Frequently Asked Questions
Below are replies to many of the questions that students have asked about the dual degree program between Olin Business School and Singapore Management University. Answers to other questions will be provided as students raise new questions about the program.
Q. What is the total tuition for the Olin/SMU Global Master of Finance program?
A. Please visit the Tuition page for the most up-to-date costs and inclusions for this program.
Q. Are scholarships available for the Global Master of Finance program?
A. No, but as indicated on the Tuition page, each school will discount its tuition significantly.
Q. 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?
A. 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.
Q. Who will help me with my job search during the program?
A. 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 will benefit from the placement networks of both schools.
Q. Will I receive one degree at the end of this program, or two?
A. Two, one master's 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 than you would acquire from one school alone.
Q. Will students be admitted to the program by Olin, by SMU, or by both schools?
A. Students will be admitted by both schools, so that both faculties will have full confidence in the quality of students enrolling in the Global Master of Finance program. Since you have already submitted a full application to Olin, you will not need to submit additional application materials. However, you will be required to submit a FERPA with your application in order for your application to be shared with SMU.
Q. Where will students live during the program?
A. Accommodation in St. Louis: In the summer months, Olin has access to housing in Washington University residences, so that the Global Master of Finance students will be able to live near the Washington University campus. This is one of the benefits of the Global Master of Finance program structure, because we do not have access to spaces in the Washington University residences during the regular academic year.
Accommodation in Singapore Management University: International students are required to secure and pay for their own accommodation in Singapore prior to arrival. The SMU campus is conveniently located in the city and is well-served by public transport. There is a variety of accommodation available in Singapore such as private student hostels and private apartments. Information will be provided before the students’ arrival in Singapore. You may refer to SMU’s Student Life page for more information on accommodation.
Q. When will the program begin?
A. In the first summer of the program, Foundations courses will begin at Olin Business School in the first week of June, followed by orientation and required coursework in July and August. The second summer of the program will begin with the Immersion courses in New York and Washington DC in mid-May. The program in SMU will begin mid-August and run to mid-May.
Q. Has this degree been certified by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in China?
A. Students who have received a decision regarding the certification of the Global Master of Finance-SMU degree by the Ministry of Education in China have received a positive outcome. We are also pleased to report that graduates of the GMF program have received employment offers from both state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and private companies in China. Global Master of Finance graduates who have pursued employment opportunities with a state-owned enterprise in China have not experienced any obstacles attributed to the certification of their Global Master of Finance degree.