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IB Diploma

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Admission Requirements



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Admissions Requirements+
  • A good IB Diploma
  • Interview for shortlisted applicants. Shortlisted Law/Computing & Law applicants must also take a writing test

Interviews for shortlisted applicants

Law/Computing & Law Interviews/Writing Tests — Interviews and writing tests for shortlisted Law/Computing & Law applicants are conducted in end-March to 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 2019 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 2019. 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/Computing & 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 Economics programme 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 Economics makes 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.


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