What will I learn?

This programme produces graduates with the ability to address deep technological challenges in real-world information systems that impact business processes or management, as well as develop tools and methodologies to translate business goals into technological solutions.

Our graduates will be trained to collaborate with researchers from different disciplines, design technology solutions for real-world problems and applications, and produce top-rated academic publications. The programme will equip them for careers with research and development laboratories, academia and industry.

The curriculum comprises the following:

  • Coursework (6 Course Units)
  • Empirical Research Projects (4 Course Units)
  • Advanced Research Topics (2 Course Units)
  • Dissertation (28 Course Units)

Graduate Coursework

In the first two years of study, students will enrol in intensive courses to build their research depth and breadth, as well as professional skills.

Depth Requirements

Students will enrol in the advanced course in the primary area and undertake research apprenticeship with their primary advisors. Each advanced course covers important research papers on key topics and techniques that students need to be acquainted with in order to carry out research in an area.

Breadth Requirements

Students will attend courses in the five areas of research concentration shown above. These requirements are intended to help the PhD students to establish their networks and to expose them to industry practices. In addition, students will attend the advanced course in one of the breadth areas.

Professional Skills

To round up the PhD training, the curriculum includes workshops on Information System Research Methodology; Intellectual Property Management; and Research Writing and Presentation.

Which department am I in?

School of Information Systems

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

10 January 2022


School of Information Systems

Singapore Management University,

80 Stamford Road,

178902, 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

  • At least a good Bachelor’s degree. A Master’s degree is useful but not required.
  • Good GRE or GMAT results.

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