Admission Requirements

 

M.Soc.Sci.

A four-year Bachelor's degree in Political Science with at least Second Class Honours and the ability to pursue research in the candidate's proposed field of advanced study.
 

Ph.D

Either a Master's degree in Political Science and the ability to pursue research in the candidate's proposed field of advanced study OR a four-year Bachelor's degree in Political Science with at least Second Class Honours (an average of B or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, subject to approval by the Faculty and the ability to pursue research in the candidate's proposed field of advanced study.
 

All applicants should note the following:

 
  • As the medium of instruction is in English, applicants whose native tongue AND medium of university instruction are 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.
  • Please note that the Letter of Certification from Institutions cannot be used as evidence of your proficiency in English. If admission is granted, you may be required to sit for the Diagnostic English Test in NUS and take the English Language course if necessary. The Faculty's TOEFL institution code is 9081.
  • The minimum acceptable score for TOEFL is 85 (for internet-based test, with a minimum of 22 for the writing section) or 580 (for paper-based test) or 237 (for computer-based test). The score should not expire before the beginning of the application period (valid for two years after the test date).
  • The minimum score for IELTS is 6.0. The score should also not expire before the beginning of the application period (valid for two years after the test date).
  • All applicants (except graduates from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University) must submit the GRE report. Current GRE Board policy states that scores are reportable for five years.
 
  • There is not a set format for the research proposal. We would be looking for an outline (up to 1,500 words) of a well-focused project that is achievable within a two-year period. This would normally include some conception of how it relates to existing work in the field.
* Please note that candidates are not automatically admitted into the graduate programme even if they meet the minimum requirements.
**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.