MSc in Applied GIS



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The programme of Master of Science in Applied Geographic Information Systems (hereafter MSc in Applied GIS), a single-degree coursework Master’s programme hosted in Department of Geography at NUS, is designed to reflect the cutting-edge technologies and latest developments in GIS and its applications with the reputation of NUS Geography as one of the top 10 geography departments around the world. This innovative programme provides an exciting opportunity for the prospective students to study at NUS, the top university in Asia, as a pathway to a PhD or further practical career in applied GIS or related disciplines.

We offer two tracks of training (Thesis Track and Project Track). The Thesis Track includes a research thesis component, which covers thesis preparation (GE5225) and the GIS research thesis itself (GE6225). It aims to attract students with interests in applied GIS research and developing their research skills. The Project Track includes a GIS project component (GE6226). It aims to attract students who require practical GIS skills or an upgrade to their existing GIS expertise to progress their careers.


Who Should Apply

Those who currently use or who wish to use GIS and its applications to their full extent will find the programme useful. Applications cover, but certainly not limited to, spatial assessment and management of natural resources, environmental/disaster monitoring and assessment, demographic analysis, public health, forensic sciences, transportation and urban planning, and business marketing.


Admission Requirements

The MSc in Applied GIS has one intake per year (August). Applicants seeking admission to the thesis or project tracks of the MSc must have obtained either:

  • a Honours degree (Merit/Second Class and above) or the international equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelors degree with at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in the subject or related fields; or
  • a good Bachelors degree (at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in the subject or related field, and with a minimum of one year of relevant work experience; or
  • such other qualifications and experience subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies.

Overseas applicants from non-English speaking background and with qualifications from universities where English is not the main language of tuition must demonstrate good English proficiency [TOEFL score of at least 85 for the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section) or 6.5 for IELTS or equivalent]. The test must have been taken no longer than two years prior to the proposed date of admission.



Full-time students will study over three semesters, which start in Semester 1 (August–November), continue in Semester 2 (January–April), and end in Semester “3” (comprising the two Special Terms and running from May to July). Students will take modules during the first two semesters and produce a thesis (for Thesis Track) or a project report (for Project Track) during the third semester.

Under normal circumstances, the period of candidature is 12 months of full-time study or 24 months of part-time study from the date of commencement of the course. The maximum period of candidature for both tracks of the MSc Programme is 24 months of full-time study or 36 months of part-time study from the date of commencement of the course, inclusive of approved leave of absence and medical leave. Leave of absence of up to one year will not be counted towards a candidate’s maximum candidature. Subsequent leave will be considered as part of the candidature.


Programme Structure

The curriculum of the MSc in Applied GIS programme consists of core compulsory modules and elective modules. Core modules will be offered every academic year. Elective modules may not necessarily be offered in the same academic year. Modules will be arranged flexibly, with some offered in the evening. All modules carry 4 modular credits (MCs), except for GE6225 (12 MCs, equivalent to 3 taught modules) and GE6226 (8 MCs, equivalent to 2 taught modules). The list of elective modules will be expanded as new, relevant modules become available. Please refer to "Modules" tab for the detailed infomation of these modules.

Students from the following background may sit for a proficiency test to waive GE5223:

1) Former NUS students who have taken GE2215 Introduction to GIS and GE3238 GIS Design and Practices, and obtained at least B for both modules; or

2) Overseas students who have taken GIS modules equivalent to GE2215 and GE3238, and obtained at least B or equivalent for both modules; or

3) Applicants who do not have prior academic training in GIS but have 2 years of working experience in GIS-related industries



The assessment for each module will be based on a combination of examination and continuous assessment, specified in each module. A candidate who fails a core module, defined as receiving a F for the module, must retake the same core module during the period of candidature. A candidate is allowed to retake the same core module once. Failure to pass the core module after the second attempt will result in termination of the candidature. A candidate who fails an elective module may be permitted to either retake the same elective module once, or replace the failed module by taking another elective module in a subsequent academic year. Failure to pass the elective module after the second attempt will result in termination of the candidature.

A candidate may withdraw from an elective module within the first two weeks of a semester. A candidate who does not withdraw from a module within the said timeframe must be examined in that module unless granted leave of absence by the Head of Department or his/her nominee. The Head, or his/her nominee, will consider each application according to the circumstances of the case.

A candidate who is not granted leave of absence but who withdraws from any module of an examination after a given deadline will be deemed to have sat and failed in that module of the examination. No extension of the maximum period of candidature will be permitted as a result of such failure.


Graduation requirements

The graduation requirements for both Thesis Track and Project Track are as follows:

  • Thesis Track: students are required to complete 40 MCs before graduation, including six core modules (GE5223, GE5219, GE6211, GE5226, GE5225, and GE6225, sub-total = 32 MCs) and any two elective modules (sub-total = 8 MCs). Students wishing to continue to the GE6225 GIS Research Thesis module (third semester) must have passed all modules with a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.0. In order to graduate, students must also pass the module GE6225 GIS Research Thesis with at least a grade B- to maintain a minimum CAP of 3.0 at the end of the course of study.
  • Project track: students are required to complete 40 MCs, including five core modules (GE5223, GE5219, GE6211, GE5226, and GE6226, sub-total = 24 MCs) and any four elective modules (sub-total = 16 MCs). Students wishing to continue to GE6226 GIS Research project (third semester) must have passed all modules with a minimum CAP of 3.0. In order to graduate, students must also pass the module GE6226 GIS Research Project with at least a grade B- to maintain a minimum CAP of 3.0 at the end of the course of study.


Fees and payment

The tuition fee for AY2020-2021 intake is S$32,950 (inclusive of GST) for the entire programme for all students on the MSc irrespective of nationality. A non-refundable acceptance fee of S$2,000, which counts toward the tuition fee, is due upon acceptance of the admission offer to the programme. Other fees payable follow the prevailing rates set by the University (

FT/PT Non-refundable acceptance fee Fee Payable per semester ($) Inclusive of GST Total Fees
Year 1 (Sem 1) Year 1 (Sem 2) Year 2 (Sem 1) Year 2 (Sem 2)
Full Time(1 year) SGD2,000 SGD15,475 SGD15,475 SGD32,950
Part Time(2 years) SGD2,000 SGD7,737.5 SGD7,737.5 SGD7,737.5 SGD7,737.5 SGD32,950


Students who wish to take additional modules or who need to retake a module will be charged a per-module rate equivalent to 10% of the tuition fee based on the cohort admitted. There is no late thesis submission unless under special circumstances approved by the Head of Department and the same applies if approved.


The online application for the August 2021 admission opens from 1st October 2020 to 1st March 2021. Please apply via this URL: .

Once you have submitted your application online and uploaded the supporting documents:

    (i) Official or up-to-date academic transcripts,
    (ii) degree scroll (if applicable), and
    (iii) TOEFL/IELTS result (if any - for international applicants),

please email to notify the Geography officer.