Frequently Asked Questions
Will students be admitted to the dual degree program by Olin, by SMU, or by both schools?
Students will be admitted by both schools, so that both faculties will have full confidence in the quality of students enrolling in the dual degree program. Since you have already submitted a full application to Olin, you will not need to submit additional application materials.
When will the dual degree program begin?
In the first summer of the program, Summer 2013, the program will begin at Olin Business School on approximately July 1, 2013 (however, students with no previous background in accounting and finance will be required to come to Washington University prior to the beginning of the program in order to take ‘Foundations’ courses). The second summer of the program will begin with the Immersion courses in New York and Washington DC on approximately June 1, 2014. The second summer dates have not yet been finalized. The program in SMU will begin on approximately mid-August, 2013 and run to mid-May, 2014.
Where will students live during summer months the dual degree program that take place at Washington University in St. Louis?
In the summer months, Olin has access to housing in Washington University residence halls, so that dual degree students will be able to live on the Washington University campus. This is one of the benefits of the dual degree program structure, because we do not have access to spaces in the Washington University residence halls during the regular academic year.
What about accommodations while studying at Singapore Management University?
Olin/SMU dual degree students are required to secure and pay for their accommodation in Singapore. They can contact SMU’s graduate office for assistance in housing matters. .
Will I be eligible to work in the U.S. under Optional Practical Training (OPT) for 12 months after the completion of the second summer of the dual degree program?
No, because you will not have been in the United States for a long enough period of time to qualify for OPT under U.S. Government regulations.
Who will help me with my job search during the dual degree program?
The Career Center at Singapore Management University
will provide career counseling and placement services including a series of workshops on job search skills and techniques. At the same time, you will have access to Olin Business School’s extensive network of alumni throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Therefore, students in the dual degree program will benefit from the placement networks of both schools.
Will I receive one degree at the end of this program, or two?
Two, one masters degree from Olin (Master of Science in Finance) and one from SMU (MSc. in Applied Finance) By receiving both degrees, you will have the benefits of quality education in two countries and a broader and deeper background in finance that you would acquire from one school alone.
What is the total tuition for the Olin/SMU Dual Degree Program?
Each school will discount its own tuition by approximately 20%, so that the total tuition charged for the two degrees will be approximately $63,500 in US Dollars (tuition at Olin will be paid in US Dollars; tuition at SMU will be paid in Singapore Dollars). For this tuition amount, students will receive two masters degrees in a period of 14 months. By contrast, the three-semester Quantitative Finance track degree at Olin will cost $65,000 in 2013-2014. Additionally, Olin will pay much of the expenses for lodging and transportation associated with the Immersion experiences in New York and Washington DC in the second summer of the program.
Are scholarships available for the Olin/SMU Dual Degree Program?
No, but as indicated above, each school will discount its tuition significantly for dual degree program participants.