Quick Facts

The University

Singapore Management University (SMU) has established a reputation for pushing the boundaries of innovation, creativity and academic excellence in redefining tertiary education. SMU introduced pedagogy previously unseen in Singapore, and has shown how a broad-based education and interactive teaching environment in small-size classes produces graduates well-prepared for the demands of the real world. Known as a pioneer in its holistic admissions approach of recruiting all-rounded, multi-talented students and incorporating leadership and soft skills training in the undergraduate curriculum, SMU embraces its mission to create and disseminate knowledge, aspiring to generate leading edge research with global impact as well as to produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy.

Academic Programmes

Today, SMU is home to over 9,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students and comprises six schools: the School of Accountancy; Lee Kong Chian School of Business; School of Economics; School of Information Systems; School of Law; and School of Social Sciences. SMU offers six bachelor degree programmes in Accountancy, Business Management, Economics, Information Systems Management, Law, and Social Sciences; and a growing number of postgraduate, doctoral, executive development and professional programmes.

Faculty & Research

SMU's research vision is be an internationally recognised leader in high-quality research that results in knowledge creation, dissemination, and application in ways that are relevant and responsive to the changing needs of individuals, organisations, and societies. Specifically, SMU aspires to be the leading university in Asia for high-quality research, with a particular emphasis on providing evidence-based solutions derived from insights that cross disciplines, address Asian issues of global relevance, and bridge theory and practice. To achieve this, SMU's cadre of faculty members is selectively recruited from around the world to advance knowledge in teaching and research, forming an experienced and committed pool of talent. To bring in the wealth of knowledge from the industry, SMU also calls upon successful leaders in business and their professions for their specific expertise to combine academic rigour with hands-on business savvy. Nearly forty research institutes, centres, labs and initiatives in SMU serve as key interfaces and link knowledge creation, dissemination, and application within the University and beyond.

Global Diversity

International students in SMU come from India, China, ASEAN countries as well as further afield such as Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East, Maldives, Japan and South Korea. They bring into SMU the richness of diversity and cultural vibrancy, creating a learning environment beyond geographical borders and introducing global perspectives. SMU has over 200 partner universities across all the continents of the world for exchange programmes, allowing students to pursue studies abroad for a semester or two.

Our Graduates

In preparing our graduates to excel in the business world, the University incorporates into the curriculum, opportunities for global exposure, internship and community service, leadership training, and workplace-ready skills. Some 86% of SMU undergraduates benefit from overseas exposure which includes exchange programme with an overseas university, Business Study Missions, overseas internship and community service. A well-round education that challenges perceptions, enriches the mind and sharpens communication skills helps differentiate SMU graduates and gives them a competitive edge in the global marketplace. Already the University has achieved a high degree of recognition in Singapore, Asia and beyond. Today, SMU has over 19,000 undergraduate and postgraduate alumni.

University Profile

  • Established in January 2000
  • First publicly-funded autonomous university in Singapore
  • City campus located in the Bras Basah civic district
  • Shared values of Commitment, Integrity, Responsibility, Collegiality, Leadership and Excellence

Student Profile

  • 7,827 full-time undergraduates*
  • 1,750 full-time and part-time postgraduates*

​            * As of 12 September 2016.

Faculty Profile

  • 353 full-time faculty*
  • 44% international faculty [non-Singapore citizens]*
  • A globally diverse faculty pool with PhDs from leading international universities
  • 30 different nationalities*

               * As of 31 Dec 2015.

International Student Profile

  • 61% international postgraduate students [non-Singapore citizens] from 44 countries*
  • 10% international undergraduate students [non-Singapore citizens] from 28 countries*

            * As of 12 September 2016.

Graduate Profile

  • Nearly 19,000 undergraduate and postgraduate alumni
  • 93.8% employment rate within six months*
  • Average gross monthly salary of SMU graduates in full-time employment S$3,722*

                * Joint Graduate Employment Survey 2016.


Last updated on 22 Feb 2017.