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General Entry Requirement

  • The requirements specified below are the minimum requirements for admission into NIE. In addition to the minimum admission requirements, your programme of choice may state other additional requirements. Please refer to the relevant programme webpages for full information on the requirements for individual programmes.



    Masters by Coursework

    1. A good Bachelor's degree from a recognised university
    2. Other qualifications or working experience as specified in each programme


    PhD and Masters by Research

    1. A Bachelor's degree
    2. A Master's degree in the relevant areas (for those pursuing PhD)
    3. Ability to pursue research in the proposed field of advanced study

    You are advised to contact a potential supervisor before making a formal application. As a guide, you may wish to briefly introduce yourself, explain your research interests and mention the supervisor’s research that you find interesting.



    Doctor in Education

    1. A good Bachelor's degree from a recognised university
    2. A Master's degree in the relevant areas
    3. Relevant working experience


    For graduate teachers from the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore seeking PDCM-Master’s Degree sponsorship, please click here.

    For non-graduating students, please click here.

  • We welcome any applicants who have an interest to join our institute. While we have made no differentiation in entry requirements of our programmes between the local and international applicants, there is a need for international applicants and graduates of universities with non-English medium of instruction to show evidence of your competency in the English language. This is to ensure that you make the most out of your education here.

    International applicants and graduates of universities with non-English medium of instruction are required to submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, the test taken not more than two years before the date of application. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score can be accepted in lieu of TOEFL. NIE may request additional evidence of written and spoken proficiency in English.

    Applicants pursuing research programmes, except for graduates of the Autonomous Universities in Singapore, are required to submit a good Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score, the test taken not more than five years before the date of application. In lieu of GRE, applicants from India may use the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) score of at least 90%, the test taken not more than three years before the date of application.



    A summary of the scores required are listed below:

     

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

    Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

    Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for applicants in India only in lieu of GRE

    Remarks

    Masters by Coursework

    Minimum score of 580 (for paper and pencil examination) or 92 (for internet-based).

    Minimum score of 6.5

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    -

    TOEFL or IELTS is required.

    Master of Arts (Leadership and Educational Change), Joint Programme

    Minimum score of 600 (for paper and pencil examination) or 100 (for internet-based).

    Minimum score of 7.0

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    -

    TOEFL or IELTS is required.

    Master of Arts (Teaching Chinese as an International Language)

    Minimum score of 500 (for paper and pencil examination) or 61 (for internet-based score).

    Minimum score of 6.0

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     -

    TOEFL or IELTS is required.

    PhD and Masters by Research

    Minimum score of 600 (for paper and pencil examination) or 100 (for internet-based).

    Minimum score of 7.0

    For tests taken on or after 1 August 2011:
    Minimum score of 319 for both Verbal and Quantitative sections. Minimum score of 3.5 for Analytical Writing section.

    At least 90% score

    TOEFL or IELTS and
    GRE or GATE are required.

    Doctor in Education

    Minimum score of 600 (for paper and pencil examination) or 100 (for internet-based).

    Minimum score of 7.0

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    -

    TOEFL or IELTS is required.


    When applicable, please attach a copy of your TOEFL/GRE score, taken at a recent test, together with your application and you should also request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in USA to send a copy directly to the National Institute of Education, Office of Academic Administration and Services  (code number: 7107).