bahasa Inggeris
  2. Persatuan AIESEC
  3. Persatuan Bahasa Jepun
  4. Persatuan Bulan Sabit Merah*
  5. Persatuan Golden Key International Honour Society
  6. Persatuan Pelajar Ilmu Kemanusiaan
  7. Persatuan Ilmu Pendidikan
  8. Persatuan Komunikasi (PERKOM)
  9. Persatuan Kor Suksis USM*
  10. Kumpulan Latihan Kelanasiswa Malaysia*
  11. Persatuan Pengurusan
  12. Persatuan Perakaunan
  13. Persatuan Seni
  14. Persatuan Rancangan Khidmat Masyarakat (Rancangan Khidmat Komuniti)*
  15. Persatuan Bahasa Melayu (PBM USM)
  16. Persatuan Mahasiswa Islam (PMI)
  17. Persatuan Bahasa Tionghua (PBT)
  18. Persatuan Kebudayaan India (PKI)
  19. Persatuan Debatdan Perucapan Umum
  20. Pergerakan Perkhidmat Masyarakat (PPM)


  1. MPD Indah Kembara
  2. MPD Bakti Permai Cahaya Gemilang
  3. MPD Aman Damai Fajar Harapan
  4. MPD Restu
  5. MPD Saujana
  6. MPD Tekun
  7. PETAS (Pelajar Tanpa Asrama)


  1. Sekretariat Kebudayaan & Kesenian Tionghua USM (SKKT) (CNY) (Tanglung
  2. Sekretariat Rakan Muda
  3. Sekretariat Pencegah Rasuah
  4. Sekretariat Green Lung
  5. Sekretariat Permaufakatan Siswa/Felda (PERSADA)
  6. Sekretariat PG Undergraduate Community Service (PUCS)
  7. Sekretariat Kumpulan Kesenian ADIKARMA
  8. Sekretariat Orkestra Cina
  9. Sekretariat Kesukarelawan
  10. Sekretariat Sinar Perpaduandan Rukun Negara
  11. Kumpulan Nasyid USM
  12. Kelab Usahawanan USM
  13. Sekretariat Sahabat Perkim
  14. Kelab Integriti USM
  15. Sekretariat 1Malaysia
  16. Dewan Perniagaan Siswa (DPS)
  17. SIFE USM
  18. Kelab Pengguna

Student who join any of club and society listed above with (*) which is under co-curricular program able to obtain ‘unit’ and also MyCSD if they active in organizing or joining any program under the club or society.

For club and society without (*), the student is allowed to join and hold up position in order to gain MyCSD. Different club, and society will have different rules and regulations of recruiting new members, please contact them directly if you wish or interested to join them.


Source: Sektor Pembangunan Pelajar, USM

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