Department of Economics

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Master of Social Sciences
(Applied Economics)

   
 
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  OBJECTIVES
  ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  DURATION
  COURSE STRUCTURE
  ASSESSMENT
  SCHOLARSHIPS
  FEES AND PAYMENT
  APPLICATION
OBJECTIVES

This programme is designed for students who wish to advance their studies in how the economy works in a globalized environment. The programme which has an applied orientation requires students to undertake in addition to core theory courses, a variety of modules in various areas such as financial economics, economic development and policies, and international economics. All classes of the programme will be conducted in the evening.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants should have a good NUS Honours degree (second class and above) or the international equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelors degree with at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in the subject or related field (e.g., finance, accounting, mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering, operations research); or a good Bachelors degree (at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in the subject or  related field and successful completion of a placement test which is in the form of an oral interview to be conducted by at least three members of the Applied Economics Committee.  

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not English should submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as evidence of their proficiency in the English language.
The following minimum TOEFL score is required:

      1. 85 for the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section); or
      2. - 580 for the paper-based test; or
      3. - 237 for the computer-based test.


Alternatively, an IELTS result of 6.0 is required.

DURATION

The maximum period for the completion of the Master of Social Sciences (Applied Economics) programme is 36 months of full-time study or 48 months of part-time study from the commencement of the programme. The maximum periods include the time allowed for approved study leave but may exclude periods of leave of absence subject to Faculty approval.

A full-time candidate must complete at least three modules in a semester and may complete up to a maximum of five modules in a semester. A part-time candidate must complete at least one module in a semester and may complete up to a maximum of three modules in a semester.

Of the ten modules, three will be core foundation modules that are required of all students. The students are free to choose the other seven elective modules to take.

 


COURSE STRUCTURE

 

 Module Code

Module Title

Core compulsory modules*

ECA5101

Microeconomics

ECA5102

Macroeconomics

ECA5103

Quantitative and Computing Methods

Elective modules

ECA5313

Topics in Econometrics

ECA5315

Financial Econometrics

EC5322

Industrial Organization

ECA5325

Project & Policy Evaluation

ECA5331

Open Economy Macroeconomics

ECA5333

Financial Markets & Portfolio Management

ECA5334

Corporate Finance

ECA5335

Derivative Securities

ECA5336

Financial Anomalies & Behavioral Finance

ECA5341

International Trade and Finance

EC5342

International Trade

EC5343

International Finance

ECA5351

Public Finance

EC5352

Public Economics

ECA5371

Economic Growth and Development

ECA5373

The Singapore Economy

ECA5374

The Modern Chinese Economy

ECA5375

ECA5376

Economic Growth in East Asia

Auctions and Market Design

ECA5395

ECA5880

ECA5881

Political Economy of Globalization

Topics in Applied Economics

Topics in Economic Policy

Other university modules upon approval

Not all modules may be offered in any particular academic year. Module offerings will depend on student interest and staff availability.


* In lieu of these compulsory modules a candidate may opt to take EC5101 Microeconomic Theory, EC5102 Macroeconomic Theory, and EC5103 Econometric Modelling and Applications I from the Master of Social Sciences (by Research) Programme.

 


ASSESSMENT

The assessment for each module will be based on a combination of examination and continuous assessment. An examination will be held at the end of each semester of study. A candidate who fails an essential module must retake the same essential module in a subsequent semester. A candidate who fails the same essential module twice shall be deemed as having failed two essential modules.

A candidate who fails an elective module may be permitted to either retake the same elective module, or replace the failed module by taking another elective module in a subsequent semester. A candidate who fails the same elective module twice shall be deemed as having failed two elective modules.

The candidature of a student will be terminated if he/she obtains a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of
- less than 2.50 for two consecutive semesters; or
- less than 3.00 for three consecutive semesters ; or
- fails more than two modules

A candidate must obtain a minimum CAP of 3.00 at the end of the course of study before he/she can be considered for the award of degree.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Six scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded annually to students with the best academic performance in the core modules (i.e., ECA5101, ECA5102 and ECA5103).  No application is necessary.

 

FEES AND PAYMENT

The tuition fee for the AY2015-2016 intake is $35,500 (inclusive of GST) for the entire program for all students irrespective of nationality.  Other fees payable follow the prevailing rates set by the University (http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/prospective/grad/coursework/fees.html).

Payment should be made in installments as scheduled below:
Full-time students
•  $2,000 upon acceptance of offer
•  $16,750 by 13 August 2015
•  $16,750 by 14 January 2016

Part-time students

•  $2,000 upon acceptance of offer
•  $11,200 by 13 August 2015
•  $11,200 by 14 January 2016
•  $11,100 by 12 August 2016

Students who wish to take additional modules or who need to repeat a module must pay $3,550 per module in AY2015-2016.

Mode of Payment


Application Fee:

  • Local/International applicants
    1. 1. Cheque/Bankdraft - Address payee as "National University of Singapore" and post it together with the application form.
    2. 2. Cash/NETS - Make payment at NUS Student Service Centre personally with payment form, and submit the proof of payment with the application form thereafter.
    3. 3. 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).


Tuition Fee and Other Fees:

  • - Payment can be made via GIRO for convenience.
  • - Other acceptable modes of payment include cheque, bank draft/cashier's order, credit card, internet banking.
  • - Penalty charges will be levied on late payments.
  • APPLICATION

    ImportantThe 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.

    Applications for admission are available online as well as via paper. You are advised to apply online.
    Please note that even though an application is submitted online, relevant supporting documents must be sent via post. In order for you to be considered for a specific intake, your online application, payment and available supporting documents must all reach us by the relevant deadlines.

    The application materials and online application system will be available here (link to FASS) during the application period (1 October 2014 to 15 January 2015). More information on the application procedures can be found here (link to FASS).
    Application must be accompanied by an application fee which is not refundable. Application fee for each ONLINE application is at S$20.00 (inclusive of GST). Application fee for each PAPER-BASED application is at S$40.00 (inclusive of GST).


    The outcome of application will be made known by 29 May 2015.