Graduate Employment Survey 2020 (Published 2021)

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The top degree programmes this year are computing, medicine and law, in that order.

As with last year, one surprise is the Yale-NUS Bachelor of Science with Honours graduates. With a mean starting salary of $5,798, the degree programme ranks 1st in our ranking table. However, if you check the survey results, the data was based on a small sample size. The high average could be due to a handful of extreme outliers.

In the top 10 of our latest Graduate Employment Survey ranking (excluding the Yale-NUS one), computing and business clinched 3 spots each. Law and medicine 2 spots each.

In terms of employability, Music, Naval Architecture and Computational Biology are at the bottom.

In total, 139 degree programmes feature in this ranking.

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Data used in this article are based on the 2020 Graduate Employment Survey Results consolidated and released by MOE. See also our GES ranking for the previous year.

The following are this year’s rankings. As usual, we rank first by Average Gross Monthly Salary, and then by Permanent Employment Rate.

By Average Gross Monthly Salary (in brackets are the 75th-percentile salaries)

  1. NUS Bachelor of Science with Honours (Yale-NUS) – $5,798 ($6,485)
  2. NUS Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) – $5,735 ($6,316)
  3. NTU Double Degree in Business and Computer Engineering/Computing – $5,537 ($5,750)
  4. NTU Medicine – $5,387 ($5,900)
  5. NUS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery – $5,306 ($5,800)
  6. SMU Law Cum Laude and above – $5,141 ($5,735)
  7. NUS Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics) – $5,094 ($5,800)
  8. SMU Information Systems Cum Laude and above – $5,064 ($5,416)
  9. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration – $5,043 ($6,100)
  10. NUS Bachelor of Laws – $5,009 ($5,600)
  11. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering) – $4,977 ($5,500)
  12. SMU Law – $4,804 ($5,600)
  13. NUS Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems) – $4,764 ($5,400)
  14. SMU Economics Cum Laude and above – $4,749 ($5,275)
  15. NUS Bachelor of Computing (Information Security) – $4,746 ($5,300)
  16. SUTD Bachelor of Engineering (Information Systems Technology and Design) – $4,734 ($5,000)
  17. NTU Accountancy and Business – $4,704 ($5,000)
  18. SMU Business Management Cum Laude and above – $4,688 ($5,000)
  19. SMU Information Systems – $4,683 ($5,400)
  20. NUS Bachelor of Science (Computational Biology) – $4,625 ($5,000)
  21. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Science) – $4,584 ($5,000)
  22. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) – $4,579 ($5,000)
  23. NTU Computer Science – $4,558 ($5,000)
  24. SIT Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computing Science – $4,530 ($5,000)
  25. NTU Double Degree in Engineering and Economics – $4,516 ($5,050)
  26. NUS Bachelor of Science (Data Science and Analytics) – $4,456 ($4,900)
  27. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy) – $4,443 ($5,500)
  28. SIT Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation – $4,399 ($4,500)
  29. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) – $4,370 ($5,000)
  30. NUS Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Yale-NUS) – $4,370 ($5,000)
  31. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Information & Communications Technology (Software Engineering) – $4,366 ($4,750)
  32. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial and Systems Engineering) – $4,337 ($4,800)
  33. SMU Business Management – $4,293 ($4,600)
  34. SMU Economics – $4,290 ($4,500)
  35. SUTD Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Systems and Design) – $4,287 ($4,900)
  36. NTU Aerospace Engineering – $4,284 ($4,945)
  37. NUS Bachelor of Dental Surgery – $4,280 ($4,600)
  38. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Information & Communications Technology (Information Security) – $4,237 ($4,630)
  39. NTU Information Engineering and Media – $4,208 ($4,500)
  40. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Land) – $4,203 ($4,370)
  41. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Offshore Engineering – $4,160 ($4,800)
  42. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aeronautical Engineering – $4,159 ($5,010)
  43. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) – $4,155 ($4,500)
  44. NTU Computer Engineering – $4,136 ($4,845)
  45. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Telematics (Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineering) – $4,135 ($4,800)
  46. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems) – $4,114 ($4,250)
  47. NTU Business – $4,113 ($4,429)
  48. NUS Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) – $4,058 ($4,300)
  49. SMU Accountancy Cum Laude and above – $4,057 ($4,583)
  50. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy) (Hons) – $4,050 ($4,425)
  51. NTU Public Policy and Global Affairs – $4,043 ($4,583)
  52. NTU Electrical and Electronic Engineering – $4,004 ($4,370)
  53. SUTD Bachelor of Science (Architecture and Sustainable Design) – $3,982 ($4,070)
  54. NTU Mechanical Engineering – $3,977 ($4,432)
  55. SIT Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Game Design – $3,974 ($4,200)
  56. NTU Mathematics and Economics – $3,949 ($4,300)
  57. NTU Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – $3,948 ($4,300)
  58. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) – $3,946 ($4,200)
  59. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aerospace Systems – $3,940 ($4,600)
  60. NTU Economics – $3,926 ($4,050)
  61. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Science and Engineering) – $3,922 ($4,200)
  62. SIT Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology and Security – $3,919 ($4,300)
  63. SUTD Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Product Development) – $3,901 ($4,150)
  64. NUS Bachelor of Arts – $3,868 ($3,600)
  65. SUSS Bachelor of Science in Finance – $3,854 ($4,466)
  66. NTU Mathematical Sciences – $3,823 ($4,250)
  67. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Marine Engineering – $3,821 ($4,370)
  68. NTU Inter-Disciplinary Double Major – $3,797 ($4,500)
  69. SMU Social Sciences Cum Laude and above – $3,784 ($4,200)
  70. SIT Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering & Information Technology – $3,773 ($4,000)
  71. NTU Materials Engineering – $3,755 ($4,000)
  72. NUS Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) – $3,751 ($3,950)
  73. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Pharmaceutical Engineering – $3,749 ($4,000)
  74. NTU Science (with Education) – $3,744 ($4,000)
  75. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) – $3,739 ($4,050)
  76. SIT Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nursing – $3,725 ($4,000)
  77. NUS Bachelor of Science (Hons) – $3,723 ($4,000)
  78. NTU Physics and Applied Physics – $3,719 ($3,850)
  79. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Building Services) – $3,702 ($3,800)
  80. SMU Accountancy – $3,694 ($4,000)
  81. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechatronics – $3,690 ($4,000)
  82. SIT Bachelor in Science (Diagnostic Radiography) – $3,685 ($3,859)
  83. NUS Bachelor of Science (Real Estate) – $3,682 ($4,000)
  84. NTU Arts (with Education) – $3,682 ($3,806)
  85. NUS Bachelor of Social Sciences – $3,666 ($3,875)
  86. NTU Sports Science and Management – $3,661 ($4,200)
  87. NTU Environmental Earth Systems Sciences – $3,657 ($3,764)
  88. NTU Maritime Studies – $3,646 ($3,875)
  89. NTU History – $3,644 ($4,025)
  90. SMU Social Sciences – $3,626 ($4,000)
  91. NUS Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (Hons) – $3,616 ($3,750)
  92. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Electrical Power Engineering – $3,603 ($3,850)
  93. NTU Sociology – $3,598 ($3,800)
  94. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Design Engineering – $3,592 ($3,650)
  95. NUS Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – $3,586 ($3,854)
  96. NTU Philosophy – $3,580 ($3,850)
  97. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) – $3,577 ($3,740)
  98. SIT Bachelor of Arts in Game Design – $3,575 ($3,600)
  99. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) – $3,572 ($3,875)
  100. NTU English – $3,561 ($3,900)
  101. SIT Bachelor in Science (Occupational Therapy) – $3,542 ($3,629)
  102. SIT Bachelor in Science (Physiotherapy) – $3,518 ($3,700)
  103. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Civil Engineering – $3,518 ($3,700)
  104. NTU Civil Engineering – $3,495 ($3,800)
  105. NUS Bachelor of Science (Nursing) – $3,489 ($3,680)
  106. SUSS Bachelor of Social Work – $3,486 ($3,655)
  107. NTU Bioengineering – $3,473 ($3,800)
  108. NTU Linguistics and Multilingual Studies – $3,472 ($3,900)
  109. NTU Environmental Engineering – $3,444 ($3,800)
  110. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering – $3,443 ($3,925)
  111. NTU Communication Studies – $3,440 ($3,800)
  112. NTU Psychology – $3,433 ($3,650)
  113. NUS Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design) – $3,417 ($3,500)
  114. NUS Bachelor of Environmental Studies – $3,409 ($3,750)
  115. NTU Biological Sciences – $3,401 ($3,650)
  116. NUS Bachelor of Science (Project and Facilities Management) – $3,400 ($3,500)
  117. SIT Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering – $3,387 ($3,650)
  118. SIT Bachelor in Science (Radiation Therapy) – $3,380 ($3,500)
  119. NTU Chemistry and Biological Chemistry – $3,345 ($3,635)
  120. NTU Chinese – $3,310 ($3,500)
  121. NUS Bachelor of Science – $3,297 ($3,650)
  122. SUSS Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management – $3,284 ($3,500)
  123. SUSS Bachelor of Science in Marketing – $3,246 ($3,520)
  124. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Naval Architecture – $3,244 ($3,465)
  125. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Chemical Engineering – $3,242 ($3,500)
  126. NUS Bachelor of Music – $3,238 ($3,350)
  127. NTU Accountancy – $3,228 ($3,100)
  128. SIT Bachelor of Hospitality Business with Honours – $3,148 ($3,400)
  129. SIT Bachelor of Accountancy with Honours – $3,120 ($3,200)
  130. SUSS Bachelor of Accountancy – $3,116 ($3,000)
  131. SIT Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours – $3,084 ($3,400)
  132. SUSS Bachelor of Human Resource Management – $3,051 ($3,300)
  133. SIT Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Interior Design – $2,992 ($3,500)
  134. NTU Biomedical Sciences and Chinese Medicine – $2,969 ($3,150)
  135. NTU Art, Design and Media – $2,925 ($3,300)
  136. SUSS Bachelor of Early Childhood Education – $2,879 ($3,016)
  137. SIT Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Communication Design – $2,876 ($3,000)
  138. SIT Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation – $2,862 ($3,000)
  139. SIT Bachelor of Business Administration in Food Business Management – $2,675 ($2,820)

By Permanent Employment Rate (in brackets are the median salaries)

  1. NTU Medicine – 100.0% ($5,250)
  2. NUS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery – 100.0% ($5,250)
  3. NUS Bachelor of Dental Surgery – 100.0% ($4,200)
  4. NTU Science (with Education) – 100.0% ($3,800)
  5. SIT Bachelor in Science (Diagnostic Radiography) – 100.0% ($3,650)
  6. SIT Bachelor in Science (Occupational Therapy) – 100.0% ($3,400)
  7. NTU Arts (with Education) – 98.4% ($3,799)
  8. NTU Double Degree in Business and Computer Engineering/Computing – 97.4% ($5,400)
  9. NUS Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (Hons) – 97.0% ($3,600)
  10. SIT Bachelor in Science (Physiotherapy) – 96.3% ($3,500)
  11. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Information & Communications Technology (Information Security) – 95.9% ($4,300)
  12. SUTD Bachelor of Science (Architecture and Sustainable Design) – 95.6% ($3,800)
  13. SMU Law Cum Laude and above – 95.5% ($5,000)
  14. NTU Computer Engineering – 94.4% ($4,100)
  15. SIT Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nursing – 94.2% ($3,650)
  16. NTU Double Degree in Engineering and Economics – 94.1% ($4,450)
  17. NUS Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) – 93.7% ($3,700)
  18. SMU Information Systems Cum Laude and above – 93.3% ($5,000)
  19. NUS Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems) – 93.1% ($4,500)
  20. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial and Systems Engineering) – 93.0% ($4,380)
  21. NUS Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) – 92.6% ($5,243)
  22. NUS Bachelor of Science (Nursing) – 92.2% ($3,500)
  23. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy) (Hons) – 92.1% ($3,500)
  24. NTU Accountancy and Business – 91.3% ($4,405)
  25. SMU Law – 91.1% ($4,588)
  26. NUS Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) – 91.0% ($4,000)
  27. NUS Bachelor of Computing (Information Security) – 90.9% ($5,000)
  28. SIT Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation – 90.5% ($4,200)
  29. SIT Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computing Science – 89.9% ($5,000)
  30. SUSS Bachelor of Social Work – 89.2% ($3,500)
  31. NTU Accountancy – 88.7% ($3,000)
  32. SUSS Bachelor of Early Childhood Education – 88.2% ($3,000)
  33. NTU Civil Engineering – 87.0% ($3,500)
  34. NUS Bachelor of Laws – 86.8% ($5,000)
  35. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) – 86.5% ($3,590)
  36. NTU Computer Science – 86.1% ($4,300)
  37. SMU Accountancy Cum Laude and above – 86.1% ($3,744)
  38. SMU Accountancy – 86.0% ($3,100)
  39. SUTD Bachelor of Engineering (Information Systems Technology and Design) – 85.4% ($4,500)
  40. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Building Services) – 84.6% ($3,500)
  41. NUS Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics) – 84.3% ($5,000)
  42. NTU Biomedical Sciences and Chinese Medicine – 84.2% ($3,000)
  43. SMU Information Systems – 83.9% ($4,542)
  44. SIT Bachelor in Science (Radiation Therapy) – 83.3% ($3,500)
  45. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Information & Communications Technology (Software Engineering) – 83.0% ($4,000)
  46. NTU Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – 83.0% ($3,900)
  47. SMU Economics Cum Laude and above – 82.9% ($4,000)
  48. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems) – 82.6% ($4,185)
  49. SUTD Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Product Development) – 82.1% ($3,800)
  50. SIT Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Game Design – 81.8% ($4,000)
  51. SUSS Bachelor of Accountancy – 81.7% ($3,000)
  52. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering) – 81.1% ($5,000)
  53. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) – 80.7% ($4,000)
  54. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Marine Engineering – 79.2% ($3,750)
  55. SMU Business Management Cum Laude and above – 78.7% ($4,000)
  56. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Civil Engineering – 78.7% ($3,500)
  57. SIT Bachelor of Arts in Game Design – 78.6% ($3,500)
  58. NTU Maritime Studies – 78.5% ($3,500)
  59. NUS Bachelor of Science (Data Science and Analytics) – 78.3% ($4,125)
  60. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) – 78.2% ($4,000)
  61. NUS Bachelor of Science with Honours (Yale-NUS) – 77.8% ($5,350)
  62. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Land) – 77.1% ($4,105)
  63. SUTD Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Systems and Design) – 77.1% ($4,000)
  64. NTU Aerospace Engineering – 75.8% ($4,000)
  65. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) – 75.4% ($4,200)
  66. NTU Electrical and Electronic Engineering – 75.1% ($3,880)
  67. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Science) – 73.9% ($4,000)
  68. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Pharmaceutical Engineering – 73.9% ($3,740)
  69. SIT Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation – 70.6% ($2,887)
  70. SMU Economics – 70.5% ($3,800)
  71. NTU Philosophy – 70.4% ($3,650)
  72. NTU Information Engineering and Media – 70.0% ($4,000)
  73. SIT Bachelor of Accountancy with Honours – 69.8% ($3,000)
  74. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) – 69.6% ($3,800)
  75. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Offshore Engineering – 69.2% ($4,000)
  76. NTU Materials Engineering – 69.0% ($3,700)
  77. NTU Mathematical Sciences – 68.9% ($3,656)
  78. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Electrical Power Engineering – 68.8% ($3,500)
  79. NUS Bachelor of Science (Real Estate) – 68.6% ($3,630)
  80. SMU Business Management – 68.4% ($3,850)
  81. SIT Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology and Security – 68.4% ($3,700)
  82. NTU Mechanical Engineering – 67.5% ($3,850)
  83. NTU Public Policy and Global Affairs – 67.5% ($3,800)
  84. NTU Business – 66.8% ($3,800)
  85. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration – 66.7% ($4,150)
  86. NTU Communication Studies – 66.7% ($3,340)
  87. NUS Bachelor of Science (Project and Facilities Management) – 66.7% ($3,200)
  88. SIT Bachelor of Business Administration in Food Business Management – 66.7% ($2,550)
  89. NTU Sociology – 66.2% ($3,600)
  90. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Science and Engineering) – 66.1% ($3,900)
  91. NUS Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Yale-NUS) – 65.7% ($3,890)
  92. SMU Social Sciences Cum Laude and above – 65.6% ($3,510)
  93. NUS Bachelor of Social Sciences – 65.3% ($3,500)
  94. NTU Linguistics and Multilingual Studies – 63.8% ($3,350)
  95. NTU Environmental Earth Systems Sciences – 63.6% ($3,550)
  96. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy) – 63.6% ($3,500)
  97. NTU Economics – 63.5% ($3,797)
  98. NTU Chinese – 63.5% ($3,500)
  99. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) – 63.2% ($3,500)
  100. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechatronics – 58.9% ($3,600)
  101. NTU Environmental Engineering – 58.5% ($3,450)
  102. NUS Bachelor of Science (Hons) – 57.4% ($3,528)
  103. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering – 57.1% ($3,350)
  104. NTU Biological Sciences – 56.7% ($3,325)
  105. NTU Mathematics and Economics – 55.7% ($3,832)
  106. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Telematics (Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineering) – 55.4% ($4,200)
  107. NUS Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – 54.2% ($3,500)
  108. NTU Psychology – 53.5% ($3,300)
  109. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Design Engineering – 53.3% ($3,500)
  110. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) – 53.1% ($3,500)
  111. SMU Social Sciences – 52.8% ($3,500)
  112. NTU Sports Science and Management – 52.5% ($3,300)
  113. SIT Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours – 52.4% ($3,000)
  114. SUSS Bachelor of Science in Marketing – 51.3% ($2,900)
  115. NTU Inter-Disciplinary Double Major – 50.0% ($3,854)
  116. SUSS Bachelor of Science in Finance – 50.0% ($3,163)
  117. SIT Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering – 48.9% ($3,175)
  118. NTU Physics and Applied Physics – 48.5% ($3,700)
  119. SIT Bachelor of Hospitality Business with Honours – 47.9% ($3,000)
  120. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Chemical Engineering – 47.8% ($3,200)
  121. NUS Bachelor of Environmental Studies – 47.6% ($3,250)
  122. NTU Chemistry and Biological Chemistry – 45.6% ($3,245)
  123. SIT Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Interior Design – 45.2% ($2,600)
  124. NTU History – 44.7% ($3,650)
  125. NTU Bioengineering – 43.6% ($3,450)
  126. NTU English – 43.2% ($3,450)
  127. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Naval Architecture – 42.9% ($3,200)
  128. NUS Bachelor of Science – 42.1% ($3,100)
  129. NUS Bachelor of Science (Computational Biology) – 40.0% ($4,650)
  130. NUS Bachelor of Arts – 39.8% ($3,300)
  131. SIT Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering & Information Technology – 39.5% ($3,600)
  132. SIT Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Communication Design – 38.1% ($2,800)
  133. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aerospace Systems – 37.9% ($3,750)
  134. SUSS Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management – 36.0% ($3,185)
  135. NTU Art, Design and Media – 35.7% ($2,800)
  136. SIT Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aeronautical Engineering – 35.3% ($3,921)
  137. NUS Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design) – 22.6% ($3,500)
  138. SUSS Bachelor of Human Resource Management – 22.6% ($2,950)
  139. NUS Bachelor of Music – 15.4% ($3,275)

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