What will I learn?

The programme is designed on a block-session format which enables busy executives from Singapore and the Asian region to complete the programme in Singapore without excessive disruption to their professional or personal activities.

The programme is intended to be completed in one year over six academic sessions. Each academic session comprises eight consecutive days of full-time classes. Participants are expected to be able to attend classes full-time throughout each academic session and the six sessions should be completed within one year.

The programme is taught by a multi-disciplinary faculty, many of whom have not only PhD degrees from reputable universities in the USA, UK and Australia, but also years of practical experience in the public accounting, finance and corporate sectors. They are also excellent teachers in the classroom, and continue to research or consult in their respective fields.

The programme has received accreditations from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and AACSB International (AACSB).

Veteran CFOs and business leaders will be invited to speak at the programme's Executive Conversation Series as part of the curriculum.

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will receive the postgraduate Master of Science in CFO Leadership degree awarded by Singapore Management University.

About SMU

A pioneer in broad-based tertiary education in Singapore, SMU has six schools – School of Accountancy, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Economics, School of Information Systems, School of Law, and School of Social Sciences – strategically located in a city campus. Our educational and administrative practices are modelled after world-class institutions such as The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Which department am I in?

School of Accountancy

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Registration fee: SG $500; RMB ¥358,000 for the entire programme. The tuition fee covers all course instruction, course materials and required textbooks, as well as attendance at the Executive Conversation Series, but it excludes meals, travel, and accommodation expenses.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2022


School of Accountancy

Singapore Management University,

60 Stamford Road,

178900, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have: Good undergraduate degree. A good score in GMAT or SMU Admissions Test. TOEFL/ IELTS is required if the medium of instruction of your undergraduate studies was not in English. It must be taken within the last 2 years at the time of submitting your application.

For international students

A good university degree in any discipline

At least five years of full-time, relevant work experience

Head of finance, financial controller, senior accountant, corporate treasurer, audit manager, manager in analysis and planning role or manager in business, mid to back offices; Demonstrate potential and aspiration to assume senior finance managerial positions in future

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a face-to-face interview as part of the admissions process

Good score on GMAT, GRE or SMU Admission Test

Endorsement by your current employer of your participation in the programme is strongly encouraged


About Singapore Management University (SMU)

QS Stars Asian University Rankings awarded Singapore Management University 5-star ratings for overall excellence and employability.

  • Recognised as a world-class research institution
  • Master of IT in business - in top 2 in Asia & 14th globally
  • MSc in wealth management - 1st in Asia and 3rd globally
  • 90 per cent of MBA graduates secured an internship in 2020