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SWUFE-SMU MITB Direct Admission Programme


The School of Information Systems (SIS) at the Singapore Management University (SMU) is collaborating with the School of Economic Information Engineering at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) to offer top students from SWUFE as well as students from Tier 1 universities in Sichuan, China the opportunity to obtain admission to SMU’s Master of IT in Business (MITB) programme via the SWUFE-SMU MITB Direct Admission Programme.

Course Structure

SWUFE graduates or other students from Tier 1 Universities in Sichuan who are keen on pursuing an intensive MITB programme will study 13 credit units in one year under one of the three MITB tracks (Artificial Intelligence, Analytics or Financial Technology & Analytics). Completion of these 13 credit units at SMU with a combined minimum GPA of 2.5 will result in the student being awarded the SMU MITB degree.

Track Description

  • Artificial Intelligence: The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the face of business and radically transforming the way we live, work and communicate today. In recent years, businesses and governments have been increasingly harnessing AI capabilities to address major challenges affecting the society and industry. With the help of AI, complex and repetitive tasks can be accomplished with a higher degree of accuracy and at faster speed, boosting corporate profitability with increased productivity and operational efficiencies. AI is the future of growth - the accelerating development of AI and impending technological revolution are expected to impact all industries and companies in the near term.
First of its kind in Singapore and Southeast Asia, the new Artificial Intelligence Track is a direct response to the growing trends of AI development, to groom the next generation of AI talents with the ability to build AI tools, and implement adaptive closed loop solutions for a myriad of business problems. IT professionals will be able to combine AI technologies with business domain knowledge to create customized AI solutions for different businesses.
  • Analytics: In a competitive environment, marshalling Business Intelligence and Data Analytics to make decisions, create value and develop a sustained competitive advantage is imperative. SMU MITB (Analytics) is Asia's first professional master’s programme to meet this demand. Co-designed by leading global and regional sector firms from hospitality, tourism, supply chain, retail, healthcare, public sector and telecommunications, it promises a robust and systematic understanding across processes, operations, data, technology solutions and management supervision. It is aimed at professionals with a background in Computer Science, Information Systems, IT, Engineering or the Sciences.
  • Financial Technology & Analytics: Technology is pushing the envelope for financial institutions in many fronts – for example, customer data, risk measures, capacity, market expectations and operational efficiency. Institutions that leverage on analytics to gain insights into their customers, operations and market opportunities can better position themselves for business continuity and success. However, transforming data into actionable insights require analytics and talents who are knowledgeable in both the business and analytics domains.  Analytics can be leveraged across all business lines in a financial institution. For example, customer attrition rates and rationale, cross-selling potential, and values of transactions can be uncovered using analytics. In addition, analytics help combat fraud more efficiently while protecting customers. Today, risk management needs to be revitalised and optimisation is needed to drive profits.

    MITB (FTA) equips and prepares graduates and professionals with the agility and intelligence in translating data into concrete actionable insights that drive growth in the financial services industry.

Admission Criteria

For SWUFE Graduates:

In recognition of the high standards of excellence and rigorous requirements in obtaining a SWUFE bachelor’s degree, SMU has decided to waive certain admission requirements in order to provide SWUFE graduates with a swifter and more seamless entry into the SMU MITB programme:

  1. GMAT requirement will be waived. SWUFE graduates will be required to take the SMU Admissions Test.
  2. TOEFL or IELTS is required for applicants who have not received a Degree from a programme taught in English.
  3. Undergo a selection interview.

For other students:

Students from Tier 1 Universities in Sichuan recommended by SWUFE will need to fulfil the following admission requirements:

  1. Acceptable GMAT/GRE score.
  2. TOEFL or IELTS is required for applicants who have not received a Degree from a programme taught in English.
  3. Undergo a selection interview.

Graduation Criteria

To graduate, students will need to fulfil all required credit units as stipulated by SMU's MITB programme.

Tuition Fee

  • SGD48,000 (Aug 2017 intake onwards) for completing 13 credit units at SMU
  • One-time application fee to SMU: SGD100
  • One-time registration fee to SMU: SGD500
  • SMU Admissions Test fee: SGD125
  • For the first enrolment of students, SMU will offer partial MITB tuition fee scholarship worth SGD4,000 to every successful candidate.

Enquiries & Application

For enquiries and application, contact SWUFE, 李大鹏老师、詹敏学老师

Telephone Number:87092733、13881925810、13982161775

Address for Enquiries and Application:颐德楼I503


For more information, refer to the introduction to the programme on SWUFE's Website at

Last updated on 16 Jan 2018 .