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Singapore Management University Investment Banking Placement (Using Data)

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Singapore Management University

The Singapore Management University is one of the highest-ranked schools in Singapore and modeled their business program after the Wharton Business School. SMU is a well-regarded business school and is one of the few Asian universities that places students into U.S. investment banking.

SMU ranks #50 on our investment banking target school list, earning a designation as a lower semi-target school. SMU sends a handful of graduates to the top U.S. investment banks. SMU also has dominant placement into Asian satellite offices of bulge brackets (which our list does not cover).

SMU is home to the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, a new but highly-ranked school that offers both graduate and undergraduate programs.


SMU Campus

SMU is one of four Asian schools to make it out onto our investment banking target school list (alongside NUS, HKU, and HKUST). We note that SMU has relatively low Presence score of 18% and Elite Firm Hires % score of 22%.


SMU sends a disproportionate number of hires to Credit Suisse, which has since been acquired by UBS.

SMU Placement Data

Our investment banking target school list is a complete rank of 60 schools and analyzed >60k LinkedIn profiles of professionals who worked in investment banking between 2008 and 2023. We filtered the data to examine U.S. hires into the top investment banks.

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Investment Banking Placement

  • Weighted Rank: #50

  • Ranking by Total Hires: #49

  • Category: Lower Semi-Target School

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School Factsheet

  • Established: 2000

  • Location: Singapore

  • Business School Name: Lee Kong Chian

  • # of Undergrads: 9,580

  • # of Business School Undergrads: 3,475

  • Median Starting Salary (2022): SGD$54k

  • President: Lily L.L. Kong

  • U.S. News Global Rank (2022-2023): #725

  • QS World University Rankings: #545

  • Financial Times MBA Rank: #58


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