This Concurrent Degree Programme aims to develop versatile graduates able to tackle big public policy issues 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 interwoven with Master of Public Policy’s interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates analytical depth and theoretical sophistication with practical skills of problem solving, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, and learning in diverse environments, thereby ensuring graduates will become the next generation of effective policy leaders.
The following information provides guidance from the type of courses you must take in order to be considered for this programme, to advice on topics such as what to do during your summers to be a competitive candidate.
|Year 3, Semester 1||– Applications deadline January 15th, 2018 @ 5pm SGT – must submit completed form online through Student360 portal. Pass final interview prior to MPP enrolment. Application status known by April/May 2018.|
|Year 3, Semester 2||– Complete most major modules by Year 3, Semester 2.|
|Year 4||– Take 6 courses at LKYSSP; 2 major courses at Yale-NUS and complete capstone|
|Year 5||– Complete remaining modules at LKYSPP (8 of 14 modules)|
The application form will be available on the Student360 in October 2017.
- Outstanding academic results with evidence of public interest either through internship or student projects
- Interview session conducted with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy admissions team – interviews will be conducted either over the phone or in person, dependent on where the student is based at the time of the interview
- Comprehensive application essays that identify students’ interest in public policy, their intention behind applying for a Master’s in Public Policy, and why they are a fit for the accelerated nature of the program
Yale-NUS College – 140 MCs
- 60 MC’s will be devoted to the Liberal Arts Common Curriculum,
- 30 MC’s to Liberal Arts Electives and
- 50 MC’s to the Major (including a 10 MC Capstone project);
LKYSPP – 56MCs
- 24 MCs of common curriculum,
- 20 MCs will be devoted to modules in a specialisation and
- 12 MC of free electives.
No MPP credits from the LKYSPP are allowed for “double counting” towards the undergraduate degree at Yale-NUS College and visa versa. Students are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information regarding requirements for their major from their respective faculty/departments.
Students will receive two separate transcripts reflecting their undergraduate and graduate work.
A typical Semester Abroad student will have to continue to take 4 courses at the overseas institution that will be recognised as contributing to his/her Major or elective requirements at Yale-NUS College. The two Common Curriculum courses (Historical Immersion and Current Issues) will then be taken in Semester 1 of Year 3 and 4.
- The course will take five (5) years to complete. Students will spend the first three academic years primarily at Yale-NUS College pursuing the Liberal Arts Curriculum.
- They will then spend Years Four and Five primarily at LKYSPP, pursuing mainly the LKYSPP modules typically taken by regular MPP students.
- Year Four will be spent mainly pursuing MPP modules and the Capstone project.
- 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.
- Students may leave the Concurrent degree programme or be required to leave the programme if they fail to meet LKYSPP’s requirements. Such students will revert to becoming a non-CDP Yale-NUS College B.A./BSc (Honours) student, subject to Yale-NUS College’s rules and requirements.
- The Yale-NUS Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree and the Lee Kuan Yew School Master in Public Policy will be awarded following completion of both a minimum of 140 modular credits (MCs) at Yale-NUS College and 56 MCs at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. 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 graduate with the MPP, students must obtain a CAP of at least 3.00 for all MPP MCs. The following students shall be removed from the Concurrent degree programme, even if all other requirements are met:
- CAP falls below 3.00 for completed MPP modules for 2 consecutive semesters; or
- CAP falls below 3.50 for completed MPP modules for 3 consecutive semesters; or
- Fail any particular MPP module twice; or
- Fail 3 or more MPP modules
- 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 or 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.
- CDP students will receive both degrees (BA/BS 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).
- Students will have access to Yale-NUS sports facilities and resources during Year 5.
- Students shall continue to have access to CIPE resources, opportunities, and 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 is not guaranteed for Yale-NUS LKYSPP CDP students at Yale-NUS. Students most follow Residential Life stated timelines.
- Students are also eligible to apply for NUS UTown and College Green housing. Please consult the individual College timelines for steps and procedures.
- Undergraduate financial aid does not carry over to the fifth year of study. Students will pay their final year of tuition directly to LKYSPP.
Information from LKYSPP regarding their joint degrees, including the Yale-NUS CDP, can be found here.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Charlotte Heather Evans
Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE)
Assistant Professor, Social Sciences (Political Sciences), Yale-NUS LKYSPP CDP Faculty Advisor
*Webpage last updated 3rd July 2017.