Master of Technology in IT Leadership


The Master of Technology in IT Leadership programme (MTech ITL) is best suited for IT managers, experienced business managers and directors with IT portfolio management responsibilities who want to further build their career as IT and business leaders. It is also relevant to current IT leaders who wish to build an academic foundation to effectively innovate, lead and execute IT and digital transformation.

This programme is jointly offered by NUS-ISS and NUS School of Computing.

Next Intake: July 2017
Duration: Full-time 1 year (2 semesters)

Part-time 2 years (4 semesters)
Application Deadline: 31 March 2017


Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents

Full Time
Subtotal (per semester) S$20,555.72
$20,250.00 - Semester Tuition Fee
$305.72 - Semester Miscellaneous Fee
Part Time
Subtotal (per semester) S$10,326.52
$10,125.00 - Semester Tuition Fee
$201.52 - Semester Miscellaneous Fee

International Students

Full Time
Subtotal (per semester) S$22,805.72
$22,500.00 - Semester Tuition Fee
$305.72 - Semester Miscellaneous Fee
Part Time
Subtotal (per semester) S$11,451.52
$11,250.00 - Semester Tuition Fee
$201.52 - Semester Miscellaneous Fee

Programme Details

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Projects & Internships
  • Timetable & Exams
  • Fees & Loans
  • Admission & Application
  • Career Pathways

The MTech ITL programme will equip students with the critical knowledge, hard and soft skills to lead technology value realisation in any organisation. These include taking on more complex responsibilities in handling accompanying risks, challenges and uncertainties, and the operation of stable, mission-critical systems.

The curriculum has been created in consultation with foremost IT and business leaders, and will be jointly delivered by NUS alongside practising Chief Information Officers and IT leaders.

The programme is offered on:

  • Full-time basis: Minimum of one year to maximum of two years
  • Part-time basis: Minimum of two years to maximum of four years

Learning outcomes:

  • Be strategic, agile and innovative
  • Be operationally sound and smart
  • Create business value and understand financial implications
  • Effectively communicate ideas and strategic business cases
  • Nurture effective relationships with business partners, users and other stakeholders

MTech ITL candidates must successfully complete the following course components to be awarded the degree:

  • Core Courses – Pass 10 x compulsory Core Courses

The MTech ITL programme is a 44 modular credit (MC) degree based on four major study areas: Digital Business Transformation, The Practice of IT and Business, IT Leadership and People and The IT Leadership Capstone. The curriculum strikes a balance between building deep leadership capabilities and functional skills and will be complemented by activities outside the classroom to reinforce learning.

Core Courses:

Digital Business Transformation

  • Strategic Alignment of Business and IT (4 MCs)
  • IT Innovation Leadership (4 MCs)
  • Measuring and Demonstrating Value from IT Investments (3 MCs)
  • IT Governance and Risk Management (3 MCs)

The Practice of IT and Business

  • Business and IT Financial Management (4 MCs)
  • Process and Operational Excellence (4 MCs)

IT Leadership and People

  • Fundamentals of IT Leadership Transformation (4 MCs)
  • Leading Change for IT Leaders (4 MCs)
  • IT Organisation Development and Talent Management (3 MCs)
  • Stakeholder Relationship Management in the IT Eco-system (3 MCs)

IT Leadership Capstone

  • IT Leadership Capstone Project (8 MCs)

The IT Leadership Capstone project

Will extend over a period of 6 months for full-time students and 9 months for part-time students. Students will work in groups to perform the capstone project, with an expected student commitment of 40 man-days per team member.


  • Bring together all disciplines encountered in the programme
  • Apply knowledge, skills and techniques learnt in class to a real-life environment

Learning outcomes:

  • Progressively compile a portfolio of observations, findings and recommendations on the target company/organisation
  • Demonstrate the ability to present and communication final recommendations at the executive level


Semester Curriculum
Full-time Part-time
Semester 1
  • 3 Modules (4 MCs)
  • 2 Modules (3 MCs)
3 Modules (4 MCs)
Semester 2
  • 3 Modules (4 MCs)
  • 2 Modules (3 MCs)
  • Capstone Project (8 MCs)
3 Modules (4 MCs
Semester 3   2 Modules (3 MCs) Capstone Project (8 MCs)
Semester 4   2 Modules (3 MCs)


 All candidates will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment assignments, class participation and mid-term assessments, as well as the output produced for the capstone project module.

To become MTech ITL graduates, candidates will be required to pass the 11 course modules:

  • In no two consecutive semesters have a CAP of less than 2.5
  • In no three consecutive semesters have a CAP of less than 3.0

Achieve a minimum CAP of 3.0 after completing the entire programme

The fees above are for the Academic Year 2016 / 2017.

Fees are correct at time of posting and are subjected to changes without prior notice. The University reserves the right to alter the fees at any time. Fees for subsequent years are under review.

What Do Miscellaneous Fees Cover?

Miscellaneous fees are typically levied on items that are either not covered or partially covered by tuition fee and grant/subsidy. All students, whether registered on a full-time or part-time basis, are charged the mandatory miscellaneous fees. These are due at the same time as the tuition fees. These fees help defray the costs of student activity, health services and insurance, campus shuttle service and other services.

Any queries about fees and payment, please contact us at

Loans and Subsidies

Students who require financing for their tuition fees may apply for the following:

  • ISS Student Assistance Loan Scheme
  • SkillsFuture Credit

Read up more on the above loans and subsidies

Applicants must possess the following pre-requisites:

  • Have an equivalent of a good NUS undergraduate honours degree preferably in IT, Science, Engineering or a related discipline
  • Have the following relevant work experience or equivalent:
    • A minimum of 5 years of work experience in IT management or business management
    • Experience working in major leading IT roles, such as software development, maintenance, system management etc.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English*
  • Complete and upload two application essay questions given in the MTech Form
  • Achieve a favourable assessment at the Admission Interview conducted by NUS


*English Language Proficiency

Applicants who graduated from universities where English is not the medium of instruction should submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score as evidence of their proficiency in the English language.

  • TOEFL : Paper-based test (580)
                 : Computer-based test (237)                 
                 : Internet-based test (85)
  • IELTS   : Result of 6.0

Note: Institution code of NUS-ISS for TOEFL is 2432

TOEFL and IELTS are only valid for five years after the test and the validity should not expire before the beginning of the application period for the coursework programme.

How to Apply

All applicants are required to apply online for our graduate coursework programme. Please note that you will be redirected directly to NUS’ Online Application System.

Step 1: Please click here to read the instructions before you proceed to apply online.

Step 2: Proceed to NUS’ Online Application System to apply

Step 3: Payment of Application Fee

Application Fee (non-refundable) – S$20.00 (inclusive of prevailing GST)

Note: Please pay your application fee (S$20.00) online via the Graduate Admission (GDA2) System. Print out a copy of the payment receipt and attach it with your application as proof of payment. Alternatively, you can also make payment in cheque or bank draft (made payable to “National University of Singapore”) and attach the Application Fee Form.

You should write your name, application number, identity/passport number and telephone numbers (home & office) on the reverse side of the cheque/bank draft.

Any further queries about payment, please contact us at

Step 4: Submission Checklist

After submitting your application via the online Graduate Admission (GDA2) System, the completed online application form should be printed out and submitted to the School together with the supporting documents listed below. All documents which are to be submitted should preferably be in A4 size. All documents which are not in English must be accompanied by an official certified English translation. Omission of required information and documents may render the application void.

Supporting documents

  1. Online Application form (printed from the system after the online submission), duly declared and signed
  2. A recent coloured passport-sized photograph to be attached in the box provided in the Online Application form.
  3. MTech Form
  4. A copy of the following documents :
    • Degree scroll
    • Detailed result transcript of academic records from each university, polytechnic or college attended
    • A copy of professional certificates (if applicable)
    • A copy of the TOEFL/ IELTS score report
    • A copy of citizenship certificate, identity card, passport or documentary proof of permanent residence status, where applicable
    • A copy of Employment Pass for international applicants working in Singapore
  5. Testimonials from the employer (where relevant)
  6. The Cheque/ Bank Draft & Application Fee Form OR Proof of Payment of Application Fee (e.g. E-Receipt)

You will be asked to produce the originals for verification during enrolment (if your application is successful).

Please send the application form along with the supporting documents or submit them personally to:

Master of Technology Course Administrator
Institute of Systems Science
National University of Singapore
25 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
(off Pasir Panjang Rd)
Singapore 119615

Completed application forms must be submitted with the supporting documents and an application fee of S$20.00. Incomplete applications (e.g. those with insufficient documents or have not satisfactorily completed their requirements for the bachelor's degree by the stipulated deadline of submission) and applications received after the closing date, will not be processed.

If you need to make changes or updates to your application after the online submission, please email to inform us of the changes.

Step 5: Checking your status of application

After the application deadline, all received applications will be processed, and the online application status in the Graduate Admission System will be updated to "physical application verified" within 14 days.

Results of your application will be made known to you through postal mail about 2 months after the application closing date. You can also check your application outcome results via the online admission system 2 months after the application closing date. If you do not hear from us two months after the deadline, please email

Applicants who are unsuccessful in their application will need to submit a new application together with all the relevant supporting documents if they are interested to be considered for the programme again in the next intake.

Due to the large number of applicants seeking admission, we are sorry we will not be able to attend to enquiries on the status of applications or receipt of documents. If you are concerned about the delivery of your documents, you may wish to consider sending them via registered mail or courier.

Important: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programmes are advised to apply directly to the University and not through any agents. Candidates who apply through agents will not have any added advantage in gaining admission and the University reserves the right to reject such applications without giving reasons.

Find your fit with new opened doors

As an MTech ITL graduate, you will be equipped to take on more complex and greater levels of responsibility in IT leadership roles, with the ability to integrate business and IT strategies and build agile, innovative and effective IT organisations.

Career Prospects

  • Chief Information Officer
  • IT Department Director
  • Strategic IT Planning Director
  • Market Intelligence Strategist
  • Program Director
  • Supply Chain Director
  • Customer Service Experience Management Head

Your Learning Journey

Relevant to current IT leaders who wish to build an academic foundation to effectively innovate, lead and execute IT and digital transformation.

Term 1

Digital Business Transformation

This unit focuses on Digital Business Transformation, intended to equip students with the knowledge, tools and thought leadership to set vision, innovate, strategise, plan, deploy and measure digitisation initiatives that create business value.

  • Strategic Alignment of Business and IT
  • IT Innovation Leadership
  • Measuring and Demonstrating Value from IT Investments
  • IT Governance and Risk Management
Term 2

The Practice of IT and Business

This unit focuses on The Practice of IT and Business, intended to help students acquire enterprise IT management, business and financial management knowledge, skills and practices so as to provide cost-efficient and effective IT services that meet enterprise objectives and generate business value.

  • Business and IT Financial Management
  • Process and Operational Excellence
Term 3

IT Leadership and People

This unit focuses on IT Leadership and People, intended to help students become IT leaders with strategic & systems thinking, people, communications and team-building skills; be a role model in leading and managing change; build and lead a high-performing IT organisation; and foster appropriate stakeholder relationships.

  • Fundamentals of IT Leadership Transformation
  • Leading Change for IT Leaders
  • IT Organisation Development and Talent Management
  • Stakeholder Relationship Management in the IT Eco-system
Term 4

IT Leadership Capstone Project

Put into practice knowledge, skills and techniques learnt in class to address real-world IT issues and problems for a local organisation.

  • Practical implementation and integration of curriculum disciplines

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