Master Of Tri-Sector Collaboration

Master Of Tri-Sector Collaboration


The innovative Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration provides rigorous interdisciplinary training in effective problem solving for the 21st century’s complex environment. It is applicable to business, government, and civil society organisations, and to the interactions among them. It will:

  • Develop leaders able to flourish in a complex, tri-sector world
  • Enable students to master a toolkit of innovative skills for tackling global challenges together
  • Create cross-sector networks in the region
  • Provide students with deep understanding of key conceptual frameworks
  • Ensure that students can make sense of the plethora of megatrends affecting business-government-society interactions, from environment to demography to technology

Admission Requirement

  • High English proficiency (all courses are delivered and graded in English). Students with a first degree from a non-English speaking university will be required to submit IELTS/TOEFL reports.
  • Good bachelors degree (business, social science, law, public policy or other related fields).
  • Significant work experience.
  • Good score on the GRE preferred. GMAT scores may be accepted in lieu of the GRE. If an applicant does not have either, please contact the programme office after submitting the application. The applicant will be asked to sit for an alternative admissions test administered by SMU.
  • 2 recommendations from your current employer or an equivalent, objective party.
  • Two short essays, written in English. You will be asked to paste your answers into the application form. Please refer to the Application page for the topics. 


Open to all nationalities. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.



  • Global Trends
  • New Trends in Governance (in collaboration with Brookings Executive Education, Brookings Institution, held in Washington D.C.)
  • How the Three Sectors Think
  • Complexity and the Art of Public Policy
  • Technology Trends: The Policy, Business and Social Impacts
  • Futures Methodologies and Scenario-based Planning
  • Public Policy and the Delivery of Public Goods (in collaboration with theLeadership Academy for Development at the Centre on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University)
  • Capstone project (individual)
  • Policy Task Force (group)

For course descriptions and faculty, visit the Curriculum and Faculty pages.



Application Period

Application is opened until 15 May 2016. The 2017-18 intake will start classes in January 2017.


Application (non-refundable): S$100
Registration (non-refundable): S$400 for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents, S$500 for foreign students

SMU admissions tests: S$200 each (this is compulsory if the applicant does not have a valid GRE or GMAT score)

Tuition: S$38,000 (S$40,660 after taxes). Upon acceptance, a deposit of S$2,000 is required, with the remaining fees payable in four instalments.

Note: the fees above do not cover overseas expenses, such as flights, acommodation, or personal expenses.

You may also wish to view the fee schedule.

Other Information

Programme Manager


SMU School of Social Sciences

90 Stamford Road, Level 4

Singapore 178903


MTSC Programme Office

Tel: +65 6808 5336