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Master of Social Sciences

Master's Degree Programme

The Master of Social Sciences focuses on transdisciplinary knowledge aimed at developing individuals to address complex challenges in an increasing fast changing world.

Master of Social Sciences


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The contemporary world is becoming more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) than ever. Many real-world problems require a multidisciplinary approach to address. The Master of Social Sciences (MSSC) programme provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary education and career development, allowing individuals to integrate different disciplines in addressing contemporary issues and challenges in their profession, industry or the society at large. This programme will be especially suitable for candidates who are entrepreneurial and self-directed, charting a learning journey into the future of work.

Unique Features of the Programme

  • Provides an alternative progression pathway for students who aim to equip themselves with multidisciplinary knowledge.
  • Promote innovation and flexibility where students take ownership and chart their own learning.

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programmes.

For the 10 cu applied research project, applicants are required to identify a problem and submit a proposal that integrates the knowledge acquired from two graduate diplomas and solve the problem in the chosen field(s). Please click here for the proposal template.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.

Financial Assistance

The University offers course fee concession for selected graduate programmes. Please click here for more details.

SkillsFuture Series Funding
Some courses receive SkillsFuture Series funding and may also be taken individually via Continuing Education and Training (CET). For information about SkillsFuture Series funding, please click here.

Programme Structure

Students are required to complete 60 credit units (cu) of relevant courses from two graduate diplomas and a 10 cu applied research project.

To graduate with the Master of Social Sciences, students are required to achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 (out of 5) and the duration taken to complete both graduate diplomas must be within a maximum candidature period of 4 years, not including the time taken to complete 10 cu of applied research project.

Master of Social Sciences

The programme is suitable for those who are keen to formulate innovative solutions and apply the cross-disciplinary knowledge to address the challenges facing a fast-changing world.

In addition, graduates from the following graduate diplomas may also apply to stack their graduate diplomas towards the Master of Social Sciences by pairing with one of the constituent graduate diplomas and completing an applied research project that integrates the disciplines of the two graduate diplomas. They are:

  • Graduate Diploma in Adult Learning
  • Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education
  • Graduate Diploma in Social Work
  • Graduate Diploma in Urban Transport Management
  1. How many intakes are there in a year for the Master of Social Sciences?
    There are two intakes per year that take place in January and July.

  2. How do I apply?
    You may start the online application by clicking the Apply Now button on the top of MSSC programme page.

  3. What is the application fee?
    Each e-application must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee which is payable online only:

    Singapore Citizen & Permanent Resident - $60 (subject to prevailing GST)
    All other applicants - $100 (subject to prevailing GST)

  4. Is an interview required for admission?
    Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview.

  5. What is the total number of CUs required for graduation?
    70 cu (60 cu for two graduate diplomas and 10 cu for applied research project). Students must attain Cumulative Grade Point (CGPA) of at least 3.0 out of 5.0 for both graduate diplomas.

  6. What are the assessment components of each course?
    It comprises a mixture of pre-course and pre-class quizzes, participation, group-based assignments/tutor-marked assignments and written examinations/end-of-course assessments.

    Please refer to the respective programme page for more information.
  7. How much is the tuition fee?
    Please click here for more information.

  8. Can I still change the constituent Graduate Diplomas after being accepted into the Master of Social Sciences?
    Yes, you may. But you will then be required to complete all the relevant courses in the newly chosen graduate diplomas.
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