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How to Apply

To speed up the application process we advise you to apply online, through our website at the address provided below....

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Postgraduate Programmes Booklet

When to Apply

Applications for postgraduate studies are open throughtout the year with no closing dates but there are still cut-off date for coursework and mixed mode programmes which are as below:
1st     Semester  (September Intake) - 15 June
2nd   Semester  (February Intake) - 15 October

It is important to check the cut-off date for the chosen programme. Applications received before the cut-off date will be processed promptly, whereas applications received after the cut-off date will be processed for the next intake.

For research mode programme, application and registration can be anytime throughtout the year.

Language Requirement

  • A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) (Paper-based); or
  • A minimum score of 213 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) (computer-based); or
  • A minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) (Internet-based); or
  • A minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System); or
  • English is the candidate’s mother tongue or National Language; or
  • The candidate graduated from an Institution of Higher Learning in which the medium of instruction at Bachelor and Master level is English; or
  • English courses offered by British Council. (The level of qualification and the relevant courses are to be identified by the University Postgraduate Studies Council); or
  • English courses offered by School of Languages, Literacies and Translation (The level of qualification and the relevant courses are to be identified by the University Postgraduate Studies Council); or
  • English courses from selected Malaysian public/private university or institution. (The level of qualification and the relevant courses should be previously identified and approved by the University Postgraduate Studies Council).

* Candidates are advised not to send the TOEFL scores directly to USM on their own. Please make requests for ETS to send the score to us. USM's institutional TOEFL code is 8900. 

Fast Track to a PhD

Be on the Fast-Track to a PhD from a Bachelor’s Degree and get awarded with a USM Fellowship

Applicants with a CGPA of 3.67 in their Bachelor’s degree can directly apply for PhD

If you have an outstanding academic background, you could be considered for the USM Fellowship during the first year of your study in Universiti Sains Malaysia.

The Fellowship Covers:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Examination fees
  • Monthly Allowance

 

Year Amount (RM)
1st year RM2,100.00
2nd year RM2,300.00
3rd year RM2,500.00


USM Fellowship is only applicable to applicants pursuing postgraduate studies in full time research mode in USM.
Terms and Conditions Apply

Academic Grade Requirement

MASTER

PhD / DOCTORATE

Qualification (any of the below):

 

I.     Bachelor degree (Honours)

A) CGPA of at least 2.75/4.00
B) CGPA of 2.5 - 2.74/4.00 with

  • Research experience – 1 year; OR,
  • Professional experience in related field- 1 year;
    OR,
  • Two (2) academic publications (journals, not proceeding(s) in related field; OR,
  • Grade B for major/ elective courses; OR,
  • Grade B+ for final year project;

C) CGPA of 2.00 - 2.49/4.00 with

  • Research experience - 5 years or professional experience in related field - 5 years, AND
  • Two (2) academic publications (journal, not proceeding(s) in related field; OR,
  • Grade B+ for major / elective courses; OR,
  • Grade A- for final year project.

OR,

II.    APEL A Certificate (APEL T-7)

http://www2.mqa.gov.my/APEL/ 

Qualification (any of the below):

 

I.     Master degree (Coursework or Mixed Mode)

A) CGPA of at least 3.00 / 4.00
B) CGPA of 2.75 - 2.99 with

  • Research experience – 2 years; OR,
  • Professional experience in related field – 2 years;
    OR,
  • Two (2) academic publications (journals, not proceedings) in the field applied; OR,
  • Grade B+ for major/elective courses; OR,
  • Grade B+ for Coursework Mode or P for Mixed Mode dissertation/project; 

C) CGPA of 2.5 - 2.74 with

  • Research experience – 2 years OR professional experience in related field – 2 years; AND,
  • Two (2) academic publications (journals, not proceedings) in the field applied for; OR,
  • Grade A- for major/elective courses; OR,
  • Grade A for Coursework Mode or P for Mixed Mode dissertation/project;

OR,

 II.    Master degree (Research Mode)

OR,

 III.   Bachelor degree (First class honours) or CGPA of           at least 3.67/4.00

 

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Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia

Tel : +604 653 2606  |  Fax : +604 653 2940 
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