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Admissions, Fees & Scholarships


The minimum entry requirement for admission into the PhD programme is a Bachelor degree with good honors, or a Master degree, in a relevant discipline.

Candidates should be keen to pursue research at the intersection of IT and business.



At least two academic referees' reports are required for each application.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - International Test

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants whose medium of instruction for their Bachelor degree is not in English are required to submit TOEFL (international test) scores.

SMU's TOEFL institution code is 9014. Test taken within 2 years will be accepted.

For TOEFL registration, visit

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Students may choose to substitute TOEFL scores with IELTS scores. For applicants whose medium of instruction at the Bachelor's/Master's level was not English. The tests must be taken within 2 years before the proposed date of admission.

For IELTS registration, visit

GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)

Except for special approval granted by SMU, all applicants are required to take GRE or GMAT. GRE/GMAT (may be waived for SMU, NTU and NUS graduates).

SMU's GRE institution code is 2861. Test results obtained within 5 years will be accepted.

For GRE registration, visit

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

Students may choose to substitute the GRE scores with GMAT scores. GRE/GMAT (may be waived for SMU, NTU and NUS graduates). However, applicants whose Bachelor degree is not in one of the listed disciplines may still be requested to submit GRE Computer Science score even with GMAT submission.

The GMAT code for this programme is F8D-Z4-04. Test taken within 5 years will be accepted.

For GMAT registration, visit this website


Please refer to SMU PhD Programme Fees page for detailed and latest breakdown of fees.

Students under SMU Scholarship will be waived from Registration and Tuition Fees.


SMU Scholarship

The University awards scholarships and research/teaching assistantships to full-time PhD students on a competitive basis. These awards provide waiver of the registration fee, subsidized tuition, as well as monthly living stipends. Students are assessed for different award schemes at the time of admission, based on their qualifications and suitability for the schemes.

As part of their Post-Graduate by Research training, SMU PGR Scholars are expected to work, without extra remuneration, as part-time Research Assistant / Teaching Assistant for up to seven hours per week.

Fujitsu-SMU Urban Computing & Engineering Corp Lab Scholarship Programme

Fujitsu-SMU Urban Computing & Engineering Corp Lab is offering PhD scholarships to outstanding individuals who have keen interest in Urban Computing and Engineering, with opportunities to engage with targeted industry players to design and implement working prototypes.

Details can be found in Unicen PhD Scholarship

Also, you can visit the Fujitsu-SMU Urban Computing and Engineering (UNiCEN) Corp. Lab website here.

National Cybersecurity Postgraduate Scholarship

The National Cybersecurity Postgraduate Scholarship (NCPS) is offered jointly by the National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister's Office, Singapore and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) under the National Cybersecurity R&D Programme. It is a prestigious scholarship for graduates and working professionals who are keen to contribute and commit to the protection of Singapore's cyberspace.

Successful applicants may pursue the PhD in Information Systems or Master of Applied Information Systems programme at SMU.

SMART Graduate Fellowship

The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) has a four-year fellowship scheme for new doctoral students. The Fellowship will provide an opportunity to be involved in the strategic research programmes at the SMART Centre and provide the opportunity to be co-advised by an MIT faculty member.

Details can be found in SMART Graduate Fellowship

Last updated on 12 Apr 2018 .