SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY MBA
Preparing you for the Real World
1 DEAN’S MESSAGE – WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD MBA
3 SMU – A PIONEER IN TERTIARY EDUCATION
6 LKCSB – SINGAPORE’S DEFINITIVE BUSINESS SCHOOL
7 WHY THE SMU MBA?
13 OUR DISTINGUISHED FACULTY
15 ADVISORY BOARD – UNMATCHED CONNECTIONS WITH ASIA’S BUSINESS LEADERS
18 CAREER SERVICES – PREPARING YOU FOR THE REAL WORLD OF BUSINESS
19 CURRICULUM – TRAINING ASIA’S NEXT GENERATION OF BUSINESS LEADERS
23 COURSE DESCRIPTION – A PROGRAMME UNIQUE IN DELIVERY AND DESIGN
25 STUDENT PROFILE
27 SINGAPORE AS A MBA DESTINATION
29 LIVING IN SINGAPORE
33 YOUR APPLICATION
35 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Conducted in Singapore,
the SMU MBA prepares you for
the jungle out there.
If you value learning about how to think, decide and act We also provide career services and development skills at the
in a complex and dynamic management environment, outset that direct our MBA students towards the identification
I recommend that you consider the SMU MBA. Its of their professional interests so they are prepared for their
innovative curriculum balances learning about leadership long-term management careers.
and communication skills with strong management
Our MBA programme is distinctive. First, it emphasises
fundamentals, analytic and creative thinking, action learning
leadership, creativity and communication skills. Such
and hands-on experience.
expertise is highly valued by companies, even though it
The SMU MBA encompasses the latest management receives limited focus in other MBA programmes. Second,
ideas and research coupled with proven approaches fundamental finance, accounting and analytical concepts
in management education. Our distinguished faculty are studied thoroughly prior to starting the programme in
comprises senior academics and industry experts who order to provide a solid grounding in basic concepts. This
are familiar with the most current business concepts and ensures richer in-class discussion and a strong platform for
are passionate about teaching. We are also committed to starting the accelerated MBA. Finally, our service-oriented
creating opportunities for participants to interact with top focus ensures that participants receive excellent individual
business leaders at our vibrant campus in Singapore’s city attention and a stimulating learning environment from our
centre. The ties between the business and management world-class administration, faculty and Career Services team.
community and SMU are extensive and growing. Our MBA
I strongly encourage you to join our programme and the
participants will have constant access to the strong business
exciting SMU community. You should find it distinctive,
network we have built.
different and extremely rewarding. You will definitely
The part-time and full-time programmes are designed to gain both breadth and depth in our holistic approach to
train participants in leadership and management so they management education.
can effectively lead teams and manage organisations
right after they graduate. Although we offer a general
management curriculum, participants can tailor the MBA Professor Howard Thomas
to their interests through our elective courses by choosing Dean
nearly half of their courses and participating in sector Lee Kong Chian School of Business
focused activities. Singapore Management University
SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY:
Singapore Management University is breaking new ground in the
tertiary education landscape of Singapore. Since its incorporation
in 2000, SMU’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
have produced business leaders and creative entrepreneurs
capable of excelling in our rapidly changing world. Its educational
and administrative practices are modelled on world-class
institutions, in particular the Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania, which has played a key role in SMU’s development.
SMU remains Singapore’s only national university focused on
providing broad-based business education. Today, SMU is home
to more than 7,000 students and has 6 schools – School of
Accountancy, the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of
Economics, School of Information Systems, School of Law, and
School of Social Sciences – as well as 19 institutes and centres
of excellence. Within a few short years, SMU has achieved wide
recognition and respect in Singapore, Asia and beyond.
6 Prestigious Schools
School of Accountancy
Lee Kong Chian School of Business
School of Economics
School of Information Systems
School of Law
School of Social Sciences
LEE KONG CHIAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS:
Building on this momentum, the Lee Kong Chian School practitioners selected from close to 300 faculty across SMU’s
of Business is rapidly establishing its credentials as one of 6 schools. SMU actively engages the business community
Asia’s top business schools. Established in 2008, the SMU as recruiters, board members, donors, research partners
MBA values quality over quantity. Our selective approach and guest lecturers. We have built relationships with over
ensures you receive unparalleled attention throughout 700 businesses, providing an unmatched connection to the
the programme. Courses are taught by professors and business communities of Singapore and Asia.
4 700 300
Top 100 World Rankings of
Business Schools based on
Research Contribution 2006 – 2010
(University of Texas, Dallas)
Business Recruiters Faculty across SMU’s 6 Schools
Asia is booming and many of the jobs
created today are in Asia. Singapore
has a vibrant economy with a low
unemployment rate of around 2%.
It is a cosmopolitan city where a third
of the population are international.
With lower tuition fees than Western
schools, studying in Singapore gives you
an affordable education, better career
prospects and ultimately, a faster ROI on
your MBA investments.
“The quality of education received from
the SMU MBA programme is superb.
The academic professors provide a
solid theoretical foundation of business
concepts. This complements the
teachings of the practice professors
and lecturers who have considerable
real world working experience. As a
result, we have a holistic view of
business. When combined with the
hard and soft skill courses, we
are ready for challenges and
Alice Chu, USA
Class of 2011
SMU is Singapore’s national business university and Seminar-style teaching led by world-class faculty and
is known for delivering a top-quality business industry experts ensures you acquire the soft and hard skills
management education. necessary to be a business leader.
Established by the Singapore Ministry of Education, SMU is SMU has built relationships with over 700 businesses
modelled after the Wharton School, which differentiates it in Singapore and beyond. This enables SMU to engage
from other Singapore universities. outstanding leaders from the business community to
share their industry expertise and hands-on management
In addition to a traditional hard skills component, the SMU experience through regular industry talks and events to
MBA programme offers a unique soft skills element with enable you to develop a deep understanding of Asia’s
leadership and communication as the defining qualities key growth industries and their impact on an increasingly
of the programme – qualities frequently cited as the most complex global market.
valuable skill sought by companies and often overlooked in
other MBA curricula. A smaller class size gives you privileged opportunities to
form enduring relationships with your classmates and
Combining proven methodologies from leading global professors. Through one-on-one interaction with our
programmes with the most up-to-date business concepts academics, industry experts and Career Services team,
and research, SMU MBA offers a real-world curriculum with you also benefit from the intensive coaching and individual
an Asian perspective. attention that high calibre leadership development demands.
“I chose to pursue my MBA
education in Singapore because
it is Asia’s business hub and the
Singapore economy built on strong
fundamentals, has always been
among the first to recover from an
economic recession. Being able to
learn in a multi-cultural environment
in SMU further broadens my
perspective of the fast-evolving
business world. With many SMU
MBA graduates accepted into good
positions in reputable organisations,
SMU has gained prominence as a
brand-name business school among
corporate recruiters. Indeed I can
see the ‘ROI’ from my SMU MBA
experience faster than
Teewin Tientongtip, Thailand
Class of 2011
An Accelerated Programme
Choose from two programme structures: an 18-month
part-time or a 12-month full-time MBA. Designed to
minimise your time away from the workforce, so you can
recoup your investment sooner, both programmes offer the
skills and training you need to make an impact as a leader or
entrepreneur in the global economy.
18 12 -month
A Unique Learning Experience
By drawing the best and brightest together, the SMU
MBA provides an international learning experience. Our
student body is a melting pot of knowledge, perspectives
and nationalities. Lively in-class discussions and active
engagement form a key component of your MBA
experience and give you an opportunity to learn together
and from each other.
SMU’s state-of-the-art city campus is located at the centre
of Singapore – a world capital that embodies the dynamic
spirit of Asia. Offering a wealth of amenities and services,
the SMU campus is surrounded by cultural institutions,
cafes, restaurants and entertainment hotspots that
promises an enriching life outside the classroom.
“ The SMU MBA is a unique programme
that balances soft skills with hard skills.
This has changed my perspective on doing
business, especially after taking a few
courses on Corporate Social Responsibility
(CSR). In the real world of business, it is
not just about meeting your bottom-line.
Forward-looking corporations adopt the
theme of ‘doing good while doing well’,
and this has been one of my motivations
to join Unilever and pursue my current
work in responsible sourcing. With greater
awareness of CSR, corporations are
redefining the way they do business.
Hard skills will only carry corporations
so far, but soft skills will go a long
way towards helping corporations
meet their bottom-lines and stay
ahead of competition.”
Venus Wei Nasi, China
Class of 2009
Unilever Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore
Life at SMU is enriching in many ways. Our students hands-on management experience. The interactive nature
benefit from unrivalled access to senior academics and of the SMU MBA and its relatively small class size ensures
highly respected industry practitioners. We also attract you will receive intensive coaching and individual attention
accomplished, motivated individuals from across the region, throughout the programme.
creating a student body with diverse cultural, educational
and industry backgrounds. In addition, participants are given constant opportunities
to interact with top business leaders and acquire a better
Access to World-class Expertise understanding of developments in a variety of industries by
visiting our corporate partners. The extensive ties between
The SMU MBA is taught by senior academics selected
SMU and the business community are constantly expanding.
from SMU’s 6 schools. Well versed in current business
Through our MBA programme, participants have privileged
concepts and among the leading experts in their field,
access to the vast business network we have built over the
our distinguished faculty earned their qualifications at
established international institutions, and bring a wealth of
research, teaching and professional experience from Asia For more on our outstanding faculty, please visit
and beyond. We also engage outstanding leaders from the www.smu.edu.sg/MBA
business community to share their industry expertise and
Faculty with PhDs from Overseas Universities
The Advisory Board to the Lee Kong Chian School of Business plays an active role in the lives of our MBA participants.
Comprising some of Singapore’s top business leaders, the board offers invaluable advice on curriculum development,
internships, scholarships, exchange programmes, and employment of the School’s graduates.
LEE KONG CHIAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Ms Jeanette Wong Mr Boris F J Collardi Prof Ivy Ng
(Chairperson) Chief Executive Officer Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Group Executive Bank Julius Baer & Co Ltd Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd
Institutional Banking Group (SingHealth)
Mr David Conner
DBS Bank Limited Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer & Director
KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital
Mr Jonathan Auerbach Oversea-Chinese Banking
Managing Partner Corporation Limited Mr Ronald Ong
McKinsey & Company Managing Director/Chairman/CEO
Ms Maureen Derooij
Southeast Asia SE Asia
Group Chief Operating Officer
Dr Beh Swan Gin Organisation and Client Coverage
Managing Director Wholesale Banking Mr Girija Pande
Economic Development Board Standard Chartered Bank Chairman, Asia Pacific
(Government of Singapore) Tata Consultancy Services
Mr Fermin Diez
Mr Vicky Bindra Senior Partner, Mr Pradeep Pant
President Regional Business Leader, President, Asia Pacific
Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa Asia Pacific Human Capital Kraft Foods
MasterCard Worldwide Mercer (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Mr Michael del Prado
Mr Chay Yee Meng Mr Gay Chee Cheong Company Group Chairman
Chairman & Group CEO Director Johnson & Johnson Medical
InfoWave Pte Ltd Hyflux Limited Asia Pacific
Mr Chong Lit Cheong Mr Ron Sim
Radcliffe Invertron Pte Ltd
Chief Executive Officer - designate Founder and CEO
CapitaLand Commercial Limited Mr Edmund Lin OSIM International Ltd
Senior Partner & Director
Mr Bill Chua Teck Huat
Bain & Company
Managing Director &
Head Global Financial Institutions Group
United Overseas Bank Ltd
“It is such an exciting learning
experience here at the SMU
MBA as there is a high degree of
continuous intellectual challenge
throughout the programme.
The balance and dynamics of the
learning experience, which not
only focuses on hard skills but also
on soft skills, interested me
the most. The lively discussions
and lectures given by the
world-class faculty are so engaging
and impressive. The SMU MBA
meets my goal of strengthening my
business knowledge by giving me a
business perspective with breadth
and depth. No matter what career
choice I make later on, I believe
the knowledge and experience
acquired will shape me as a well-
rounded business professional.”
Josephine Nicole, Indonesia
Class of 2011
YOU FOR THE
Many organisations in Singapore and Asia look to SMU when Within the first month of induction, you will work with a
they are seeking to attract new talent. Career Services works panel of career coaches and OCS to develop job search
with our MBA participants to map their career development strategies. Whether you are looking for a career change,
and opens up new opportunities in targeted industries. seeking to acquire new business knowledge to augment
Singapore’s first university to focus exclusively on business your professional skills, or expand the depth of your
education, SMU has fostered unmatched connections with the expertise, help is available.
business community in Singapore and throughout the region.
Learning By Doing
Tailored Career Coaching for
Through OCS’ structured internship programme, you will
Every Participant gain exposure to the corporate and business worlds, and
The SMU MBA programme works closely with the Office test out your career aspirations in your industry or function
of Career Services (OCS) to provide individual attention to of choice. You will leverage on OCS’ extensive network of
every MBA student. We facilitate a comprehensive career contacts to build your own networks in targeted industries.
management programme to help you make informed career
SMU provides unrivalled access to the business
decisions. Throughout the year, OCS organises on-campus
community, having forged close ties with over 700 business
recruitment talks, industry talks, networking events, training
recruiters. This network extends from Singapore to the
and development programmes, and company visits to help
region, and around the world.
you keep abreast of developments in various industries.
The part-time programme is designed for working one at the start of the programme and one the following
professionals. Core classes are taught Monday and Tuesday year. Elective classes take place during weekday evenings
evenings (7–10pm) during the first 10 months. There will and weekends for the final 8 months. Our participants find
also be two full-week sessions (Mon–Sat, 8:30am–7pm), this format ideal, as it attracts committed classmates and
enables them to complete their MBA in a much shorter time.
MAY JUN JUL AUG to APR MAY to DEC
Pre-study* Core Subjects (11) Electives of Participant’s Choice (10)
Career Guidance & Personal Development
Sector Focus Activities (Entrepreneurship & Family Business, Finance, Technology, Energy)
* Undertaken before programme commences.
Leading Organisations & Teams
Financial Reporting & Analysis
Negotiating in Business
Managing Business Operations
Ethics & Corporate Governance
The Global Economy & Political Risk
Participants can choose from a wide range of electives based on their interests. Offerings range from Managerial Decision
Making to Customer Relationship Management to Private Equity and Venture Capital.
The full-time programme takes place over 12 months with internship opportunities starting in July. Core classes are conducted
during the day, with electives held on weekday evenings and weekends.
NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Business Electives of Participant’s Choice (10)
Pre-study* Core Subjects (11) Internship Opportunities (from Jul-Dec)
Career Guidance & Personal Development
Sector Focus Activities (Entrepreneurship & Family Business, Finance, Technology, Energy)
* Undertaken before programme commences.
To provide a solid basis for this accelerated MBA and ensure
robust in-class discussions, participants are expected to master
pre-term self-study material covering financial accounting,
introductory finance and quantitative methods. Tutorials are
available upon request.
This three-and-a-half day component provides a transition into the
classroom environment and context to the year ahead. Participants
review their pre-study material, attend a seminar on presentation
skills, and are introduced to the case method.
The SMU pedagogy fosters leadership and communication skills
through a seminar-style teaching environment. Class participation
typically accounts for between 20% and 50% of the course grades.
Lectures, panels and public forums given by distinguished guest
speakers support our highly interactive seminars.
Sector focuses – Entrepreneurship & Family Business, Finance,
Energy, and Technology – are included to provide participants
with industry insights. They are incorporated into the programme
not only in the classroom, but also through company visits and
industry exposure opportunities offered throughout the year.
In consultation with Career Services, internships with leading
companies are co-ordinated to enable participants to gain
experience and build networks in their targeted industries.
The SMU MBA is designed to bring out the best in Asia’s LEADING ORGANISATIONS & TEAMS works to clarify what
next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs. Intense effective leadership means and how it can be practised,
and accelerated, the programme is structured around an covering concepts such as group culture, power, team
innovative curriculum. A solid ‘soft skills’ base complements building and team leadership. Building on leadership theory,
the traditional ‘hard skills’ component, ensuring the SMU case studies, and introspection, participants work towards
MBA produces leaders with the cross-cultural sensitivities discovering and developing their own leadership potential.
that are essential in a global economy.
MANAGERIAL FINANCE introduces the tools used in
financial valuation and decision-making with an emphasis on
application to real-world problems. Topics include cash flow
With its strong focus on leadership and communication valuation, stock and bond valuation, asset pricing models,
skills, SMU’s innovative curriculum features a number options, and market efficiency.
of core classes traditionally offered as electives. These
FINANCIAL REPORTING & ANALYSIS aims to train
include Leading Organisations & Teams, Negotiating in
participants to become informed users of financial
Business, Ethics & Corporate Governance, and Corporate
statements. This course will familiarise participants with
Communication. MBA students must complete 11 courses
accounting terminology and formats to comfortably extract
that make up the core curriculum.
the data needed to evaluate the health of companies and to
make sound business decisions.
MARKETING MANAGEMENT introduces the critical rates and the effect political regimes can have on global
role of marketing in creating value for organisations. business. Legal concepts such as contracts, intellectual
Concepts covered include pricing, segmentation, channel property and securities law are introduced.
management, customer service and branding. Using the
CORPORATE STRATEGY integrates material learned in prior
latest findings from businesses in Asia and around the world,
core classes to better understand how companies create
participants will examine the discipline of marketing as
long- and short-term strategies. Sustaining competitive
practised by companies today.
advantage, optimising product mix and activities, and
CORPORATE FINANCE exposes participants to complex assessing opportunities and risks will be covered, as well
financial concepts and equips them with the analytical tools as analysing issues such as cannibalisation, network
to make strategic decisions on financing companies. Topics externalities and globalisation.
include optimal capital structure, initial public offerings,
CORPORATE COMMUNICATION presents a mix of
rights issues, mergers & acquisitions, corporate restructuring
negotiation, marketing, strategy, process and leadership
and risk management.
challenges that may arise due to cultural differences, with
NEGOTIATING IN BUSINESS gives participants a broad the aim of developing participants’ intercultural managerial
understanding of the central concepts in negotiation, competence. This becomes a pivotal leadership quality
and improves their ability to analyse the behaviour and when enabling or leading corporations through international
motives of others in settings that have both competitive changes, crises and mergers.
and co-operative elements. Through multiple simulations,
participants learn and improve upon their personal
MANAGING BUSINESS OPERATIONS provides the
conceptual framework and analytical tools to better
manage the mismatch between the supply and demand in
companies, and thus significantly improve their operational
efficiency. Cutting-edge theory, interactive learning,
and teamwork are used to explore process design and
improvement, production and service delivery, resource
planning, inventory management, and related topics.
ETHICS & CORPORATE GOVERNANCE presents
participants with different business dilemmas and
encourages debate and discussion to prepare students
to face similar choices they may encounter in their careers. Electives
The discussion is aimed at giving participants time
A minimum of 10 electives is required to complement the
to consider their own values and expose them to
core curriculum. Participants are encouraged to choose
from a number of electives based on their interests and
THE GLOBAL ECONOMY & POLITICAL RISK introduces knowledge gaps. Offerings range from Managerial Decision
the concepts of government and law, and their role in Making to Customer Relationship Management to Private
business. Participants learn more about the impact of Equity and Venture Capital.
macroeconomic tools such as FDI, interest rates, exchange
(FULL-TIME & PART-TIME)
Diversity is a key strength of the SMU MBA programme. Drawn from various national, educational and professional
Creative, inspiring and close knit, our participants collectively backgrounds, they truly embody the multicultural face of
possess a wide range of expertise across many industries Asia. And with an average work experience approaching
including finance, energy, IT, media, manufacturing, 6 years, our participants benefit from sharing their
biotechnology, engineering, shipping, education, knowledge through the enriching in-class discussions
construction, law, government and the public sector. encouraged by our seminar-style teaching.
Average Age Average GMAT Average Working Experience
29.5 648.5 5.9
International Students Women Class Size
58 60 26
AS A MBA
The Pulse of the City just a few city blocks from City Hall and Dhoby Ghaut MRT
stations, providing convenient train and bus connections
Once selected, you will attend SMU’s state-of-the-art throughout Singapore.
4.5-hectare city campus in the heart of Singapore – a
world capital that embodies the dynamic spirit of Asia. The
An Asian Powerhouse
campus boasts a gymnasium, swimming pool, dance studio
and a range of food and beverage outlets, plus banking and Singapore offers unique experiences that will prepare you for
healthcare services. life at the top in Asia. A long-time conduit between East and
West, Singapore is an economically vibrant island city-state
SMU has become an integral part of Singapore’s central
that benefits from a rich multi-cultural society of Chinese,
business district. The University has formed especially
Malays, Indians, Eurasians and expatriates.
close relationships with the business community, as well
as the neighbouring cultural institutions. There are ample Many multinational organisations have chosen Singapore for
opportunities for you to make friends, network and acquire their Asia-Pacific headquarters. And with good reason. A key
new professional skills with an abundance of museums, financial hub and a major trading centre strategically located
theatres, educational institutions, art galleries, cafes and at the centre of the ASEAN community, Singapore boasts
restaurants surrounding our campus. The Esplanade, outstanding infrastructure and an economic climate that
Singapore’s iconic performing arts complex, is just a balances innovation and prosperity with social and corporate
10-minute walk away, while a 5-minute ride by bus or MRT responsibility. Located at the heart of Singapore’s cultural
gets you to Chinatown, Little India, Orchard Road or Clarke and civic centre, SMU is perfectly positioned to tap into this
Quay, the centres of Singapore’s nightlife. The SMU campus extraordinary resource, providing unmatched opportunities
is connected to Bras Basah MRT station, and is located for networking and personal growth.
Images courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board
SINGAPORE AT A GLANCE*
Singapore is the best place in Asia to live, work and play.
Quality of living worldwide city rankings, Mercer survey, June 2010
Singapore is the world’s easiest place to do business.
Doing Business 2011 Report, World Bank
Singapore is the best business environment in Asia Pacific and worldwide.
Economist Intelligence Unit, Country Forecasts, Dec 2009
* More information at www.sedb.com/edb/sg/en_uk/index/why_singapore/singapore_rankings.html
Cost of Living* An international student in Singapore spends on average
about S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses.
The standard of living in Singapore is amongst the highest in This amount varies depending on your individual lifestyle
Asia. Compared to countries in Western continents, the cost and course of study.
of living here is relatively low, and basic items like food and
* Details at www.singaporeedu.gov.sg/htm/liv/liv01.htm
clothing are very reasonably priced.
When planning your budget, you will need to cater for
Miscellaneous (phone, recreation, etc) S$500–S$1,500
Books & Stationery Personal Expenses
These figures are to be used as a guide, as expenditure will
vary depending on personal spending habits.
Images courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board
“Singapore has changed so much in
the few years I enjoyed living here and
it is one of the most vibrant cities in the
world. It has offered me opportunities
professionally and personally.
Its multi-cultural setting and an easy
access to many other cities in the
Asia Pacific region have greatly
encouraged me to explore the
unexplored. In many ways, life
in Singapore has complemented
my experiences at SMU. Multi-
cultural, multi-faceted, my SMU
MBA experience has enriched my
professional and personal lives!”
Denis Cazala, France
Class of 2010
Corporate Facilities & ESH Director
ST Microelectronics, Singapore
SMU MBA Scholarships Other scholarships that admitted students can apply for
The SMU MBA programme offers a number of scholarships
for both full-time and part-time students. Students can apply BW Maritime Scholarships
for scholarships upon admission to the programme. Award
BW Maritime is a part of the BW Group, which is one of the
amounts range from S$7,000 to S$15,000. There are no world’s leading maritime companies involved in offshore oil
bonds attached to the scholarships and students may be and gas production and delivery of energy and other vital
awarded more than one scholarship. commodities for more than 70 years (www.bwshipping.com).
The BW Maritime Scholarship is targeted at SMU MBA
students with experience and/or interest in the energy sector.
Scholarships are available in the following categories: The scholarship is for S$15,000 each and is bond-free.
Community Impact MasterCard MBA Scholarships
MasterCard advances commerce worldwide by developing
Sector Interest (Family Business/Entrepreneurship,
more secure, convenient and rewarding payment solutions,
Technology, Finance or Energy)
processing billions of payments seamlessly around the globe,
Academic Excellence and building economic connections that accelerate business.
MasterCard provides services in more than 210 countries
and territories (www.mastercard.com/sea/gateway.html).
Eligibility Criteria To encourage more female students with strong leadership
potential and a passion for community service to pursue
Successfully accepted into the SMU full-time or
postgraduate education, MasterCard Asia shall fund up to
part-time MBA programme
two bond-free scholarships per year worth S$20,000.
Open to all nationalities
Funded by Singapore’s Ministry of Education, the SMU-APEC
Scholarship is awarded annually to candidates from APEC
member economies who are admitted to the full-time SMU
More scholarship information at www.smu.edu.sg/MBA
“Through the SMU
MBA programme I got
a chance to apply for
the “MasterCard MBA
Scholarships for Women”.
Winning this scholarship
has enhanced my
confidence and it will
not only empower me to
make the career choices
I cherish, but also have
its essence in all the
community work that I
take up. This scholarship
has helped me develop
both as an individual
and as a professional
and I truly believe that
this collaboration with
MasterCard can help
many women like me in
accomplishing their goals.”
Tanvi Sharma, India
Class of 2011
Creating the Optimal Learning Deadlines
Environment The full-time and part-time programmes have one intake
To maximise your learning experiences throughout the each per year.
programme, we seek to assemble a unique mix of highly
Full-time programme Part-time programme
experienced and motivated participants. In addition to
(January intake) (July intake)
possessing the intellectual stamina to meet the challenges of
this accelerated programme, the participants we select are 1 March (Round 1) 20 December (Round 1)
well-rounded individuals who possess a global outlook. 18 July (Round 2) 29 February (Round 2)
1 November (Round 3) 31 May (Round 3)
Making the Grade
To be admitted into the SMU MBA, candidates should have Tuition Fees*
a minimum of 2 years’ full-time work experience (more The current fees, inclusive of GST and all required course
experience preferred), leadership experience and materials and books, are:
potential, proven academic ability, and demonstrated
The tuition fee will be paid in instalments:
Submitting an Application
For the full-time programme, payment will be 10% to
Applications are to be made at www.smu.edu.sg/MBA/apply
confirm your place at admission, 30% before arrival, 30% by
Requirements include: the 4th month and 30% by the 7th month.
GMAT Essays (5) For the part-time programme, payment will be 10% to
Transcripts Résumé confirm your place at admission, 30% before arrival, 30% by
Recommendation forms (2) the 5th month and 30% by the 10th month.
TOEFL or IELTS (If your degree was not taught in English)
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview as part * Tuition fees don’t change once the student enters the programme.
However, SMU reserves the right to increase tuition fees each year.
of the admission process.
International Students Student Accommodation
SMU welcomes international postgraduate students. We will The SMU campus is conveniently located in the city and
assist in the application of student passes for all international is well served by all four subway lines, buses and cabs.
students participating in the full-time programme. Foreign Most students find their own accommodation. For more
candidates who hold employment or dependant passes may information on SMU’s hostel facilities please visit:
apply for the part-time programme. Applicants must show www.smu.edu.sg/leasing/hostel/index.asp
proficiency in English. A TOEFL or IELTS test is required
if your undergraduate or postgraduate education was not
taught in English. More information can be obtained from
www.toefl.org and www.ielts.org – SMU’s institutional code
for TOEFL is 9014.
“I chose SMU because it has a unique MBA programme
that teaches the soft skills which are essential to succeed
in a business environment – leadership, negotiation
and communication skills. In the SMU MBA, soft skills
learning is greatly facilitated by learning with peers,
and through a structured programme with constructive
feedback. In addition, SMU MBA offers an
industry-focused curriculum with an Asian perspective,
a valuable combination of a participative style which is
applied in the regional cultural context.”
Adina Wong, Singapore
Class of 2012
Am I eligible for the programme? Is the GMAT required and
Individuals must hold a university degree and have what is the minimum score?
a minimum of 2 years’ full-time working experience to Yes, the GMAT is required for all candidates (regardless
apply for the programme. The GMAT is also a compulsory of experience) for both the part-time and full-time
requirement for admission. Above all, candidates must programmes, as it gives us a base to compare candidates
demonstrate that they have the commitment, experience, from different backgrounds and ensure each of
motivation, and potential to benefit from and contribute to our students can manage the academic rigour of the
the programme. programme. Although there is no minimum score,
we consider scores above 600 to be competitive.
Do I need to come from a finance or
business background? Can I apply before I have taken the GMAT?
No, we admit students from all backgrounds and work You can send us your application prior to taking the GMAT.
experience, and look for diverse individuals who will However, applications will not be processed without a
enhance the classroom experience. GMAT score.
Do you offer specialisations? How do I find out more about preparing and
The SMU MBA is a general management programme. registering for the GMAT?
We do require 10 electives, enabling you to tailor your More information is available at
course work to your needs. For example, it is possible to www.mba.com/mba/TaketheGMAT
take the majority of your electives in finance or marketing.
SMU’s GMAT institution codes are:
Full-time MBA: F8D-7V-17
Part-time MBA: F8D-7V-35
Are there any extra costs associated
No, there are none. Tuition fees include Goods and
Services Tax (GST) and all required course materials
Does the programme take students’ regular
class attendance into consideration for
Yes, class participation is important, as it typically accounts
for between 20% and 50% of the course grades.
Can I apply for a joint degree with any of
SMU’s other graduate programmes?
The application process for all graduate programmes at
SMU is run separately. Credit for courses taken in other
graduate-level programmes will be considered on a
As a part-time student, do I get Career
Yes, Career Services provide coaching, guidance, and
networking opportunities to all students.
Are exemptions available for core classes
I have taken previously?
Certain core classes are not open for exemption such as
Ethics & Corporate Governance, and Leading Organisations
& Teams. Exemptions in other core classes where
participants have deep knowledge are possible through
examination or by agreement with the professor teaching
the course. Additional electives or independent projects
are required in lieu of core courses that are exempted.
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