The IE-SMU alliance brings together two elite educational institutions, creating global access to unparalleled business knowledge for students, faculty, and executives worldwide. Combining IE’s strong management fundamentals with SMU’s innovative curriculum, the two schools have developed the IE-SMU MBA with one unique mission: to prepare top professionals for complex leadership challenges requiring effective management skills, with a strong focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Admission Criteria

To be eligible for the IE-SMU MBA you must meet the following criteria:
  • 1. Minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience
  • 2. Solid academic record
  • 3. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate university
  • 4. A completed application form

Admission Process

The admissions process starts upon the submission of an online application along with the relevant supporting documentation. This application provides both schools’ Admissions Committees with an important foundation for evaluating candidates. It is therefore essential that you use this opportunity to present sufficient information, including examples that illustrate how your participation would contribute to the unique and dynamic nature of the programme.

The interview will enter into more detail regarding the information provided in the admissions application and will evaluate whether your profile meets the demands of the programme. The interview can be conducted face-to-face on IE’s or SMU’s respective campuses, in your country of residence in the event that an IE or SMU admissions representative is on a local visit, or via Skype.

Following the interview and after a review of your application in its entirety, the Admissions Committees will make its final decision based on the evaluation of your candidature as a whole. The decision will be based on all the various aspects of your profile, as well as the extent to which your profile aligns with the core values of IE-SMU MBA and learning environment.

Course Description

The courses begins with an online pre-programme which allow students to acquire or refresh basic business-related skills. The programme then starts with students gaining a thorough understanding of the business environment and learning about important concepts and practices of the various business functions. It continues with a set of courses specifically designed to promote critical analysis and to hone leadership and management skills, all of which are tested during a programme-long project experience.

The Programme Structure

The IE-SMU MBA is a 13-month programme with five face-to-face periods, one of which is optional. The face-to-face periods take place on the campuses of SMU in Singapore and IE in Madrid, Spain. When participants are not on campus, they continue their learning through interactive online modules led by experienced faculty members.

Fees for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Application fee: S$200 (non-refundable)
Tuition fee: S$78,110 (inclusive of GST)

Tuition fee includes:
✓ Study materials
✓ Lunches and tea-breaks during residential periods

Tuition fee excludes:
✓ Textbooks
✓ Air-fare and accommodation for residential periods

Tuition Fees Payment

The tuition fee is paid in 4 instalments:
The following scholarships are available to eligible applicants for the November 2019 intake:

IE-SMU Women in Business Scholarship: This award aims to recognise exceptional women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership capabilities or potential in their professional or personal endeavour.

IE-SMU Impact on Asia Scholarship: The IE-SMU MBA is creating a significant impact across Asia. We look forward to welcoming applicants who can demonstrate achievements in their professional, social, and personal life that have created an impact on Asia. This would include professional development or personal projects that have contributed positively to Asian regions or companies, entrepreneurial projects with an Asian focus, and increased the awareness of Asia in other locations.

IE-SMU Global Awareness/Diversity Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to individuals who will contribute to classroom diversity and enrich the learning experience of students by way of cultural, personal, or professional backgrounds.

IE-SMU Leadership Scholarship: This award recognises individuals with strong leadership capabilities who exhibit outstanding leadership potential in their profession, community or organization. Applicants must demonstrate strong leadership capabilities or potential in personal and professional instances.

*To apply, please send an email to to request the scholarship application and additional instructions.

Contact Details

IE Business School
Calle María de Molina
28006, Madrid, Spain

Tel: (34) 91568910

Singapore Management University
60 Stamford Road
Singapore 178900

Tel: (65) 6828 0606
Fax: (65) 6828 0600