To graduate, the MPM candidate will be required to achieve a CAP of minimum 3.0. You need to complete the following:

  • 5 Core modules (NUS component)
  • 1 MPM Elective module (NUS component)
  • 2 Elective modules (NUS component)
  • Attachment Programme to a Singapore Ministry or Statutory Board (NUS component)
  • 4 Elective modules at Harvard Kennedy School or Columbia SIPA

Core Modules

The Core modules focus on imparting practical skills, disciplinary knowledge, and interdisciplinary competencies necessary for the work done by policy practitioners, researchers, public managers and leaders.


MPM Elective

PP5313 Topics in Public Management (2 Module Credits)
This half semester module provides students with insights on current hot topic issues of the day relevant to senior officials in public service. Students will have an opportunity to discuss and debate these issues with experts in the field.


You can choose to read any 2 Elective modules. For a list of all Elective modules offered, click here.

Attachment Programme in Singapore

Our MPM students will be attached to a Singapore Ministry or Statutory Board, where they will be exposed to the workings of how the government operates. Not only will this bridge the gap between theory and practice, it also offers an overview of the processes of policy-making in Singapore. It challenges the MPM candidate to explore the factors that contribute to good governance and provides a hands-on approach in his or her area of interest. The programme takes place from May to June.

Partner University Component

Tapping into our partnership networks, MPM students get to spend a semester at either the Harvard Kennedy School , or the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University. This component take place during the months of January to May, and exposes our students to the classroom environment of our esteemed counterparts around the world.

Typical MPM Academic Calendar for 2017-18

Mid-July to AugustOrientation Programme
Semester 1 (at NUS)
August to November
3 Common Curriculum modules
1 MPM Elective module
2 Elective modules
End-November to early-DecemberExaminations
Semester 2 (at Partner University)
January to mid-May
4 Elective modules
Examinations and break
Special Term (at NUS)
May to July
1 Common Curriculum module
Attachment Programme
July to mid-August (at NUS)Completion and presentation of Attachment paper

Continuation and Termination

An MPM candidate’s CAP should not fall below 2.5 for two consecutive semesters or 3.0 for three consecutive semesters. A candidate who failed to maintain the minimum CAP as stipulated would have his or her candidature terminated. An MPM candidate must obtain a minimum CAP of 3.0 for the 16 NUS Modular Credits before he or she can proceed with the overseas partner university component.

A candidate who fails a Common Curriculum module must retake and pass an examination in that module in a subsequent semester. A candidate who fails an elective module may, subject to the approval of the school, retake the module or choose an alternative module and pass its examination in a subsequent semester. A candidate who fails a module in a second attempt or fails more than three modules throughout the course of study will be required to terminate his or her candidature.


Aside from the comprehensive information on our admissions page, if you have any other queries or would like to receive a copy of our programme brochure, please submit your request via our query form. Alternatively, you may also speak to our admissions officers at +65 65168004.