Prospective Students

M.Sc. by Research Programme


Program Objective

This programme is designed to provide an excellent knowledge of statistics and training in research to students who intend to develop a career in Statistics either in the industry or academia.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a good Honours degree or equivalent qualifications from a recognised institution. In particular, NUS/NTU graduates should have at least a second upper Honours degree. In addition, the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree programme should include a substantial amount of mathematics/statistics.

Proficiency in English is a requirement for admission to all graduate programme in NUS. 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. 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.

Period of Candidature

The minimum period of candidature will be one academic year and the maximum will be three academic years, both counted from the date of the candidate’s admission to the programme.

Degree Requirements

* With effect from July 2002, candidate for the programme must successfully complete at least six 5000 level Statistics modules approved by the applicant’s supervisor and the Graduate Programme Committee. A candidate must take ST5214 and ST5215 and obtain a satisfactory grade for the Graduate Seminar Module ST5198. In addition, the candidate must take three modules from ST 5000-level modules (Please click here for description of the modules) with the exception of ST5201, ST5202, ST5203 and ST5318. The candidate must receive a minimum CAP of 3.00 (an average grade of at least B-) for 6 courses from among the prescribed courses. 

* A candidate must also successfully complete a thesis under the guidance of a supervisor.



There are two intakes in every academic year – August and January.

Closing Date


All Applicants

Semester 1 (August)

15 November of the previous year

Semester 2 (January)

15 May of the previous year

Applicants are advised to apply online through this URL:

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

Priority for NUS Research Scholarship will be given to PhD applicants. Application for the scholarship is self-contained in the application package. Please read the instructions carefully when filling out the form. Further information on the scheme is available here.

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

 For updates on the fees payable and other financial matters, please click here.

Q & A

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Please contact Miss Su Kyi Win at

For enquiries pertaining to academic matters, please email to the coordinator, Associate Prof Li Jialiang at