Singapore Management University

singapore management university

About the School

Singapore Management University provides broad-based business programmes that are crafted keeping in mind the courses taught in Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. SMU also has the distinction of being the third autonomous university in Singapore. The university also boasts of over 30 research institutes and centres of excellence along with customized corporate training and lifelong learning for individuals.

An Overview


Class Size

Course Fee (S$)

Course Duration (months)

Average GMAT Score

Average GRE Score

Average Age 30
International Participants 65%
Gender 45% (Women)
Average Work Experience 5.4 Years
Average Salary $69,000

There are eight core modules offered at Singapore Management University and they are:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Accounting
  • Leading Digital Transformation
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Behaviour and Leadership
  • Strategic Management

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SMU offers the following scholarships:

  • SMU MBA Scholarships
  • SMU-ASEAN Scholarships
  • DBS MBA Valedictorian Award
  • MasterCard MBA Scholarships for Women
  • Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship
  • Lien Foundation Scholarship
  • Sampoerna Foundation – Singapore Education MBA Scholarships
  • APEC Scholarship

Students may apply for the MBA Scholarships & Financial Aid upon receiving admission into the Programme. These Scholarships & Financial Aid entails award amounts up to 30% of the tuition fee, with no bonds attached.

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Here are some details about the 2019 batch:

  • 80% of the students of the graduation year 2019 accepted a job offer within 6 months of graduation.
  • 28% of students converted their internships into jobs
  • 26% received a job in Marketing/ Sales
  • 20% in Finance/ Accounting
  • 18% in Consulting

Why Singapore Management University

Notable Alumni

Pritam Singh

Member of the Parliament of Singapore

Arnoud De Meyer

President of Singapore Management University

Karl Mak

Director of SGAG

Singapore Management University MBA Application Process

The latest application requirements set by the Singapore Management University MBA admission office are described below.

Candidates are required to submit two short essays on the following topics:

Essay 1: Why do you want to earn an MBA and why are you choosing to apply to SMU? If you are selected, how will you contribute to the SMU MBA programme?
Word limit: 500 words

Essay 2: Describe your greatest weakness and how you have tried to overcome it.
Word limit: 300 words

Rounds Application Deadlines
Round 1 March 15
Round 2 July 15
Final October 30

Want to know more about the MBA Application Deadlines for Top B-Schools? Here’s the entire list of top B-Schools along with their deadlines – MBA Application Deadlines 2020-2021

SMU requires two recommendation letters. Candidates must submit two complete sets of letters with referee details during the online process of applying for the MBA program. The application portal will automatically send an email to your referees and collect your recommendation forms on your behalf once you have submitted the application.

Here are some more tips about the letter of recommendation:

Who can give a recommendation: You will have to provide details of one recommender who can be your reporting manager/ previous manager/ senior colleague/ current client/ previous client/ business partner/ supplier/ auditor etc.

How a letter of recommendation should be written: The recommender should add specific instances/examples of the candidate’s professional work together.

How to send the letter of recommendation: The recommender should send the recommendation from the official email id only. If the recommender does not have an official id – then a proof that you reported / or was supervised by this person should be attached.

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