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School of Graduate Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia


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# 601 THE World University Rankings 2018
0 Undergraduate programs
10 Postgraduate programs


Institution type Public
Year established 1931
Campus setting Urban
Student population Large (More than 10,000)
foreign students 13%
Nationalities 46

About School of Graduate Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

At the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), it plays a key role at being a service and administrative centre to provide assistance to postgraduate students when registration at UPM and other processes involved after the completion of their studies. Since its establishment in 1978, it was given a bigger role as a service centre that possesses a status equal to that of a faculty at the University. From here, it holds the role of coordinating all postgraduate programmes, activities, and events at the Universiti Putra Malaya (UPM). In other words, it also puts effort into preserving a stable relationship between UPM and its graduates.

With approximately 265 fields of study that covers its Masters and PhD programmes, SGS helps to manage their 12,000 students that are placed within the 16 faculties and 9 institutes available.  SGS is known on a global level for the number of international students who make UPM as their study destination and they are currently from 80 countries worldwide. 

SGS has become one of the leading graduate schools in the country with approximately 11,000 graduate students. The school has evolved significantly since its inception as the Graduate School Office, supporting 265 fields of study under Master's and PhD programs. The international status of the School can be seen in the number of international students who have chosen UPM as their preferred university for graduate education and research. 

The vision of SGS is to become a leading graduate school internationally. This plan is progressing as intended, although of course, it is not without its hiccups. The fulfillment of this vision can be seen in the increasing number of graduate students enrolled at the university due to UPM's continued internationalization initiatives to attract students from abroad, as well as attractive government and international scholarships opportunities that appeal to both local and international students. The key to SGS's success lies in the tireless efforts towards excellence in academic training and research, both for students and academics.



Admissions Statistics
IELTS 5.5+
TOEFL 6.0+

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Courses available 10

Tuition and application fees

$ 2,140 - $ 21,406 per year

Estimated tuition fees as reported by the institution.

Tuition and Application Statistics
Application fee (local students) $ 21
Application fee (foreign students) $ 128
Student visa fee (foreign students) $ 513

Living cost

$ 321 per month

Average living cost in Malaysia

The amount is indicated taking into account the average cost of food, accommodation, etc in Malaysia for 2024

Costs Statistics
Food $ 128
Accommodation $ 85
Others $ 107


There are 14 college accommodations on campus for undergraduate and graduate students. These college accommodations are the most affordable and comfortable options available for students. Additionally, affordable off-campus accommodations can be found in areas surrounding the University (Sri Serdang, Seri Kembangan, Balakong, or). Condominiums are served by Universiti Putra Malaysia bus routes including Sky Villa, South City/Kota Selatan, and Juta Mines.


Faculties of UPM include:

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Forestry
  • Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Faculty of Economics and Management
  • Faculty of Educational Studies
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Environmental Studies
  • Faculty of Food Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Design and Architecture
  • Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences

Institutes of UPM include:

  • Institute of Bioscience
  • Institute of Advanced Technology
  • Institute for Mathematical Research
  • Halal Product Research Institute
  • Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP)


Airport Pickup Service

During registration week, UPM will provide students with airport pickup service at specified times and periods. Students interested in this service need to fill out the Airport Pickup Service Request Form and return it to the UPM International Division.

Airport to Hotel/UPM

The easiest way to travel directly from the airport to UPM is by hiring a taxi. Coupons can be purchased at the taxi service counters located in the arrival halls of all terminals. The regular fare from the airport to Putrajaya or Serdang is approximately RM60-80 for a 45-60 minute journey.

Airport to Putrajaya ERL Station

Students can travel to Putrajaya by KLIA Transit train. Tickets are available at KLIA Transit counters in the main terminal for RM6.20. This is the fastest and most convenient way to reach Putrajaya. Upon arrival at Putrajaya or Cyberjaya station, students can take a taxi to UPM or the hotel, which costs RM20.

Airport to KL Sentral

From KLIA, students can travel to downtown Kuala Lumpur via the KLIA Ekspres train. The journey takes only 28 minutes and costs RM35. Another option to reach KL Sentral from KLIA is by bus, using the Airport Coach service. The fare is RM10 and takes about one hour. From LCCT, students can travel to Kuala Lumpur by KLIA Transit with a frequency of every 30 minutes. The fare is RM12.50 for both the shuttle train and KLIA service. Another alternative to reach KL Sentral from LCCT is by bus, using the Skybus service. The fare is RM9 and takes about one hour.

KL Sentral to Serdang Station

From KL Sentral, students can take the KTM Komuter train to reach Serdang station. The fare is RM1.70, and the journey takes about 25 minutes. From Serdang KTM station, students can take a taxi to UPM, which costs around RM11 for a 10-minute journey.

Student population

Large (More than 10,000)

Total population

Student Statistics
Undergraduate students 16797
Postgraduate students 12263
foreign students Data not available


  1. What is the rank of UPM in the world?

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) is one of the top public universities in Seri Kembangan, Malaysia. It is ranked #158 in QS World University Rankings 2024.     


       2. Is UPM Malaysia a good university?

Universiti Putra Malaysia is ranked #547 in Best Global Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.


     3. What is UPM famous for?

Some of the top fields of study at UPM include agriculture and forestry, bioscience, English language and literature, architecture and medicine. It is also one of the only two accredited universities for veterinary science in Malaysia, making it a popular choice for those intending to become a veterinarian.


     4. Is UPM Recognised?

UPM has been recognised as a research university since 2006, one of five present in Malaysia.


      5. Why study at UPM?

Students do not merely gain valuable knowledge, but also learn soft skills, social activities, recreation and other varied interests. Outside of academic pursuits, UPM is located in a country that offers rich cultural and natural diversity, a valuable experience in itself. Our academics are also world- class multi-disciplinary researchers whose research culture integrates knowledge and innovation in guiding our students to achieve academic excellence. UPM offers a varied choice of academic disciplines through 15 faculties, 11 institutes and 2 schools. more than RM19. 2 million.



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