The School of Social Sciences has a regular intake in August.


Candidates may start applying online from 01 October for consideration to the following August intake. The application portal closes on 15th November for the Nanyang Research Scholarship (RSS) (same portal for self-financing students), and 30th November for the Nanyang President's Graduate Scholarship (NPGS)​. All applications received after 30 Novemember will be processed for the January intake instead.


Candidates who would like to be considered for Scholarship should meet the stipulated deadlines. Candidates applying for the Nanyang President's Graduate Sch​olarship (NPGS) need not submit an additional application for the Nanyang Research Scholarship (RSS). However, RSS candidates will not be considered for the NPGS unless application has been made directly for the NPGS.


Applications for the January intake will begin in June and end in July prior to the admission period. The application portal closes on 31 July for the Nanyang Research Scholarship (same portal for self-financing students).


Candidates shortlisted for admission will be notified of the outcome anytime between March to May for the August intake and November to December for the January intake (if applicable).


Incomplete applications will not be processed by the School. Applications will only be considered complete upon the submission of the online Referee Reports.


Only the first choice in subject area of the applicant will be processed. Candidates who wish to be considered to more than one subject area will have to make separate applications.


Applicants have to ensure the accuracy of all data before submission is made as no amendments are permitted once the application is submitted.


Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview in-person or through Skype. Admission depends on the quality of the application, including the academic record, relevant experience, and strength of the research proposal​ (guide). Admission also depends on availability of an appropriate supervisor and availability of scholarship.

Please refer to the 'Apply to SSS​' ​page for more information

Admission requirements for Ph.D. in Economics

    • ​​​​​​​A good first degree in Economics or related field from a highly ranked university, with at least second upper honors.

    •  An adequate background in Mathematics/Quantitative Methods. 

    • An excellent GRE score, especially in the quantitative section (minimum requirement: Verbal & Quantitative Reasoning 319 out of 340 and Analytical Writing 3.5 out of 6.0). GRE is not required from NTU, NUS or SMU graduates. 

    • A good language proficiency score: IELTS score at least 7.0 (on all subtests); TOEFL score at least 105 (IELTS is preferred).

     Applicants from Singapore universities and English speaking countries are exempted from IELTS/TOEFL.

  • It is strongly recommended for applicants to contact one of the professors whom they wish to work with. Applicants can discuss their proposal with the faculty member and ask for suggestions and feedback prior to submitting the application.​


The newly launched TOEFL ITP PLUS (offered by ETS) and online IELTS Indicator (offered by British Council) can be accepted  in place of the usual IELTS Academic or TOEFL iBT test scores. The TOEFL ITP PLUS and IELTS Indicator are launched due to test center suspensions in current COVID-19 situation.

For GRE, ETS is temporarily offering a GRE General Test at home option. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the GRE General Test taken at a test centre. It is taken at home and is monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®​. At home administrations are currently available around the clock Friday through Monday until June 30, 2020, and seven days a week from July 1 through September 30, 2020. Appointments may be available as early as 24 hours.​

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