Maktab Rendah Sains MARA

The MARA Junior Science College (Malay: Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (MRSM)) is a group of boarding schools created by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), a Malaysian government agency. The institution provides learning facilities for bright students in local schools throughout Malaysia.

MARA Junior Science College (MJSC)
Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM)
TypePublic, Secondary school,
Boarding school, Sekolah Berasrama Penuh, Mixed-gender education
MottoBerdisiplin, Berilmu, Beramal
EstablishedFebruary 1972
GradesForm 1 – Form 5
Number of students500++, depending on each campus' capacity
Medium of languageMalay, English
Colour(s)             Brown, blue, yellow
AffiliationsSekolah Berasrama Penuh, Ministry of Education (Malaysia), Majlis Amanah Rakyat

The first MRSM was established in Seremban in February 1972 with its first intake of 150 pioneering (male only) students from all over Malaysia. MRSM Seremban took in its last batch of students in 1986 and gradually converted into Kolej Mara Seremban officially in February 1994.

Academic system

Students are primarily assessed through a system similar to the grading systems in universities and/or colleges: the grade point average (GPA) (Malay: Purata Nilaian Gred (PNG) system. By the end of their final semesters they will be awarded a certificate of graduation for those who succeeded to pass with at least a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) (Malay: Timbunan Purata Nilaian Gred (TPNG)) of 2.00 and above.

Applicants take the Form 3 Assessment (Malay: Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3) and the Malaysian Education Certificate (Malay: Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) national examinations.

MJSCs use the usual academic ladders in Malaysia when it comes to the level progression system, where students advance through year 7 (known as Form 1 in Malaysia) to Year 11 (Form 5) by age. In Malaysia, there is no system that allows for level transition according to the student's capability. Most MJSC runs all levels from Form 1 to Form 5, but there are 3 MJSCs that only run Forms 4 and 5. In 2015, there are no more MJSCs that only run Forms 1 to 3. All of these previous lower form only MJSCs have been enrolling upper form with MJSC Pasir Tumboh and MJSC Gerik both had their form 4 intakes in 2015 (SPM 2016).

Students who started from Form 1 can continue their studies in MJSC until Form 5 in the same college or by transferring to another college. These students can only continue their studies in MJSC if they pass their Penilaian Menengah Rendah with at least 6As, with As in Mathematics and Science. Failure to achieve this will cause their studies in the MJSC system to be discontinued, and they will have to continue their studies in an ordinary school. MJSC implemented Dual Language Programme (DLP) but the medium of teaching is mostly conducted in Malay.

MRSM PROGRAM DWI-SIJIL (Dual Certificate Programme or Malay: Program Dwi-Sijil)

Dual Certificate Programme is a part of internationalisation of the Education System. It is believed that educational excellence can be achieve in a shorter time by adopting best practices from leading and prestigious schools in the world. By providing basic skills in communication skills, thinking skills and learning skills, students will be more willing to adapt to the teaching styles. Subsequently, learning activities will be truly student-centered, thus ensuring effective teaching and learning. This internationalisation programme enables MJSCs that offer this programme to take four examinations, which are SPM, IGCSE, PT3 and Cambridge Checkpoint. The pioneering MJSC of this programme is MRSM Tun Abdul Razak, Pekan, Pahang.

MRSM PKP (Special Education Programme or Malay: Program Khas Pendidikan)

PKP is a title that is given to MARA Junior Science Colleges who have attained a high level of quality in their students through national exams and participation in events – with the former being the primary factor. These colleges are often deemed the most superior in their category of schools in Malaysia, though others could still compete with them. Most of the students who are admitted into MRSM PKP are usually those who obtain 8As or more in the Malay: Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3) and UPSR examination and pass the UKKM with flying colours. The quality of the students in MRSM PKP are usually higher. As such, these MJSCs usually become the role models for the other MJSCs to promote healthy competition between its students.

There are eight of them:

  • MJSC Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan (upper form only)
  • MJSC Tun Ghafar Baba, Melaka (upper form only)
  • MJSC Taiping, Perak (upper form only)
  • MJSC Beseri, Perlis (upper and lower form)
  • MJSC Tun Dr Ismail, Pontian, Johor (upper and lower form)
  • MJSC Langkawi, Kedah (upper and lower form) (PKP IGCSE)
  • MJSC Kuantan, Pahang (upper and lower form) (PKP IGCSE)
  • MJSC Imtiaz YT KETENGAH, Terengganu (upper form) (PKP Keusahawanan)

The first MRSM that implemented the PKP system is MRSM Kulim, Kedah in 1988. In 1990, MRSM Kulim took its last intake before it was closed due to be upgraded into Kolej MARA Kulim. During the time of its closing, the PKP system have been spread to above MRSM mentioned.

In 2019, MRSM Imtiaz YT Ketengah will be shut down[1] in the end of the year, and will be replaced with Sekolah Menengah Islam Darul Iman (SMIDI), which will start operating on 1 January 2020.

List of MRSM in Malaysia

Name Year Type Address Zone Website
Kolej MARA Seremban (formerly known as MRSM Seremban) 1972-1985 IBDP & GCE A-Level Seremban, Negeri Sembilan West
Kolej MARA Kulim (formerly known as MRSM Kulim) 1977-1991 Matriculation Programme Kulim, Kedah North
Kolej MARA Banting (formerly known as MRSM Banting) 1992-1994 IBDP & GCE A-Level Banting, Selangor West
MRSM Pengkalan Chepa (formerly known as MRSM Kota Bharu) 1973 PKP Kota Bharu, Kelantan East
MRSM Kuantan 1974 IGCSE Kuantan. Pahang East
MRSM Kuala Terengganu 1978 Premier Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu East
MRSM Muar 1980 Premier Muar, Johor South
MRSM Tun Ghafar Baba (formerly known as MRSM Jasin) 1981 PKP Kerayong, Jasin, Malacca South
MRSM Balik Pulau 1982 IB MYP Balik Pulau, Penang North
MRSM Taiping 1982 PKP Taping, Perak West
MRSM Terendak 1983 Premier Terendak, Malacca South
MRSM Beseri 1985 Premier Kangar, Perlis North
MRSM Kuala Berang 1987 Premier Kuala Berang, Terengganu East
MRSM Pasir Tumboh 1987 Permier Pasir Tumboh, Kelantan East
MRSM Kuala Klawang 1987 IGCSE Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan West
MRSM PDRM Kulim 1991 Premier Kulim, Kedah North
MRSM Serting 1993 IGCSE Serting, Negeri Sembilan West
MRSM Gerik 1993 Premier Gerik, Perak West
MRSM Kuching 1993 IGCSE Kuching, Sarawak Borneo
MRSM Muadzam Shah 1995 Premier Bandar Muadzam Shah, Pahang East
MRSM Kota Putra 1998 Ulul Albab Best, Terengganu East
MRSM Langkawi 1999 IGCSE Langkawi, Kedah North
MRSM Lenggong (formerly known as MRSM Chenderoh) 2001 Premier Lenggong, Perak West
MRSM Mersing 2001 Premier Mersing, Johor South
MRSM Pendang 2001 Premier Pendang, Kedah North
MRSM Jeli 2001 Permier Ayer Lanas, Kelantan East
MRSM Tun Dr Ismail (formerly known as MRSM Pontian) 2002 IB MYP Pontian, Johor South
MRSM Tun Ghazali Shafie (formerly known as MRSM Kuala Lipis) 2002 Premier Kuala Lipis, Pahang East
MRSM Kota Kinabalu 2002 Premier Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Borneo
MRSM Transkrian 2002 Premier Nibong Tebal, Penang North
MRSM Batu Pahat 2002 IGCSE Batu Pahat, Johor South
MRSM Kuala Kubu Bharu 2002 IGCSE Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor West
MRSM Kuala Krai 2002 Permier Kuala Krai, Kelantan East
MRSM Pasir Salak 2003 Premier Kampong Gajah, Perak West
MRSM Besut (formerly known as MRSM YT Besut) 2004 Premier Besut, Terengganu East
MRSM Gemencheh 2007 Ulul Albab Gemencheh, Negeri Sembilan West
MRSM Alor Gajah 2007 IGCSE Alor Gajah, Malacca South
MRSM Kubang Pasu 2007 IGCSE Jitra, Kedah North
MRSM Merbok 2007 Premier Kuala Muda, Kedah North
MRSM Kepala Batas 2007 Ulul Albab Kepala Batas, Penang North
MRSM Tun Mustapha 2008 IGCSE Tawau, Sabah Borneo
MRSM FELDA 2008 Premier Sungkai, Perak West
MRSM Pengkalan Hulu 2008 Premier Pengkalan Hulu, Perak West
MRSM Bentong 2009 Technical Bentong, Pahang East
MRSM Betong 2009 Premier Betong, Sarawak Borneo
MRSM Mukah 2010 Premier Mukah, Sarawak Borneo
MRSM Tun Abdul Razak 2010 IGCSE Pekan, Pahang East
MRSM Tumpat 2010 IGCSE Tumpat, Kelantan East
MRSM Baling 2010 IGCSE Baling, Kedah North
MRSM Parit 2012 IGCSE Perak Tengah, Perak West
MRSM Johor Bahru 2012 IGCSE Masai, Johor South
MRSM Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephens (formerly known as MRSM Sandakan) 2013 IB MYP Sandakan, Sabah Borneo
MRSM Sultan Azlan Shah (formerly known as MRSM Kuala Kangsar) 2015 Premier Kuala Kangsar, Perak West
MRSM Imtiaz YT Ketengah 2016-2019 Business Science Dungun, Terengganu East
MRSM Sungai Besar 2016 Ulul Albab Sabak Bernam, Selangor West
MRSM Arau 2017 Premier Pauh, Perlis North
MRSM Semporna 2017 Premier Semporna, Sabah Borneo
MRSM Bagan Datoh Under Construction Ulul Albab Perak West
MRSM PETRONAS Under Construction Premier Bintulu, Sarawak Borneo
MRSM Sekijang Under Construction Ulul Albab & IGCSE Segamat, Johor South
MRSM Bera In Planning Ulul Albab Pahang East
MRSM Ketereh/Tanah Merah In Planning Ulul Albab Kelantan East
MRSM Ranau In Planning Ulul Albab Sabah Borneo
MRSM Sik In Planning Ulul Albab Kedah North

See also


  1. YATIM, NORHASPIDA (23 October 2019). "MRSM Imtiaz YT Ketengah ditutup". Sinarharian (in Malay). Retrieved 21 November 2019.

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