Admission Requirements

The normal minimum criteria for admission as a Masters or a Graduate Diploma candidate for a coursework programme are indicated below. However, meeting them does not imply automatic acceptance into the respective programme.

Please click on the following links for the admission requirements of the respective programmes.


English Proficiency

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not English should submit their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score as evidence of their proficiency in the English language. As such, only if the applicant meets both criteria, i.e. native tongue is not in English AND medium of university instruction is not in English, must they submit the TOEFL/IELTS. However, as some Departments/Programmes may be more stringent in their requirement, please check the website of the respective Department(s)/Programme(s) you are applying to or contact them directly if you are unsure.

The following minimum TOEFL score is required:

  • 85 for the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section); or
  • 580 for the paper-based test; or
  • 237 for the computer-based test.

Alternatively, an IELTS result of 6.0 is required.

Some Departments/Programmes may set higher requirements than those stated above e.g., the Master of Social Work requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.

TOEFL or IELTS results are only valid for two years after the test and the validity should not expire before the beginning of the application period for the coursework programme.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has indicated that score reports are valid only if our University receives them directly from ETS.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to send an electronic copy of their TOEFL/IELTS score report instead of a hardcopy. Please arrange to have your report sent to us at the appropriate address indicated at the testing organisation’s website.

The Faculty's TOEFL institution code is 9081.


Note: Competition for admission to our graduate programmes is very keen. Applicants who have more evidence of academic achievement may want to consider submitting them to strengthen their applications, eg, GRE scores.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

  • Add: The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5
  • 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
  • Tel: +65 6516 6133
  • Email: fashelp@nus.edu.sg
  • Fax: +65 6777 0751
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