Shaping Asia’s Influence in the World

Asia’s imprint on today’s world is unmistakable. Like ink spreading across paper, its outward expansion is organic and permanent. As it continues its ascent in the global community, Asia’s influence on politics, trade, security and diplomacy will ultimately add more vibrancy and colour to the lives of people.

The design concept is inspired by Professor Danny Quah’s study on “the world’s tightest cluster of people”, as the world shifts its focus to Asia.

Source: Danny Quah, “The World’s Tightest Cluster of People”, DQ-en Making Large Things Visible to Naked Eye (2015).
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Studying in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School) is located in Singapore, you are at the heart of one of the best public policy laboratories in the world, as the city-state is widely known for its strong governance and effective foreign and domestic policies.

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Programme Overview

The LKY School Master in International Affairs (MIA) programme is designed to provide you with a holistic and multi-disciplinary understanding of international affairs.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes
  • You gain a deep understanding of issues, theories and debates in international affairs
  • You develop a critical awareness of the strengths and limitations of each international affairs subfield, and learn to make sense of its complexities
  • You learn to apply key theories and analytical tools to devise solutions for complex problems
  • You learn cross-cultural and decision making skills so as to make practical judgements that are balanced by theoretical, analytical and ethical considerations
  • You gain the confidence to effect positive transformation in the world, solving problems in ways that are constructive, analytically sound, practically feasible and culturally sensible
  • You acquire a deep understanding of Asia’s nuances and its place in the world
  • You will be seated with 30 highly motivated and young professionals with a keen interest in global affairs and contemporary developments in Asia. Exchange ideas with the future leaders passionate about bringing transformation in the international arena.

 

Curriculum

Curriculum

The MIA programme is a two-year full-time programme, comprising four semesters and nine core modules. The immersive format and rigorous curriculum will give you the skills, analytical tools and experience you need to thrive in your career, be it in diplomacy, government, international development, non-governmental organisations, policy analysis or business.During the second semester, you will have the option of specialising to build in-depth knowledge in an area aligned to your professional interest.

In addition to coursework, you must complete a Master’s Thesis or a Capstone Project in your second year. The Master’s Thesis may be carried out in cooperation with a practice partner, under the supervision of a faculty member.

  • Politics and International Relations
  • International Economics and International Political Economy
  • Social, Environmental, and Urban Policy
  • Public Management and Leadership

Modules Description

Modules Description
Core 1: International Relations – Theory and Practice

This module will introduce students to the predominant ways in which scholars of world politics go about making sense of the contemporary world. Three main approaches will be emphasised: realism, liberalism, and constructivism.

Core 2: International Security

This module is an overview of international security. It begins by asking “What is security?” and what are the causes of war and the use of coercion. The module then goes on to deal with “non-traditional” security: terrorism, climate change, water security, health security, and gender and violence.

Core 3: International Political Economy

This module brings together politics, economics and international relations on issues relevant to the global economy. It aims to give students a critical understanding of how politics and economics, and domestic and international forces, interact to shape modern policy.

Core 4: Research Methods in International Affairs

This module provides an introduction to the principal research methods in international affairs. Students will assess the strengths and weaknesses of alternative approaches, learn how and when to use different lines of attack, and gain experience in critically evaluating published research.

Core 5: Foreign Policy Analysis

This module explores these questions by examining, and where appropriate, by comparing, the foreign policy challenges and decision-making of a group of Asian Pacific countries, including China, Japan, India, the United States, Indonesia, and Singapore.

Core 6: International Economic Development

This module provides the essentials of modern understanding on the subject, ranging from programme evaluation and randomised controlled trials through the Middle-Income Trap, financial crises, the resource curse, the Lewis Turning Point, and the boundary between state and market.

Core 7: International Conflict Analysis and Resolution

This module offers the opportunity to develop analytical skills to understand today’s armed conflict and to learn key tools of conflict resolution. Not only it aims to equip students with a better understanding of how to address and solve contemporary armed conflicts and disputes, but also to develop assessment techniques that can be useful throughout their professional career.

Core 8: Global Governance

This module explores the theoretical foundations of global governance and international law, its elements, and then provides a hands-on and in-depth analysis of the actors, norms, and challenges in the supply of some of today’s critical global public goods, including peace and stability, development, climate change mitigation, trade, food security, global health and a secure internet.

Core 9: Geopolitics of the Asia Pacific

The rise of China has irrevocably changed the geopolitical landscape in Asia-Pacific. This has not only resulted in the shift of the centre of economic, political and diplomatic gravities into Asia-Pacific, but also led to a trend of development from unipolar to multipolar world, especially in the region. Thus, the geopolitical scene in Asia-Pacific involves a fast transition in major power relations, while regional architectures for both security and economic development remain insufficient. This module examines the opportunities as well as challenges to regional peace and stability amidst fast geopolitical changes in Asia-Pacific.

Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar
 Semester 1 (August – December) Semester 2 (January – May)
Year 1Core 1: International Relations: Theory and Practice
Core 2: International Security
Core 3: International Political Economy
Core 4: Research Methods in International Affairs
Core 5: Foreign Policy Analysis
Core 6: International Economic Development
Specialisation Elective 1
Specialisation Elective 2
Year 2Core 7: International Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Core 8: Global Governance
Specialisation Elective 3
Core 9: Geopolitics of the Asia Pacific
Specialisation Elective 4
Specialisation Elective 5
Master’s Thesis or Capstone Project (based on a two-month internship experience)
Year 1Semester 1 (August – December)
Core 1: International Relations: Theory and Practice
Core 2: International Security
Core 3: International Political Economy
Core 4: Research Methods in International Affairs

Semester 2 (January – May)
Core 5: Foreign Policy Analysis
Core 6: International Economic Development
Specialisation Elective 1
Specialisation Elective 2
Year 2Semester 1 (August – December)
Core 7: International Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Core 8: Global Governance
Specialisation Elective 3

Semester 2 (January – May)
Core 9: Geopolitics of the Asia Pacific
Specialisation Elective 4
Specialisation Elective 5
Master’s Thesis or Capstone Project (based on a two-month internship experience)

Highly Reputable Faculty

You will learn from world-renowned thought leaders widely regarded as the leaders in their field. Helming the MIA programme are the LKY School’s Dean and Professor in Practice Kishore Mahbubani, Professor Khong Yuen Foong, Professor Kanti Prasad Bajpai, Professor Danny Quah, Professor Huang Jing, Associate Professor Razeen Sally and many other prominent academics. 

They will enliven the core courses with their own distinctive research, ideas, and practical experience.

Kishore Mahbubani

Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy
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Khong Yuen Foong

Li Ka Shing Professor of Political Science, NUS
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Kanti Prasad Bajpai

Wilmar Professor on Asian Studies
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Danny Quah

Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics
Tan Chin Tuan Visiting Professor, NUS
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Huang Jing

Lee Foundation Professor on U.S. – China Relations
Director, Centre on Asia and Globalisation
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Razeen Sally

Razeen Sally

Associate Professor
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Francesco Mancini

Francesco Mancini

Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) and Visiting Associate Professor
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The MIA programme is helmed by distinguished practitioners who were from top institutions previously such as Harvard University, the London School of Economics (LSE), Oxford University, and Princeton University. Helming the programme are Kishore Mahbubani, Khong Yuen Foong, Kanti Prasad Bajpai, Danny Quah, Huang Jing, Razeen Sally and many more. 

Kishore Mahbubani

Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy
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Khong Yuen Foong

Li Ka Shing Professor of Political Science, NUS
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Kanti Prasad Bajpai

Wilmar Professor on Asian Studies
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Danny Quah

Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics
Tan Chin Tuan Visiting Professor, NUS
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Huang Jing

Lee Foundation Professor on U.S. – China Relations
Director, Centre on Asia and Globalisation
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Razeen Sally

Razeen Sally

Associate Professor
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Francesco Mancini

Francesco Mancini

Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) and Visiting Associate Professor
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Internships And Career Opportunities

Career services

Career services

The Career Services Unit and its ‘Career Catapult’ framework provide you with the discovery process through internship programme and a suite of other career resources to help you make the most out of your academic degree to enhance your employability.

Orientation & Semester 1: Construct

Plan what you need to succeed and start gathering the building blocks for your career success. Build a solid foundation of career skills through the Career Catapult Bootcamp: understand your strengths, craft an elevator pitch, plan what needs to go into your Curriculum Vitae (CV), practice networking that works.

Semester 1 & 2: Check It Out

Learn about potential career paths for MIA graduates. Discover the possibilities, decide what’s right for you and plan what you need to do in the next two years to get there. Attend career talks, industry nights, meet employers, research jobs and fields. Explore and apply for summer internships with organisations such as APEC Secretariat, the World Bank, United Nations, consultancies and non-profitable organisations. Attend internship recruitment interviews and compete for funding support via the LKY School Internship Programme.

Semester 2, 3 & 4: Connect

This is the most important element of the Catapult. You must reach out to employers and alumni early on, and start getting to know people in the sector you wish to build a career in. Start with the LKY School’s network of alumni and employer partners who come from a variety of international and multilateral organisations, non-profit organisations, consultancies, public and private sector organisations, but don’t stop there. Impress your internship employer and colleagues. Keep in touch. Keep networking.

Summer, Semester 3 & 4: Craft Clinics

Hone your craft, tell your story. Build your portfolio and your network of contacts. In your final year, it is important that you think about and discover your value proposition, then learn to articulate it. Through a series of Craft Clinics, you will plan your job hunting strategy, perfect your CV and cover letter, hone your elevator pitch and participate in mock interviews. Next, launch your catapult. Reflect, learn, adjust. Then launch it again.

Internships Opportunities

Internships Opportunities

Prominent organisations that have offered our students internships include:

  • The World Bank
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
  • APEC Secretariat—Policy Support Unit
  • Asia-Europe Foundation
  • Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • Microsoft Singapore
  • Frost & Sullivan

The LKY School also provides funding for internships through our internship programme, providing support for our students who take unpaid internships in government, non-profit and multilateral organisations in Singapore and other parts of Asia. This programme defrays some of the costs incurred by you during your unpaid internships, thus encouraging you to gain practical experience and advance your professional goals through internships.

Careers after graduation

Careers after Graduation

The LKY School has already developed a global footprint with alumni in all corners of the world: in North America (USA, Canada, Mexico); South America (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador) and Africa (Botswana, Nigeria and Zambia). Many are doing well and occupying senior positions in government, multilateral institutions, corporations and non-governmental organisations across the world.

Each of our graduates leaves the school with a world-class public policy education, recognised to be among the best by our peers. They also leave the school with a ready-made global network. This network is as valuable as their academic education because more and more international relations challenges can only be solved through global perspectives. Our extensive network of alumni contributes to the public good in a wide variety of fields such as economic development, social policy, finance, international relations, public affairs and consulting.

Equipped with international perspectives and a nuanced understanding of Asia, you will go on to be leaders in your respective fields and enhancing the positive impact that Singapore is having on the world.

Admissions Criteria And Application Process

Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria

Highly motivated, outward-looking, and open to new ideas, you should be passionate about understanding the transformation that is taking place in Asia and across the world.

You will be evaluated based on proven academic ability, with relevant work experience a plus. Competitive candidates would possess a good bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0, a second upper class honours degree or equivalent.

You are required to submit the following documents:

1. Online application form

2. Personal statement in no more than 500 words, stating your motivation for applying for the MIA programme and its relevance to your future career development.

3. A writing sample of not more than 2000 words. You may choose a writing sample submitted previously for a degree programme, work of fiction, newspaper article or an analytical piece of work.

4. Three referee’s reports. If you have graduated less than five years at the time of application, we require at least one report to be from your university lecturer/faculty to attest your academic abilities.

5. Degree scrolls and academic transcripts.

6. A valid GRE, GMAT or LSAT score.

 

Application Process

Application Process

1. The application period starts from 1 August 2016 to 31 January 2017.

2. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an online application. To access the online application system, you will be required to enter your email address and a six-character password.

3. Applicants will be notified of the results of successful admission to the MIA programme, as well as the results of scholarships awarded from early April.

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FAQs

FAQs
1. When are applications due?

Applications must be submitted online. The applications are open from 1 August 2016.
All applications are due by 31 January 2017, 23:59 hrs (Singapore time, GMT+8).

2. How many students do you admit yearly?

We will be admitting 30 students for the first intake of the programme. We expect this to gradually increase to 60 students per year at steady state.

3. What are the GRE / GMAT/ LSAT scores I need to qualify for the programme?

We do not have a minimum score required for admission. Standardised test results are just one of several selection criteria. Each application will be evaluated holistically based on the documents submitted.

4. Is work experience required for admission?

Work experience may aid an application but it is not a selection criterion.

5. What are my chances for admission if I do not possess a relevant first degree?

We expect most applicants to have an academic background in the Social Sciences. However, candidates from other disciplines and with deep interest in International Affairs are welcome to submit their applications.

6. Are there any admission interviews and/or tests?

Admission decisions will be made primarily based on the application and supporting documents that are submitted. However, some candidates may be required to attend an interview.

7. When will I know the outcome of my application?

Applicants will be notified from the end of March of the admissions year.

8. Is it possible to defer my starting date, if I have been successfully admitted to the programme this year?

Deferment of starting date is subject to approval from the school. If it is approved, it will be valid for one year.

 

Tuition Fees and Financing

Tuition Fees and Financing
Tuition Fees

The MIA programme is a two year full time programme and tuition fees will come up to S$29,000 per annum.

Limited scholarships are available. Scholarship applications are assessed based on the strength of your application. Some candidates may be required to attend an interview.

Estimated Cost of Living in Singapore

The estimated cost of living in Singapore is around $32,700 per year. These costs have been derived based on a conservative estimate of a comfortable lifestyle. The actual amount could differ according to your lifestyle habits.

Living expensesCost (per month)
Off Campus Accommodation
S$900 to S$1,300
Food (University canteens)
S$200 to S$300
Food (Meals outside campus)
S$440 to S$525
Books / SuppliesS$80 to S$100
TransportationS$250 to S$300
Miscellaneous Personal expensesS$150 to S$200
TotalS$2,020 to S$2,725
Financing Your Studies

You are encouraged to pursue opportunities to secure other sources of external funding. Other financing options include student loans from independent institutions such as Prodigy Finance.

About Prodigy Finance
Prodigy Finance is revolutionising student finance. Our innovative model offers alumni-funded loans to international students at the world’s top schools, including the LKY School (NUS). While banks base their loan decisions on historical salaries, Prodigy looks to the future. We assess applicants’ future earning potential (based on the past achievements of similar graduates) to determine loan affordability. Our model is borderless, allowing us to offer competitive rates to over 150 nationalities of students. Interest rates vary depending on individual applicants.

Accepted students into the MIA programme are eligible to apply for a loan with Prodigy.

Why Choose Prodigy?

  • 150 nationalities covered
  • Competitive interest rates
  • No collateral or guarantees required
  • Easy online process
  • No repayments while you study

Learn how you can apply for a loan at http://prodigyfinance.com.

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