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NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD, SIT & SUSS: Complete Guide For Local University Courses Fees And How Much Starting Salary You Will Earn As A Fresh Graduate

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Pursuing higher education in any part of the world would often come with significant tuition fees. In Singapore, depending on the school, duration, and type of courses, estimated total tuition fees for an undergraduate degree can range from $25,000 to $170,000.

While some of us pursue further education as a passion, others pursue a university degree as a form of investment to ensure a good career. Regardless, not all degrees are equal, as the skills, knowledge, job market demand (and the commensurate salary) can vary from each course. Considering how much our tuition fees cost, some of us may be curious to know how much salary we can expect after graduation.

Here’s the estimated total cost of each university course and the corresponding gross median graduate starting salary.

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The following data tables are computed with data from the 2020 Graduate Employment Survey (GES) from the respective universities. Please note that:

  1. Gross median salary data is based on full-time permanently employed graduates with employee’s CPF contributions. Bonuses and other extra financial benefits are not included.
  2. Total Courses Fees are only an estimation based on typical course load. If a student takes a longer period to accumulate credits for graduation, the tuition fees will inevitably increase.
  3. Double Degree programmes are not included in the compilation.
  4. SUSS and SIT use total course fee instead of annualised course fees.
  5. SIT Monthly Gross Median Starting Salary is based on their 2019 report. The 2020 report was not available at the time of writing.
  6. NTU “Interdisciplinary double major**” refers to the following double majors: Economics and Psychology, Economics and Public Policy & Global Affairs, English Literature and Art History, Psychology and Linguistics & Multilingual Studies, Psychology and Media Analytics.
  7. Courses with “*” are based on a sample size of fewer than 30 respondents.

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NUS FY2020/2021 Estimated Courses Fees and Monthly Gross Median Starting Salary

NUS Courses Number of Years Annual Cost Estimated Total Cost Monthly Gross Median Starting Salary
Bachelor of Arts 3 $8,200 $24,600 $3,300
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,500
Bachelor of Social Sciences 3 $8,200 $24,600 $3,500
Bachelor of Dental Surgery 4 $29,300 $117,200 $4,200
Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,500
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $4,000
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,590
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $4,200
Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Science)* 4 $8,200 $32,800 $4,000
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,500
Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial and Systems Engineering) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $4,380
Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Science and Engineering) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,900
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,800
Bachelor of Laws 4 $12,650 $50,600 $5,000
Bachelor of Science 3 $8,200 $24,600 $3,100
Bachelor of Science (Hons) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,528
Bachelor of Science (Computational Biology)* 4 $8,200 $32,800 $4,650
Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) 4 $9,050 $36,200 $3,700
Bachelor of Science (Data Science and Analytics)* 4 $8,200 $32,800 $4,125
Bachelor of Business Administration* 3 $9,600 $28,800 $4,150
Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) 4 $9,600 $38,400 $4,000
Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy)* 3 $9,600 $28,800 $3,500
Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy) (Hons) 4 $9,600 $38,400 $3,500
Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $5,243
Bachelor of Computing (Information Security)* 4 $8,200 $32,800 $5,000
Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $4,500
Bachelor of Science (Business
Analytics)
4 $8,200 $32,800 $5,000
Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) 4 $8,850 $35,400 $4,000
Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design)* 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,500
Bachelor of Science (Project and Facilities Management) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,200
Bachelor of Science (Real Estate) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,630
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 5 $29,300 $146,500 $5,250
Bachelor of Science (Nursing) 3 $8,950 $26,850 $3,500
Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (Hons) 4 $8,950 $35,800 $3,600
Bachelor of Music 3 $14,200 $42,600 $3,275
Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Yale-NUS) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,890
Bachelor of Science with Honours* (Yale-NUS) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $5,350
Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $5,000
Bachelor of Environmental Studies 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,250

Sources: NUS Annualised Course Fees, 2020 NUS GES

NTU FY2020/2021 Estimated Courses Fees and Monthly Gross Median Starting Salary

NTU Courses Number of Years Annual Cost Estimated Total Cost Monthly Gross Median Starting Salary
Accountancy 3 $9,400 $28,200 $3,000
Accountancy and Business 3 $9,400 $28,200 $4,405
Business 3 $9,400 $28,200 $3,800
Aerospace Engineering 4 $8,200 $32,800 $4,000
Bioengineering 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,450
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,900
Civil Engineering 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,500
Computer Engineering 4 $8,200 $32,800 $4,100
Computer Science 4 $8,200 $32,800 $4,300
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,880
Environmental Engineering 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,450
Information Engineering and Media 4 $8,200 $32,800 $4,000
Maritime Studies 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,500
Materials Engineering 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,700
Mechanical Engineering 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,850
Art, Design and Media 4 $8,200 $32,800 $2,800
Chinese 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,500
Communication Studies 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,340
Economics 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,797
English 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,450
History 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,650
Inter-Disciplinary Double Major** 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,854
Linguistics and Multilingual Studies 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,350
Philosophy 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,650
Psychology 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,300
Public Policy and Global Affairs 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,800
Sociology 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,600
Biological Sciences 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,325
Biomedical Sciences and Chinese Medicine 5 $8,200 $41,000 $3,000
Chemistry and Biological Chemistry 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,245
Environmental Earth Systems Sciences* 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,550
Mathematical Sciences 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,656
Mathematics and Economics 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,832
Physics and Applied Physics 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,700
Sports Science and Management 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,300
Arts (with Education) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,799
Science (with Education) 4 $8,200 $32,800 $3,800
Medicine 5 $34,700 $173,500 $5,250

 

Sources: NTU Annualised Course Fees, NTU Courses Duration, 2020 NTU GES

SMU FY2020/2021 Estimated Courses Fees and Monthly Gross Median Starting Salary

SMU Courses Number of Years Annual Cost Estimated Total Cost Monthly Gross Median Starting Salary
Accountancy 4 $11,450 $45,800 $3,100
Accountancy (Cum Laude and above) 4 $11,450 $45,800 $3,744
Business Management 4 $11,450 $45,800 $3,850
Business Management (Cum Laude and above) 4 $11,450 $45,800 $4,000
Economics 4 $11,450 $45,800 $3,800
Economics (Cum Laude and above) 4 $11,450 $45,800 $4,000
Information Systems 4 $11,450 $45,800 $4,542
Information Systems (Cum Laude and above) 4 $11,450 $45,800 $5,000
Social Sciences 4 $11,450 $45,800 $3,500
Social Sciences (Cum Laude and above) 4 $11,450 $45,800 $3,510
Law 4 $12,650 $50,600 $4,588
Law (Cum Laude and above) 4 $12,650 $50,600 $5,000

Sources: SMU Annualised Course Fees, 2020 SMU GES

SUTD FY2020/2021 Estimated Courses Fees and Monthly Gross Median Starting Salary

 SUTD Courses Number of Years Annual Cost Estimated Total Cost Monthly Gross Median Starting Salary
Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Product Development) 4 $13,050 $52,200 $4,000
Bachelor of Engineering (Information Systems Technology and Design) 4 $13,050 $52,200 $4,400
Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Systems and Design) 4 $13,050 $52,200 $4,000
Bachelor of Science (Architecture
and Sustainable Design)
4 $13,050 $52,200 $3,900

Sources: SUTD Annualised Course Fees, 2020 SUTD GES

SUSS FY2020/2021 Estimated Courses Fees and Monthly Gross Median Starting Salary

 SUSS Courses Number of years Estimated Total Cost Monthly Gross Median Starting Salary
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education* 4 $30,000 $3,000
Bachelor of Human Resource
Management
4 $30,000 $2,950
Bachelor of Social Work 4 $30,000 $3,500
Bachelor of Accountancy 4 $33,440 $3,000
Bachelor of Science in Finance* 4 $30,000 $3,163
Bachelor of Science in Marketing 4 $30,000 $2,900
Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain
Management*
4 $30,000 $3,185

 Sources: SUSS Course Fees, 2020 SUSS GES

SIT FY2020/2021 Estimated Courses Fees and Monthly Gross Median Starting Salary

 SIT Courses Number of years Estimated Total Cost Monthly Gross Median Starting Salary
Bachelor of Arts in Game Design * (DigiPen Institute of Technology) 3-year 8-month $43,079 $3,220
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation (DigiPen Institute of Technology) 3-year 8-month $43,080 $3,150
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Game Design *(DigiPen Institute of Technology) 3-year 8-month $43,080 $3,800
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation (DigiPen Institute of Technology) 3-year 8-month $43,080 $4,400
Bachelor of Accountancy with Honours 3-year 4-month $27,720 $3,100
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Information & Communications Technology (Information Security) 3-year 8-month $30,000 $4,100
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Information & Communications Technology (Software Engineering) 3-year 8-month $30,000 $4,190
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Pharmaceutical Engineering 3-year 4-month $30,000 $3,660
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Building Services) 3-year 4-month $22,500 $3,500
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Land) 3-year 4-month $22,500 $3,842
Bachelor of Hospitality Business with Honours 3-year $27,720 $3,000
Bachelor of Engineering in Systems
Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems) * (SIT-DigiPen Institute of Technology)
3-year 8-month $43,080 $3,975

Sources: SIT Course Fees, 2019 SIT GES

Please note that this guide only compiles local university courses. Other overseas university programmes from SIT are not included apart from DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore. For more information do visit SIT courses website and SIT’s GES.

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Popular Or Prestigious Courses Doesn’t Always Lead To Higher Starting Salaries

It is important to take into consideration all factors when choosing a course to study. Certain courses are relatively more expensive and prestigious than the rest, but they do not immediately translate to a higher starting pay.

Based on NUS 2020 GES survey, taking up Bachelor Dental Surgery with a total 4-years tuition fee of $117,200 may not translate to higher starting pay in comparison to spending $32,800 for a 4-years Bachelor of Computing in Computer Science.

Likewise, NUS Bachelor of the Arts (Hons), a degree that might receive disapproval from some conservative folks, can garner the same starting salary of $3,500 as the popular NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting), while paying about $5,600 lesser for school fees.

Regardless, we should be careful to jump to conclusions about courses without considering the full picture of our desired career pathway. Professionally accredited degrees such as dentistry and accountants are prized due to the demand for their unique expertise.

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Focusing solely on the starting pay would be myopic. Having a good career is not only dependent on being able to command a high starting pay. There are many factors to take into consideration such as personal interest, growth of the industry, and career growth pathway.

For the rest of us that have since graduated, our degree does not set our career pathway in stone. Based on a 2019 YouGov research, as much as 53% of Singaporeans work in a job unrelated to their degrees. Education is a life-long journey, and the learning process should not end with our degree.

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