Management Foundation Studies


Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Certificate/Foundation, single major

Awarded by
Awarded by

Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time, 6 months

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Headquarters

Application Dates
Application Dates

Now till 14 Aug 2022 (international applicants) | Now to 21 Aug 2022 (local applicants)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$3,584.50 (programme fees)

* Exclude application fee, preparatory or bridging course fee, and other fees. Refer to the Fees & Financial Aid section for details.

Programme Outline

Developed and Awarded by Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore

The 6-month programme equips you with foundational management skills and prepares you to enrol in a Diploma programme. 

The programme is designed to provide appropriate foundation for students who wish to know the fundamentals of management and business. 

Further Studies & Career Prospects

With the Certificate, you can progress to the Diploma programmes:

  • SIM Diploma in Accounting
  • SIM Diploma in Banking and Finance
  • SIM Diploma in International Business
  • SIM Diploma in Management Studies 

View the progression pathway (PDF 19 KB)

Why study at SIM


SIM is the leading private education institution in Singapore.


Excellent value with lower tuition costs in SIM, with opportunities for overseas exchange and transfer.


Bond-Free Scholarship & Bursary - Scholarships are available to students who excel in academics, sports or arts.


Global Perspectives & Insights - Exposure to diverse cultures and a global network.

Learn more about the SIM Advantage

Intake Dates

Four intakes a year in January, April, July and October.

Jan 2023 intake


3 Jan 2023 – 30 Jun 2023


Now till 11 Nov 2022 (International applicants)
Now till 18 Nov 2022 (local applicants)

April 2023 Intake


1 April 2023 to 31 Sept 2023


Now to 10 Feb 2023 (International applicants)
Now to 17 Feb 2023 (local applicants)

Maximum allowed period to complete the 6-month programme is 12 months or 1 year.

Students may re-apply for the programme if they did not complete the course in the maximum allowed period.

No refund or recourse should the student fail to complete in the maximum period.

SIM has the right to withdraw a student who cannot cope with the demands of the programme, especially when the student’s pass has expired.



  • Lecturers are both academic and industry-based professionals with extensive work experience and expertise in their domain knowledge.
  • Average teacher-student ratio is 1:44.
    View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 87 KB)
  • The course is 100% face-to-face lecture-based learning. 
  • Coursework includes attendance at lectures, discussions of case studies, tests, presentations, and completion of group and individual-written assignments.  
  • Students are required to access relevant websites and the Internet for research and assignments in their own time. Besides attending lectures, students also participate in computer lab sessions.
  • Contact hours: 39 hours per module, total: 195 hours. Each lesson: 3 hours.
  • Classes and workshops are organised to teach study skills, academic writing and presentation.
  • Academic materials:
    • Virtual Learning Environment
    • Academic materials such as module books (soft copies), past assessment papers, reading lists and handbooks on good study strategies
  • Minimum class size to commence: 20 students. Students will be informed within 30 days before class commences.

Assessment & Attendance

  • For examinable-based module, the module is assessed through continuous assessment and end-of-term exam.
  • For 100% continuous module, the module is assessed through multiple continuous assessments.
  • Continuous assessments may include case studies, quiz, class tests, discussion, presentation, group and individual assignments.
  • Students must pass all the modules in the course to qualify for progression to the Diploma programmes.
  • Attendance requirement:
    • 75% attendance to sit for exams.  
    • Student’s Pass holders: at least 90% attendance in any month of the course (as required by the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority). 

Requirements to Graduate

To graduate, students must successfully complete and pass all 5 modules. Graduating students will receive a result transcript and the Certificate of Completion from SIM.

Graduating students will be deemed as meeting the academic requirement for entry into these Diploma programmes:

  • SIM Diploma in Accounting
  • SIM Diploma in Banking and Finance
  • SIM Diploma in International Business
  • SIM Diploma in Management Studies


  • Study Skills for Effective Learning 
  • Introduction to Management 
  • Elements of Economics 
  • Principles of Accounting and Business Finance 
  • Marketing Fundamentals 

View module descriptions (PDF 10.3 KB)


Admission Criteria

Accepted Entry Qualifications

The following qualifications are accepted:

  • At least 3 GCE ‘O’ level credit passes (Grade 1 to 6); or
  • Nitec Certificate (Minimum GPA 3.0) in:
    • Business Services; or
    • Finance Services; or
    • Logistics Services; or
    • Retail Services; or
    • Travel and Tourism Services; or
  • Higher Nitec Certificate; or
  • Other qualifications will be assessed based on the equivalence to GCE ‘O’ level examinations.

Equivalent International Qualifications

International applicants will be assessed on the qualification’s equivalent to the GCE ‘O’ level examinations. For information on international qualifications, refer to SIM’s International Student Prospectus.

Download the International Student Prospectus

English Language Requirements

  • GCE ‘O’ level credit pass (Grade 1 to 6) in English (as a first language); or
  • IELTS with an overall score of at least 5.5; or
  • TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based) plus 4 in the Test of Written English (TWE); or
  • SAT1 score of at least 550 (critical reading and writing); or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTEA) 42; or
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) Advanced Level; or
  • Pass SIM English Test at Advanced 1 Level; or
  • An equivalent English language qualification.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement would need to undergo the Certificate in English Language (CEL) programme before enrolment in the programme.

The duration of the CEL programme depends on the applicant’s English language proficiency level.

Applicants can sit for an English Placement Test conducted by SIM to determine their English language proficiency level.

View full requirements (PDF 39 KB)


  1. IELTS or TOEFL or SAT1 or Pearson Test of English scores must be less than two years at point of enrolment.
  2. The SIM English Placement Test results will be valid for one year from the date of the test.


Fees & Financial Aid 

One-time payment before class commences.

Payment to SIM can be made through SIMConnect using Credit Card (Visa or Master), PayNow, eNETS, OCBC Interest-free Instalment Plan (min. S$500) and cheques.

Programme Fees 

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.  

  • Total: S$3,584.50
  • Per module: S$716.90

All fees inclusive of current 7% GST. Fees will be subject to revised GST of 8% effective on 1 Jan 2023 and 9% on 1 Jan 2024.

GST Notes
  • Fees published are inclusive of current GST of 7%. The parts of fees not invoiced, not paid and where services are not rendered in year 2022 are subject to the new GST rates effective on 1 Jan 2023 and 1 Jan 2024 respectively. Refer to IRAS website here for more details.
  • For invoice generated in 2022 for services to be rendered in 2023, if payment is collected by 2022, 7% GST will apply.
  • For invoice generated in 2022, if the payment is received in 2023 and service is rendered in 2023, 8% GST will apply. Credit note against original invoice and a new invoice bearing 8% GST will be issued.
  • For invoice generated in 2022 and service is rendered in 2022, if payment is collected in 2023 (i.e. late payment), 7% still applies.

Mandatory One-time Fees 

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

International Student Induction Fee 

A one-time fee payable by new full-time international students. This fee covers pre-arrival and arrival support, including activities to enhance the international student learning experience. 

As applicable, payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.  


Application Fee

Payable for each application form that is submitted. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed.

Local applicants:

International applicants:
S$481.50 (not inclusive of Student’s Pass application)