MSc in Information Studies

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FAQs

Applications

1. The MSc (IS) programme will primarily consider applicants with:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Good communication skills (written and spoken English)
  • Working experience in an information-related field
  • Passion and interest in the information studies field
  • Degree classification second class lower/Honours (Merit) and above or equivalent

http://www.wkwsci.ntu.edu.sg/programmes/ProspectiveStudents/Prospective%20Masters%20and%20PhD%20students/Programmes%20by%20Coursework/MSc%20in%20Information%20Studies/Pages/Admission-Requirements-and-Procedures.aspx

 

2. I am an international applicant. Is TOEFL or IELTS mandatory for admission into MSc (IS) Programme?

It is compulsory all international applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR):

 
Note:
The validity period for IELTS/TOEFL scores is two (2) years at the point of application. It is recommended the IELTS sub-scores should not be less than 6.0.

3. Does WKWSCI offer full-time and part-time programmes?

WKWSCI offers both full-time and part-time programmes for IS programme.



4. As an international applicant, can I apply for part-time programme?

Part-time programme is applicable only to Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents and those on Employment or Dependent Pass.

International applicant, who is not on Employment or Dependent Pass, has to apply for full-time programme and will be issued Student Pass to study in NTU, pending approval from Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA).

5. How many intakes does WKWSCI have and when?

WKWSCI only has one intake in August every year.

6. How and when do I apply for the next intake?

The application for the yearly August intake will open in early November and close in end January.

All applications must be submitted electronically only. Any other forms of submission will not be processed.

If you wish to apply for admission to more than one programme, please submit a separate application form for each programme. Every programme applied to will be subject to separate application fees.

You can apply online here:
http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/coursework/HowDoIApply/Pages/HowtoApply.aspx

7. Where can I find details regarding the application procedure?

You can find information regarding the application procedure here:
http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/coursework/HowDoIApply/Pages/ApplyOnline.aspx

8. What are the supporting documents required for admission?

It is not required to submit admission package unless requested for electronic application. You may use the list of supporting documents as a reference for documents to be uploaded. School may contact applicants about additional information or documents at a later date (if required).

Note of the following for uploading of supporting documents:

  • Supporting documents must be legible, sharp and clear
  • Name the files in English
  • Applicants are required to upload documents for each programme applied


For the complete list of supporting documents to be submitted as part of the application package, please refer to this link:
http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/coursework/HowDoIApply/Pages/SendSupportingDocuments.aspx

 

9. How much is the application fee?

Currently, the application fee is S$21.40 per programme applied to. Please note that applications without successful payment of application fee will not be processed. However, do note that fees are subject to revision and in such cases the revised fees will apply.

For information regarding the application fee, please refer to this link:
http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/coursework/BeforeApplying/Fees/Pages/NotesonFees.aspx#a1

10. What is the payment mode for the application fee?

Payment for the application fee can be made through any of the following modes:

  • Internet using credit card (by VISA/MasterCard)


For information regarding payment modes, please refer to this link:
http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/coursework/HowDoIApply/Pages/PayApplicationFee.aspx

 

11. When will I know the outcome of my application?

The application outcome will be released between end March to mid-April.

Candidates can check the application outcome here:
http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/coursework/HowDoIApply/Pages/CheckApplicationResultStatus.aspx

 

12. How do I accept offer of admission?

If you are offered admission, you will receive the offer letter with the admission details via email. You have to accept your offer online. Please note that even if you are offered more than one programme, you can accept only one offer.

For more information, please refer to this link:
http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/coursework/Accept%20Offer/Pages/AcceptOffer.aspx

13. Is Service Obligation option available for the MSc (IS) Programme?

From AY2019 onwards, Service Obligation is no longer available to international students applying for Coursework Programmes as they will be liable for non-subsidised tuition fees.

For more information, please refer to this link: http:
//admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/Pages/ServiceObligation.aspx

Financial Matters

14. Is the MSc (IS) Programme a subsidised programme?

This programme is subsidised by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore. 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 eligible students up to the normal course duration (one year for full-time students and two years for part-time students). Students who take longer than the normal course duration will be liable for non-subsidised (Full) tuition fees during the extended semesters. Students need not apply for the MOE subsidy if they are eligible.

15. What are the tuition fees for the MSc (IS) Programme?

You can find information on the tuition fees here:
http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/coursework/BeforeApplying/Fees/Pages/TuitionFees.aspx
OR
http://www.wkwsci.ntu.edu.sg/programmes/ProspectiveStudents/Prospective%20Masters%20and%20PhD%20students/Programmes%20by%20Coursework/MSc%20in%20Information%20Systems/Pages/Course-Fees.aspx

Please note that tuition fees are subject to revision. An estimated increase could be around 10% to 20%.

 

16. Are there any scholarships available for the MSc (IS) Programme?

The only scholarship available for this programme is the ASEAN Graduate Scholarship, which is only applicable to nationals of the ASEAN countries; namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam (excluding Singapore).

For more information, please refer to this link:
http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/scholarships/Pages/ASEANScholarship.aspx

17. Is Financial Assistance available for the MSc (IS) Programme?

Financial assistance is only applicable to students pursuing the Masters by Coursework programmes on a full-time basis.

For more information, please refer to this link:
http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/Pages/financialassistance.aspx

18. Is the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy applicable to the MSc (IS) Programme?

Students in MOE-subsidised coursework programmes who are Singapore Citizens and aged 40 and above (based on the year which the student turns 40 years old) may be eligible for higher subsidy under the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy. The fees payable will be 60% lower than the standard subsidised fees payable by other Singaporean students. The amount of fees payable will be reflected in their individual student bill.

Please contact sfcredit@ntu.edu.sg if you have any clarifications with regards to SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy.

Registration Matters

19. When do I register for the programme after accepting the offer of admission?

The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid (OAFA) will send to you the offer letter via email, containing information about when and where to go for the registration (also known as matriculation). During matriculation exercise, you must produce all original documents that were submitted to us during your application for verification by our staff. Otherwise, your matriculation is considered as incomplete. The list of required documents will be sent together with the offer letter.

You may find the list here as well:
http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/coursework/HowDoIApply/Pages/SendSupportingDocuments.aspx

20. Will there be any orientation session organised for new students?

The School will organise the Graduate Orientation Session for new students before the start of the 1st Teaching Week of Semester 1. Students will receive an email from the School regarding this after matriculation.

21. Will I be given a student identification card?

The student matriculation card, also known as the matriculation card (matric card), will be issued between the 1st and 2nd Teaching Week of the semester, during one of the courses of the programme.

22. How many courses can I register for in a semester?

Full-time students can register for a maximum of five courses in a semester; Part-time students can register for a maximum of three courses in a semester.

Deferment & Withdrawal from the Programme

23. Can I defer admission for 1 semester or 1 year, or take leave-of-absence?

No, deferment is not allowed in the first semester. You will have to withdraw from the programme, and apply for admission again next year.

24. Can I withdraw from the programme after accepting the offer?

You can withdraw from the programme by dropping an email to the programme administrator. Withdrawal from programme via email can only be done before matriculation.

25. Can I withdraw from the programme after matriculation?

You can withdraw from the programme after matriculation by submitting a withdrawal from programme form. However, the form has to reach the programme administrator latest by the end of the 1st Teaching Week of the semester. Otherwise, you will be liable to pay fees for the entire semester.

For more information, please refer to this link:
http://www.wkwsci.ntu.edu.sg/programmes/CurrentStudents/Graduate/Forms%20and%20Procedures/Coursework/Pages/Student-Administrative-Information.aspx

Change of Programme Status

26. Can I change my programme status from part-time to full-time or the other way?

You can change your programme status from full-time to part-time, or part-time to full-time, subject to approval by the School. Your request for the change must reach the programme administrator at least 2 weeks before the start of the semester to facilitate the conversion process.

You will be allowed to do this switch only once throughout the whole candidature. International students can only convert to the part-time study status after they have secured a job and their Employment Pass application is successful.

 

Accommodation & Estimated Cost of Living

27. Will I be able to secure on-campus accommodation?

On-campus accommodation is subject to availability. Priority is usually given to undergraduate and graduate research students.

For more information regarding on-campus accommodation, please refer to this link:
http://www.ntu.edu.sg/has/Graduate/Pages/On-CampusHousing.aspx

You may also contact Student Housing at the Office of Housing & Auxiliary Services for more information at:
Tel: (65) 6790 5155
Email: has-pg@ntu.edu.sg
Website: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/has/Graduate/Pages/index.aspx

28. What is the estimated living cost for an International Student?

International students are advised to work out their budget and finances prior to their arrival in Singapore. Also, the costs incurred will depend on the lifestyle of the students.



Job Placement & Part-time Employment

29. Does the School offer job placements?

The School does not offer job placements.

30. Can an International Student work full-time and study?

International students on Student Pass are not allowed to work full-time. However, they are allowed to work part-time, up to 16 hours per week during term time as stipulated by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), pending approval by the School and University.

For more information, please refer to this link:
http://www.ntu.edu.sg/SAO/OurServices/Pages/ParttimeEmployment.aspx