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 modules, 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 native tongue and 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.


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. Part-time courses and courses conducted in the evening or on weekends are not eligible. For more information, refer to the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.


The NUS MComp CS is a 40-modular credit (MC) coursework-based Master’s Degree programme that offers three pathways to complete the programme: 

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

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

Specialisation Modules

View Modules

Module Code Module Title MCs
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 modules listed above (as well as other modules offered in the current academic year), please visit the School of Computing Course Catalogue or 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 MCs.

Module and/or Graduate Certificate

Refer to the respective Option in the Programme Structure above.

Cumulative Average Point (CAP) 

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. The University reserves all rights to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.


S$48,000 (excluding GST)

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

Financial Assistance

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)

MComp Study Awards

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


S$50 (inclusive of GST)

  • Non-refundable and non-transferable

S$5,000 (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

Programme at a Glance*
Upcoming Webinar(s):
Mon, 15 Nov 2021,
8.30pm–9.30pm (SGT):

Master of Computing Info Session

Coming soon!

Next Intake:
Application Period:
1 Jan 2022 — 15 Mar 2022

Coming soon!

* For full details, please refer to main write-up.

MComp Webinar Q&A Highlight

For enquiries, please email us at pgc@nus.edu.sg.

30 July 2021