Admission & Application
Candidates seeking admission to the programme leading to the Master of Arts degree by coursework should have:
a good NUS Honours degree (second class and above) or equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelors degree with at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in related disciplines such as the humanities, social sciences, area studies, and other inter-disciplinary studies with evidence of having read subjects related to Southeast Asia or Asia; or
a good Bachelors degree (at least an average grade of B equivalent) in related disciplines such as the humanities, social sciences, area studies, and other inter-disciplinary studies with evidence of having read subjects related to Southeast Asia or Asia and successful completion of a placement test;
other relevant qualifications and experience, and successful completion of a placement test; however, admission is subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies.
English Language Proficiency
As the medium of instruction at NUS is English, applicants whose native tongue and medium of undergraduate instruction is not English should submit TOEFL (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 are as follows:
1. Internet-based test (iBT)
Minimum score of 85 (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section)
2. Paper-based test (PBT)
Minimum score of 580
3. Computer-based test (CBT)
Minimum score of 237
A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 in all sections and overall score is required.
TOEFL or IELTS are only valid for two (2) years after the test and the validity should not expire before the beginning of the application period for the coursework programme.
In general, selection for admission to the coursework programme is based on the following criteria: intellection distinction, professional merit and other relevant information supplied. Meeting the above minimum requirements does not imply automatic acceptance into the programme.
Application For Admission
The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programme 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.
|Application Period||1 November to 15 January|
|Start of Programme||August|
|How to Apply||Step 1:
Complete and submit the online application form via the Graduate Admission System during application period.
Pay the application fee online via the Graduate Admission System. Applications without application fee will not be processed.
Print out the online application form and application fee receipt as proof of payment. Remember to sign on the application form and attach one recent passport-sized photograph.
Submit the printed copy of your online application form, application fee receipt and required supporting documents by post.
If you have problems with the online application system, please e-mail to
|Application Fee||S$50.00 (inclusive of GST) for online application. Application fee is not refundable.|
|Outcome of Application||
|Communication with Applicants||
Due to the large number of applications received each year, we regret that 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, please send them via registered mail or courier.
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 fals information may be expelled.