Singapore | International Credentials Equivalencies

Minimum GPA
Second Class Honours, Upper Division
A Minus GPA
First Class Honours
B Plus GPA
Second Class Honours, Upper Division
Instruction Languages
Bachelors Equiv.
Bachelor`s (with minimum 4 years of study)
Masters Equiv.
Master`s (1-3 years of study)
Grad Sample
First Degree Sample
Grading System

Class I A
Class II, Div. I B+
Class II, Div. II B
Class III,

4.5 and above (with at least an A- in thesis/project): First Class Honours
4.49-4.0: Second Class Honours, Upper Division
3.5-3.99: Second Class Honours, Lower Division
3.2-3.49: Third Class Honours
2.0-3.19: Pass
Below 2.0: Fail

Recognized Universities

National Univ. of Singapore,
Nanyang Technological University,
National Institute of Education

Notes for Singapore

Hons (I or II) are awarded for degrees of BEng, BAcc, BSc (Estate management).

Hons (unclassified) are awarded for degrees of BArch, BDS and MB BS.

Bachelor’s Degree
The National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore University of Social Sciences offer both Bachelor Ordinary (or Pass) and Bachelor Honours degrees. Pass degrees usually last for three years and Bachelor Honours degrees for three or four years. Singapore Institute of Technology offers Bachelor Honours degrees. Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Technology and Design only offer one type of Bachelor degree programme; they do not use the Pass / Honours degree system.

Degrees in subjects such as architecture, dentistry, engineering, medicine and law take longer to complete.

Most programmes include a dissertation or final project.

Master’s Degree
There are two main types of Master’s degree available: Master’s by coursework and Master’s by research. Programmes are one or two years in duration, depending on the subject. Coursework-based degrees consist of taught modules and often include an optional final project or dissertation. Research-based degrees include both taught and thesis components.

Several institutions offer joint and dual Master’s degrees in collaboration with overseas institutions.

A Doctorate takes a minimum of three years to complete. A Master’s degree is required for entry. Both research and professional Doctorates are offered. Programmes generally include a number of taught courses in addition to the doctoral thesis.

Last Update: September 2, 2020

Last modified: September 11, 2020