Minimum Requirements for Admission
Admission to a Graduate Diploma would require a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline; or a Bachelor’s degree with a relevant Graduate Certificate with a minimum CAP of 3.00.
Admission to a Master’s coursework programme would require a Bachelor’s degree with honours or equivalent, in a relevant discipline; or a Bachelor’s degree with a relevant Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate with a minimum CAP of 3.00. In addition, programmes may require candidates to demonstrate readiness for graduate study through a specific standard of achievement in:
- Common placement examination (e.g., the subject GRE, GMAT); or
- Programme-administered placement test in the relevant field (which may also consist of a structured interview to test the candidate’s understanding of the field); or
- Completion of 40 MCs of preparatory modules.
Exceptionally, candidates with other qualifications and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to approval by the BGS.
With the approval of the Senate, programmes may specify relevant work experience as an additional admission requirement.
Credit Transfer/Exemption Policy
Credit transfer and exemption for the graduate coursework-based programme may be granted for:
- NUS modules taken and passed prior to admission to the programme; or
- Modules completed at another tertiary institution recognised by the University.
Only modules relevant to the degree programme to which the candidate seeks admission, have comparable content and level of sophistication, and read not more than ten (10) years before the date of admission, may be considered for credit transfer/ exemption.
Generally, only modules that have not been used towards another degree (i.e. Bachelor's, Master's, PhD, Doctorate; excludes Graduate Diploma) at NUS or elsewhere may be considered for credit and grade transfers (NUS modules) / exemption (non-NUS modules). For such non-NUS modules, only up to 50% of the total coursework requirements may be exempted.
There is no limit on the credit and grade transfers of NUS modules that have not been used towards another degree at NUS. In addition, for coursework-based Master’s programmes which require more than the usual 40 MCs, NUS modules that have been used towards another degree at NUS can be considered for credit and grade transfer provided the resultant total coursework requirement does not fall below 40 MCs. These modules must be of level 5000 and above.
Stacking of graduate modules towards fulfilling the requirements of a Graduate Diploma/Master’s coursework degree would require the reading of additional modules and/or completing a capstone project, and/or an internship/practicum. The additional components/modules should form at least 10% of the Graduate Diploma/Master’s coursework degree requirements and should not be offered as standalone modules nor be part of a Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma.
Students seeking credit transfer and exemption should apply to the relevant programme office within the first month of candidature.