5 things you need to know about master’s programs at Singapore Management University

Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognized for its world-class research and distinguished faculty, having established itself as a world-renowned university since 2000. With over 10,000 undergraduates and postgraduates across six schools, here are five things you need to know about their master’s programs.

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5 Facts About SMU Masters

1. It’s a world-renowned management university

Despite being a young university of 21 years, Singapore Management University (SMU) has rapidly established itself as one of the leading universities in Asia. It has earned accreditation from leading bodies such as the AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS, while QS ranked SMU among its top 100 universities that are less than 50 years old in 2020.
The school also has several master’s degrees that are ranked globally, including their programs in Wealth Management (ranked 1st in Asia and 3rd in the world by Financial Times Global Masters in Finance Post-Experience Ranking 2020), Business Administration (the Executive MBA is ranked 22nd Globally and 7th for Alumni Salary – Financial Times EMBA Ranking 2020) and Business Analytics (Top 2 in Asia in QS Masters Business Analytics Rankings).

2. They have a unique, “seminar-style” way of teaching

One notable feature of SMU’s master’s programs is the unique approach to teaching. “It is a seminar-style where the students and professor are engaged in a conversation,” says Satta Chairasmisak, a student in the Juris Doctor Programme. (00:10)

This interactive, seminar-style way of learning helps to improve both hard critical and analytical skills as well as soft presentation and leadership skills.

3. The faculty are more than just teachers

SMU alone has over 100 full-time faculty members, many of whom hold postgraduate degrees from renowned global institutions the likes of Yale, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and INSEAD.

“SMU’s great faculty are more than just your teachers, they are also your mentors”, says Lynette Lee, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) student. She believes that the vast knowledge and industry experience SMU faculty possess enable them to impart more than theoretical knowledge – the students also learn how to apply said knowledge in the workplace. (00:12)

4. They offer unrivaled networking and career opportunities

SMU offers comprehensive career support throughout their master’s programs. With regular recruitment talks and on-campus career fairs, students are accorded plenty of opportunities to connect with prospective employers. Beyond these events, students are also assigned personal career coaches to help them through every step of the job search. That includes interview practice, resumé support, and tips on how to build your personal brand to increase your employability.

SMU also has an extensive network of employers and alumni all over the world. “[There is] a huge network of people who are related to the industry, who are very practical and application-oriented,” Sudhir Panda, Master of IT in Business student, Class of 2018, says. (00:28)

5. It’s located in central Singapore

Singapore is a global business hub that serves as headquarters for hundreds of Fortune 500 companies. Located right in the heart of Singapore’s business district, SMU is strategically placed for convenience in commuting, as well as easy access to the city, giving its students an ideal mix of city life and a bustling campus atmosphere.

SMU’s ideal location also means close connections with Singapore’s business community. With career fairs, workshops, and seminars happening right on your doorstep, SMU students have a unique opportunity to meet future employers and expand their professional network – without having to travel far from campus. It’s one of the standout features of a university that has come a long way in a short space of time.

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