Enjoy a Shorter Pathway to an MBA at WOU with Work Experience

Adult learners can use their work experience for admission and to enjoy a shorter route to an MBA at WOU, through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

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This was communicated during the online talk on “The Shorter route to an MBA with Your Work Experience” on 27 February 2022. About 20 people attended the event organised by the School of Business & Administration (SBA) and the Ipoh Regional Centre (IPRC).
IPRC director Ching Huey Ling said that APEL (A) offers an alternate entry route to higher education programmes. Learners can use their PMR, SPM, STPM or equivalent qualifications to enter a diploma, bachelor’s degree or Master’s programme respectively, without the required formal academic qualifications.

Ching explained how to use APEL to study for higher qualifications.

The Dean of SBA, Prakash V Arumugam, highlighted that work experience offers an alternative route to an MBA programme at WOU via APEL (A), and along with informal and non-formal learning, it shortens the learners’ study duration via APEL (C).


He said that learners, once enrolled, can use their informal or non-formal learning to receive credit exemptions or credit transfers, under APEL (C). Exemptions are only allowed up to 30% of the MBA programme, or 4 courses, as set by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), he stated.

Learners can apply for credit exemptions for courses at WOU.

Prakash shared a few ways on how students can shorten their study journey with informal and non-formal learning. He said informal learning covers skills gained through involvement in extracurricular activities, such as NGOs, associations and the community, where they may pick up leadership, project management and teamwork skills.


“Non-formal learning includes trainings, workshops and seminars that candidates have attended, as well as credentials that verify they have the necessary abilities,” he stated.


He pointed out that APEL (C) only kicks in when the students are enrolled in the programme, but stressed that both informal and non-formal learning must be evidence-based and not claims based.

Prakash shared on shorter study duration with APEL (C).

He cited the benefits of APEL (C) for students. “It does not duplicate learning, and you save on tuition fees and reduce your study duration.”


Prakash assured learners that there will be advisors, assessors and moderators to help them conduct a self-assessment exercise, prepare their portfolio, and to undergo the entire evaluation process at WOU.


“There are three areas you would need to focus on in your portfolio. Your work experience, other learning activities like courses, including online courses, you attended and events you organised, as well as work-based trainings and workshops,” he remarked.

Preparing your portfolio.

He reiterated that the portfolio must be backed by evidence, and so suggested for working adults to keep certificates, testimonials from employers, emails, appointment letters, job description, awards and photographs to testify to their work experience and learning.


During Q & A, Prakash said that APEL (C) can only apply to courses in the applicant’s enrolled programme. He clarified the differences are that APEL (A) provides eligibility to enter a programme while APEL (C) offers exemption from specific courses.

Part of the attendees at the online talk.

He reiterated that the portfolio must be backed by evidence, and so suggested for working adults to keep certificates, testimonials from employers, emails, appointment letters, job description, awards and photographs to testify to their work experience and learning.


During Q & A, Prakash said that APEL (C) can only apply to courses in the applicant’s enrolled programme. He clarified the differences are that APEL (A) provides eligibility to enter a programme while APEL (C) offers exemption from specific courses.

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