The PhD program is a specialist academic program designed for those seeking a career in teaching and advanced research in Public Policy.
The application process opens in August of each year for the program starting in the following Academic Year.
Applications must include:
Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
- Completed application form. https://inetapps.nus.edu.sg/gda/common/newLogin.aspx
- Curriculum Vitae
- Transcripts of Undergraduate and Post-Graduate degrees completed
- Research proposal. (It is understood that the actual research topic may change after enrolment.) The proposal must be approximately 2,000 words in length excluding bibliography. It must include the following:
- The key research question(s) to be addressed. (What do you want to study?)
- Significance of the proposed topic. (Why do you want to study it?)
- Literature Survey. (What have others said on the subject? Detailed referencing not required)
- Research Method. (How will you study it?)
- Statement of Intent. (Why do you want to pursue PhD study at NUS? What are your long-term professional goals?) Approximately 500 words
- Sample of published or unpublished writings (no more than 2)
- Names of 2 referees
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score. Based on the university requirements, the minimum aggregate score for Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning at 320 and Analytical at 3.5.
Applicants may be asked to appear for interview and written examination.
- Academic performance as evident in the grades received in the completed Undergraduate and Graduate programs (and GRE, if available).
- Demonstrable evidence of capacity to carry out independent research in public policy and present complex ideas in English. The quality of research proposal is critical for demonstrating this strength.
- Potential to pursue a career in teaching and advanced research as demonstrated in the Statement of Intent and sample writings.
- The School’s expertise in providing adequate supervision in the proposed area of research.
Admission decisions will be made by the PhD Committee.
The PHD Committee will not entertain any correspondence on admission issues while an application is under consideration, except for instances when the Committee has sought clarification or further information.
English Language Proficiency
Students who have not completed degree from an institution with English as the primary medium of instruction are required to submit proof of proficiency in English. Normally, this means exceeding the following minimum test scores:
Scores for the TOEFL and IELTS are valid for 2 years. For more information about the TOEFL or IELTS, and for instructions on registering, please contact the Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ, 08541, U.S.A (for TOEFL) or visit the websites www.toefl.org(for TOEFL) and www.ielts.org (for IELTS).
- 580 on the TOEFL paper-based test
- 237 on the TOEFL computer-based test
- 85 on the TOEFL internet-based test
- 6.5 on the IELTS test
To apply for admission, please click here.
The applications open on 15th August. Completed applications must be received by 15th November.
For enquiries, please contact (65) 6516-6134 or email