SMU MBA Program Information

The SMU MBA is offered by the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, situated in the Singapore Management University (SMU) campus.

The program was established in 2008, and it's considered to still be a relatively new MBA program. However, it is fully accredited by  international bodies EQUIS, AACSB and GMAC.

In QS's Global 200 Business Schools Report 2011, SMU MBA received a ranking of 25th for MBA in Asia Pacific region. However, the MBA program has yet to be ranked by business publication and websites like Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Economist, and Forbes.

Despite that, a degree from SMU is an advantageous academic qualification to have, especially if you decide to work in Singapore. This is due in part to the fact that SMU is an autonomous, government funded university. Government universities are highly regarded by companies and organisations in Singapore.

Stringent Selection

The school aims to maintain a high standard for its MBA program, by having strict entry requirements, comprising of good academic results, high GMAT score, and a minimum of 2 years work experience.

Students in the program typically have an average of 6 to 8 years of working experience, a GMAT score of 648 and above, and are close to 30 years of age.

SMU MBA program also selects students from a diverse range of industries, including Finance, Energy, IT, Media, Public Sector, and many more. The school feels that this will enrich their students learning experience.

Program Structure
The SMU MBA is offered in both full-time and part-time format. A full-time program takes 12 months to complete, while a part-time program takes 18 months. The school aims to minimise the students time away from their career, and enable them to recoup their MBA investment quicker.

Students can choose to specialise in a number of areas during their studies - Finance, Energy, Technology, and Family Business and Entrepreneurship.

The classes are conducted in a seminar-style teaching environment, and class participation is important to a student's success in the program - accounting for 20 to 50% of their course grades.

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