Singapore Management University (SMU) PhD Programme Fees1

SMU PhD: Programme Fees

The table below shows the programme fees for the SMU PhD.

Programme Fees 2 Type and Nationality of Students

Amount per
Academic Term (S$)

Total Amount

Application (One-Time) All students 15 -
Registration (One-Time) Local students 400 -
  Foreign students 500 -
Tuition (Full-Time) Singapore Citizen 5,100 40,800
  Singapore Permanent Resident 7,140 57,120
Foreign student3  
(with service obligation)
10,200 81,600
Foreign student
(without service obligation)
16,983 135,864

Note: These fees are not applicable to the Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Innovation and the PhD in Business (General Management).

  1. Programme fees, effective from Term 1 of Academic Year 2017, include the Goods and Services Tax. Financial Assistance Schemes are available on a competitive basis.
  2. SMU reserves the right to alter fees as appropriate.
  3. Foreign students who self-finance their studies can choose to pay a subsidised tuition fee rate. To qualify, you need to sign an agreement with Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) to work in Singapore-based companies for 3 years after graduation. Details of this service agreement are found on MOE’s website.