Singapore Management University was founded in 2000 as part of a government initiative to provide a US style business education locally. It was modeled after and established with support from Wharton Business School, and has since become a leading business school in Asia. It is composed of six different schools: the School of Accounting, Social Science, Information Systems, Economics, Law, and the Lee Kong Chian School of Business. The LKCSB’s Master’s in Wealth Management was ranked #1 in Asia and #3 in the world by the Finanical Times. The School of Accountancy was also ranked #1 in Asia for Archival Research.The campus is integrated into the downtown area of Bugis, providing easy access to the city amenities. The full-time tuition fees is S$64,724 (Inclusive of GST).

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Application Deadlines

 Round 1: 15 March 2018

 Round 2: 15 July 2018

 Round 3: 15 October 2018

Application Fee: $100

Admissions Facts

 Program length: 12 months

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 49%

Average age of new entrants: 29

 Require standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 660

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 5-7 years

Application Essay

Season: 2018


Why do you want to earn an MBA and why are you choosing to apply to SMU? If you are selected, how will you contribute to the SMU MBA programme? (500 words)


Describe your greatest weakness and how you have tried to overcome it. (300 words)

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2018

SMU requires a minimum of two referral letters. The most helpful evaluations include specific examples of past performance, and detailed descriptions of the applicant’s abilities and personal qualities. Evaluations that present a balanced view of the applicant will assist the SMU admissions team in distinguishing the very best candidates from a pool of highly qualified applicants.


  1.  Please appraise the candidate in terms of the qualities listed below, using the applicant’s peer group as your reference group. Please note that we expect very few candidates to be outstanding in all categories. (Intellectual ability, analytical skills, oral/written communication skills, creative qualities, self-discipline, initiative, self-confidence, maturity, teamwork, managerial ability, leadership potential, personal integrity, ethics)
  2. How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity?
  3. Please give your overall impression of the applicant. What is his or her greatest strength and weakness? Please also comment on the applicant’s leadership potential.

Admissions Verdict



“The GMAT score is important to get your application considered. Beyond that, SMU favors a more outspoken style, so make sure to show instances of leadership in your application. ” Consultant2018

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