The Singapore Management University (SMU) Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a practice research doctorate programme for business leaders, senior management and rising managers who aspire to pursue practice-driven research with the potential to create business impact.
The SMU DBA enables participants of the programme to develop a portfolio of skills for influencing management practice, conducting applied and field research, and teaching competently.
Identity Card/PassportLatest Curriculum Vitae with a recent photographDegree Certificates & Transcripts2 Personal Statements3 Recommendation/ Reference Letters
Our admission decision will be based on an assessment of the entire application package.
The DBA is a full-time programme with intakes in August (Term 1) and January (Term 2) every year. However, the School’s Graduate Research Programmes Office may consider late admissions in May (Term 3) on a case-by-case basis.
Proposed Application Period & Timeline
Timeline for Term 1 (Aug Intake)
Timeline for Term 2 (Jan Intake)
Online Application Period
1 Jan to 30 Apr
1 Jun to 30 Sep (of prior year)
Interview & Admission Consideration
By 20 May
By 20 Oct (of prior year)
Offer & Acceptance by Participant
By 15 Jun
By 15 Nov (of prior year)
All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed. Face-to-face interviews are held for local candidates, and telephone or web-conferencing interviews are carried out for international applicants. Applicants will be informed if they are selected for interview via email.