The National University of Singapore (NUS) Master of Science (Environmental Management) (MEM) is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary graduate degree programme that taps on the deep expertise of six NUS academic units in areas pertinent to environmental and sustainability management:

• NUS Business School
• NUS College of Design and Engineering
• NUS Faculty of Science
• NUS Faculty of Law
• NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
• NUS School of Continuing and Lifelong Education

Since it was launched about 20 years ago, the MEM programme has attracted students from around the world, including from countries like Bangladesh, Canada, China, Finland, France, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Norway, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States of America (USA).

In 2022, MEM was identified as a strategic programme and NUS flagship course in sustainability by the University Sustainability and Climate Action Council. In line with this, the programme curriculum was revamped to provide pedagogical flexibility to students whilst providing a broad-based multidisciplinary curriculum.

Why This Programme?

  • Acquire multidisciplinary competencies from professors who are specialists in their fields, as well as experts from established local and international environmental agencies and organisations.

  • Benefit directly from the links MEM has with overseas universities that are well-established in the field of environmental management, particularly the USA’s Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Nicholas School for the Environmental and Earth Sciences at Duke University.

  • Graduate with an internationally recognised Master’s Degree that opens doors to influential roles at mid- and senior-managerial levels in both the public and private sectors here and in the region.


Application Period
An Academic Year (AY) at NUS consists of two semesters and a special term (which occurs during the Semester 2 Vacation, and is divided into two parts of six weeks duration each):

  • Semester 1: Aug–Dec
  • Semester 2: Jan–May
  • Special Term (Part 1): May–Jun
  • Special Term (Part 2): Jun–Jul

For the MEM programme, there is one application period for each AY:

Programme Intake Application Dates
MEM Semester 1
(Aug Intake)
For Aug 2023 intake: 1 Dec of year preceding the intake year to 31 Mar of intake year

Subsequent intakes: 1 Oct of year preceding the intake year to 28 Feb of intake year

As a newly revamped programme, MEM is accepting applications to join its Aug 2023 intake from 1 Dec 2022 to 31 Mar 2023.


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


Bachelor's Degree (with Honours) from a well-recognised university; additional requirements may be stipulated for undergraduate degrees from universities whose academic standards are not widely known


Three to five years of working experience preferred, with or without prior experience in sustainability work; fresh graduates with outstanding academic performance but no working experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis 

English Language

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction are not completely in English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 85 (Internet-based), or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score 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.


Applicants should aspire to become leaders in environment and sustainable development

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

 Full-time  12 months 
 Part-time  24 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 MEM is a 40-Unit coursework-based Master’s Degree programme comprising:

  • Core/essential courses (28 Units), and
  • Elective courses (12 Units).
Core/Essential Courses

These courses are unique to the MEM programme. Each course may consist of pre-class readings, assignments, tests and/or projects, and online/face-to-face classes and seminars.

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Course Code Course Title Units
AR5323 Well & Green Built Environment 4
BL5102 Environmental Science 4
LL5459X Environment and Sustainability – Law, Governance and Practice 4
MEM5101 Business and Sustainable Development 4
MEM5102 Applied Research Methodology 4
MEM5103 Capstone Project for Environmental Management 4
MEM5104 Seminars on Environmental Management 0
PP5269 Environmental Economics and Public Policy 4

Elective Courses

Students must complete 12 Units of elective courses, of which at least 8 Units must be Specialised Electives and the remaining can be General Electives. Elective course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered every semester.

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Specialised Electives
Course Code Course Title Units
BL5331 Conservation Governance and Climate Solutions 4
ESE5901 Environmental Technology 4
LL5484X  Singapore Business Law 4
LL5485X Negotiation 2
MT5007 Management of Technological Innovation 4

General Electives
Course Code Course Title Units
BL5210 Biogeography 2
BL5218 Directed Studies in Behavioural Ecology 4
BL5230 Biological Invasions 4
BL5233 Data Analysis for Conservation Biology with R 4
BL5234 Quantitative Methods and Critical Thinking in Biology 4
BL5238 Infectious Disease Modelling 2
BL5312 Natural History Collections and Conservation 4
BL5322 Field Techniques in Biological Conservation 4
BL5323 Spatial Modelling for Environmental Sustainability 4
BL5324 Ecological Perspectives on Global Change 4
BMS5125 Sustainable Strategy 4
BMS5129 Applied Sustainability: A Systems Perspective
BMS5408 Special Topics in Organizational Behaviour
BMS5416 Managing across Cultures 4
PP5227 Principles and Policies in Sustainability and the Environment 4

View study schedule.

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 MEM programme, students must meet the following requirements:

Programme and/or Specialisation

Read and pass a total of 40 Units, comprising:

  • 28 Units of core/essential courses, and
  • 12 Units of elective courses.
Course and/or Qualification

Not applicable

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


All fees for the MEM programme quoted on this page are exclusive of prevailing GST, unless otherwise stated (GST rate will be increased from 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$48,000.00 (excluding GST) / 
S$52,320.00 (including 9% GST)

Note: The tuition fees for this programme are payable based on the number of Units taken in a semester. The amount stated above is for 40 Units. Students who are required to take more than 40 Units for programme completion may be subjected to additional tuition fees.

Financial Assistance


The Enhanced Tuition Fee Rebate is offered to successfully admitted candidates who are Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents to offset a portion of the MEM programme tuition fees (subject to terms & conditions) in AY2023/2024 and AY2024/2025. A separate application for the Enhanced Fee Rebate is not required.

The tuition fee rebate mentioned above will not apply to courses that are SSG-funded.

(A2) NUS Alumni (of International residency status) will be offered a 15% tuition fee rebate.

(B) For SSG-funded courses, Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents may also enjoy tuition fee subsidies under SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).

(C) Students in MEM may also apply for funding support from:

• Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship – A graduate scholarship offered by the Asian Development Bank for studies in economics, business and management, science and technology, and other development-related fields. Interested applicants may submit an ADB-Japan Scholarship Application Form together with the application for the MEM programme. The ADB-Japan Scholarship Application Form can be downloaded here.

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


S$50.00 (excluding GST) /
S$54.00 (including 8% GST, with effect from 1 Jan 2023);
S$54.50 (including 9% GST, with effect from 1 Jan 2024)

  • Non-refundable and non-transferable


S$5,000.00 (excluding GST) /
S$5,400.00 (including 8% GST, with effect from 1 Jan 2023);
S$5,450.00 (including 9% GST, with effect from 1 Jan 2024)

  • 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 Event(s):

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Next Intake:

Application Period:
1 Oct 2023–28 Feb 2024

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

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Is work experience required for admission into the programme?

Work experience is preferred for admission into the programme. However, fresh graduates who have outstanding academic performance but no prior working experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis. As admission into the programme is on a competitive basis, applicants are encouraged to provide, along with their educational qualifications, details of any relevant work experience (including demonstrated involvement in sustainability management) so that their applications are more complete and representative of their achievements.

Is the personal statement compulsory for admission into this programme?

Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit personal statements during the timed video interview. The statement must not be more than 400 words in length and should provide a brief profile of the candidate, employment history, work experiences and reasons for wanting to pursue the programme.

Must I have a degree in any particular field before I can apply for the programme?

The MEM programme is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programme; we welcome students from all academic backgrounds, so long as they have good degrees from well-recognised universities.

Is an honours degree a requirement?

The main basic qualification for the MEM programme that applicants must have is a good undergraduate degree with honours from a well-recognised university. For applicants without an honours degree, evidence of further post-graduation education might be helpful in assessing their application.

Do I need a TOEFL or IELTS score?

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of undergraduate instruction are not English must present evidence of their ability to study at the graduate level in the language. Such applicants must submit a score indicating a good performance in either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Where such a score is required, the test must not have been taken earlier than two years before the proposed date of admission onto the programme.

Is a GMAT or GRE score required?

At the point of application, GMAT/GRE scores are not compulsory. For all coursework programmes, additional requirements may be stipulated later, e.g. if applicants come from universities whose academic standards are not known. These may include GMAT/GRE scores. Where such a score is required, the test must not have been taken earlier than two years before the proposed date of admission onto the programme.

How many students are admitted into the programme each year?

There is no fixed quota on the number of students to be admitted per cohort; we consider each application on its own merit, and then take into consideration academic and relevant backgrounds, nationalities and so on.

What topics are covered in the MEM Seminar Course and who are the speakers?

Within the graduation requirements for MEM is the mandatory attendance of three seminar sessions. The seminar sessions are designed to allow students to gain exposure to a diverse range of current topics in various fields and to improve their communication skills through presentations and interactions with other professionals.

What does the MEM Capstone Project entail?

The Capstone Project is a course specifically designed to help students apply their learnings in a practical, hands-on setting. In addition, it provides a platform for students to learn and apply deeper research skills on specially selected topics related to sustainability issues. Working in groups of five and in consultation with the relevant NUS academic unit, students will develop impact-driven solutions to address sustainability challenges, craft a report, and then deliver a presentation for evaluation at the end of the course.

Are any field trips organised by the programme?

Exposure to the practical aspects of environment management is one of the elements of the MEM programme. Therefore, field trips are organised as part of the programme. Some of these field trips relate to particular courses, and serve as the bases for projects or assignments (making such trips compulsory). Others are not linked to any course, but are of general interest.

What are the career prospects and pathways for a graduate of the programme?

The MEM programme is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programme that provides education in environmental management for senior and mid-level managers and officers in corporations, institutions, and government and non-governmental organisations, both in Singapore and in the Asia-pacific region and beyond.

Some of the top careers enjoyed by current students and graduates of the programme include:

  • Environmental, Social and Governance Manager
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Green Finance Manager
  • Sustainability Lead
  • Environmental Educator or Advocate
  • International Development Manager
  • Strategic Roles In Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Green Entrepreneur
  • Environmental Consultant

What career support services can NUS offer to graduates of the programme who would like to switch careers?

The NUS Centre for Future-Ready Graduates offers career resources that can be accessed by graduating students. The Centre aims to enhance students’ employability and ensure that they are career-ready upon graduation. Some of the support initiatives include career-readiness programmes, campus recruitment talks, career fairs, and even one-on-one coaching with a certified career advisor.

Find out more here: http://nus.edu.sg/CFG/students.

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05 June 2023