Prospective Students

M.Sc. by Coursework Programme


Course Objective

This program is designed to equip students with an excellent knowledge of statistical principles and methods required by practicing statisticians and also focused on developing skills in applied statistics. This programme is intended for students with a Bachelor degree in related fields, and for professionals who are interested in applications of statistics.

Course of Study

The programme will be conducted by coursework. Level 4000 courses will be conducted in the morning/afternoon and Level 5000 courses will be conducted in the evenings during the university semesters.

Admission Requirements

From AY2008/09, candidates may be admitted to one of two study tracks which are catered to candidates with different levels of qualification.


Track 1 (40MC programme)

(a) a local honours degree in related fields, or equivalent

(b) an equivalent overseas degree (a 4-year Bachelor degree)

(c) all applicants must have good grades in Advanced Calculus, Linear Algebra and Probability. If the module titles on your transcript do not show Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra, provide evidence that you have taken these modules.


Track 2 (80MC programme)

(a) At least a three-year Bachelor degree in related fields or equivalent, with a satisfactory GPA.

(b) All applicants must have good grades in Advanced Calculus, Linear Algebra and Probability. If the module titles on your transcript do not show Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra, provide evidence that you have taken these modules.


Other Requirements (COMPULSORY for both tracks)

An applicant whose native tongue or medium of undergraduate instruction is not English must have a TOEFL score and the minimum TOEFL score ranges for NUS are as follows:

Paper-Based (PBT): 580-600
Computer-Based (CBT): 237-250
Internet-Based (iBT): 85

For IELTS, score should be 6 and above.

Please note that the TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for 2 years from the test date. If it has been more than two years since you last took the test, you must take it
again to have the scores reported.

Those who are interested in applying for this programme should sit for the above test/s early, bearing in mind that there may be specific test dates, and the test result/s may take a few months to reach the university.

GRE is required starting academic year 2020/2021 admission.

GRE is not compulsory for those candidates who graduated from Singapore local universities.

Please request ETS to send the test results to us. Our institution/department code is 9087/59 for TOEFL and 0677/0705 for GRE.

Please note that the GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the test date. Foreign applicants are not allowed to study part time in Singapore unless they have a valid employment pass to work in Singapore.

Period of Candidature

Type 2007/08 or earlier 2008/09 or later
Full-time N.A Track 1: 1 – 3 years
(1 – 6 modules per semester)
  Track 2: 2 – 4 years Track 2: 2 – 4 years
(1 – 6 modules per semester)
Part-time * 1 – 4 years Track 1: 2 – 4 years
(1 – 3 modules per semester)

*Employment Pass Required

Candidature is longer for part time students as they are only allowed to read a maximum of three modules in any semester (including project modules).

Degree Requirements

Track 1 (40MC programme) – Full Time & Part Time

A candidate for the programme must successfully complete coursework consisting of two compulsory modules and eight elective modules. Out of these eight elective modules, students are allowed to take up to a maximum of two cross faculty/department modules (subjected to departmental approval).

A candidate who has an Honours degree in Statistics or Mathematics might be exempted from reading one or more compulsory modules upon the approval of the Head of Department of Statistics and Applied Probability, but an exempted module must be replaced by an elective module.

A successful candidate should have passed all the ten modules within the maximum period of the candidature. In addition, the student should get a CAP of 3.00 or higher for the 10 modules (an average grade of at least B- for all the modules sat for).

Track 2 (80MC programme) – Full Time only

A candidate must first fulfill a coursework requirement of 40 MC at level 4000. It includes 6 modules (24 MC) and a project (16 MC). Among the 6 modules, 2 modules can be taken from other departments subject to departmental approval. Courses will be conducted in the daytime.

In addition, the candidate must also fulfill the requirement of 40 MC modules at level 5000 required for Track I candidates.

The total number of credits required for Track II is 80 MC. The required overall CAP for graduation is 3.00 or higher.


There is only one intake in every academic year – August.


Applicants are advised to apply online through this URL:

For applications procedures and supporting documents, please refer to the Application Checklist here.


The application is expected to open on 1 December 2020 and close on 15 March 2021, subject to the approval of impending changes to the programme.



Tuition Fees (Per Annum)


The annual tuition fees for different categories of government-subsidised graduate programmes are set out here. The substantial tuition subsidy from the Government of Singapore comes in the form of a MOE Subsidy which is administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and is offered to all admitted students up to the maximum course duration. Students need not apply for the MOE Subsidy if they are eligible. International Students reading a government-subsidised programme can apply for the Service Obligation Scheme to pay reduced, subsidised tuition fees. Most government-subsidised programmes are deemed feasible by the University to offer the Service Obligation Scheme except for programmes listed here.


Mandatory Miscellaneous Fees

Miscellaneous fees are typically levied on items that are either not covered or partially covered by tuition fee and grant/subsidy. All students, whether registered on a full-time or part-time basis, are charged the mandatory miscellaneous fees. These are due at the same time as the tuition fees. These fees fall into the following general categories – registration, student activity, health service and insurance, and academic-related – and contribute towards defraying the associated costs. Annual miscellaneous fees payable are set out in here.

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Financial Assistance

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Programme Progression Path

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Examinations are conducted at the end of each semester of study. There will be one paper for each module. There will be a continuous assessment of candidates in a form to be determined at the discretion of the lecturer teaching the module. This continuous assessment will typically account for 20% to 40% of the final marks of each module.

No supplementary examination will be conducted for any of the modules. However, a candidate who is prevented by illness from taking or completing an examination may be permitted by the Board of Examiners to take an alternative examination at a later date.

Course Descriptions

The following modules will be offered for the programme. Not all modules are necessarily available in any one year.

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Q & A

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Please contact Miss Su Kyi Win at

For enquiries pertaining to academic matters, please email to the coordinator,
Assoc. Prof Gan Fah Fatt at