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Why Choose
The School of Accountancy (SOA)?

Our Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) programme provides a holistic education emphasising real-world readiness. We have structured a broad-based curriculum to cover business, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership skills, communications and social responsibility, which are centred on a strong accounting core. Our curriculum also includes a compulsory internship and community service, both of which provide real-world experience and impart valuable insights. As a result, our students are transformed into professional accountants who have the hard, soft and people skills to thrive in a knowledge-based economy.

 

 

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The SMU BAcc Programme offers a rigorous curriculum that delivers the right balance of technical skills and broad-based education for our students.  

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The SMU BAcc Programme offers a rigorous curriculum that delivers the right balance of technical skills and broad-based education for our students. 

 

The SoA curriculum is designed to offer students a broad-based education and encourage them to pursue knowledge in modules outside of the accountancy field.

As our student, you are empowered to design your learning experience at SoA. With exemptions of up to five out of 36 modules, you can choose to graduate with a accounting track within three years. Or, if you wish to maximise your learning journey with double degrees and second majors; three and a half or four years. You will have the opportunity to broaden your real-world skills by drawing on practical experience both locally and overseas through internships, as well as student leadership, community service or exchange programmes.

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more than

>50%
of SOA students take on
multiple internships

Be Career Savvy

Real-World Readiness

You can realise your leadership potential in the vibrant student life at SMU, and gain real-world experience with compulsory internship. On average, SoA students take on two to six internships during their time in SMU and many receive job offers before graduation.

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Strong Employability
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Graduates of the SMU School of Accountancy (SoA) are much sought after by employers in the industry:

High mean 
starting salaries* 

50%

of our grads receiving 2-6 
job offers upon graduation*

*Source: Graduate Employment Survey (GES) 2015 results

 

 

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Graduates of the SMU School of Accountancy (SoA) are much sought after by employers in the industry:

High mean 
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50% of our SMU grads receiving 2-6  job offers upon graduation*

*Source: Graduate Employment Survey (GES) 2015 results

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Global Exposure
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88%
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international exposure

Our students have abundant opportunities to enrich their education experience with global exposure through programmes such as:

 Overseas exchanges
 Internships
 Study missions
 Community service projects
 
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88%
of SOA students gain international exposure

Our students have abundant opportunities to enrich their education experience with global exposure through programmes such as:

 Overseas exchanges
 Internships
 Study missions
 Community service projects
 

Studying overseas immerses students in a cultural and academic experience unlike any other, making them more adaptable and open to the inevitable changes they will face in the fast-paced working world. SoA students can experience global exposure in different ways:

Exchange Programmes
Placement in a university abroad is assured for all exchange applicants through our Office of Global Learning, which manages the international student exchange and summer programmes. We have over 200 partner institutions in various regions that students can go on exchange.
 

>50%
of each BAcc cohort has gone on overseas exchange since 2010
>30
different exchange destinations in Europe, Asia pacific, the Americas and the Middle East

Overseas Internships
More SoA students are choosing to complete internships overseas in countries such as China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and USA, working in MNCs such as Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

Overseas internships give students the opportunity to gain training experience within different business cultures, making them more valuable in the global marketplace.

Study Missions
SoA students can choose the course Accounting Study Mission (ASM) under the Global and Regional Studies elective.

Under the ASM, students will visit companies and interact with executives and entrepreneurs. They will learn about the country’s history, culture, traditions and values, and understand how these determine the business and financial strategies; and operations of companies. Students will undergo intensive preparation prior to their trips, and submit group projects based on their research and findings upon their return.

Accountancy students also have the opportunity to choose the Country Studies/Business Study mission (BSM) electives. Participants of the BSM will visit companies and interview firms, managers, and entrepreneurs overseas to gain insights on international business and entrepreneurship.

The respective study missions may also lead to future internships and employment opportunities.

Overseas Community Service Projects
The Centre for Social Responsibility manages overseas community service projects, supporting independent students and student groups who wish to volunteer overseas. Community service projects are pivotal in developing maturity and social responsibility in our students.

SoA students have travelled to China, India, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to engage in community service projects, ranging from teaching language and IT skills to helping with construction work.

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SoA students have the flexibility of finishing the BAcc programme in three, three and a half or four years. Students can maximise their learning journeys here and graduate with more than an accountancy degree:

 

 Add breadth (double degrees and second majors) or depth
 (accounting tracks) to their education

 Gain local or overseas practical experience through internships, student leadership, community service or exchange programmes  

 

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Double Degrees & Second Majors
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75% of SoA students graduate with a double degree or second major.

Add breadth to your education with up to:

15 double degree combinations

37 possible second majors

 
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Choose from four Accounting Tracks:

1. Financial Management 

2. Risk Management & Assurance

3. Taxation

4. Data Analytics Track

SMU is the first university in Singapore to offer specialised accounting tracks for the BAcc programme: you will stand to gain deeper insights within specific accounting fields.

 

 

Teaching ExcellenceClose to 20

SMU Teaching Excellence Awards 
won by SoA Faculty since 2005,

12 SMU Research Excellence Awards
won by SoA faculty since 2009

Our world-class faculty are recognised as some of the best educators:

 At the forefront of accounting research

 Hold strong connections with the accounting industry

 Clinched multiple teaching excellence awards in SMU and internationally

 First professors outside of US to win the 2015 Innovation in Accounting Education Award from the American Accounting Association (AAA)

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5th
in the world for Financial 
Archival Accountancy Research, 
BYU Rankings (2016)

SoA is recognised for its high quality research and ranks fifth globally in financial archival accounting research according to the Brigham Young University (BYU) Accounting Research Rankings (2016). SoA is also accredited by eight local and international educational accreditation and professional industry bodies: ISCA, ACRA, SAC, ICAEW, CAANZ, CPA Australia, CIMA and AACSB.

 

 

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