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What will I learn?

The Department of Economics offers a Master of Economics coursework programme with two tracks: a Career-Oriented Track (Applied Economics) and an Academic-Focused Track (Quantitative Economics). Applicants should declare their preferred track at the time of application, and also indicate whether they are willing to be considered for the other track. After students complete the first semester of their preferred track, students can apply for a transfer between the two tracks if they meet the requirements of the track which they wish to be transferred to. The Master of Economics Committee will consider their applications based on the students’ academic performance. For example, AE students should have completed at least all core modules -- EC5101, EC5102 & EC5103 before they submit the request for a transfer to QE track.

Career-Oriented Track: Applied Economics

This track is for individuals who wish to become professional economists or economic consultants, or who wish to work for government agencies. It is designed for students who wish to apply economics to a wide range of challenging situations facing firms, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

Academic-Focused Track: Quantitative Economics

This track is for students who wish to acquire more profound knowledge of advanced economic theory and analytical and quantitative methods. It prepares students for doctoral studies in economics and careers that require more rigorous training in advanced economic theory and analytical and quantitative skills.


A full-time candidate must take at least three modules per semester and may take up to five modules per semester. A part-time candidate must take at least one module per semester and may take up to three modules per semester. *Please note that some classes for the Quantitative Economics track are offered on weekday daytime.

Of the ten required modules, three are core foundation modules that are required of all students. Students choose the remaining seven modules from the offered elective modules.

Recent statistics show that in the past five years, about 50% of the full-time students completed the programme within one year and about 90% of the full-time students completed the programme within one and half year.

The maximum period for the completion of the Master of Economics programme is 36 months of full-time study or 48 months of part-time study from the commencement of the programme. The maximum periods include the time allowed for approved study leave but may exclude periods of leave of absence subject to Faculty approval.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Information not available

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Start date

1 August 2022, 9 January 2023


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5,

5 Arts Link,

117570, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require a Bachelor’s degree with honours or equivalent, in a relevant discipline; or a Bachelor’s degree with a relevant Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate with a minimum CAP of 3.00. English Language Requirements: TOEFL score is required: 85 for the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section); or 580 for the paper-based test; or 237 for the computer-based test; an IELTS score of 6.0.

For international students

Good Bachelor’s degree (Honours) from a reputable university.

English Language requirement: IELTS - 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Reading and Writing components; MUET – 240; TOEFL: 92-93 for internet-based; EL1119 - C6; PTE Academic: 62 overall with 62 in Reading and Writing components; C1 Advanced / Cambridge English: Advanced - 180


About National University of Singapore (NUS)

Along with the highest education standards, students at NUS benefit from an excellent overall experience with excellent research facilities.

  • Ranked 11th in the world (QS World rankings 2022)
  • Excellent graduation rate of over 97 percent
  • Leading research teams using cutting-edge facilities
  • Outstanding selection of courses across 17 faculties

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