Masters in Singapore: All You Need to Know

Singapore is a country that offers the best of both western and eastern worlds. It is one of the most stable economies in the world. Singapore consistently ranks high for providing an extremely efficient and safe environment for international students to study and gain a world-class higher education experience. Here are some of the top reasons to study in Singapore.

High-Quality Education Standards

Ranked among top universities in the world, Singapore is home to many leading educational institutes across various streams. According to QS World University Rankings 2022, 2 Singapore universities NUS and NTU, feature in the top 20 leading universities of the world.

They are particular about recruiting top talent as professors and research staff. The faculty at leading universities in Singapore are known to be highly reputed and are cited often for their research and other contributions made to their respective fields.

Multicultural Society

Demographically Singapore has its roots in multiculturalism. Various ethnic communities have contributed to the development of the island nation as we know it today. The government and its policies are centered on encouraging the integration of various races and communities that help create a peaceful and welcoming environment for international students to study and stay in Singapore. There are three major ethnic groups in Singapore- ethnic Chinese, Malays, and ethnic Indians. Malay, English, Mandarin, and Tamil are the four official languages in Singapore, of which Malay is the national language.

English as a Language of Instruction

Singapore has a bilingual language policy whereby English is used as the main language for education in schools and colleges. Students have the option of being taught in a second language which may be Malay, Mandarin, or Tamil. Widespread use of English makes Singapore a favourable study abroad destination for Indian students.


Though Singapore is considered one of the more highly expensive nations in the world, being closer home it can be an affordable option compared to the US, Australia, UK, or other European nations. Subsidized tuition fees, scholarships, savings on international travel spend all add up to make Singapore a more lucrative option for Indian students.


Being a major commercial hub in Asia, all the major multinationals have their presence in Singapore. Most of the South –Asian regional headquarters of MNCs are located in Singapore. International students find ample job opportunities in both established corporations as well as start-ups.


Singapore is a popular international travel destination for Indians. Besides this, Singapore is a strong emerging developed nation that has the world’s one of the busiest air routes. Changi Airport is known to handle steady traffic of travellers every day making it one of the best-connected airports globally. All major Indian air-carriers fly to Singapore from various parts of India at an affordable cost.

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Singapore Education System

Singapore’s Higher Education is managed by the Ministry of Education (MOE). All private institutions are required to be registered with the Council for Private Education (CPE).

Types of Education Institutes

There are Local, Private, and Foreign Universities in Singapore. Autonomous universities and transnational campuses offer a wide range of master courses focused on taught and research programmes.

Singapore has six autonomous universities (AUs):

National University of Singapore

  • National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
  • Singapore Management University (SMU)
  • Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

Leading Foreign Universities with campuses in Singapore
INSEAD Business School

  • INSEAD Business School
  • University of Chicago – Graduate School of Business
  • SP Jain Centre of Management
  • ESSEC Business School
  • Digipen Institute of Technology
  • University of Nevada (LA)
  • New York University – Tisch School of Arts (Asia)

International universities that offer courses in collaboration with Singapore universities
John Hopkins University

  • John Hopkins University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • The Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania
  • Stanford University
  • New York University – School of Law
  • Cornell University


Postgraduate Degrees/Master’s Degree

Masters study in Singapore is generally referred to as “graduate study”. The duration of the course may vary between one to two years with full/part-time options. There are two types of Master’s Degree:

  • Graduate studies by Coursework– Academic oriented taught Masters and professional doctorate courses. Students are typically required to submit projects towards the end of the course.
  • Graduate studies by Dissertation/Research– Research-oriented Masters courses and PhDs. Students are required to work and submit a supervised dissertation/thesis within a specified period after the commencement of the course.

The most common academic Masters degrees are the Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Law (LL.M). Universities have the autonomy to offer a flexible model and curriculum to their students. For instance, some universities mandate full-time academic units to be completed in a specific time period while others may require a student to gain certain credits per semester to study the course in a more flexible manner.

Top Masters Programmes in Singapore are in the field of:

  • Business & Management
  • Economics
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Law
  • Hospitality and Tourism


Intakes & Deadlines

Public universities in Singapore generally have two intakes: August and January
Private institutes offer multiple intakes throughout the year in January, February, July, August, September, and October.

Admission Tests

GATE- Graduate Aptitude Test

An advantage for Indian students wanting to pursue Masters in Engineering from Singapore is that GATE is acceptable in some of the leading universities in Singapore such as the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU).

Courses in Master of Science (MS) in Singapore will mostly require applicants to submit their GRE scores. Students opting for business-related courses are generally required to apply with their GMAT scores, in some cases universities might accept GRE scores too.
Language Proficiency Test

To pursue a Master’s Degree in Singapore, students have to prove their English language proficiency irrespective of the course. Most universities will accept IELTS or TOEFL scores. In cases where the applicant’s medium of education in school and graduation, has been English, universities can offer exemptions at their discretion.

Also Read: Why Study in Singapore


Master in Business Administration

An MBA in Singapore is available with both full-time and part-time options. A full-time MBA can take between 12-18 months to complete. Many top universities also offer Executive MBA options for experienced professionals. MBA in Accounting (data and analytics), Professional Accountancy (MPA), Business Analytics & Operations, Digital Business, Global Healthcare Management, Operations & project management, Agile supply Management, Energy & Sustainability, Health & Safety Leadership, Marketing Management, and Hospitality Management are a few popular steams of MBA in Singapore.

Tuition Fee of top MBA institutes in Singapore
Singapore Management University

  • National University of Singapore NUS MBA (Full-Time) – $45,000 + Tax
  • INSEAD Singapore MBA- $97,000 depending on the intake season
  • Nanyang Business School Full Time MBA- $45,000 + Tax
  • National University of Singapore UCLA- NUS Executive MBA- $125,000 with Tax
  • National University of Singapore Executive MBA- $77,000 + Tax

MBA salary of top B-schools in Singapore

  • National University of Singapore (NUS) – $66,000/ $130,000
  • INSEAD Singapore- $110,000 + Bonus (~$30,000)
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU)-Nanyang Business School- $132,000
  • Singapore Management University-Lee Kong Chian School of Business-$60,000 – $73,000


Doctoral Degree

Both coursework and dissertation graduate programmes are offered at local universities through their own campuses and in collaboration with leading foreign university campuses in Singapore.

Programmes offered in collaboration with foreign universities can lead to a dual/joint degree for the students upon completion of the course.

MSc in Electronics, Computer Science, Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical and Civil Engineering, Green Electronics, Industry 4.0, Data Science & Machine Learning, Pharmaceutical science & technology, Intellectual Property Management, Bioengineering and Financial Engineering are some of the key MSc courses offered in Singapore universities

PhD Programmes in Singapore

PhD in Singapore typically take 4 years to complete, depending on the subject. PhD in Accounting, Computer Science, Information Systems, Economics, Business and Psychology are some research-based degree programmes offered in Singapore.

PhD programmes are structured to be a combination of taught and research-based curriculum. First-year focuses on taught segments, which is followed by Qualifying Examination (QE). Post clearing QE supervised research commences, where students have to submit their dissertation/thesis within three years.

Tuition Fee of leading universities in Singapore, subject to GST

  • NUS MSc in Management, single degree – S$45,000
  • NUS MSc in Management + CEMS MIM, dual degree- S$55,000
  • NTU MSc Engineering Communications Engineering, Computer Control & Automation, Electronics, Power Engineering and Signal Processing- S$4,000 (per module) S$8000 (per dissertation)
  • NTU Master of Science in Applied Economics- S$32,000
  • NTU Research/Tuition Fees (per Academic Year) for international students- S$19,250
  • NTU Doctor of Philosophy (LKCMedicine) for international students- S$34,900


Scholarships for International Students:

There are various types of financial aids granted by universities in Singapore for international post-graduate students in form of scholarships:

  • ASEAN Scholarship (for nationals of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
  • APEC Scholarship (full-time MBA; selected nationalities)
  • Singapore International Graduate Award
  • President’s Graduate Fellowship (NUS) for PhD students
  • Singapore Millennium Foundation (SMF) Research Grant Programme


Job Opportunities

Working while studying is an option in Singapore. With a valid student pass students can work upto 16 hours a week during their regular college study period.

Post completion of course, Singapore has ample of job opportunities to offer. Being Asia’s leading commercial and technology hub there is no dearth of companies ready to intake students with good GPA and other academic scores.

Universities regularly arrange and participate in job fairs, where students get to meet representatives of international and local businesses. Students present their resumes and have discussions with the company representatives. Successful candidates are then called for an interview for further evaluation.

Singapore has a high standard of living and the cost of living is high, however, with ample growth opportunities and proximity to home, Singapore, in the long run, proves to be a more cost-efficient study abroad destination for Indian students. A large Indian community acts as an added advantage.

Singapore is one of the best countries in Asia to study with universities offering an international standard of education with an esteemed panel of faculties. The government and regulatory bodies are committed to make Singapore a global hub for higher education and thus are quick to innovate and adapt to changes.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, there is a regular advisory issued by universities pertaining to courses and international student travel and stay. Please refer to individual university/college websites for the latest updates.

So, if you have convinced yourself about pursuing a Master’s from Singapore, act now. Or you can always reach us at Manya. Our team of Admission Advisors will be happy to help you, always, as they do for many other aspirants like you. For more information, call our Study Abroad Helpline 1800 102 4646


  • How can I apply for Masters in Singapore?
    To apply for Masters in Singapore, you will need your valid IELTS/TOFEL/GMAT/GRE scores along with documents required to apply for specific masters course and student visa like-verified academic transcripts, birth certificate bank statement, letter of intent, one or more reference letters from past employers or teachers.
  • How much does a master’s degree cost in Singapore?
    • National University of Singapore NUS MBA (Full-Time) – $45,000 + Tax
    • INSEAD Singapore MBA- $97,000 depending on the intake season
    • Nanyang Business School Full Time MBA- $45,000 + Tax
    • National University of Singapore UCLA- NUS Executive MBA- $125,000 with Tax
    • National University of Singapore Executive MBA- $77,000 + Tax
  • What are the intake periods of universities in Singapore?
    August and February for public universities in Singapore. Private universities in Singapore offer multiple intakes in January, February, July, August, September, and October.
  • Is GRE required for MS in Singapore?
    A valid GRE/GMAT score is required for MS in Singapore, unless specifically stated otherwise by a university.
  • What are the most popular courses for Indian students in Singapore?
    • Business & Management/MBA
    • Economics
    • Finance and Accounting
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science and Information Technology
    • Law
    • Hospitality and Tourism
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