English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate their English proficiency by means of TOEFL* / IELTS** test scores. Applicants may be waived from this requirement if they completed their degree programme taught entirely in English, situated in an English speaking country, for example (non exhaustive list) Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, United Kingdom, USA.

*TOEFL is the abbreviation for the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
**IELTS is the abbreviation for the International English Language Testing System.

The examining authorities for the respective tests are:





Other tests (including the TOEFL Institutional Test) and those that claim to be predictions, estimations, equivalents, simulations, etc. of the TOEFL or IELTS are unacceptable.

To meet the English requirement for our M.Sc. programmes in Engineering, the minimum score expected is :

  • 85 (for TOEFL internet-based test) or

  • 6.0 (for IELTS (Academic)).

The TOEFL score or IELTS result is only valid for 2 years after the test and should be valid at the beginning of the application period for the designated MSc degree.

Applicants will need submit the scanned copy of their TOEFL / IELTS scoresheets during their online application. For verification purposes, the original copy can either be:
(a) verified upon admission at the point of registration; or
(b) applicant may request Educational Testing Services (ETS) to send original TOEFL scores to NUS. (Institution code of NUS-Faculty of Engineering is 9084) after you have received offer of admission.

If you are still unsure on whether you are required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS test score, please contact the NUS Engineering Office of Graduate Programmes at engpgcwk@nus.edu.sg to seek clarification/confirmation before the application period closes.

All test scores are to be submitted together with the online application before the application closing dates, otherwise, the application will be deemed as incomplete and will not be processed. Application fee will not be refunded for incomplete applications.