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Frequently Asked Questions

Programme

Application / Eligibility

Financial Matters

Others

 

Programme

What is the difference between the MTSC and a master’s degree in public policy and/or an MBA?

Public policy and business courses focus on specialised skills within the respective sectors of government and business, but rarely provide insights into how the sectors are blurring in practice or how to engage in the increasingly important partnerships across the public and private sectors. The MTSC focuses on specialised collaborative skills required to create deep and meaningful partnerships across the sectors, which also includes civil society organisations. Ultimately, this means that the MTSC is for individuals and organisations that value long-term sustainability and understand that achieving this requires cross-sector collaboration at an ever-increasing scale.
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What are the job prospects after completing this course?

This course trains ‘intrapreneurs’, individuals who with the passion to drive initiatives within their organisation, creating change from the inside. In addition,  this is a modular programme, so most students will remain in their existing jobs while taking time off from work for the study sessions. During this course, students will be trained in skills and applied techniques that will enhance their current performance, excel in their existing responsibilities and allow them to pursue opportunities within their organisations and beyond.
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Is the MTSC full-time or part-time?

The MTSC is classified as "full-time modular". This means that for all purposes and intent, it is a "full-time" programme that requires students to obtain all credits necessary for graduation as though it is delivered as a traditional full-time degree. The "modular" component allows students to work and study at the same, as all lessons are condensed into blocks of 1 to 2 weeks. MTSC has a total of 7 such "sessions". Every calendar week is a 5 to 6-day module (varies by module) with full-day contact time, roughly 9am to 6pm. Students are encouraged to stay for evening talks and networking events wherever possible.
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What happens in between the sessions?

As the programme is conducted in 11 intensive weeks over 18 months, students should ideally still be employed full-time (as opposed to taking long leave for a full-time programme) at their respective organisations. Therefore, students return to their day jobs. There will also be project work assigned during these periods.
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Is the MTSC a Master of Science?

The MTSC has been designated its own category as a "Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration", reflecting its interdisciplinary nature. Therefore it does not fall into the common categories of MSc, MBA, MA etc.
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Application / Eligibility

Is work experience necessary?

Work experience is critical because students are expected to be able to contribute for richer discussions and more effective project outcomes. Students should have experienced the need for cross-sector collaboration in the course of their work. However, such experience may also be gained through internships or entrepreneurial projects. Applicants with relatively limited experience may want to make up for this by performing well on the admissions test, essays and during the interview (if shortlisted).
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Are you able to tell me, based on my CV and/or academic certs and transcripts, whether I'll be accepted into the MTSC?

If you have not yet submitted a complete application, the answer is no. That's because we still require your test scores, referee recommendations, and if you are shortlisted, your interview to be completed before we can make a decision on whether you are accepted. Your professional and academic performance are only a portion of what is reviewed. In addition, your application is assessed against all other applicants. Each year, the quality of the application pool will vary.
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How do I register for the SMU admissions test if I don’t have either a GRE or GMAT score?

During your application, leave the GRE/GMAT fields blank. You will be provided with instructions to the practice tests via email. Once you are ready, you will be issued with a username and password to access your test online. Scores will be sent directly to SMU. This test will cost S$200 per attempt. 
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Can I take my GRE / GMAT through SMU?

No, the GRE and GMAT are standardised tests administered only by official test centres. Applicants who wish to take these tests should refer to the respective websites of ETS and GMAT. Note that these tests are NOT free. Please check the ETS / GMAT sites for test fees, centres and dates.
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How do I submit my referee letters / letters of recommendation?

During your application, fill in the contact details of two referees. SMU will contact them via email and they will be asked to fill in their recommendation according to the guided form and return via email to the sender. Please inform your referees to expect this email. However, we still welcome traditional letters of recommendation, if you have them, in addition to the online forms.
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How many days of leave are required?

Based on the reference calendar, you will need to be away from work for 40 days (8 weeks x 5 days) in the first calendar year and 15 days (3 weeks x 5 days) in the second year. However, as there will be Saturday lessons, the above calculation makes the assumption that your organisation does not work Saturdays.
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Financial

What are the sources of financial assistance available?

Limited scholarships are available at the discretion of the MTSC admissions committee. You may wish to visit this link to find out more about potential sources of financial support.
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Can CPF be used to pay for the MTSC fees?

The CPF Education Scheme does not cover postgraduate programmes. The CPF Board website states: “Allowing CPF to be used for full-time studies in approved educational institutions was a special consideration made in 1989 to help low income families support themselves or their children through local tertiary education. Students who have graduated with basic tertiary qualifications have earning capabilities which enable them to build-up their savings for further studies. Universities also have various schemes, like the Tuition Fee Loan Scheme and Study Loan Scheme, to help students pay their tuition fees.” (Source: CPF Board)
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Others

As a foreign student, can I work in Singapore? 

Most of our foreign students either already work in Singapore before they start studying in the MTSC course, or they fly to Singapore/USA only during the classes. For the minority who seek a student visa and wish to stay full-time in Singapore for the duration of the course, please refer to the guidelines on the Singapore Ministry of Manpower website here
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Is accommodation provided?
At present, we do not have any accommodation arrangements. This may be considered for future batches if there is strong demand. Note that this only refers to logistical arrangements. Students will have to pay for their accommodation, unless a scholarship covers this.
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What if I am unable to attend some or all lessons of any particular module?

Attendance is mandatory for all modules. If you are unable to attend an entire module, you will be required to make up for it in the next academic year. If you are unable to attend a few days, you should speak in advance with the instructor to determine how much you will miss. It is up to the instructor's discretion as to the amount / type of make-up you will need to have.
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If I am submitting scores for GRE / GMAT / TOEFL / IELTS, what institution codes should I use?

Please use these codes:

  • GRE: 2861
  • GMAT: F8D-02-98
  • TOEFL: 9014
  • IELTS: no institution code required

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If I am not based in Singapore, do I need to apply for a student’s pass?

Yes if you intend to stay in Singapore for the entire duration of the 1.5-year programme. Although the MTSC is offered on a modular basis, the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) classifies this programme as “full-time”. You will need to apply for this as soon as you go through the online matriculation process. Please refer to the ICA for more details. For other scenarios, you may wish to contact the MTSC office for more information. 
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What happens if I am called up for In-Camp Training (ICT) during one of the sessions?

This is only applicable to NSmen. Please apply for a deferment in the NS Portal and send us your application number. SMU MTSC will support your deferment.
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Last updated on 15 Sep 2017 .