Graduate and Professional School

Five Year Programme with NUS School of Computing

The CDP aims to develop versatile graduates able to tackle significant problems in computing in a complex global context. Yale-NUS College’s multidisciplinary intellectual commitment, coupled with its emphasis on leadership, community service, international and professional experiences, will be combined with SoC’s unique exposure to strong technical computing skills, thereby readying graduates to become the next generation of innovative and effective computing professionals.

Timelines to Consider

Year 2, Semester 2Indicate interest and attend Info Session
Schedule appointment with Faculty Advisors (Dr. Aquinas Hobor (aquinas@yale-nus.edu.sg) and Dr. Olivier Danvy (danvy@yale-nus.edu.sg) to discuss academic eligibility and requirements.
Complete academic pre-requisites by Year 4, Sem 1:
- take a minimum of 6 computing modules (either Yale-NUS or NUS SoC), ideally including 2 Level 3000 and above modules at SoC.
Year 3, Semester 1Submit the following via email by 31 December:
⁃ completed application form,
⁃ at least 1 recommendation/reference letter(s),
⁃ personal statement,
⁃ academic transcripts,
⁃ other supporting documents such as scholarships, awards or prizes received (if available).
Year 3, Semester 2Accept offers and confirm enrollment by end of Semester.
Inform CIPE and relevant Yale-NUS offices (i.e. Registry) of acceptance.
Year 4 Formally enroll in the CDP, and take 4 modules (Level 4000 and above) at NUS SoC while completing Capstone
Year 5Complete the rest of their MComp at NUS SoC

Admissions

Admissions to the concurrent degree programme is highly selective. While all applications will be assessed by the Joint Admissions Committee, final admission decisions will be made by the NUS School of Computing. Yale-NUS faculty will provide advising on eligibility, course selection and academic mapping. CIPE will provide advising on the application materials and statements. Students are fully responsible for submitting their application online and in hardcopy. In addition to academic pre-requisites, students admitted to the Programme must have a CAP of 4.0 (excluding common curriculum modules).

Application Process

Eligible candidates will be asked to submit the following documents via email by 31 December each year:

  • Completed application form,
  • At least 1 recommendation/reference letter(s),
  • Personal statement,
  • Academic transcripts,
  • Other supporting documents such as scholarships, awards or prizes received (if available).

For AY2018-AY2019, the deadline has been extended and applications are to be submitted by 3 March 2019 to NUS SoC (ync-cdp@comp.nus.edu.sg).

Details of the Degree Awarding Process

Modular Credits at Yale-NUS and NUS

Students will obtain a minimum of 180 modular credits (MC) over five years. The MC system will be used for both Yale-NUS College and SoC modules. Yale-NUS College modules are designed as 5 MC while SoC’s are 4 MC in accordance with prevailing practice.

  1. Yale-NUS College – 140 MCs
    1. 50 MCs will be devoted to the Liberal Arts Common Curriculum,
    2. 36 MCs to Liberal Arts Electives and
    3. 54 MCs to the Major (including a 10MC Capstone Project); and
  2. SoC – 40 MCs (for MComp)
    1. 12 MCs of CS or IS Specialization
    2. 12 MCs of electives
    3. 16 MCs of dissertation

Students are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information regarding requirements for their major from their respective faculty/departments. They will receive two separate transcripts reflecting their undergraduate and graduate work.

Semester Study Abroad

A variant of the CDP is available to students who wish to pursue one semester abroad in Year Two (Semester Two), or Year Three in any of Yale-NUS College’s Study Abroad partners (more info here).

A typical Semester Abroad student will have to continue to take a full load of courses at the overseas institution that will be recognized as contributing to his/her Major or elective requirements at Yale-NUS College.

Degree Completion Timelines

  • The course will take five (5) years to complete. Students must fully satisfy the concurrent degree requirements before they are simultaneously conferred both degrees.
  • Students will spend the first four academic years primarily at Yale-NUS College pursuing the Liberal Arts Curriculum.
  • Year Three will be spent mainly pursuing CDP-aligned modules. Year Four will be spent taking approved NUS SoC modules at Yale-NUS while completing the Capstone project.
  • They will then spend Year Five at SoC, pursuing MComp modules typically taken by regular MComp students.
  • The maximum period of candidature will be six (6) years, excluding approved leave of absence. A student may be granted official leave of absence pursuant to prevailing rules and guidelines. Official leave of absence, for personal or academic reasons, should not be more than two semesters in total.

Graduation Requirements and Timelines

  • The Yale-NUS Bachelor of Arts/Science (Honours) degree and the NUS Master of Computing will be awarded following completion of both a minimum of 140 modular credits (MCs) at Yale-NUS College and 40 MCs at the NUS School of Computing.  It is expected that students will be able to complete these requirements in five academic years.
  • Students must fully satisfy the concurrent degree requirements before they are simultaneously conferred both degrees.
  • To continue in the MComp programme, a student may not have:
    • CAP below 3.00 for two consecutive semesters.
  • To graduate with the MComp, students must obtain a CAP of at least 3.00 for all MComp MCs. Students who do not fulfill this requirement shall be removed from the Concurrent degree programme, even if all other requirements are met.
  • CDP students are invited to participate in the procession with their entering cohort during the Yale-NUS graduation ceremony, though they will not cross the stage to receive a BA/BSc.  Students who complete the CDP successfully will be invited to attend the Yale-NUS Graduation Ceremony and NUS Commencement Ceremony at the end of their fifth year.

Withdrawal from CDP

If the student is unable to complete the full fifth year of study for the CDP and formally withdraws from the program, they are expected to work toward the Yale-NUS BA/BSc Hons, while adhering to the prevailing regulations and graduation requirements. Modules taken at SoC may count towards their electives/MCS requirement, where applicable.

Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS) Obligations

  • CDP students will receive both degrees (BA/BSc and graduate degree) at the end of Year 5.
  • For students on the Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS), their TGS obligations will not commence till they have completed all their requirements for both degrees (at the end of Year 5).

Yale-NUS Student Status During Year 5

  • Undergraduate financial aid does not carry over to the fifth year of study. Students will pay their final year of tuition directly to NUS.
  • Students shall continue to have access to CIPE advising during Year 5.
  • Students are able to apply for Yale-NUS Housing during Year 5 but should note they will be required to pay the current rate of housing costs rather than the initial cost they had during their freshman year of undergraduate year.  Housing at Yale-NUS is not guaranteed for Yale-NUS-NUS CDP students.  Students must follow Residential Life stated timelines.
  • Students are also eligible to apply for NUS UTown housing or accommodation at Prince George’s Park Residences.  Please consult the individual college timelines for steps and procedures.

More information about NUS Master’s in Computer Science can be found here.

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Faculty Advisor

Dr. Aquinas Hobor 
Assistant Professor of Science (Computational Sciences)
aquinas@yale-nus.edu.sg

Dr. Olivier Danvy
Professor of Science (Computer Science)
danvy@yale-nus.edu.sg