New liberal arts, computing concurrent degree

Yale-NUS College and NUS Computing have jointly introduced the Concurrent Degree Programme in Computing

Yale-NUS College (Yale-NUS) and NUS Computing have jointly announced a new concurrent degree programme designed for liberal arts students planning to pursue careers in computing. The five-year Concurrent Degree Programme in Computing, announced on 14 February, will see students graduate with two degrees — a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from Yale-NUS, conferred by NUS, and an NUS Master of Computing degree. The programme will shape the next generation of innovative and effective computing professionals who are able to tackle complex computing problems within a global context.

Yale-NUS students can indicate their interest in the programme at the end of their second year, working towards eligibility requirements and an application in their third year. Successful applicants will formally enrol in their fourth year, completing their capstone project in their undergraduate major at Yale-NUS while taking courses at NUS Computing. The fifth year of the programme will be conducted at NUS Computing, where students will take required and elective courses either in the Computer Science specialisation, which offers exposure to areas such as machine learning, computational biology and media processing, or the Information System specialisation, which focuses on digital transformation and innovation. They will also complete a Master’s degree dissertation.

“Graduates from this programme will have a broad academic and intellectual background from the liberal arts and sciences curriculum, coupled with creative problem solving skills using computing technology, which will enable them to thrive in the fast changing technology landscape,” said Yale-NUS Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs) Professor Joanne Roberts.

“As societies become increasingly digitalised and data reliant, competency in computing will inevitably become invaluable to all fields of study and profession,” said Associate Professor Chin Wei Ngan, NUS Computing Vice Dean for Graduate Studies.

The Concurrent Degree Programme in Computing will begin in August 2020, and admissions will start in August this year. The Joint Admissions Committee, comprising Yale-NUS and NUS Computing faculty members, will assess applicants based on their computing and IT skills, as well as their academic, professional, leadership, communication and teamwork abilities.

See press release.