Frequently Asked Questions 

Admissions
  1. Can I do the PhD on a part-time basis?
  2. Do I have to pay any application fee?
GRE/GMAT/IELTS/TOFEL

 

  1. If I have very good academic records / studied in a reputed or
    highly ranked university / have very impressive work experience,
    can GMAT or GRE be waived?
  2. If I am a Singapore citizen / Singapore permanent resident /
    NTU graduate, do I still need to take GMAT or GRE?
  3. Which test is preferred: GMAT or GRE?
  4. Can I substitute TOEFL with IELTS?
  5. What is the cut-off for GMAT / GRE / TOEFL?
Application Procedure

 

  1. If I do not have all the required documents ready and the deadline is near, what should I do?
  2. What will happen if I miss the application deadline?
  3. If I am admitted but cannot come, can I defer my admission till the next intake?
  4. If I am not admitted, can I be reconsidered for the next intake?
  5. Can I apply to the Master's degree first, before I apply or switch to the PhD program?
  6. Can I apply if I am from a non-Engineering background?
  7. Can I apply for more than one Schools/specialisation?
  8. Do I need to find a research supervisor before I apply or get admitted?
  9. How do I apply?
Immigration

     

  1. What are the immigration procedures involved for international students?
  2. Can my family accompany me to Singapore?
Answers

 

Qn 1: Can I do the PhD on a part-time basis?

No. Our PhD Program is very rigorous, and can be done on a full-time basis only. This is not a part-time or distance-learning program.

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Qn 2: Do I have to pay application fee?

No. There is no application fee.

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Qn 3: If I have very good academic records / studied in a well-known university / have impressive work experience, can GMAT or GRE be waived?

Although GMAT or GRE scores are the only elements we consider, there is waiver for this requirement. Our applicants come from different parts of the world, and GMAT and GRE are important yardsticks for the selection process. This is a common international practice.

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Qn 4: If I am a Singapore citizen / Singapore permanent resident / NTU graduate, do I still need to take GMAT or GRE?

No. You need not to take GMAT/GRE score.

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Qn 5: Which test is preferred, GMAT or GRE?

You will need to follow the requirements of the College you are applying for. Engineering College require GRE and not GMAT, while Behavioral Sciences may accept both. Please clarify this from the respective College or write to us.

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Qn 6: Can I substitute TOEFL with IELTS?

IELTS is acceptable in lieu of TOEFL.

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Qn 7: What is the cut-off for GMAT / GRE / TOEFL?

We do not set any absolute cut-off point for these tests. However, you might want to note that the median for our most recent intake was 700 for GMAT, 1300 for GRE (verbal & quantitative), 610 for TOEFL and 6.5 for IELTS.

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Qn 8: If I do not have all the required documents ready and the deadline is near, what should I do?

Please go ahead and send in what you have ready (at least the application form, photocopies of your transcripts and degree certificates, and your statement of objectives). However there is no guarantee that your application will be reviewed if the missing items arrived too late.

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Qn 9: What will happen if I miss the application deadline?

Some divisions may still consider late applications until April. No new applications will be reviewed after April . Late arrival of your application may reduce your chances of admission.

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Qn 10: If I am admitted but cannot come, can I defer my admission till the next intake?

We do not allow admission to be deferred to the next intake. Let us know if you wish to be considered for the next intake, and we will re-activate your application when the next review process begins. Applications are not kept for more than a year.

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Qn 11: If I am not admitted, can I be reconsidered for the next intake?

Unsuccessful applications will not be returned and cannot be reactivated. You may reapply for the next intake.

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Qn 12: Can I apply to the Master's degree first, before I apply or switch to the PhD program?

In our PhD program, you do not get a Master's degree en route to the PhD. If you are interested to do a Master's degree with NTU, direct your inquiries to the appropriate program office.

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Qn 13: Can I apply if I am from a non-Engineering discipline/background?

Previous education may include any discipline. However, students who are interested in pursuing studies in IMI are expected to have some knowledge of the interactive Media. Good knowledge and skills in quantitative research will be an advantage.

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Qn 14: Can I apply for more than one School/specialisation?

Yes, you may do so. Indicate your interests in one application and do not submit multiple sets of application. Nevertheless, you are advised to restrict your choices to one specialisation, otherwise it may indicate a lack of focus in your areas of interest. Your application will be considered by the particular School/College/division of specialisation, in the order of your preference.

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Qn 15: Do I need to find a research supervisor before I apply or get admitted?

There is no need to scout for a research supervisor at this stage. At the end of the first year or after the students are confirmed into PhD candidacy, when students have a better understanding of the different fields in their chosen specialization, they will be asked to confirm a research topic, and can start writing their thesis proposal after they have obtained a professor's agreement to supervise them in their thesis work.

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Qn 16: How do I apply for the program?

Please apply through: Application Form.

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Qn 17: What are the immigration procedures involved for international students?

International students need to apply for a Student's Pass to pursue a course of study in Singapore unless they already have an Employment Pass issued by the Singapore Immigration Department. The Student's Pass is only issued to full-time students and not part-time students. The issuance of Student's Pass by the Singapore Immigration is subject to the clearance of medical examination of international students. Our International Student Centre (ISC) will assist successful applicants in applying for an In-Principle Approval Letter for Social Visit Visa and Student's Pass from the Singapore Immigration (SIR). It usually takes 4-6 weeks for SIR to process the application. It is therefore important that you complete and return as soon as possible the application form that is given to you with the Admission Letter. The In-Principle Approval Letter for Social Visit Visa and Student's Pass will be sent to the students prior to their departure for Singapore. Students are to produce this letter at the Immigration checkpoint upon entry into Singapore. After arrival in Singapore, students have to bring along the required documents to SIR to apply for the Student's Pass before the Social Visit Visa expires.

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Qn 18: Can my family accompany me to Singapore?

Your student pass will allow only you to enter Singapore. The University will sponsor the social visit pass application for the student's spouse only. If other family members wish to come along, you may apply with the Singapore Immigration for social visit pass.

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