Master Scholarships in Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

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The 2-year Master in Public Policy (MPP) Programme is designed for young professionals who seek rigorous education and training in public affairs. The MPP program provides a strong foundation for future public service leaders in policy analysis, programme evaluation, and management in the public and private sector. The programme prepares candidates with skills that enables them to work in many settings — from national, state, and local government; and in think tanks, consulting firms, multilateral institutions and non-profit organizations.

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public PolicyTaught by our eminent faculty who come from some of the most prestigious institutions globally, the small class size of 60 students facilitates dynamic interaction between professors and students, and amongst the students themselves . A prestigious network of partner institutions worldwide allows qualified Master students a unique opportunity to spend a year abroad pursuing a double degree or spend a semester abroad on exchange.

MPP students come from more than 25 countries around the world; they are drawn from the public, private and not-for-profit sector, with international students constituting roughly 80 percent of the student body.

A sample cohort includes candidates in positions such as Communication Officer, UNDP, Malaysia; Analyst, Goldman Sachs; Analyst, Australian Department of Defence; Associate, Ernst & Young; Research Associate, Harvard University; Radio Producer, UN Mission in Sudan; Senior Assistant Director, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore and Junior Diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia to name a few.

The LKY School also offers students a wide range of professional development services through career counselling, career panels and employer information sessions, networking events with alumni and professional skills workshops. Graduates of the LKY School go on to distinguished careers all over the world in multilateral, government and non-profit sectors.

Financial Aid
More than 50 percent of the LKY School students study on merit based scholarships. All students can apply for the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) and Chang Yung-Fa scholarships. Furthermore, prospective students can also apply for more scholarships based on nationality.

National University of SingaporeApplicants for financial aid simply need to complete (as part of the general application process) the Financial Aid Application Form which requires the applicant to indicate maximum of 3 scholarships he/she chooses. Upon successful admission to the LKY School, more specific information on grants will be communicated to the financial aid applicant. Students can also work as research or staff assistants, either within the School or with external institutions across Singapore.

Admission Requirements
Candidates accepted into the programme will normally have up to 5 years of work experience and the average age is mid-20’s. Although bright fresh graduates will be considered, the MPP candidate preferably should have displayed interest and/or experience in a public service environment.

Admission requirements are as follows:

  • NUS honours degree (minimum 2nd Upper) or an equivalent degree (i.e. Bachelor dgree with an average grade of B or above)
  • Valid TOEFL or IELTS test scores (only for international applicants without a degree from an English-medium institution in Australia, Canada, Ireland, NZ, UK or the US); a score of at least 580 on TOEFL paper based test / 85 on TOEFL internet based test or 6.5 on IELTS preferred
  • Completed application form
  • Complete CV
  • 3 essays
  • 3 references
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts and certificates/diplomas

In general, the School looks for evidence of intellectual distinction, personal character and leadership capabilities (as demonstrated by extracurricular, civic or community activities, employment history and recommendations).

The application deadline for MPP 2013 is 15th February, 2013.

MPP Programme Highlights
The 2 -year MPP programme has 5 unique features:

  1. MPP students have the option of deepening their understanding of a specific field by focusing on one of five areas of specialisation:
    • Development Studies
    • Economic Policy and Analysis
    • International Relations and Security Studies
    • Social and Environmental Policy
    • Public Management and Governance
  2. MPP students can apply to “double degree” programmes with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), University of Geneva, Peking University or the University of Tokyo. While admission is highly competitive, accepted students spend one year at the LKY School and the second at the partner institution (application to the double degree partner is made at the end of the first semester at LKY School). Upon successful completion of the programme they will be awarded two degress from the respective institutions. The school also offers double degree programmes with NUS Faculty of Law and NUS Business School.
  3. MPP students can also benefit from exchanges in the second year with more than a dozen world class universities including Georgetown University, Tsinghua and University of St Gallen. Accepted students spend one semester at the partner institution.
  4. To obtain direct practical experience, MPP students must undertake a public policy or management study, called the Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE), for a client in the public, private, or non-profit sector.
  5. MPP students also have the option of pursuing an internship in the public, private or not-for-profit sector in the summer or winter break. The School actively engages with leading think tanks, consulting firms, multilateral institutions and non-profit organizations to help facilitate internships for students.

The MPP program is full time and fully taught in English. The core curriculum focus is on quantative skills and analysis, economics, political science, management and leadership. It comprises of completing 8 core modules, 7 electives and a Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) with a client in the public or private sector.

MPP Core Modules:

  • Economics and Public Policy I
  • Economics and Public Policy II
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Empirical Analysis for Public Policy OR Statistical Techniques for Public Policy
  • Public Policy Research and Evaluation
  • Policy Analysis Exercise
  • Introduction to Public Policy and Analysis
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Public Policy Research Design and Methodology

For enquiries, please contact (65) 6516-6134 or email to

For more information, please visit official website:

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.

One comment on “Master Scholarships in Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

  1. Hi I am Napoleon B. Perez, interested for the scholarship grant in Singapore. But my qualification is not enough to satisfy your standard. What I have is a willing mind and passionate heart to be successful someday.

    I am a teacher in Bulacan State University. A graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education. Pls help me to help others. Thank you.


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