Nus Coursework Application Status

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.


Applications for admission to graduate coursework programmes, 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. Please read the general instructions here first before proceeding to apply online. For access to the online system, please visit the website here.

Application for each coursework programme must be accompanied by an application fee which is not refundable. Application fee for online or paper-based application is at S$50.00 (inclusive of GST).

If you are unable to apply online, you may write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a set of the application materials.

Application Periods

The application periods are indicated in the table below.

IntakeApplication PeriodCoursework Programmes
Semester I
1 October
(in the year preceding the intake)

to 15 January
(in the same year as the intake)
Master of Social Sciences (Applied Economics)

1 October
(in the year preceding the intake)

to 1 March
(in the same year as the intake)

 Master of Science (Applied Geographic Information Systems)

1 November
(in the year preceding the intake)

to 15 January
(in the same year as the intake)

Master of Arts (Chinese Culture and Language)
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 Psychology (Clinical)
Master of Social Work
Graduate Diploma in Social Work

The outcome of application will be made known by 31 May for the Semester I (August) intake.

To check the status of your application which was submitted online, please click here.

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 is 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.

You are strongly encouraged to send an electronic copy of your TOEFL or IELTS 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.


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 coursework 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.

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