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Admission & Eligibility

Q1 What are the admission requirements?

Please refer to the Entry Requirements page for more details.

Q2 My first degree is not related to IT or Business. Can I still apply to the programme?

Yes, applicants with a keen interest may apply to the programme. Generally, we take into consideration the candidate’s work experience, aptitude, GMAT/GRE scores, recommendation from referees, previous academic prowess and admission interview performance when doing our assessment.

Q3 Is work experience mandatory?

Work experience is not mandatory but two or more years of work experience is preferred. That said, professional experience derived from full-time and part-time employment as well as internships can enhance an applicant's profile.

Q4 Is GMAT mandatory? Will you accept GRE in place of the GMAT?

The GMAT is required for all candidates as it gives us a base to compare candidates from different backgrounds to ensure each of our students can manage the academic rigour of the programme. We do accept GRE in place of GMAT.

The following group of candidates may take the SMU Admission Test in place of GMAT/GRE:

  • Bachelor's/Master's/PhD Degree graduates from the six local universities [SMU, SUTD, NUS, NTU, SUSS (including UniSIM), SIT].

Click here for a detailed guide to access the practice tests for the SMU Admission Test.

The following groups of candidates are exempted from GMAT/GRE/SMU Admission Test:

  • SMU Bachelor’s degree graduates with a minimum cGPA of 3.4/4.0 (within 5 years of graduation)
  • SUTD/NUS/NTU/SUSS (including UniSIM)/SIT Bachelor’s degree graduates with a minimum cGPA of 3.6/5.0 (within 5 years of graduation)

However, meeting the cGPA academic input does not guarantee acceptance and candidates may still be asked to take the GMAT/GRE/SMU Admission Test.

Q5 Can I apply for the programme before taking GMAT/GRE?

Yes, you can submit your application prior to taking the GMAT/GRE. Once you have completed your online application, an officer from our admissions team will get in touch with you within a month to advise you on the next steps, including the submission deadline for your GMAT/GRE exam scores. You will also be informed if you are shortlisted for an admission interview with our programme director. Due to the increase in our application numbers, offers will be given to candidates who have passed the interviews, with the highest GMAT/GRE in our batch selection process.

Q6 Where can I take the GMAT/GRE in Singapore?

More details on the GMAT test centre can be found at: For details on GRE, please refer to:

SMU’s GMAT Code: F8D-Z4-61
SMU’s GRE Code: 2861
Q7 Is TOEFL/IELTS mandatory?

The TOEFL/IELTS (SMU’s TOEFL Code: 9014) is only required for applicants whose Degree programme was not taught in English.

Q8 Do I need to choose between the Part-time and Full-time candidature at the point of application?

Yes. Please note that requests to transfer from one candidature to the other will only be allowed once.

Q9 Are there admission interviews?

Yes. We will contact you for an admission interview after receiving your online application.

Q10 How many intakes are there in a year and when is the application period?

There are two intakes each year, in August and January. As entry to our programmes is competitive, we would encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.

Application Period:
August Intake: 1st January to 31st May
January Intake: 1st June to 31st October

Last updated on 25 Mar 2021 .