Communications & New Media

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Graduate Admission Criteria


Applicants with a good NUS Honours degree (second class and above) or an equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelors degree with at least an average grade of B or equivalent) are eligible to apply for the Master of Arts.

GRE Test: To enhance the chances of acceptance, applicants are advised to submit GRE results.


A candidate who has a good Masters degree in a relevant discipline can apply for Doctor of Philosophy in Communications and New Media.

As the medium of instruction is English, applicants whose native tongue AND medium of undergraduate instruction is not in English should submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores as evidence of their proficiency in the English language. A minimum TOEFL score of 580 for the paper-based test or 237 for the computer-based test; or IELTS result of 6.0 is required. TOEFL or IELTS are only valid for two years after the test and the validity should not expire before the beginning of the application period for the research programme. Applicants are also encouraged to take the TWE (Test of Written English).

GRE Test: To enhance the chances of acceptance, applicants are advised to submit GRE results. In previous semesters, the acceptance rate has been about 10%. Successful candidates usually have very high TOEFL (average 620 out of a total of 677) scores.

Application Information

Applicants should submit a completed graduate application form along with their undergraduate and graduate transcripts, GRE or GMAT reports, TOEFL report (native English speakers can apply for a waiver) and two recommendation letters. A well-written research proposal is very important for the review process. Scholarships are available to only qualified candidates. There are two intakes per academic year - one in Semester I (August) and the other in Semester II (January). Click here for the application deadline.

Applications received after the deadlines will be considered for the next intake.

Applications should as far as possible, be accompanied by a Research Proposal of approximately 1000 words. It should indicate the proposed area and topic of research, indicating knowledge of work done in that field, intended methodology, and a brief bibliography.

Research candidates may be admitted as full-time or part-time students. However, foreign students on student's pass must pursue their studies on a full-time basis. The maximum periods of candidature for both full-time and part-time candidates are:

Masters: 36 months
PhD: 60 months

*Disclaimer on Admission: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf and it reserves the right to reject, without giving reasons, applications submitted through any external agencies.

Upgrading from MA to PhD

CNM students can apply to upgrade their candidacy from MA to PhD provided that they

(1) Achieve an ‘A’ average over four graduate modules (levels 5000 and 6000) within their first two successive semesters (for full-time students) and the first four successive semesters (for part-time students); and

(2) Obtain the written agreement of a CNM faculty member who is willing to supervise  them for their PhD. The written agreement can take the form of an email request to  and reply from the faculty member, which is copied to the Graduate Coordinator and Head of Department.

After fulfilling the two conditions above, students can then proceed to prepare for the PhD Qualifying Exam (QE). Upon passing the QE, they must then apply for a formal upgrading by filling in the form at the Registrar’s Office website.

** It should be noted that for MA students on Research Scholarship who seek to upgrade to PhD, the extension of their Research Scholarship to their PhD candidature cannot be assured but will be considered along with the slate of new candidates applying within the same period.

Graduate Advisors & Enquiries

Those interested in pursuing graduate studies at CNM can also write to:

Dr Alexander Mitchell Graduate Coordinator 6516 3021
Dr Zhang Weiyu Deputy Graduate Coordinator 6516 8156
Graduate Studies/Research Enquiries 6516 4671