Concurrent Degree 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. In addition to receiving a rigorous liberal arts education, students will develop a strong foundation in policy analysis, programme management and evaluation for the public, private and not-for-profit sectors through a series of modules and applied exercises.

Timelines to Consider

Year 3, Semester 1– Applications deadline December 15, 2020 SGT – must submit completed forms and reference letter forms via email to LKYSPP. Pass final interview prior to MPP enrolment (optional).
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 selective, and will be decided solely by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. 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.

Yale-NUS faculty will provide advising on course selection and academic mapping. CIPE will provide support and advising on the application materials and statements.

The application form will be available on this CIPE webpage typically by August each year.

Students who eventually receive and accept an offer are to additionally inform Yale-NUS Registry and CIPE, so that necessary processes (around module registration, student status etc.) can be undertaken at Yale-NUS.

Application Process

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

  • Outstanding academic results with evidence of public interest either through internship or student projects
  • An optional 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

Details of the Degree Awarding Process

Modular Credits at Yale-NUS and NUS

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

  • 50 MC’s will be devoted to the Liberal Arts Common Curriculum,
  • 54 MC’s to the Major (including a 10 MC Capstone project) and,
  • 36 MC’s to Liberal Arts Electives;


  • 32 MCs of common curriculum,
  • 20 MCs to modules in a specialisation (if preferred) and
  • 4 MCs to electives (with a specialisation), or 24 MC to electives (without a specialisation)

Please note:

  • Students are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information regarding requirements for their major and/or minor from their respective faculty/departments.
  • Double counting is not allowed i.e. credits from any MPP modules at LKYSPP cannot be counted towards undergraduate requirements at Yale-NUS College and visa versa.
  • Students 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 Three in any of Yale-NUS College’s study abroad partners (more info here) partners. This would occur anytime during Year 2, Semester 2 to Year 3, Semester 2. A typical Semester Abroad student will have to continue to take a full load of 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 or 4.

Degree Completion Timelines

  • 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.
    • Year Four will be spent mainly pursuing MPP modules and the Capstone project.
    • Year Five will be spent at LKYSPP, pursuing mainly modules typically taken by regular MPP 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.
  • 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.

Graduation Requirements and Timelines

  • 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
  • Per Undergraduate Regulations (under Section 17):
    • CDP students will be invited to participate in the ceremony after Year 4 as graduating students to represent the culmination of the Yale-NUS aspect of the concurrent degree programme.
    • Students will be conferred both degrees upon successful completion of their respective programmes, and will be invited to attend the NUS Commencement Ceremony at the end of their fifth year.

Withdrawal from the CDP during Year 5 Study

If the student is unable to complete the full fifth year of study for the CDP and formally withdraws from the program, they are permitted to work toward the Yale-NUS BA Hons or BSc Hons, while adhering to the prevailing regulations. Modular credits completed in the CDP will be counted towards the fulfilment of the undergraduate degree requirements.

Students who are currently enrolled and would like to withdraw are to contact the CIPE advisor to ascertain withdrawal procedures. These will then be undertaken both at Yale-NUS College and LKYSPP to formalise their withdrawal.

Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS) Obligations

  • 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).

Fees and Financial Aid

  • Undergraduate financial aid does not carry over to the fifth year of study.
  • Students pay any MPP administrative/miscellaneous fees and their final year of tuition directly to LKYSPP.
  • For more details on LKYSPP fees, refer here.

Yale-NUS Student Status During Year 5

  • Students will continue to have access to Yale-NUS sports facilities and CIPE advising during Year 5.
  • Students are eligible to apply for Yale-NUS Housing during Year 5 but should note that:
    1. Housing is dependent on availability and is not guaranteed for Yale-NUS LKYSPP CDP students. Students must follow Residential Life stated timelines.
    2. They will be required to pay the current rate of housing costs rather than the initial cost they had during their freshman year.
  • As student enrolment at Yale-NUS approaches full capacity, the likelihood of securing housing in Year 5 will be low. Students are encouraged to consider other options concurrently:
    • Students are eligible to apply for NUS UTown and College Green housing. Please consult the individual College timelines for steps and procedures.

Information from LKYSPP regarding their joint degrees, including the Yale-NUS CDP, can be found here.

Procedures for addressing Alleged Violations of the Code of Student Conduct & Residential Guidelines

  • Please refer here for more details under Special Note for DDP/NUS CDP students.  


Presentation slides from September 2020 session


APPLY BY 15 DECEMBER 2020 SGT.  Please complete this form, and submit via email ( before the stated deadline. You are also required to have two references by having referees submitting this form here directly via email to by the deadline.

Late applications will not be accepted. Please ensure that both application and references have been submitted by the deadline.

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