Information on Application to Graduate Coursework Programmes

Important: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programmes are advised to apply directly to the University and not through any agents. Candidates who apply through agents will not have any added advantage in gaining admission and the University reserves the right to reject such applications without giving reasons.


1. APPLICATION

Applications for admission to graduate coursework programmes, are available online as well as via paper. You are strongly advised to apply online.

If you wish to apply for more than one coursework programme in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (where more than one programme is open for applications), please submit separate application for each coursework programme. Each application (completed online application form can be generated from the application system) must be accompanied by proof of payment or payment itself and supporting documents, and sent via surface mail to the respective Department. However, should you be successful in more than one programme, you can register for only one programme of study. Unless granted approval by the University, no student may concurrently be a candidate for more than one degree or register as a candidate of NUS and of another university or institute.


2. PASSWORD (FOR ONLINE APPLICATION ONLY)

When submitting your application online, you will be asked to enter a password. Your password is important and can be used, together with your application number, to access the following online system related to your application:


*Note: 
Please allow 4 weeks for postal delivery after you have sent your supporting documents and arranged for payment to check on your application status. 


3. APPLICATION FEE

Application for each coursework programme must be accompanied by an application fee of S$50.00 (inclusive of GST) which is not refundable. You will only be able to submit your online application after the application fee has been paid.  

The modes of payment are:

 

Online Payment by any of the methods (available only for online application)

  • VISA, Mastercard or AMEX
  • Debit Card (applicants must have an online banking account with either of the following banks - POSB/DBS, UOB or Citibank).

 

OR

 

Complete the Application Fee Form and send it together with a cheque or bankdraft made out to "National University of Singapore". Please write your name, mailing address, e-mail address, programme applying for, and contact telephone numbers (home & office) on the reverse of the cheque/bankdraft. Personal cheques, crossed, are accepted only from candidates in Singapore. International applicants are requested to send only bankdrafts and not personal cheques for the application fee. If you are unable to obtain a bankdraft in Singapore dollar, you may submit a bankdraft in US dollar of USD45 (for S$50 fee). The amounts in USD include bank charge which will be incurred by the University to process the bankdraft;

 

OR

 

Complete the relevant Application Fee Form and make payment by NETS at the Student Service Centre (located at Level 1, Yusof Ishak House) during operating hours.

Please note that an application without the application fee payment will not be accepted.

Please send your proof of payment or the payment itself together with your application package. Please note that an application without the application fee payment or with insufficient application fee amount will not be processed.

 

4. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Applicants should ensure that all supporting documents are:

(a)

 

In English or accompanied by an official translation in English. Translated copies of the documents must be certified true copies. In particular, translated copies of the transcript(s) and degree scroll(s) must be certified by the issuing institution(s).

(b)

 

"CERTIFIED TRUE COPY" of documents photocopied from the originals. Copies of your supporting documents must be certified as true copies of the originals by a person authorised to do so. Certification of the supporting documents may be made by a responsible person e.g., school principal, commanding officer, personnel manager, etc.

(c)

If you are unable to obtain certified true copies of your supporting documents, notarised documents will be accepted. However, do note that you will have to pay for notarised documents.


The following documents are required to be submitted by post by the prescribed deadlines for each programme that you apply:

A copy of the following supporting documents:
 
  • The page of your passport bearing the passport number and your particulars; if you do not have a passport, please enclose citizenship certification/birth certificate (for citizens of other countries).
  • Singapore NRIC (for Singaporeans).
  • Re-entry permit (for Singapore permanent residents).
  • Employment Pass and letter of approval from employer (for foreign applicants working in Singapore).

A certified true (or notarised) copy of the following supporting documents:

 
  • Degree scroll/certificate.
  • Degree certificates and other diplomas or certificates used in support of application.
  • Professional certificates (if applicable).

The following supporting documents should be submitted in the prescribed manner as indicated below:

 i

Transcripts of academic records from each university or college attended.

Applicants who are graduates from this University can submit photocopies of their result slips or official transcripts of their academic records together with their applications. Applicants who are graduates of other universities will have to request official transcripts from their university/universities.

Only transcripts received in the following prescribed manner will be accepted:

    • Applicants who are graduates of other universities will have to request official transcripts from their university/universities.
    • The transcript(s) must be enclosed in an official sealed envelope with its flap bearing the security seal of the university and the signature of the Registrar or his/her representative (with the designation indicated on the envelope).
    • The envelope(s) containing the transcript(s) must be submitted, unopened, together with the Transcript Request Form directly to the appropriate mailing address as indicated below at Point 5 Submission of Application from the issuing university. If you have attended more than one university, you should make photocopies of the Transcript Request Form as required.
    • Download the Transcript Request Form HERE

 ii

Recommendation from two referees.

If you are applying online, your recommendations from the two academic referees are to be submitted via the online admission system. You should check with your referees and obtain their institutional e-mail address. E-mail addresses from domains other than ".edu" may be subject to additional screening and filtering. After your online application is submitted, an automated e-mail will be sent to your referees inviting them to complete their recommendations online. Your referee reports will be sent to us directly via the online application system so there is no need for you to send separate recommendations to us.   

Only if your referees are unable to access the online system should you ask them to complete the paper-based report. The referees' report must be forwarded to you in sealed envelopes with the flap of each envelope bearing the signature of the respective referees. These envelopes must be forwarded, unopened, to the respective department with the other application materials.

Download the Referee Report Form HERE

iii

TOEFL or IELTS Score Report.

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not English should submit TOFEL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores as evidence of their proficiency in the English language.

The minimum TOEFL score required as as follows:

  • Internet-based test (iBT): Minimum score of 85 (with minimum of 22 for the writing section)
  • Paper-based test (PBT): Minimum score of 580
  • Computer-based test (CBT): Minimum score of 237

A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required.

Note:
Please note that some Departments/Programmes may set higher requirements than those stated above e.g., the Master of Social Work requires a minimum IELTS of 6.5.

TOEFL/IELTS score are only valid for two years after the test and the validity should not expire before the beginning of the application period for research programme.

Some successful candidates may still be required to take the Diagnostic English Test at our University and, where necessary, attend the Graduate English Course. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has indicated that score reports are valid only if our University receives them directly from ETS. The Faculty's TOEFL Institution code is 9081. The Department Code that you use will not affect the delivery of your report to our Faculty.

Other English language 'proficiency tests' will not be accepted for this purpose;

Tests that claim to be predictions, estimations, simulations, equivalents, practices, etc. of the TOEFL or IELTS are invalid;

The ETS has stated that their Institutional Testing Program cannot be used for admission.

iv

GRE

Applicants (except NUS/NTU/SMU graduates) applying to the Department of Social Work are required to submit GRE score reports. Please refer to the admission requirements here for more details.

Please note that the GRE scores are valid for five (5) years from the test date.

Please quote our University's code (0677). You are strongly encouraged
to send an electronic copy of your GRE 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.

For more details, please visit http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general_institutions/score_use.

v

Documentary evidence of financial support.

International applicants must submit documentary evidence of financial support in the form of a letter of confirmation from a sponsor and a bank statement, or documentary evidence of scholarship or other award obtained. The financial statement should reflect a minimum sum as indicated below for the different programmes:

 

Programme

*Minimum sum required

  • Master of Arts (Chinese Studies)
  • Master of Arts (English Language and Linguistics)
  • Master of Arts (Literary Studies)
  • Master of Arts (Southeast Asian Studies)
  • Master of Social Work

S$40,000 (with service obligation)**
S$50,000 (without service obligation)
 

  • Master of Arts (Chinese Culture and Language)
  • Master of Science (Applied Geographic Information Systems)
S$45,000
  • Master of Social Sciences (Applied Economics)
  • Graduate Diploma in Social Work

S$50,000

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)

S$75,000

* The minimum sum required includes the estimated living expenses plus tuition and miscellaneous student fees
   during the normal duration of each programme.

** The minimum sum required (with service obligation) is for international students who will be pursuing studies on a self-financing basis. These students are required to work in Singapore-based companies for three years upon graduation. Singapore-based companies refer to local and international companies that have a base in Singapore that is registered with the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) as well as companies of such local and international companies registered with ACRA that are based overseas. For more information, please click here.

vi

Writing sample.

Candidates applying for admission to the Master of Arts (English Language and Linguistics) and/or Master of Arts (Literary Studies) programme(s) must submit a sample of your own writing between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length.



Click here for checklist for the supporting documents.
 

5. SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

The application forms / printed copy of your online application, application fee, supporting documents and all other application materials must reach the respective department by the prescribed closing date. All documents (including the original transcript) submitted in support of your application will not be returned to you. The address of the respective department is as indicated below. State the programme applied for on the top left hand corner of the envelope.

Master of Arts (Chinese Culture and Language) and
Master of Arts (Chinese Studies)
Department of Chinese Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Level 5, Block AS8, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent
Singapore 117570

Master of Arts (English Language and Linguistics) and
Master of Arts (Literary Studies)
Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Level 6, Block AS5, 7 Arts Link
Singapore 117570

Master of Arts (Southeast Asian Studies)
Department of Southeast Asian Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Level 6, Block AS8, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent
Singapore 117570

Master of Psychology (Clinical)                             
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
#02-07, Block AS4, 9 Arts Link
Singapore 117570

Master of Science (Applied Geographic Information Systems)
Department of Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
#03-01, Block AS2, 1 Arts Link
Singapore 117570

Master of Social Sciences (Applied Economics)
Department of Economics
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Level 6, Block AS2, 1 Arts Link
Singapore 117570

Master of Social Work and
Graduate Diploma in Social Work
Department of Social Work
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Level 4, Block AS3, 3 Arts Link
Singapore 117570


6. APPLICATION CLOSING DATES AND NOTIFICATION OF APPLICATION OUTCOME

The closing date for application submission will be on 15 January (in the same year as the intake) for the August intake.

Outcome of application will be made known by late May (in the same year as the intake) for the August intake. Applicants who had submitted their application online can check the status of their application here.

The respective Department will correspond with you primarily using e-mail during application process to convey messages such as requesting for outstanding documents, interview notification etc. Hence, it is very important that you provide a valid and correct e-mail address and maintain your e-mail account regularly. The University will not be responsible for undeliverable e-mails and their consequences.

Note:
Due to the large number of applicants seeking admission, we are sorry we will not be able to attend to enquiries on the status of applications or receipt of documents. If you are concerned about the delivery of your documents, you may wish to consider sending them via registered mail or courier.


7. REJECTION OF APPLICATION

Inaccurate or false information or omission of material information or no application fee payment will render your application invalid. 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 and applications that are incomplete or inaccurate. Persons admitted on the basis of inaccurate or false information may be expelled.

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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