What will I learn?

The PhD in Business (Operations Management) is a highly competitive programme that admits only a very limited number of students every year. The programme emphasises theoretical research with practical relevance. Students are expected to complete rigorous coursework, collaborate closely with the Operations Management faculty members and attend regular research seminars.

Students will also have opportunities to interact with renowned visiting scholars from different parts of the world. The programme aims to place its graduates to faculty positions in leading universities or managerial positions in industry, public sector and international organisations.

The PhD in Business (Operations Management) is a highly competitive programme that admits only a very limited number of students every year. The programme emphasises theoretical research with practical relevance. Students are expected to complete rigorous coursework, collaborate closely with the Operations Management faculty members, and attend regular research seminars. Students will also have opportunities to interact with renowned visiting scholars from different parts of the world. The programme aims to place its graduates to faculty positions in leading universities or managerial positions in industry, public sector, and international organisations.

The minimum duration of the programme is three years. Most students, however, are expected to take about four years to complete the programme. The maximum registration duration of the programme is five years, unless special approval for a longer duration is given by SMU.

The curriculum consists of

  • 6 Foundation courses (6 course units)
  • 2 Electives (2 course units)
  • 4 Advanced Research Topics (ART) courses (4 course units)

The programme also requires the preparation and completion of a PhD Dissertation (28 course units).

Which department am I in?

Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
SG $89,795 International Student (With 3-Year Service Obligation); SG $139,635 International Student (Without 3-Year Service Obligation)

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

Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Singapore Management University,

50 Stamford Road,

178899, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed at least a good Bachelor’s degree. A Master’s degree is useful but not required. Good GRE or GMAT results.

For international students

  • Undergraduate Bachelor's degree
  • GRE or GMAT
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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