SMU Singapore Management University

SMU Singapore Management University #

Year Founded: 2000

Average GMAT: 600+

Country: Singapore

About #

A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Established in 2000, SMU’s mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy.

Featured Professors #

Themin Suwardy 

Dr Themin Suwardy is an Associate Professor of Accounting (Practice) with the SMU School of Accountancy. Since 2016, he is Dean of Postgraduate Professional Programmes (PGPP), looking after SMU portfolio of Masters programme, with an annual intake of over 1,200 students. Prior to joining academia, Themin was an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick. 

He has received over 20 SMU and international teaching awards and was accorded Republic of Singapore’s Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2011 for his contribution to education. In 2015, he was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by CPA Australia for his significant and distinguished service to the accounting profession.

Themin serves on the board of SATA CommHealth and chairs its Investment and Finance Committee. He is also a director of GMAC. He is a frequent commentator and writer for The Business Times.

Roy Chua

Roy Chua is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at the Singapore Management University (SMU) Lee Kong Chian School of Business. Roy’s research draws on human psychology to understand important social processes in business organizations. In his primary stream of research, he studies how multicultural interactions in a globalized workplace influence creativity and innovation. Roy also has a keen interest in understanding Chinese organizational behavior and management processes. He is an active management scholar and has published in leading academic periodicals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of International Business Studies, and MIT Sloan Management Review. Roy has conducted case discussions and given lectures to various companies including Bank of China, Bank of East Asia, Goldman Sachs, Shangri La hotel group, San Miguel, Hitachi, Barclays, DBS Bank, Unilab, Deutsche Knowledge Services, Deustsche Bank, Temasek Holdings, and John Clements Consulting.  A native of Singapore, Professor Chua received a BSc with First Class Honors in Computer and Information Sciences from the National University of Singapore and a PhD in Management, focusing on Organizational Behavior, from Columbia Business School.

Ang Ser-Keng

Ang Ser-Keng is a Principal Lecturer of Finance; Vice Chairman of Executive Committee & Director at UOB-SMU Asian Enterprise Institute; Academic Director at Master of Business Administration (MBA); Academic Director at Executive Masters of Business (EMBA) Programme. His research interests are Investment Banking (Mergers & Acquisitions, IPOs, etc) Capital Markets (Equity & Fixed Income) Investments (Asset Management and Private Equity) Corporate Finance (Corporate Governance).

MBA Program Brief Overview #

The SMU MBA is designed to shape students into a versatile and dynamic leader that businesses need. SMU MBA Students learn business fundamentals with an interactive and rigorous curriculum that captures the forefront of management research and proven approaches in management practice.

Year One Description #

The Full-Time MBA programme lasts for 15-months (with the possibility to complete in 10 months). With SMU’s unique emphasis on leadership and communication skills, the innovative and unconventional curriculum features a number of classes, of which MBA students must complete 8 modules that make up the core curriculum. In addition, students are required to take a minimum of 10 electives based on their interests and knowledge gaps to complement these core modules.

Fall Semester Mandatory Classes

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

Grading Scale: 4 

GMAT Stats #

Average GMAT: 660

Unique Aspects #

Internship and Job Opportunities

Access to internships and job placement opportunities via our global network of close to 3000 companies.


Students can network and engage in excellent professional development and career opportunities through their access to over 100 events every three months.

Relevant Curriculum

Relevancy in the digital economy with an updated curriculum that includes course on Data Science (Basic R and Python Programming) and Leading Digital Transformation.

Student Life #

With the city at their doorstep, there will never be a dull moment experienced during students’ SMU MBA stint. Boasting a state-of-the-art 4.5 hectare city campus with purpose-built seminar rooms to enhance learning experience and stimulate class interaction, students will be immersed into an interactive and interconnected environment that will help them grow beyond the classroom context.

In addition to convenient access to the gymnasium, swimming pool and the dance studio, students can enjoy amenities like food and beverage outlets, and banking and healthcare services within the vicinity.

As an integral part of Singapore’s Central Business District, SMU is a stone’s throw away from museums, theatres, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. 5 to 10-minute bus or MRT ride to the shopping belt of Orchard Road, the cultural establishments of Chinatown and Little India, or the centre of nightlife, Clarke Quay.

Tuition: $67,410.000

Class Profile #

Average Age: 30

International students: 65%

Countries Represented: 35

Average Work experience: 5-7 years

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