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Five Year Programme with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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 problemsolving, 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, 2017 @ 5pm SGT – must submit completed form to Charlotte Evans at Pass final interview prior to MPP enrolment. Application status known by April/May 2017.
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)



Admissions to the Concurrent degree programme is highly competitive and selective. As MPP students are selected not only on the basis of academic and professional accomplishments, but also on their demonstrated commitment to the public interest, CDP applicants should also be able to show evidence of their leadership, teamwork skills, and public-spirited initiative.



Shortlisted high-calibre candidates must undergo a rigorous admissions selection process, which includes the following requirements:

  • Outstanding academic results with evidence of public interest either through internship
    or student projects
  • Interview session
  • Written placement test (2 essays)


Students will offer a minimum of 196 modular credits (MC) over five years. The MC system will be used for both Yale-NUS College and LKYSPP modules. Yale-NUS College modules are designed as 5 MC while LKYSPP’s are 4 MC in accordance with prevailing practice.

  • 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); and
  • LKYSPP – 56MCs
    • 24 MCs of common curriculum,
    • 20 MCs will be devoted to modules in a specialisation and
    • 12 MC of free electives.

Study Abroad:

Semester Abroad. A variant of the CDP is available to students who wish to pursue one semester abroad in Year Three in any of Yale-NUS College’s Student Exchange Programme (SEP) partners. This would occur during Year 3, Semester 2.

A typical Semester Abroad student will have to continue to take 4 courses at the overseas institution that will be recognized as contributing to his/her Major 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.
  • 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

An information sheet detailing comprehensive requirements of the Yale-NUS Concurrent Degree Programmes can be found here.   Additionally, information from LKYSPP regarding their joint degrees, including the Yale-NUS CDP, can be found here.


Presentation slides from September 2016 session



Charlotte Heather Evans
Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE)