Welcome to the Postgraduate Channel.

Postgraduate study is significantly important when you aim to reposition your career or to begin scientific research.

Institution Profile

Home Where to Study Open University Malaysia (OUM)

Open University Malaysia (OUM)


Open University Malaysia or better known as OUM was established as the seventh private university in Malaysia on 10 August 2000. Although incorporated as a private university under the Private Higher Education Institution Act 1996, the University leverages on the quality, prestige and capabilities of its strategic partners - representing a consortium of the 11 public universities. OUM adopts the motto “University for All” which is consistent with its philosophy to democratise education. This philosophy underlines the belief that education should be made available to all, regardless of time, place, age and social economic background. The open and distance learning (ODL) mode is specifically targeted at working adults who need to take care of their families as well as manage their careers while pursuing higher education.

OUM now stands tall with a cumulative learner enrolment exceeding 79,000 compared with its initial intake of 753 students in August 2001. Only four programmes were offered then but the number has since grown to 70, covering programmes from diploma to postgraduate levels.

In May 2007, the Education Ministry in collaboration with OUM launched the Distance Learning Programme for Teachers in Remote Areas that provided the opportunities for some 200 teachers serving in remote areas to further their study. More importantly, 19 of OUM’s programmes have been accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

OUM is the first institution to be given the approval by the Ministry of Higher Education to implement the Open Entry system in 2006 which allows the University to admit learners based on assessment of their prior learning experience.


Faculties and Academic Programmes
Academic programmes in the various disciplines are being offered by the following faculties, centres and schools.

  • Faculty of Business and Management
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Applied Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Education and Languages
  • Faculty of Information Technology and Multimedia Communication
  • Centre for Graduate Studies
  • School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
  • Institute of Professional Development

Support Services
The following centres and institutes were established to complement and support the delivery of the University’s academic programmes.

  • Centre for Instructional Design and Technology
  • Institute for Quality, Research and Innovation (Formerly known as Centre for Quality Management and Research and Innovation)
  • Centre for Student Management
  • Learner Service Centre
  • Centre For Tutor Management and Development
  • Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning
  • Tan Sri Dr Abdullah Sanusi Digital Library
  • OUM International

Learning Centres
Apart from its main campus located at Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, OUM has established a strong network of learning centres nationwide. Besides its own building, it also uses facilities at selected public and private institutions of higher learning for teaching and learning. These learning centres are strategically located in major cities and towns throughout Malaysia.

Currently, OUM has 61 Learning Centres nationwide. The Learning Centres are managed by a team of administrators. These centres are fully-equipped with tutorial rooms, computer laboratories, library and Internet facilities.


Centre for Graduate Studies

The Centre for Graduate Studies (CGS) aims to provide quality postgraduate programmes in the open and distance learning environment through multi-mode learning methods. It is the nerve centre for postgraduate studies in OUM. It plans, manages and coordinates all postgraduate programmes at the University, working in concert with the subject matter experts, facilitators, moderators, supervisors, examiners and other professionals.

The objectives of the Centre are to:

  • Provide postgraduate education across all disciplines
  • Act as a focal point for all matters relating to postgraduate studies
  • Promote and enhance a new body of knowledge by integrating multidisciplinary fields of study
  • Promote research and development in relevant areas of academic interest
  • Promote and enhance lifelong learning in postgraduate programmes through state-of-the-art technology and multi-mode learning delivery

The major functions of the Centre are to:

  • Plan, manage, coordinate and facilitate postgraduate programmes locally and internationally
  • Implement and review rules and regulations for postgraduate studies including curriculum, research requirements and other academic matters
  • Assist the various faculties in planning, implementing and ensuring quality postgraduate programmes
  • Provide management support for postgraduate learners and academic staff
  • Promote collaborations with local and international institutions

Currently, CGS manages the following programmes:
Master’s Degrees

  • Master of Human Resource Management
  • Master of Project Management
  • Master of Instructional Design and Technology
  • Master of Software Engineering
  • Master of Science (Business Administration)
  • Master of Science (Engineering)
  • Master of Environmental Science
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Information Science (Competitive Intelligence)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Information Technology
  • Master of Multimedia Communication
  • Master of Environmental Science

PhD Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Business Administration)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Science)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education)

Academic Facilities and Resources

  • Lecture Theatres: Well-equipped to suit the need of learners
  • Digital Library: Vast resources for both learners and tutors
  • Learning centres: 61 learning centres nationwide equipped with tutorial rooms, computer labs and prayer room. Computers and software are updated constantly for the benefit of learners. Besides that, the learners at the Regional Centre can enjoy using their own PC at the computer lab.
  • Learner Management System: This on-line facility allows interaction among learners, on-line discussions with tutors, communication via e-mails, etc.

Foreign Partners/

  • Arab Open University, Bahrain
  • University of Science & Technology, Yemen
  • Universitas Riau, Pekanbaru, Indonesia
  • Villa College, Maldives



  • Best Paper Award at the 20th Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) Annual Conference
  • Technology Business Review Award for Excellence in Education Management – Provision of Continuous Education
  • Award for Excellence in Distance Education Materials – Learning Skills for Open and Distance Learning, the Commonwealth of Learning
  • E-Learning Recognition Award, Eszterhazy Karoly College, Hungary
  • Multimedia Super Corridor Asia Pacific ICT Awards – Best of Education and Training

Technology Business Review Award for Excellence in Education for Continuous Learning and Adult Education


  • Mobile Learning Initiatives Recognition 2008 by Asia Pacific Mobile Learning and Edutainment Advisory Panel
  • Silver Medal for Best Paper Award at the 22nd AAOU Annual Conference, Tianjin, China

How to Apply
To apply for admission to OUM, log on to, the University’s website for online application OR obtain a copy of the printed Application Form from OUM office.

Application Procedure

  • All sections of the form must be completed and the declaration signed and dated.
  • Enclose 1 certified copy of all academic certificates and transcripts.
  • Enclose 2 copies of recent passport size photos, one to be attached to the application form. Please write your name at the back of the photo.
  • Enclose a non-refundable application fee of RM 50.00 in the form of bank draft/money order/postal order made payable to OUM.


  • Applicants applying via the Internet must send the necessary supporting documents and processing fee by mail.
  • Foreign applicants are required to provide evidence of adequate financial support (e.g. bank guarantee, scholarship, etc.).
  • Incomplete application forms will not be processed.

Send completed applications to:
The Registrar
Centre for Graduate Studies
Open University Malaysia
Admission and Record Unit
Floor 12B, Menara Dato’ Onn,
Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC)
Jalan Tun Ismail,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

Address :
Open University Malaysia (OUM)
Jalan Tun Ismail
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan
Tel : 603 - 2773 2056 / 2047 / 2058 / 2057 / 2056 / 2066 / 2737 / 2755
Fax : 603 - 2697 8852
Email : Click here to email
Website :
Contact Person :
Justin Chong
(Marketing Manager)

Institution Profile

Google Map

Courses Available

For detailed listing of the courses available, click here.

  • Education (Teacher Training & Education Sciences)
  • Humanities
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Science (Life Science/Physical Science/Applied Science)
  • Computing & IT
  • Medicine & Healthcare
  • Social Services
  • Occupational Health & Hygiene Services