The National University of Singapore (NUS) Master of Computing – Computer Science Specialisation (MComp CS) offers students the opportunity to delve deep into the core areas of computer science, hone their expertise, and learn about the recent advances in the field.

The MComp CS programme will equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to face new technical challenges and expand their career options as IT professionals and leaders. The programme emphasises the fundamentals of computer science while providing the flexibility to pursue knowledge in each individual’s interest areas.

Choose from a diverse range of courses, spanning areas like computer systems, data management, programming language, software engineering, artificial intelligence (Al), human-computer interaction (HCI), and algorithms.

There is also the option to push the boundaries of innovation and work closely with a professor on a research project of a student’s interest.


Admission to the NUS MComp CS programme is granted on a competitive basis as places in the programme are limited. Applicants should possess the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree (preferably with Honours) in Computing, or
  • Bachelor's Degree with Honours in a related discipline, or
  • Bachelor's Degree (preferably with Honours) in a business-related discipline

For holders of undergraduate qualifications other than a Bachelor's Degree with Honours in Computing, (see above), two years of information technology (IT) industry experience

English Language

Applicants whose medium of university instruction is not completely in English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 90 (Internet-based), or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score of 6.0.
Note: TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application.


International applicants:

  • Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) minimum scores of 320 (Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning) and 3.5 (Analytical Writing), or
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) minimum score of 650, or
  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) scores for graduates from Indian universities.
Candidates may be required to sit for other tests as prescribed by the School.

Note: GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application.

Note: Applicants are responsible for ensuring that application information and all supporting documents are truthful and correct. NUS reserves the right to verify information provided as part of an application. False or misleading information in an application (including but not limited to test scores, resumes, certificates, transcripts, etc.) is grounds for admission rejection, revocation and/or dismissal from the University.


The NUS MComp programme is offered on the following basis (with estimated time to complete the programme indicated below):

 Full-time  18 months 
 Part-time  30 months

Note: International applicants must be accepted into an approved full-time course in Singapore to apply for a Student’s Pass. For more information, refer to the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.


The NUS MComp CS is a 40-Unit coursework-based Master’s Degree programme that offers three pathways to complete the programme: 

  • Coursework Option, which comprises:
    • Specialisation courses (minimum 20 Units), and
    • Non-specialisation courses (20 Units), which may include level 4000 to 6000 courses offered by the School of Computing.
Note: Of the courses required above, a maximum of two may be Level 4000.
  • Project Option, which comprises:
    • Computing project (8 Units),
    • Specialisation courses (minimum 16 Units), and
    • Non-specialisation courses (16 Units).
Note: Of the courses required above, a maximum of two may be Level 4000.
  • Dissertation Option, which comprises:
    • Dissertation (16 Units),
    • Specialisation courses (minimum 12 Units), and
    • Non-specialisation courses (12 Units).
Note: Of the courses required above, a maximum of two may be Level 4000.

Note: Most level 5000 courses are conducted in the evenings.

Specialisation Courses

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Course Code Course Title Units
CS4249 Phenomena and Theories of Human-Computer Interaction 4
Principles and Practice of Program Analysis
Distributed Systems
Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
Advanced Computer Networks
CS5232 Formal Specification and Design Techniques 4
CS5233 Simulation and Modelling Techniques 4
CS5234 Algorithms at Scale
Computer Systems Performance Analysis
Advanced Operating Systems  4
Uncertainty Modelling in AI
Database Applications Design and Tuning
AI Planning and Decision Making

Note: For more information about the courses listed above (as well as other courses offered in the current academic year), please visit NUSMODS.


To graduate from the NUS MComp CS programme, students must meet the following requirements: 

Programme and/or Specialisation

Read and pass a total of 40 Units.

Course and/or Qualification

Refer to the respective Option in the Programme Structure above.

Grade Point Average (GPA) 

Minimum 3.0 (out of maximum 5.0)

Please see also the University’s minimum standards for Continuation and Graduation Requirements; specific programmes may implement stricter or additional requirements.


Not applicable


Kindly note that all fees for the NUS MComp CS programme quoted on this page are exclusive of prevailing GST, unless otherwise stated (GST rate will be increased from (i) 7% to 8% with effect from 1 Jan 2023; and (ii) 8% to 9% with effect from 1 Jan 2024). The University reserves all rights to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.


S$51,000.00 (excluding GST) /
From S$55,080.00 (including 8% GST) to S$55,590.00 (including 9% GST)*

* A range is being shown here because the exact amount will vary due to the GST rate increase. To learn more, click here.

Note: The tuition fee stated above is for 40 Units. Students who are required to take more than 40 Units for programme completion are subject to supplementary tuition fees.

Financial Assistance

Starting AY2023/2024, tuition fee rebates will be provided for this programme as an NUS Master's Degree by Coursework programme not subsidised by the government:
• All Singaporeans and Singapore PRs will receive a 10% tuition fee rebate
• All NUS alumni will receive an additional 5% tuition fee rebate

Students in this programme have in the past been eligible for, or received funding support from:

Singapore Digital (SG:D) Scholarship (Postgraduate) (Singapore Citizens only) — An industry scholarship offered by the Infocomm Media Development Authority that empowers individuals interested in pursuing Infocomm Media-related studies at the Master's or PhD level

MComp Study Awards

For more about loans and other financial assistance, please refer to the NUS Office of Admissions.


S$100.93 (including 8% GST, with effect from 1 Jan 2023);
S$101.87 (including 9% GST, with effect from 1 Jan 2024)

  • Non-refundable and non-transferable

S$5,000.00 (excluding GST)

  • Payable upon acceptance of offer
  • Non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Will be credited towards tuition fees
Miscellaneous Student Fees

As published by NUS Registrar’s Office

  • Payable every regular semester

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15 February 2023