Universiti Sains Malaysia Degree Requirements

By | August 6, 2018

Universiti Sains Malaysia Degree Requirements

Universiti Sains Malaysia Degree Requirements,
Established as the second university in the country in 1969, University Sains Malaysia (USM) was first known as the University of Penang, before the University’s Act came into effect on 4th October 1971. The university has been developing and expanding since its inception, which started with the enrolment of 57 science based students. Now, USM offers courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to approximately 20,000 students. USM has also become a well-known university locally and internationally. Since its beginning, USM has implemented a school system, as opposed to the traditional faculty system. What is unique about this system is that each school could full fill the needs of a more focused degree in the chosen area of study and at the same time, students could have the opportunity to explore other areas of study offered by another school. The interdisciplinary approach ensures that USM, the first in the country to adopt this system, would produce trained, multi-skilled graduates. USM main campus is located within a tropical island of Penang, Malaysia. There are two USM branch campuses, one at Kubang Kerian in Kelantan known as Health Campus and the other at Nibong Tebal, known as Engineering Campus.



  • Completed 12 years of Primary and High School Education and
  • Obtained High School Certificate (eg. A-Level, HSC, SMU, & UAN (Indonesia), Matayom Suksa 6 (Thailand), International Baccalaureate etc.) or
  • Diploma in the related field


  • IELTS Band 5.0 or
  • TOEFL score of 500 (PBT) / 173 (CBT) / 61 (IBT)  or
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) score of 162 / B2 or
  • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) score of 160 / B2 or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Score of 43 or
  • MUET Band 4 or
  • Candidate from an institution in which the medium instruction is English or
  • Obtained minimum Grade B (Level 4) in the Intensive English Programme conducted by the School of Languages, Literacies and Translation USMhttp://www.ppblt.usm.my/index.php/program/intensive-english
  • Passed with Credit in Intensive Preparatory Bahasa Malaysia Programme (for candidates pursuing programmes conducted in the National Language) http://www.ppblt.usm.my/index.php/program/language-courses/malay-language