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Gary Low
Year 3 Student, School of Accountancy & Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Polytechnic Diploma from Singapore

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  • A good 3-year full-time Polytechnic diploma from Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic or Temasek Polytechnic. Advanced diplomas / specialist diplomas / certificate courses cannot be considered for the purpose of admission. Click here for information on the Indicative Grade Profile. Graduating students are welcome to apply with their first 5 semester results. They are required to upload their final semester results online at Applicant's Self Service within 3 working days after the release of the results.
  • Interview for shortlisted applicants. Law shortlisted applicants must also take a writing test.

Law Interviews/Writing Tests — Law interviews and writing tests for shortlisted 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.

English Requirement for Law Applicants

In addition to excellent O-Level grades, law applicants must have at least an A1 or A2 grade in O-Level English Language. Polytechnic Diploma applicants with the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) qualification are welcome to apply if they have excellent N-level (Academic) grades with grade 1 in N-Level English Language.

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 Additional Mathematics at O-Level. Applicants who have obtained good passes in similar subjects done in the Polytechnic can also be considered. 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.

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.

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