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Admissions, Fees & Scholarships


The minimum entry requirement for admission into the PhD programme is a Bachelor degree with good honours, or a Master degree, in a relevant discipline. Candidates should be keen to pursue research at the intersection of IT and business.



At least two academic referees’ reports are required for each application.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - International Test

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants whose medium of instruction for their Bachelor degree is not in English are required to submit TOEFL (international test) scores.

SMU’s TOEFL institution code is 9014. Test taken within 2 years will be accepted.

For TOEFL registration, visit this website

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Students may choose to substitute TOEFL scores with IELTS scores. For applicants whose medium of instruction at the Bachelor’s level was not English. The tests must be taken within 2 years before the proposed date of admission.

For IELTS registration, visit this website

GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)

Except for special approval granted by SMU, all applicants are required to take GRE or GMAT. GRE/GMAT (may be waived for SMU, NTU, NUS and SUTD graduates).

SMU’s GRE institution code is 2861. Test results obtained within 5 years will be accepted.

For GRE registration, visit this website

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

Students may choose to substitute the GRE scores with GMAT scores. GRE/GMAT (may be waived for SMU, NTU, NUS and SUTD graduates). However, applicants whose Bachelor degree is not in one of the listed disciplines may still be requested to submit GRE Computer Science score even with GMAT submission.

The GMAT code for this programme is F8D-Z4-04.

Test results obtained within 5 years will be accepted.

For GMAT registration, visit this website


  • Please refer to SMU PhD Programme Fees for detailed and latest breakdown of fees.
  • Students under SMU Scholarship will be waived from Registration and Tuition Fees.


SMU Presidential Doctoral Fellowships in Computing

The SMU Presidential Doctoral Fellowship in Computing is provided to exceptionally qualified students who are offered candidatures into SMU’s PhD programmes. The Fellowship also recognises existing PhD students who are outstanding in their studies.

The Fellowship is a one-year award that is renewed annually, for up to four years. The award provides a higher monthly stipend than a Full Scholarship, as shown in the table below.

Citizenship Monthly Stipend2
Singapore Citizen1 SGD $5,000
Singapore Permanent Resident SGD $4,000
Foreign Student SGD $3,750

1 With effect from 1 August 2015, Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions shall be provided at a rate pegged to the prevailing employer’s contribution rate set by CPF, on top of the monthly stipend received.

2 The released PDF monthly stipend rates are only applicable to intakes starting from 1 Aug 2018. For cohorts that joined prior to this date, please refer to SMU Presidential Doctoral Fellowships for the rates.

SMU Full Scholarships

The SMU Full Scholarships cover registration and subsidised tuition fees (see SMU PhD Programme Fees for details). As a scholarship recipient, you will receive a monthly living stipend (as shown in the table below according to your citizenship before and after passing your qualifying exam (QE) ). These scholarships are renewed yearly, conditioned on good academic performance, for the first 4 years of your PhD candidature.

Beyond the scholarship duration, you may receive continued support through research assistantships and teaching assistantships (see Financial Assistance Schemes in Year 5) or industry grants at SMU.

Monthly Stipend:

Citizenship Before QE After QE
Singapore Citizen1 SGD $2,800 SGD $3,300
Singapore Permanent Resident SGD $2,400 SGD $2,900
Foreign Students SGD $2,200 SGD $2,700

1 With effect from 1 August 2015, Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions shall be provided at a rate pegged to the prevailing employer’s contribution rate set by CPF, on top of the monthly stipend received.

Industrial Postgraduate Programme

The Industrial Postgraduate Programme (IPP), supported by the Economic Development Board (EDB), aims to develop a pool of postgraduate research talent in Singapore. The programme provides postgraduate students with industry-relevant training in both the academic and corporate Research and Development (R&D) environments. At the end of the training, graduates will take on R&D roles in the industry.


Salesforce-Singapore Management University (SMU) Talent Programme

Salesforce Research launched a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) research centre in Singapore on 27 March 2019. The centre is named - Salesforce Research Asia. It is looking at growing and developing the ecosystem of AI researchers in Asia. In order to achieve this, the centre plans to train postgraduate students in Singapore in the various AI fields, including natural language processing and deep learning.

The Salesforce-SMU Talent Programme aims to train academic research PhD candidates in AI and AI-related areas including Big Data, Data Mining & Business Analytics, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing. This talent programme is supported by Economics Development Board (EDB)’s Industrial PhD Programme (IPP) and Singapore Pte Ltd. A successful candidate will be a full-time employee of Salesforce, and at the same time will pursue his/her PhD in Computer Science at SMU on a full-time basis. The candidate will work on research projects that are of specific interest to Salesforce. The PhD candidate will be jointly mentored by an academic co-supervisor from SMU and a non-academic co-supervisor from Salesforce. The candidate is expected to spend at least 50% of his/her time at Salesforce’s research facilities to work on the research projects.


Singapore Digital (SG:D) Scholarship (Postgraduate)

The Singapore Digital (SG:D) Scholarship (Postgraduate) is an industry scholarship that empowers individuals pursuing Infocomm Media (ICM) related studies at the Masters or PhD level. Individuals pursuing postgraduate studies in specialised ICM areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Analytics, Immersive Media, and Digital Content Creation can chart your future with this scholarship.


A*STAR Graduate Scholarship

A collaboration between A*STAR, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Singapore Management University (SMU), the A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (AGS) enables you to undertake research at an A*STAR Research Institute and register your PhD candidature at NTU, NUS, SUTD or SMU. The scholarship finances up to four years of your PhD studies in Singapore.


A*STAR Computing and Information Science (ACIS) Scholarship

The ACIS Scholarship is open to Singaporeans and other nationals intending to take up Singapore citizenship. The ACIS Scholarship provides a competitive stipend, on top of other allowances, and full tuition fees support for up to four years of PhD studies.



The AISG PhD Fellowship Programme is part of AISG’s Research programme which supports top Artificial Intelligence (AI) research talents in pursuing their PhD in Singapore-based Autonomous Universities (AUs). The objective of the Programme is to nurture and train local AI talents to be able to perform advanced fundamental AI research and produce state-of-the-art AI algorithms, models and systems. Eventually, AISG hopes that these talents will contribute to the other pillars of AI Singapore, the local AI eco-system and the society. The AISG PhD Fellowship Programme welcomes all nationalities to apply.


Vingroup Young Talent Scholarship

The Vingroup Young Talent Scholarship is the first scholarship established at SMU that will provide full financial support for Vietnamese students pursuing a postgraduate programme at SMU. The mission of the Scholarship Program is to find talents and develop them further and provide them with rewarding opportunities so that they have the ability to lead and advance the development of science and technology in Vietnam in the future. For Vietnamese students pursuing the Master of Science in Computing/ Master of Philosophy in Information Systems/ PhD in Information Systems or Computer Science programme, the scholarship covers full tuition fees as well as partial miscellaneous fees and living allowance* during the recipient’s period of study.

*Terms and conditions apply.


Last updated on 19 Jan 2022 .