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Information on admissions requirements, how to apply and submission of supporting documents

Admissions Requirements

  • A good IB Diploma
  • Interview for shortlisted applicants. Law shortlisted applicants must also take a writing test

Interviews for shortlisted applicants 

Law Interviews/Writing Tests — Law interviews and writing tests for shortlisted applicants are conducted in the month of April. Click here for important information on this.

Business Management Interviews — Shortlisted applicants, including those who are not residing in Singapore, are required to attend face-to-face interviews at SMU campus. As such, under normal circumstances, the Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKCSB) does not conduct telephone/Skype interviews.

Graduating students taking the IB diploma examinations in May 2018 may apply by submitting their IB predicted scores, as attested by their schools. Self-declared predicted scores will not be accepted.  The predicted scores must be submitted by 31 March 2018. Applicants are advised to apply for admission and submit the predicted scores early. Applicants must submit their actual IB results within 3 days after the release of the results by uploading their results online at Applicant's Self Service. To help us expedite processing, please apply for your official results to be released by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to SMU. You may approach your school counsellor for more details on this.

English Requirements for Law Applicants

Law applicants must have at least one of the following:

  • Grade 6 or 7 in English A1 at Higher Level or Standard Level
  • Grade 6 or 7 in English A - Literature or English A - Language and Literature at Higher Level or Standard Level

Mathematics Requirement

A good number of courses in the Accountancy and Economics programmes are of a highly quantitative nature. As such, applicants are expected to meet additional requirements in the form of a good pass in Mathematics at Higher Level or Standard Level. Applicants who do not have this requirement can still apply for consideration if you have alternative Mathematics content background. The School of Accountancy and School of Economics make the final decision on admission.

Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Requirements

Students from the following schools are required to meet the MTL requirements:

IB Schools IB School Singapore
Anglo-Chinese School
School of The Arts
Singapore Sports School
St. Joseph's Institution
(SJI Senior School)
Methodist Girls' School
Anglo-Chinese School
Required Not Required
Hwa Chong
St. Joseph's Institution
Other IB Schools
in Singapore
Required Not Required
IB Schools outside
of Singapore
Required Not Required

The MTL requirement can be fulfilled through one of the following:

  • a D7 grade for Higher MTL at Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level
  • a pass in MTL 'B', or an 'S' grade for H1 MTL/ MTL-in-lieu, or H2 MTL Language and Literature, or H1 General Studies in Chinese at Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level
  • a pass in MTL 'A': Literature, or MTL 'A': Language and Literature, or Language 'B' MTL at Standard or Higher Level at International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • a pass in MTL-in-lieu subject approved by Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore
  • an exemption from MTL approved by Ministry of Education, Singapore

Successful applicants who have not met the MTL requirement will be offered Conditional Admission and are required to satisfy this requirement before graduating from SMU.

Applicants who have been away from Singapore’s school system for some years and have not kept up with the study of their MTL or a language that can be offered as MTL-in-lieu may apply for MTL exemption. The MTL exemption application will be facilitated by the universities as part of the university application, and the results made known to applicants who receive admission offers from the university. Please note that MOE does not accept direct applications for MTL exemption. The application for MTL exemption will also not prejudice the evaluation of the application for a place in the university.

Discretionary Admissions

Under the Discretionary Admissions (DA) framework, SMU will consider applicants who may not have met the cut-off academic grade but have other outstanding achievements and attributes that SMU values, and whom SMU assesses to have the ability to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. These attributes supplement and complement the core qualities (beyond academic abilities) that SMU looks for in all students admitted to the university: critical thinking abilities, communication skills, and attitude (e.g. motivation, perseverance, determination, curiosity). Up to 15% of places are set aside each year for applicants admitted under Discretionary Admissions.

SMU will look for evidence of outstanding achievements/attributes. Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Excellence and/or leadership in sports and/or arts;
  • Impactful leadership and/or participation in community service and volunteer programmes;
  • Significant awards and achievements in area/s relevant to the course applied for;
  • Noteworthy involvement in work (internship) relevant to the course applied for;
  • Noteworthy involvement in entrepreneurial activity;
  • Ability to overcome significant difficulties and life challenges.

Applicants who wish to be considered under the Discretionary Admissions scheme are to provide details in the Achievements section of the online application form for admission, and submit copies of supporting documents, where available, to attest to these achievements.

How To Apply

We welcome applicants, regardless of nationality, to apply with the IB Diploma
SMU advocates for the rights of students with disabilities and special needs, and regards them as equal, integral and contributing members of the student body. Our online application for admission has a section asking applicants to indicate if they have any disabilities or special needs. Please complete this section if you have such disabilities or special needs. 
Academic Year 2018-19 application opening date : 16 October 2017
Academic Year 2018-19 application closing date : 19 March 2018, 11.59pm Singapore Standard Time
Please refer to the application links on the right side of this page (desktop view), or right below this page (mobile-phone view)
Applications for Academic Year 2018-19 are closed. Applications for Academic Year 2019-20 will open on 16 October 2018 and close in mid-March of 2019.

Submission of Supporting Documents

1) Online Uploading of Supporting Documents (Compulsory)

After applying online, please upload the following documents using the online upload function at Applicant’s Self Service. Academic results/transcripts/certificates must clearly show the applicant’s name, and the name and logo of the awarding institution.

  • NRIC for Singapore Citizens; NRIC and Passport Particulars Page for Permanent Residents; Passport Particulars Page and Singapore Student Pass for Non-citizens.
  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level results*, if applicable.
  • IB Diploma Actual Results or Predicted Scores, if applicable.
  • IB Diploma Certificate.
  • School Testimonials/Extra Curricular Activity/Co-Curricular Activity/Special Achievements/Award Records, if any, that are relevant to what you have indicated on your online application form (Under CCAs and Achievements).
  • Medical report, if you have any disabilities or major illness.
  • Criminal offence records, if applicable.

*If you have in your online application for admission, given permission for SMU to retrieve your Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level results from MOE, you do not need to upload copies of these results.

2) Paper/Hardcopy Submission of Supporting Documents (Optional)

If you wish to submit other documents on top of the online submission, you may mail the hardcopy documents to SMU. Before sending the documents to us, please access Applicant's Self-Service to print a copy of the Checklist Summary (Checklist Summary will be displayed on your computer screen when your online application has been submitted successfully) and place it on top of your supporting documents. Please do not submit original documents.

Mail your hardcopy documents to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Financial Assistance
Singapore Management University
Level 3, Administration Building
81 Victoria Street
Singapore 188065

Or drop them at the Drop box (8am-9pm daily) : The box is located outside Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

3) Application Fee

An application fee of S$15 is payable. Please click here for the various payment methods.


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