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Basics about SIS Undergraduate Programmes
In AY 2018-2019, SIS will be offering BSc (Information Systems) with 2 majors:
- Information Systems (IS) major
- Smart-City Management and Technology (SMT) major
With effect AY 2019-2020, SIS will also be offering BSc (Computer Science) degree [ this degree is pending approval from MOE ]:
- with major in IT Solution Development
- and with two 2nd major options – in either IT Solution Management or Advanced Technology
A major is an entire programme including a set of core courses and other specialisation-related and elective requirements. All our majors have different sets of core courses.
This major equips you with capabilities to develop innovative and value-adding solutions for businesses and society. The curriculum offers multiple tracks which enhances the flexibility to create your learning journey.
This major gives greater flexibility for you to prepare for your career choice, through the building of core IT skills and knowledge in the first 2 years, and deepening your Consultant & Business Analyst and/or Advance Technical skill sets in the later 2 years of study.
The 6 tracks offered in the BSc (IS) : IS Major are:
Consultant & Business Analyst Skills focused:
- Business Analytics
- Financial Technology
- Digital Business Solutioning
Advanced Technical Skills focused:
- Software Development
- Artificial Intelligence
Note: A track is a selection of a specialization within a major. All tracks have the same set of core modules.
What is the focus of the BSc (Information Systems) : Smart-City Management & Technology (SMT) Major?
This major equips you with interdisciplinary skills across Technology, Social Sciences and Management disciplines to seize career opportunities arising from the global trend towards smart cities.
The 5 key smart city applications domains that help students gain knowledge depth and career ready specialisations:
- Business and Economy
- Health and Enabled Ageing
- Home and Environment
- Public Services
Note: The students in SMT major specialize by taking more courses in a desired discipline or by completing a second major.
What is the focus of the new BSc (Computer Science) degree (launching AY 2019/2020, currently pending approval from MOE)?
This degree equips students with technical skills to build computing products and solutions to thrive in the marketplaces and society. This requires an understanding of the interplay between computing theory and practice and the essential links between them, as well as fundamental business innovation and IT solution development and management skills.
Tracks available to students in the BSc (CS) : IT Solution Development Major are:
Technology and Development Tracks
(also available to BSc (IS) : IS Major students who satisfies the pre-requisites for the selected track):
- Artificial Intelligence
- Cyber-Physical Systems
*** All prevailing BSc (IS) : Information Systems Major Tracks (AY 2019/20) will also be available to BSc (CS) students
Second majors on offer are:
- IT Solution Management (Business Innovation and Solution Management)
- Advanced Technology (Technical Expertise in Computing Topics)
- Will study a curriculum with 70% technology, 30% non-technology courses
- Has solid grounding on the technical foundations of computing
- Recognises the context in which a computer system may function including its interactions with people and the physical world
- Applies computing knowledge to solve real problems; Designs and improves systems based on quantitative and qualitative assessment of its functionality, usability and performance
- Aligns computing system development with business priorities
- Will study a curriculum with 56% technology courses, 44% non-technology courses
- Bridges technology and business communities in businesses through curriculum that combines business and technology courses
- Leverages on computing libraries and components as building blocks for designing and customising information systems solutions
- Designs and develops innovative and value-adding solutions for business and society
- Has exposure to some industry domains, the business processes, common challenges and business improvement frameworks using Information Systems
What is the difference between SIS Computer Science degree and other universities' Computer Science degrees?
Given the fast-changing nature of computing and how dynamically it impacts business and society, IT professionals of the future need to be technically proficient, industry-ready, and business savvy.
SIS's BSc (Computer Science) degree follows the recommendations of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) computing curricula which are adopted by universities worldwide and yet is progressively designed from the ground up to prepare students for the marketplace. The courses are built on modern technologies (e.g., operating systems principles are taught based on mobile devices) using current business scenarios as examples. Students can specialise in advanced technology tracks such as AI, Cybersecurity, and Cyber-Physical Systems, allowing them to capitalise on upcoming technology trends.
Students learn both in and out of the classroom too, through industry-sponsored projects, internships or apprenticeships up to a year long, and the iconic SMU-X courses emphasising real-world experiences.
As an organic part of the SMU ecosystem, SIS is especially well-positioned to deliver a CS degree programme that is holistically oriented towards both technically sound solution development, as well as business-relevant solution management. SMU’s unrivalled interactive pedagogy also provides a conducive environment to nurture students to communicate strategically and present ideas convincingly, traits highly valued by employers.
You need to complete 36 courses (including exemptions). In addition, you must also have completed the following:
- An internship (10 weeks continuous, full-time) that is IS-related, which is compulsory and you can do it in Singapore or overseas
- Community service (80 hours)
(Relevant to BSc (Information Systems) only) - What is second major and how many courses do I need to do?
(Relevant to BSc (Information Systems) only) - Can I switch from BSc (IS) : IS Major to BSc (IS) : SMT Major or vice versa
Switching is only allowed as an exception not a rule. On a case-by-case basis, we will allow switching.
If it is before Term 2 (Year 1) then there is no implication. However, in Term 2 if you are still undecided, you may be asked to do certain courses so that you can transfer at the end of Year 1 before start of Year 2.
You need to complete 36 courses that includes:
- A 2nd major in either IT Solution Management or Advanced Technology
- either an internship (6-8 months continuous, full-time) OR an apprenticeship (1 year, part-time); The internship or apprenticeship is compulsory for all SIS students and you can do it in Singapore or overseas
- Community service
I am enrolling in AY2018 at SIS, can I switch to BSc (Computer Science) degree when it is launched in AY2019?
Can I defer my studies from AY2018 to AY2019 as I am intrested in embarking on the BSc (Computer Science) degree?
Yes. You can choose a secondary degree under Accountancy, Business Management, Economics, Law ^ or Social Sciences. You will receive two degree certificates upon successful completion of the double-degree programme. Expected duration is 4 years.
If you have excellent academic results, you may be offered direct entry into the double degree programme and will be provisionally enrolled in the secondary degree. You will be required to fulfil the stipulated double degree requirements by the end of your Year 2, failing which, you will be asked to withdraw from the double degree and pursue a single degree.
If you are not offered direct entry into the double degree programme, you may enroll as a single degree student first and apply for the double degree programme at the end of your Year 2 if you meet certain criteria (e.g. Cum GPA and specific grade for stipulated courses).
^ If you’re aspiring to do a double degree programme with Law, you must first be offered admission into the School of Law.
Yes. If you have excellent academic results, you can choose the following Fast Track programmes offered at SIS allowing promising SIS undergraduates to pursue a Bachelor and Master degrees within a shorter period of time:
SMU BSc (Information Systems) & Master of IT in Business (MITB) Fast Track
In addition to the BSc (IS), selected SIS undergraduates can obtain either the:
- Master of IT in Business (Analytics)
- Master of IT in Business (Financial Technology & Analytics)
- Master of IT in Business (Artificial Intelligence Tracks)
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Estimated time of completion is 4.5 years
5 MITB scholarships are available when applying for each admissions window
SMU BSc (Information Systems) & Master of Applied Information Systems (MAIS) Fast Track
In addition to the BSc (Information Systems), selected SIS undergraduates can obtain the Master of Applied Information Systems.
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Estimated time of completion is 4.5 years
5 MAIS scholarships available when applying for each admissions window
SMU - Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Fast Track (Pittsburgh, USA)
A fast-track programme under the National Infocomm Scholarship (NIS) which allows BSc (IS) : Information Systems Major undergraduate students to graduate within four to four and half years with both a BSc (Information Systems) degree from SMU and a Master's degree in IT from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA.
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For BSc (IS) : Information Systems Major currently only
Apply directly to Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) via the National Infocomm Scholarship (NIS)
For BSc (IS) : Smart-City Management & Technology (SMT) Major
We are in the process of making BSc (IS) : SMT Major students eligible for the SMU-CMU Fast Track Programme, pending final agreement. We are also in the midst of getting our fast track integrated with other top universities in Europe and US which offer related smart cities or urban studies master degrees.
For BSc (Computer Science) Degree
We are in the process of making BSc (CS) students eligible for the SMU-CMU Fast Track Programme, pending final agreement.
I would like to apply for a local Fast Track Programme scholarship. What are the eligibility criteria for such a scholarship? What are the benefits of the scholarship? How and when do I apply for the scholarship?
In order to be eligible for a local Fast Track Programme scholarship, you must:
- be a full-time SMU undergraduate student pursuing the SMU Bachelor of Science (Information Systems) programme
- have obtained outstanding A-level, IB or polytechnic results
- have strong interest in pursuing a local Fast Track programme scholarship in the School of Information Systems
- be analytical and mathematically inclined (especially if they wish to take the Master of IT in Business (Analytics track))
- demonstrate leadership and communication skills
- have good record of co-curricular activity and/or community service involvement
- be of good character
This scholarship will fully cover tuition fees for the local Fast Track Programme, when the scholar commences his or her Master courses.
These are terms and conditions for eligibility:
- The scholarship will NOT cover the annual tuition fees & compulsory miscellaneous fees for the BSc (IS) degree (The recipient is required to take advantage of the Tuition Grant Scheme(TGS) provided by the Singapore Government for subsidised education for undergraduates. Under the TGS, non-Singaporeans (including Singapore PRs) will be contractually obliged to work for Singapore-based companies for 3 years upon graduation)
- The scholarship award is to be confirmed at the end of the second year of study, on the condition that the cumulative GPA for BSc (IS) is > = 3.4 and with exemplary conduct
- The scholarship holder is NOT required to serve any bond
- Scholars may not concurrently hold any other scholarship, fellowship, bursary, grant, award or allowance without prior approval from SMU
- SMU does not guarantee and/or provide scholars with employment upon graduation
- If the scholar decides to withdraw from the University and/or terminate the scholarship prematurely, the University reserves the right to impose repayment of all scholarship monies disbursed to the scholar.
If you wish to be considered for the scholarship, please email us at email@example.com stating your name/application number and the Masters programme that you are keen on.
Education background/knowledge & Exemptions
JC students may have an advantage in core courses like Introductory Statistics, Programme in Writing and Reasoning, while poly students may have an initial advantage in IS-related courses if they have a prior background in studying IT. However, the computing courses covered here assume no initial computing knowledge. The courses also have greater depth than what is taught in the polytechnics.
There's no need to worry about your background or lack thereof: you will be able to get up to speed as long as you are passionate and willing to put in the effort. We have enrichment classes for students to help those students without an IT background or who feel they need refresher courses. See the questions below for further details.
No, we provide all the background needed. This is a first-degree programme, hence we do not expect students to have any IT or programming background, we do however, expect you to be passionate and willing to put in the effort into your learning.
Our SIS Instructors conduct short, intensive courses every year during the term breaks. They are useful for current students who would like to widen the scope of their abilities. They aim to:
- Expand the knowledge base of students
- Equip students with marketable and industry-relevant job skills
- Prepare students for professional certifications
Most students find the additional practical knowledge and the skills they gain through these courses are extremely helpful, for their internships as well as for the implementation phase of the Project Experience Course.
Not to worry: our Professors and Instructors are available to help you. We also have Teaching Assistants in each class to help clarify your doubts. If you have a passion for IT and are willing to work hard for it, the school will provide you with all the help/coaching you need.
If you need it or wish to learn more, non-compulsory enrichment courses will be available during the term breaks, to help you catch up or refresh on your skills.
Yes. Many SIS courses will have a project component in which you will be required to think up a solution to a business problem — and then to develop a prototype of the solution to the problem. Nevertheless, do not worry even if you don't have much experience in programming yet: the foundation courses will equip you with the critical thinking and technology skills you will need to create these IS prototypes of business solutions.
I'm a Polytechnic graduate and have done well in my related polytechnic courses. How many course exemptions can I expect?
Depending on the type of diploma and your results obtained in the related courses, you may be granted (on average) between 3 to 5 exemptions from the SMU core and SIS core courses. Top polytechnic students with excellent results in related courses can obtain up to 9 exemptions.
Please refer to SIS Exemptions Calculator for an indication of the courses that you may be granted exemptions for.
Depending on your results obtained in the courses, you may be granted (on average) between 3 to 5 exemptions from the SMU core courses.
Please refer to Admissions Website FAQ for more information.
You will have a chance to improve your English when you take the Programme in Writing & Reasoning Course (SMU Foundation) and Management Communication (SMU Core). Proficiency in English is critical during the course of your study and more so after graduation, as it is the global language of business. It's worth putting in the extra effort to excel in it. After all, an idea is only as successful as your ability to communicate it to others.
Future Career Prospects
Our graduates have many career paths ahead of them. The foundation you'll acquire through the BSc (Information Systems) or the BSc (Computer Science) programmes will allow you to grasp different opportunities as you grow in your career.You'll have the flexibility to work in many different roles in any sector of the economy. Some of our graduates have gone on to further their studies.
Find out more about our Alumni Job Stories .
According to the Graduate Employment Survey 2017, our graduates are in high demand in industry, with a gross average starting salary of $4, 014.
Furthermore, 69% of SIS graduates received job offers before they graduate, with 52% of SIS graduates being offered between 2 to 6 job opportunities.
Find out more about our Alumni Job Stories.
Admissions Related Matters
As a reference based on last year’s cut offs:
- For A levels: BBC and above
- For Poly: 3.57 and above
- For IB Diploma: 37 points and above
The grade/score I obtained does not meet the SMU SIS cut-off requirement. Does SMU practise discretionary admissions?
There may be some of you who have put in exceptional effort into doing interesting and substantial things with information systems, and as a result, your regular school grades suffered. For such exceptional cases, in addition to your prior school grades, you can provide us with tangible evidence of your abilities, motivation and passion for doing creative and interesting things with IT. We are open to take in account such evidence to determine if you would be a desirable candidate for SIS.
As the CS programme is pending MOE’s approval and will only be enrolling the first cohort in AY2019, it is currently not available as a programme option in the online application for admission, and it will not be available for freshmen enrolling into SMU in AY2018.
Interested National Servicemen enrolling into university in AY2019 or AY2020 may be considered for admission into the CS programme.
The process is as follows:
- They should apply for admission to the current SIS programme – IS major by 19 March 2018.
- Those offered admission into IS major can indicate their interest to be considered for the CS programme after they have received their admissions offers. OUA will help send an emailer on this to offerees.
- They must email their interest (in CS) to OUA at firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 April 2018.
- Outcome on whether they are successful in securing a place to do CS will be known by 30 April 2018.
- They will need to accept our offer by 24 May 2018.
- Transfer of programme to the CS programme is not automatic. Selection will be highly competitive.
Last updated on 02 May 2018 .