Background of Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

What is SUSS?

SUSS, formerly known as SIM University, UniSIM, is Singapore's sixth autonomous university. Its mission is to provide lifelong education that equips learners to serve society.

Is SUSS still affiliated with Singapore Institute of Management Pte Ltd (SIM)?

SUSS no longer has affiliations with Singapore Institute of Management Pte Ltd. It exists separately from SIM and SIM Global Education (SIM GE), which is a brand name under SIM.

Will the degree conferred by SUSS be recognised?

Yes, SUSS is one of the local autonomous universities. Its programmes are funded by the Singapore Ministry of Education.

Will the course fees be subsidised?

Yes, students in the full-time programmes enjoy the same benefits as students in the other autonomous universities like NUS, NTU and SMU, and are eligible to apply for financial aid such as the MOE Tuition Grant.

Programme Offerings

What full-time programmes will SUSS offer?

Currently, SUSS offers eight (8) full-time direct-honours programmes:

More programmes will be added over time. Details on new programmes will be announced when available.

What Minors will be offered for the Major/Minor combination?

Please refer to the respective Major for the list of Minors that are being offered.

Do I have to take all the Minors in a programme?

No, you only take one Minor in your chosen programme of study.

What degree will I graduate with if I enrol in the Major/Minor programme?

You will graduate with a Bachelor degree in "your Major" with "your Minor". For example, if you choose Finance as your Major and Information Technology as your Minor, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Finance with Information Technology.

What does a Professional Major in Accountancy mean?

A Professional Major in Accountancy in SUSS's context means that it is a single Major without a Minor.

What degree will I graduate with if I enrol in the Professional Major in Accountancy programme?

You will graduate with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree.

How can I become a Chartered Accountant upon graduating with a SUSS Bachelor of Accountancy degree?

Upon completing the requirements of SUSS's Accountancy programme, you will be awarded the Bachelor of Accountancy degree, which will qualify you for direct entry into the Professional Programme under the Singapore Qualification Programme (SQP) Framework for Chartered Accountants. When you pass the Professional Programme, as well as fulfil a minimum of three (3) years of Practical Experience in an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), supervised by an approved mentor, you can qualify as a Chartered Accountant. More information on the SQP is available at http://www.singaporecaqualification.com.

How is SUSS's Bachelor of Accountancy programme different from what is offered by NUS, NTU and SMU?

Programmes in different universities differ with respect to their specific programme components and pedagogy, reflecting their distinctiveness. SUSS's distinctiveness is its focus on professional competency, self-directed learning and social consciousness; as well as its flexibility in facilitating full-time studies and full-time work. Other than these, the Accountancy programme in SUSS is similar to those in NUS, NTU and SMU in that all four Accountancy degree programmes are recognised by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and accredited by the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) and the Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC).

What are the additional criteria for Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics with Minor programme?

Applicants are required to meet one of the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • At least a B4 grade in GCE 'O' level Mathematics, or
  • A pass in GCE 'O' level Additional Mathematics, or
  • A pass in GCE 'H1' Mathematics or Statistics, or
  • A pass in GCE 'A' level Mathematics

Mathematics courses taken at the diploma level will be considered if applicants do not meet the above minimum eligibility criteria.

What are the additional criteria for Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with Minor programme?

All shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a self-declaration medical form. Applicants who are offered a place in SUSS's Early Childhood Education programme will need to pass a medical examination before confirmation of acceptance to the programme.

Given the nature of the coursework, students should be mindful that the following medical conditions could affect a teacher's work with young children:

  • Epilepsy
  • Legal blindness
  • Profound deafness
  • Diabetes
  • Mental illness
  • Restricted mobility
  • Measles
  • Rubella (German Measles)
  • Varicella (Chicken pox)

This is a requirement by ECDA for teachers, caregivers and staff working in childcare centre or kindergarten environment to be medically screened before interacting with young children.

Will there be any difference in the degree scrolls for part-time and full-time students? If so, what is the difference and how will this be reflected in the degree scroll?

No, all graduates, regardless of their mode of study (part-time or full-time), will receive a degree conferred by SUSS.

The only difference is the degree title, depending on your chosen programme of study; for example, the Major-Minor programme options (such as Bachelor of Science in Finance with Information Technology). The academic transcript, which contains all courses taken by the students, may also differ according to the courses taken by each student.

What is the duration of the full-time degree programmes?

Students are expected to take four (4) years to complete the direct honours programme; the maximum candidature is six (6) years. For Early Childhood Education full-time programme, students may take on the 3-year track if they meet the minimum grade of at least B4 for GCE 'O' Level English and CGPA of 3.50 for their Early Childhood Education diploma from either Temasek Polytechnic or Ngee Ann Polytechnic. This includes completion of a 24-week Work Attachment, a Service-Learning/Community Engagement Initiative, an Overseas Experience, SUSS Full-Time Student Experiential Teambuilding (ETB101) Programme and an e-Portfolio. Students who accelerate their studies by taking more courses may be able to complete their programme in 3.5 years.

Can I get exemptions for the Early Childhood Education 3-year track programme?

4 Year Track 3 Year Track
Applicable for
  1. Applicants with non-ECE background from:
    - A Levels
    - IB Diploma
    - NUS High
    - Polytechnic Diploma
  2. Applicants with ECE background with CGPA < 3.50
  1. Applicants with ECE diploma background from:
    - Temasek Polytechnic & Ngee Ann Polytechnic with CGPA ≥ 3.50 and GCE 'O' Level English B4 and above
Exempted from
Not applicable
  • ECE104
  • ECE108
  • ECE110
  • ECE200
  • 2 Common Curriculum Electives
  • 1 ECE Elective
Work Attachment
24 weeks
Undertake 12 weeks of Work Attachment
(with condition that you have completed the Enhanced Internship of 22 weeks or equivalent in polytechnic)

When do the full-time programmes begin?

There is only one intake per year, in July.

Programme Structure

How many credit units do I need to complete in order to graduate?

To graduate, you will need to complete a total of 200 credit units, comprising:

  • Common Curriculum – 40 credit units
  • Professional Major or Major-Minor – 140 credit units
  • Integrative Course – 10 credit units
  • Applied Project – 10 credit units

All programmes offered in the full-time mode are direct honours programmes.

What is a direct honours programme?

For a direct honours programme, the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) at the completion of the 200 credit units will determine the classification of honours awarded (e.g., Second Upper Honours).

What is Cumulative Grade Point Average?

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is the cumulative average of your grades for all courses you have taken at SUSS. We use a 5-point scale to determine the CGPA.

What is the CGPA required to obtain the Honours classification?

The CGPA range for Honours is as follows:

CGPA Class of Honours
4.5 - 5.0 First Class Honours
4.0 - 4.49 Second Upper Honours
3.5 - 3.99 Second Lower Honours
3.00 - 3.49 Third Class Honours
2.00 - 2.99 Pass

For example, if you obtain a CGPA of between 2.00 to 2.99, you will graduate with a "Pass" degree. A CGPA of 4.3 will qualify you for a degree with Second Upper Honours. For First Class Honours, in addition to the CGPA requirement, you will need at least an A- grade for your Applied Project.

Do you use the US or UK system for classification of Honours?

SUSS uses the UK Honours classification (i.e., First Class Honours, Second Upper Honours, etc.) as opposed to the US honours classification (i.e., Summa cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, etc.)

What is the credit unit weightage of each course?

Each course is equivalent to either 5 or 10 credit units.

Are there any other requirements for graduation besides coursework?

Aside from coursework, all students are required to successfully complete the following components: SUSS Full-Time Student Experiential Teambuilding (ETB101) Programme, an Overseas Experience, a Service-Learning/Community Engagement Initiative, a Work Attachment and an e-Portfolio.

What is the Applied Project?

The Applied Project forms part of the technical competency and industry relevance training in the programme. Students will be required to identify a work-related problem, formulate an applied project, execute the research plan and propose solutions to the problem. It will be supervised by a mentor in the company and a SUSS faculty member. The project can also involve a community engagement component or be completed overseas.

What is the Integrative Course?

The Integrative Course, which will be taken near the end of the programme, draws on earlier courses taken by fitting them into an integrated, larger picture. For example for Finance students, 'Strategy' will be the integrative course. This course will require students to integrate their knowledge from different business functions to tackle strategic issues in organisations.

Why is the Common Curriculum necessary?

The Common Curriculum courses are specifically crafted to give students a broad-based view of the world and of education, allowing them to have a strong foundation and skills in the pursuit of knowledge, and to form their own ethical stand on issues. Contrary to traditional methods of teaching, the full-time programmes will bring out students' latent abilities to think and analyse situations or events on their own, thus allowing them to learn independently. With practice, this will become a lifelong habit.

What does the Common Curriculum consist of?

The Common Curriculum consists of the following courses:

  • CCO101 Thinking & Reasoning
  • CCO103 Critical Readings
  • CCO105 Social Research
  • CCO107 World Histories & Issues
  • CCO201 Culture & Diversity
  • CCO203 Sustainability, Technology & Society

In addition to the six (6) courses above, students will need to take two (2) general elective courses (equivalent to 10 credit units) to fulfil the requirements of the Common Curriculum. These two courses must be taken with part-time students who are working adults.

Why must I take classes in the evening with part-time students?

The interaction between full-time and part-time students provides tremendous value to both parties. Most, if not all, part-time students are currently in full-time employment and need to juggle study, work and family commitments. Full-time students, who are mostly fresh school leavers with little or no work experience, will be able to gain a better understanding of the work environment and industry practices, and learn about useful life skills from the part-time students.

How will classes be conducted in the full-time programmes? Are they compulsory?

Classes will be held in a seminar style, with each class no larger than 50 students. There will be substantial class activities, some of which are graded. Students are expected to attend classes.

Can I switch from a full-time mode to a part-time mode of study (say, if I have secured a full-time job during my course of study at SUSS)?

Yes, you can switch from attending day to evening classes. As long as you meet the requirements of the full-time programme, you will graduate with the full-time degree.

Can I move from a full-time programme to a part-time programme?

Yes, you can by applying for the part-time programme. You will need to meet the admission requirements of the part-time programme. Once you have moved from a full-time programme to a part-time programme, you cannot move back to the full-time programme.

What is my candidature period?

For the full-time programme, you have up to six (6) years to complete your requirements.

Work Attachment

Will there be any work attachment that needs to be fulfilled as part of the full-time programme?

Yes, Work attachment is compulsory for all full-time students. You must complete a minimum of 24 weeks of work attachment as part of the graduation requirements.

When do I start my Work Attachment?

You may start work attachment after Year 2 and are encouraged to complete it in Year 3 of the 4 years of study.

What is the purpose of the Work Attachment?

It provides students with an opportunity to put theory into practice, to bring work experience into the classroom, and to expose them to their industry's work environment. In addition, students can initiate the Applied Project - a compulsory and graded academic requirement - during their Work Attachment.

What is Applied Project?

This compulsory component requires students to identify a work-related problem, formulate an applied project, execute a research plan and propose solutions to the problem. This project will be supervised by a SUSS faculty member and a member of the organisation where the project is conducted.

How will a Work Attachment be different from an internship?

Unlike a traditional internship, SUSS's Work Attachment is longer and structured, requiring students to undertake work assignments and job tasks like employees at their host organisations. Students must complete an attachment that is directly relevant to their enrolled degree programme and field of study. SUSS and employers will co-develop and closely supervise a structured, 24-week work attachment with clearly defined learning outcomes. This will allow students to gain real work experience that complements their classroom learning.

Can I opt for a longer Work Attachment?

Yes, you can opt for a longer work attachment.

If I have previous full-time employment, do I still need to fulfil the work attachment?

Yes, you will still need to complete the 24 weeks of work attachment.

May I source for my own Work Attachment?

Yes, but you will need to submit the necessary proposal and documents to the Office of Career Development for approval before embarking on your work attachment officially.

Am I automatically assigned to a company?

No. You are encouraged to source for a company on your own. Though we have partner companies, you would still have to compete openly for these positions with your peers.

How do I find out which are the partner companies?

Available positions from Corporate Partners will be listed on the SUSS Student Job Portal.

Who can I approach to if I need further clarification?

You can contact the Office of Career Development via email: careerdev@suss.edu.sg.

Service-Learning & Community Engagement

Community Engagement at SUSS

What is Community Engagement?

At SUSS, Community Engagement is conceived as an integral part of the University's learning ecology and as a process to empower students to further develop and act on their sense of social responsibility, grounded in real-world ideas and practices to contribute meaningfully to society. Community Engagement is a graduating requirement of SUSS full-time degree programmes.

Community Engagement is an educational experience and process by which community groups and individuals build sustained relationships, applying collective vision for the benefit of the community. Through Community Engagement, students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully-organised service experiences that meet actual community needs and that are coordinated in collaboration with university and community. It creates a connection between the university and the community, where the community is invited as co-educators to facilitate cross-sector collaboration and shared resources that help to enhance society's well-being and guide students in their journey of growth to become leaders in society.

What do we do in Community Engagement?

To enable meaningful contribution to society, students are expected to research, discuss and propose a Community Engagement collaboration in consultation with community partners.

To enable students to do the above, all students undergo a pre-engagement Foundations of Community Engagement online course with the following learning objectives:

  • Clarify personal values;
  • Develop a working knowledge of the basic principles and theories of community engagement;
  • Apply Kolb's Experiential Learning Cycle in reflecting on community engagement;
  • Identify good practices and case studies in collaborating with community; and
  • Framework for managing community engagement programmes.

Subsequently, students could research and understand more deeply about a social issue of their interest. Leveraging on individuals' strengths, skills and/or professional major, students will propose a sustainable Community Engagement endeavour that meets the needs identified by their local community partner over a period required by the community partner. In return, the community partner collaborates with SUSS Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement (OSLCE) to mentor students in both project and personal development.

What types of Community Engagement Programme Options are available?

At SUSS, we value Student Voice as a key element of Community Engagement. Therefore, SUSS emphasises student autonomy, empowering students to propose self-directed and self-driven Community Engagement initiatives, around the multiple options provided. No one Community Engagement programme option is considered better than the other – the important thing is to prioritise the needs of the community in determining an appropriate programme, and to balance the needs of the community with a commitment level that is also realistic, achievable and sustainable for you.

The community engagement graduation requirement for students from Cohort 2018 onwards may be fulfilled through one of five Community Engagement Programme options (please see the following table):

Local Programme
1. Community Service-Learning
2. Community Engaged Work Attachment/ Internship
3. Social Entrepreneurship
4. Community Engaged Project
Global Programme
5. Global Service-Learning

The following are suggested social sectors that you may consider proposing a Community Engagement Programme (group/initiative).

  • Aging
  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts/Culture/Heritage
  • Biodiversity/Conservation/Environment/Food Security/Nature/Sustainability
  • Community-building (e.g. active citizenship, active contribution to SUSS community, etc.)
  • Diversity & Inclusion (e.g. human rights, special needs, disabilities, women’s rights, migrant workers, new communities, interfaith understanding, ex-offenders, etc.)
  • Health/Well-being (e.g. mental health, drugs & substance abuse, personal financial management etc.)
  • Poverty (e.g. single-parent families, silent workers, etc.)
  • Vulnerable Children/Youth

While you embark on your Community Engagement Programmes locally, you should adopt a sustainable and global outlook to the potential impact and benefits that your programme may bring both locally and globally.

Your efforts and commitment in serving the local community are situated in the larger context of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals to transform our world.

You may contact the Office of Service-Learning & Community Engagement at osl@suss.edu.sg or approach your SUSS Project Mentor for further clarification.

Overseas Experience

Is the overseas experience compulsory?

Yes, the overseas experience is compulsory and is part of graduation requirements. It may take in form of the following:

  • Overseas Study Mission;
  • Global Service-Learning project;
  • Summer School; or
  • Work Attachment

Why is Overseas Experience important?

It aims to provide students with experience of either studying or working abroad. As the global economy is ever changing, there is a need to develop relevant capabilities and competencies to respond swiftly to the challenges formed in the environment. With these experience, students are able to look beyond our national borders.

Can I apply for waiver of overseas experience if I have several overseas experience from previous schools' trips?


Will SUSS help to arrange work attachments, service-learning projects and overseas experience for the students?

We have an Office of Service-Learning & Community Engagement, Office of Student Life and Office of Career Development to assist our full-time students with these arrangements.

Is summer programme done overseas considered as part of the overseas experience?

Yes. We have a list of partner universities for students to choose from.

Am I able to transfer credits from the summer programme?

Yes. However, it would be subject to approval.

Will I receive a transcript upon completion of the programme?

Yes, you will receive a transcript from the host university upon completion.

Can I use my PSEA to pay for the overseas experience?

Yes. If you wish to do so, please complete the relevant form to either Office of Service-Learning & Community Engagement and Office of Student Life for Service-Learning/Community Engagement related projects or Office of Career Development for Overseas Study related programmes.

Will there be any other form of Financial Assistance, besides PSEA available?


SUSS Full-Time Student Experiential Teambuilding (ETB101) Programme

Is SUSS Full-Time Student Experiential Teambuilding (ETB101) Programme compulsory?

Yes. ETB101 Programme is a compulsory credit-bearing course. This is a graduation requirement, and students must pass ETB101 to graduate. This course provides an experiential platform for all full-time students in a new cohort to kick-start their university journey together through undergoing a common experience. Students can look forward to various experiential activities designed to promote cohesion, encourage collaboration, and a deeper understanding of self, team, community and the University's values.

Visit the Office of Student Life website for more information.

Student Life

What activities are there under Student Life, and are they compulsory?

In SUSS, we believe that education involves the holistic development of the individual, and we recognise that a student's achievement is not restricted to academic performance. Our Student Life Programmes aim to empower students to further develop their social responsibility, enhance leadership qualities, and equip them with skills and knowledge for the future. As such, our programmes focus on Adventure and Outdoor Education, Social Responsibility and Citizenship Education, Leadership Development, Well-being and Mentorship. In addition to SUSS programmes, students are encouraged to participate in national and international programmes and competitions, publicised by SUSS, to hone their skills and competencies.

Risk Management training is an example of a mandatory programme in SUSS, as we recognise the critical need for students to be empowered to assess and reduce risk in any community or international projects. Given our belief in self-directed learning, the majority of our programmes are optional. Examples of these opt-in programmes include our range of Well-being activities, Leadership programmes, and Adventure and Experiential Leadership programmes. Publicity of these events and programmes may be found on our Office of Student Life microsite, or sent out via our Official Student Development Facebook group, or email.

Will there be funding to enable us to participate in competitions and programmes?

A wide range of such programmes, events and competitions are offered to students on a case-by-case basis. Most competitions and programmes selected and endorsed by the office will be funded or subsidised.

Do the full-time programmes have student interest groups, and how do I find out more about them?

Students are encouraged to initiate interest groups and projects which benefit the student community, and are consistent with SUSS's educational philosophy of 'Head, Heart and Habit'. In Year 1, students would be able to find out more from the Annual Programmes Information Session hosted by the Office of Student Life during the Student Teambuilding programme in July. For details, you may also write in to ost@suss.edu.sg. Publicity from our student interest groups are also occasionally shared on our Official Student Development Facebook group.

Will I be funded if I start my own student interest groups?

Interest groups or projects which fulfil SUSS's mission and contribute purposefully to the school community may receive seed funding from the university or sponsors (e.g. the National Youth Council (NYC)) who support your cause. It is important that you display strong commitment and integrity in actualising your plans with the provided funds. Please do arrange for a friendly chat with The Office of Student Life, before submitting the SUSS Campus-in-Action form to ost@suss.edu.sg. Updates on student interest groups may be found here.

Student Services

Will the full-time programmes have a counselling service?

SUSS adopts a three-prong approach to promoting student well-being by creating 'prevention', 'improvement' and 'intervention' support for students. As such, we offer both coaching and counselling services to students, ensuring that they get support needed to aid them in transitioning to university learn and managing the various life or situational challenges that they may face. Please click here to find out more.

Will I be able to apply for Undergraduate Concession Card?

Yes, you are eligible for Undergraduate Concession Card as you are a full-time matriculated undergraduate from a government-aided tertiary institution.

In SUSS, the Undergraduate Concession Card will also act as your Student Card. You will need to produce this card during examinations for verification purpose. Click here to read more details on the concession scheme.

Admission Requirements and Application

I am interested to apply for a place in the full-time programmes. When do admission applications open?

Admission applications for the full-time programmes close on 19 March 2018 (Mon). You may apply online and will have to pay an application fee of S$15 (net of GST).

How do I pay the application fee?

Application fee of S$15 (net of GST) is payable via the following options:

1. eNETS or eCredit Card Online Payment
After completion of online application form
2. Cash Offline Payment
For payment modes (2) – (5), payment is to be made at Singapore University of Social Sciences's Finance Office.

461 Clementi Road, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Blk A Level 2, Finance Office

Operating Hours
Mondays to Fridays: 8.30am to 7.30pm
Saturdays: 9.00am to 1.00pm
3. Cheque and Cashier/Money/Postal Order
  • Indicate your name, NRIC Number and Application Number on the reverse side of the cheque or cashier/money/postal order
  • Make it payable to "Singapore University of Social Sciences"
5. Credit Card
  • Visa and MasterCard only

What are the admission requirements?

Applicants must be Singaporean or Permanent Residents. (At this time, we do not have sufficient capacity to offer places to international students.)

The minimum academic requirements are:

Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' Levels
  • GCE 'A' Levels with three (3) H2 passes, and
  • General Paper (GP) or Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) in the same sitting with the H2 content-based subjects, and
  • H1 Project Work
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OR Polytechnic Diploma from Singapore
a Diploma from any of the five polytechnics in Singapore:
  • Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)
  • Republic Polytechnic (RP)
  • Singapore Polytechnic (SP)
  • Temasek Polytechnic (TP)
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OR International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma holders should apply with the actual results that include the total IB points made up of the combined score for 6 HL/SL subjects and the Extended Essay (EE) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) components.
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OR NUS High School Diploma
  • Graduated with the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science Diploma

OR an equivalent of any of the above, together with SAT scores
Applicants are welcome to submit SAT scores in combination with any of the above results, if you feel that your results are not sufficiently competitive for admission consideration.

Singaporeans/Permanent Residents with international high school qualifications should submit SAT scores in combination with their high school results for admission consideration.

For SATs taken before May 2016 For SATs taken after May 2016
SAT consists of 3 sections:
- Critical Reading
- Writing
- Mathematics
SAT consists of 2 sections:
- Reading & Writing
- Mathematics
Minimum acceptable test scores:
620 for each section
Minimum acceptable test scores:
630 for each section
Overall combined score of at least 1900 Overall combined score of at least 1260
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OR an equivalent of any of the above, together with the ACT scores
Applicants are welcome to submit ACT scores in combination with any of the above results, if you feel that your results are not sufficiently competitive for admission consideration.

Singaporeans/Permanent Residents with international high school qualifications should submit ACT scores in combination with their high school results for admission consideration.

For ACT taken before Sept 2016 For ACT taken after Sept 2016
Total Score of at least 28 Total Score of at least 28
Writing Score of at least 24 Writing Score of at least 8
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Singaporeans or Permanent Residents must also satisfy the following minimum Mother Tongue Language (MTL) proficiency requirement set by the Ministry of Education:
  • D7 for the Higher MTL paper taken at the 'O' level examination, or
  • 'S' grade for the H1 MTL paper or General Studies in Chinese, or
  • 'S' grade for the H2 MTL paper taken at the 'A' level examination, or
  • Pass in the MTL 'B' syllabus paper at the 'A' level examination.

If you have been exempted from MTL, the MOE-approved subject-in-lieu will be considered as your MTL subject.

Meeting the above minimum admission requirements does not guarantee a place in the university as admission to the full-time programmes is based on open competition for available places for each programme.

Other non-academic considerations are:
  • Personal attributes (communication skills, leadership qualities, special talents, work experience and others), and
  • Service to others (social or community service, volunteer work and others).

Applicants are first shortlisted based on their academic qualifications. Shortlisted candidates are then assessed on their non-academic qualities or achievements via a written essay in response to a video, a cognitive test and their performance at individual and group interviews.

What do the interviewers look for at the interviews?

In general, the interviews look for the following qualities:
  • Commitment,
  • Consciousness (of society),
  • Cognitive skills,
  • Creativity, and
  • Communication skills.

What are the scoring criteria for the written essay?

The written essay should reveal the author's ability for thoughtful reflection and sound reasoning skills.

I have both a Polytechnic Diploma and Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' Level results. Which should I apply under?

You are free to submit an online application using either of your results. The best result will be used for admission consideration.

What is the expected intake per year?

We started with 200 students in our inaugural intake in 2014. We plan to expand to 800 students per year, in about five years.

Are the admission requirements different from those of the part-time programmes?

Unlike the part-time programmes, students in the full-time programmes need not be 21 years or older. They also do not need to have two or more years of work experience.

How many programmes can I apply for during the application process?

You can indicate up to four (4) choices in the online application form.

Will SUSS's full-time programmes be on the (Joint University) Common Acceptance Platform?

Yes, they will be on the Common Acceptance Platform.

1st window of acceptance 2 January - 24 May 2018#
(For admission offers made before 25 May)
2nd window of acceptance 3 June - 18 June 2018
(For admission offers made from 3 - 17 June)

# Applicants who receive offers in the 1st window must indicate their acceptance during this window. They will not be able to accept these offers in the 2nd window. Failure to do so will mean that the offer lapses and the place will be offered to the next person on the waiting list during the 2nd window.

Will there be an orientation or matriculation day for newly registered students?

Yes, all new students will be required to attend both a Student Induction session at Singapore University of Social Sciences and a SUSS Full-Time Student Experiential Teambuilding (ETB101) Programme before commencement of the academic year. There is also a preparation programme that all new students have to go through.

Financial Information

How much are the fees for the full-time programmes?

The fee paid each semester is dependent on the number of courses taken. A student is likely to take an average of five to six 5-cu courses per semester. Click here to view the fee.

Why do the Minor courses and Common Curriculum electives have lower fees?

The full-time Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Social Work and Supply Chain Management programmes have Minor courses that are drawn from the part-time programmes. Similarly, the Common Curriculum electives in all the full-time programmes are also drawn from the part-time programmes. As such, the fees for these courses follow the existing fees and structure of the part-time programmes.

What do the tuition fees cover?

The tuition fees cover study materials (i.e. textbooks), classes, assignments and examinations. They do not include miscellaneous fees for other items specified by SUSS from time to time.

In the course of my studies, would I be affected by any increase in tuition fees?

Yes, all existing students will pay the revised tuition fees if there should be any increase. National Servicemen will pay the relevant tuition fees (along with any increase in tuition fees) based on the year in which they were offered a place in the University.

Do we have to pay GST?

For students paying the subsidised fees, GST for full-time programmes will be absorbed by MOE. These students pay only the tuition fees listed.

How do I make payment for the Programme Fees (Tuition Fees and Miscellaneous Fees)?

  1. Direct Payment (any of the following modes: Cash, Cheque, NETS, Cash Card, or Visa/MasterCard) to be made at the Finance Office located at 461 Clementi Road, SIM Headquarters, Blk A Level 2.

    For Nets payment, the daily limit is S$2,000 or S$3,000, depending on the bank and your personal limit.

    For credit card payment, the limit is subject to your available balance at the point of payment. We accept Visa and MasterCard only.

  2. Interbank GIRO Payment
    Click here to download the form.
    Deadline for submission of form: 15 July 2018

What is the Tuition Grant Scheme? I understand that I can use that to pay for my tuition fees?

Eligible students enrolled in SUSS's full-time programmes will receive the Tuition Grant from the Singapore Government. The Tuition Grant Scheme was introduced by the Government to subsidise the cost of tertiary education in Singapore. The scheme is currently open to students enrolled in full-time undergraduate and diploma programmes (subject to guidelines under the existing policy).

All non-Singaporean students (including Singapore Permanent Residents) under this scheme are required to work in Singapore for a minimum period of three (3) years upon graduation.

Opting out from the Tuition Grant scheme would result in paying 100% of the unsubsidised tuition fees.

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Deadline for submission of form: 15 July 2018

What types of financial aid are available to students? What kind of fees can I use financial aid to pay for?

Types of Financial Aid Tuition Fees Miscellaneous Fees
CPF Education Scheme

A loan scheme which allows you to use your own, your spouse's, or your parents' Ordinary Account savings to pay for your subsidised tuition fees

  • Applicants are required to submit their application online.
  • Deadline for online application: 15 July 2018

For more information, click here.

MOE Tuition Fee Loan

Up to 90% of subsidised tuition fee

  • Click here to download the Application Form and blank Letter of Offer.
  • Deadline for Submission of Form: 15 July 2018

For more information, click here.

MOE Study Loan

Up to remaining 10% of tuition fees not covered by Tuition Fee Loan, on a means-tested basis based on monthly household per capita income

  • Click here to apply online before the stipulated deadline.
  • Deadline for Submission of Form: 15 July 2018

For more information, click here.

Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) Scheme
  • Click here to download the Standing Order (SO) Form for ongoing/continuous withdrawal.
  • Click here to download the Ad-hoc Withdrawal Form for a one-time withdrawal at any point of time during the course of study.
  • Deadline for Submission of Form: 15 July 2018

For more information, click here.

MOE Bursary

For Singapore Citizens only, with gross monthly household per capita income between $950 to $1900

  • Click here to submit your e-application.
  • Deadline for e-application: 15 July 2018

For more information, click here.

CDC/CCC Bursary

For Singapore Citizens only, with gross monthly household per capita income less than $950

  • Applicants are required to submit their application online.
  • Deadline for online application: 15 July 2018

For more information, click here.

Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy

For Malay students only

  • Click here to submit your application online.
  • Deadline for Submission of Form: 31 July 2018

For more information, click here.

More details can be found here.

Contact and Location Information

How can I contact SUSS if I want to find out more information on its full-time programmes?

You can reach us in any of the following ways:
Email   : uc@suss.edu.sg
Hotline : +65 6248 0188 (Operating hours: Mondays to Fridays, 8.30am - 5.30pm, excluding Public Holidays)
Visit Us: Singapore University of Social Sciences, 463 Clementi Road, Singapore 599494