What will I learn?

About Faculty

IPSAS is Malaysia’s pioneer research institute in youth and community development, addressing contemporary youth and community-related issues in the country. Since our establishment in November 2001, we have undertaken numerous research and consultancy activities with the goal of contributing to the socioeconomic well-being of youth and communities. As the lone social science research institute in UPM, we also contribute to educational development by offering post-graduate degrees in youth studies, leadership studies, community education and rural advancement. Our strengths are based on our well-qualified and experienced researchers, and strong industrial and institutional networks.

Youth Studies focuses on the development of young people from early adolescence to young adulthood. Based on the relevant historical, cultural, sociological, psychological, political and educational literatures, the Youth Studies program emphasizes a positive youth development (PYD) approach. Through ecosystems perspectives, graduate students learn about youth development from the perspective of the individual, family, community and society, at both local and international levels. The program in Youth Studies also includes the role of training and development of youth as a strategy for community mobilization and national development.

Which department am I in?

Institute for Social Science Studies

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of one year and a maximum of three years)

Tuition fees
1st semester: RM 5,850; 2nd - 3rd semesters: RM 3,950; 4th semester: RM 3,450; 5th and subsequent semesters: RM 3,700; study cost for max 2 years: RM 17,200; study cost for max 3 years: RM 24,600
Start date

10 February 2020


Universiti Putra Malaysia



43400, Malaysia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The applicant should possess a Bachelor’s degree (with honours) in a relevant field with a minimum CGPA of 3.000, or the applicant without sufficient academic qualification can be admitted into the programme subject to any other requirement specified by the Faculty/Institute. An applicant from a local public university who is in the final semester of his undergraduate study programme may be considered for provisional admission provided his current CGPA or its equivalent satisfies the graduate programme admission requirements. English Language Requirements: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Band 6.0; Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL), Paper Based - 550; 400 for Band 4.0 only for Malay language, Arabic, Chinese Literature, internet-based test (IBT)- 79-80.

For international students

Applicants should have a recognized Bachelor's degree in related field with minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent, or

Have at least work experience (three years) in a related field will be considered for admission

550 for the TOEFL Paper-based Test (Academic Version); or

Band 6.0 for IELTS (Academic Training); or

79-80 for TOEFL Internet-based Test (Academic Version); or

Level 109 for CIEP at ELS Language Centre