SMU’s LEE KONG CHAIN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS is located at a global crossroads in Singapore, which is home to multinational corporations as well as thousands of small and medium-sized businesses that thrive in an intelligent city known for its business excellence and connectivity. SMU conducts cutting-edge research with worldwide implications and develops diverse, creative, and entrepreneurial leaders for a knowledge-based economy.

SMU’s MBA program is placed 51st worldwide and among the Top 50 for its world-leading research in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2022, ranking 10th among Asian colleges. SMU is widely regarded as one of Asia’s and the world’s greatest specialized institutions. Its research rankings, program rankings, accreditations, and professional recognition attest to its accomplishments and status.


The SMU MBA’s flexibility allows one to finish the MBA program in 12 months for the Full-time Programme or 18 months for the Part-time Programme.

When you finish your SMU MBA program, you join a lively network of over 21,000 business school graduates and 288,000 university alumni from a variety of fields.

The tuition for the full-time program is SGD 70,200 (includes GST) and is payable in four installments.

Living expenses amount to approximately SGD 32,000 per year.

Generous scholarships are offered to outstanding international candidates on a merit basis. Here are a few examples of scholarships available.

  • 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


The MBA cohort typically represents more than 30 countries and a wide array of industries and professional backgrounds, providing a truly global learning experience.

International students (outside Singapore) comprise 63% of the class. This makes the SMU MBA cohort a diverse one. 

The industry experience of students, before joining is also diverse, ranging from consulting, banking, and financial services to fashion and performing arts.

The average work experience for a full-time MBA is 5.9 years which ensures that students contribute richly to classroom learning by bringing forward their varied industry experience. Peer-peer learning beyond the classroom is also facilitated through this.

At 40%, SMU has one of the best gender diversity ratios at B-schools throughout the world. The average age at SMU MBA is 30 years.

The infographic below depicts the SMU MBA class profile with statistics about the gender distribution, age, work experience, and geographical background of the students.


This is an infographic of the curriculum at a glance.

With a focus on leadership and communication abilities, SMU’s original and unorthodox curriculum includes a variety of classes, of which MBA students must pass 8 modules that comprise the core curriculum. In addition, to supplement these core courses, students must take a minimum of 10 electives based on their interests and knowledge gaps. Every year, the electives available are subject to change.

SMU’s MBA program has two tracks:

• Full-Time MBA for 15 months (with the possibility to complete in 10 months)

• An 18-month part-time MBA program (with the possibility to complete in 15 months)

The Full-time Program lasts 15 months (5 terms), with internships starting as early as May. Before the start of the semester, one engages in pre-term self-study.

If you want to speed up your learning even further, the full-time SMU MBA can be finished in 10 months if all credit requirements are met.

For the first four months, the core sessions are held during the day, with electives occurring on weekday nights and weekends for the remainder of the Programme.

  • Core courses (Terms 1 and 2) are held Monday through Thursday, in the morning or afternoon.
  • Each lesson lasts around 3.5 hours.
  • On Fridays, make-up classes, job opportunities, and leadership development are scheduled.
  • Part-time and full-time elective classes Programme Students will attend these sessions together (Terms 3 to 5, 7.15pm to 10.45pm).
  • Classes are only held during the day for the first four months, and then in the evenings for the remainder of the Program.
  • Breaks of up to four weeks are permitted.
  • Starting in May, a minimum 10-week paid internship is required.

To meet the increased need for a greater understanding of various business areas, SMU has introduced chosen sector emphasis topics within the Program, including Family Business and Entrepreneurship, Finance, Energy, and Technology. This inclusiveness goes beyond the classroom and includes workplace visits and industry exposure opportunities throughout the year. This assists students in developing a solid grasp of Asia’s growing areas as well as their effect on the global economy.

Asian Perspectives in a Real-World MBA

SMU includes case studies taught in the MBA Program as part of the learning journey, as well as other publications from the SMU academic think tank, the Centre of Management Practice.

CMP seeks out, gathers, and disseminates new knowledge based on emerging trends, best practices, and cutting-edge business models in Asia’s fast-changing and dynamic marketplaces. CMP fulfills its duty through creating and publishing case studies, journal papers, and other periodic material. These cases give MBA students valuable insights into Asia’s political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental outlooks.


SMU gives access to a network of career coaches that specialize in various areas to supplement career coaching. These specialist coaches are devoted experts who may provide vital tactics, recommendations, and resources to lead one toward a career transition, obtaining business knowledge and professional abilities, or deepening one’s competence in their existing sector.

Throughout the year, the Career Services team hosts seminars and events to provide students with opportunities to get exposure to various industries and to network with the business community. The team also organizes and makes internship opportunities available with top firms.

SMU consistently achieves strong employment rates of more than 90% for each MBA class. The following are the important placement statistics from the SMU MBA Employment Report 2019.

Following is a list of notable employers hiring from the SMU MBA program:

Accenture, American Express, Dell, E&Y, Mastercard, Microsoft, PwC, S&P Global, Singapore Health Services, Twitter, Whatman Asia Pacific Limited, Mercedes Benz


Admission Requirements – 

  • Good undergraduate degree from a reputable institution (in any field) 
  • Minimum work experience of 2 years 
  • Good score in GMAT/GRE or SMU Admissions Test
  • A valid TOEFL/IELTS score is required if the medium of instruction of your undergraduate studies was not in English
  •  Evidence of leadership experience, academic ability, and community impact will enhance your application

Evaluation Criteria

The SMU MBA program recruits applicants that have academic brilliance and leadership ability, are eager to learn, and have the personal traits to contribute to the SMU MBA experience and the larger community.

  • Outstanding Professional and Leadership Experience

The SMU MBA program attempts to train people to manage organizations once they graduate by placing a special emphasis on professional successes and shown leadership potential. The program has a stringent two-year minimum work experience requirement, and participants have an average of five to six years of work experience. While younger applicants are eligible to apply, they must exhibit exceptional leadership potential and maturity via their professional and personal experiences.

  • Strong Academic Aptitude

Given the rigor of the SMU MBA curriculum, applicants must have good academic credentials as indicated by their previous academic success. The GMAT is used to compare applicants from various national, educational, and professional backgrounds. While there is no minimum GMAT score required for the SMU MBA program, candidates who score better than average in the verbal, quantitative, and writing sections will be deemed more competitive. Candidates whose undergraduate or graduate degrees were not taught in English will be 

  • Proactive Sense of Social Responsibility and Contribution to Learning Experience

SMU is excited about developing business leaders with a strong sense of social responsibility who will actively contribute to the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom. Candidates with strong interpersonal skills and an international perspective are more likely to thrive as leaders in today’s globalized world.

Application fees – SGD 100