PhD in Business (General Management)

Singapore Management University's (SMU) PhD in Business (General Management):
Programme Overview


About the SMU PhD in Business (General Management) Programme

The SMU PhD in Business (General Management) is a pre-eminent executive doctorate programme for Asia’s leaders, senior management and managers seeking to compete for the future. Our in-depth knowledge, relevant research and expertise on Asia’s rapid economic development and challenges, provide for a dynamic academic experience and engagement at the highest levels.

The curriculum is in a modular format. This intensive and rigorous programme is structured in a timely and convenient manner with the schedule being suitable for busy senior management and professionals. Participants of the programme, who are international, acquire in-depth knowledge of specialised areas in this diverse learning environment, and learn to sharpen their ability to conduct original applied research in businesses.

Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and core abilities to analyse and conduct relevant and rigorous inquiries into the most complex problems facing businesses, and are empowered to transcend boundaries and reshape business models with a difference.

Programme Structure


Component Credit Units Year Weightage (%)
Coursework 12 1 & 2 30
Workshops Compulsory
Dissertation 28 Year 2 onwards 70
40 Credit Units
4 Years


Please refer to the detailed programme structure for more information.



The SMU PhD in Business (GM) is taught and supervised by senior professors who have extensive teaching, practice and consultancy experience, and whose research work focuses on user-driven issues.

You would also benefit from SMU’s network of visiting scholars, who may teach in some courses or deliver research seminars.

Please refer to a list of several PhD in Business (GM) faculty members.


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