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Special Programmes & Scholarships

The SUTD Technology Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) is aimed at nurturing a new generation of entrepreneurial leaders and innovators exhibiting Leadership, Innovation, Venture-mindset, and Engineering (LIVE) values, coupled with a global perspective.

Conducted over 4.5-years, students in this integrated programme will spend a year abroad in both USA and China through immersion in entrepreneurship, undertake a work immersion experience in the Silicon Valley for a term, and finish off with SUTD’s signature team-based Capstone/Masters Technology Entrepreneurship project.

Students will graduate with two degrees from SUTD:

  • A Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Science in your Major of choice; AND 
  • A Master of Science in Technology Entrepreneurship

Academic Calendar

The programme in the first six terms will be similar to SUTD’s undergraduate programme. Thereafter, students will spend first two terms in the US, pursuing entrepreneurship courses in the University of California, Berkeley Extension, followed by an immersion in a start-up working environment in the Bay Area, and then a term in a Chinese university, including Zhejiang University School of Management.

From Academic Year (AY) 2020 onwards, the undergraduate intake will be in September of the year. Students may refer to the new undergraduate academic calendar here.

Compulsory Courses

STEP students are required to complete the following mandatory courses and programmes:

  • STARTsomething@SUTD – a three-term series programme that includes IDEATEsomething, BUILDsomething and LAUNCHsomething which is to be completed within the Freshmore year
  • 30.111 Entrepreneurship course in Term 6 or Term 4 (for those matriculating from AY2020 onwards)
  • Entrepreneurship courses and business courses while at UC, Berkeley Extension and a Chinese university
  • Work immersion in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Masters dissertation in the final year

Why Choose STEP

  • Unprecedented opportunity to experience and venture into the realm of Technology Entrepreneurship through immersion in two of the world’s biggest economic powers – USA and China
  • Be exposed to real world experiential learning
  • Potential to be employed in a wide-range of startup industry sectors, be hired as intrapreneurs in MNCs, or even realizing dreams to start your own tech business 

Application, Fees & Scholarships

Application is open to all who fulfil the following criteria:

  • Have outstanding academic results 
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills and leadership potential
  • Are entrepreneurial, innovative, dynamic, resilient, energetic, risk-taking and responsive

In the online application to SUTD, students should indicate their interest in STEP and submit a 300-word response on their experience and interest in entrepreneurship. Shortlisted candidates will also need to attend an interview in-person with a member of SUTD’s senior management team.


Students admitted to STEP will pay the undergraduate tuition fees for the first 8 terms of the programme; and the Master programme tuition fee as at Year 5 for the remaining 2 terms of the programme.

SUTD will freeze the tuition fee increases for Singapore Citizens enrolled in government-subsidised postgraduate programmes in AY2020. This will help mitigate the impact of costs to Singaporean households during these challenging times.
Postgraduate tuition fees follow a fee schedule that is set at the year of admission, with pre-planned annual increases over the course duration. With the freeze in tuition fee increases, Singaporean postgraduate students from the AY2020 intake will pay the AY2019 fees in their first year of study. For Singaporean postgraduate students from the AY2019 intake or earlier, the pre-planned fee increases for AY2020 will be deferred, and they will pay the AY2019 fees in AY2020. The fee schedule for the remaining course duration will be reviewed  before the start of AY2021.
The freeze in tuition fee increases for AY2020 does not apply to fees payable by Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) and international students (IS).

The Master programme tuition fee is as follows:

Master Programme Tuition fees - AY2020

Tuition fees for new students admitted to the programme in AY2020 are as follows:

Tuition Fees Subsidised Fee Non-Subsidised Fee
(Inclusive of GST)
Singapore Citizens (SC) Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR)
Admission Year AY2014
Per academic year
S$11,650 S$16,300 S$41,520
Admission Year AY2015
Per academic year
S$12,100 S$16,950 S$45,310
Admission Year AY2016
Per academic year
S$13,100 S$18,350 S$46,680
Admission Year AY2017
Per academic year
S$13,600 S$19,050 S$48,460
Tuition Fees Subsidised Fee Non-Subsidised Fee
(Inclusive of GST)
Singapore Citizens (SC) Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR)
Admission Year AY2014
Per term
S$5,825 S$8,150 S$20,760
Admission Year AY2015
Per term
S$6,050 S$8,475 S$22,655
Admission Year AY2016
Per term
S$6,550 S$9,175 S$23,340
Admission Year AY2017
Per term
S$6,800 S$9,525 S$24,230

Note: The tuition fees for STEP programme will be subject to annual revision in September.

Eligibility Guidelines for Ministry of Education (MOE) Subsidised Fee
The substantial tuition subsidy from the Government of Singapore comes in the form of a MOE Subsidy which is administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and is offered to all admitted students up to the maximum programme duration. Students need not apply for the MOE Subsidy if they are eligible.

i) Students with a Higher Degree Qualification
Students who have previously enjoyed MOE subsidy in a graduate programme will not be eligible for MOE subsidy in another graduate programme at the same or lower level. Instead, such students will be required to pay the non-subsidised fees for the graduate programme that they now wish to undertake. For example, students who had previously enjoyed MOE subsidy in a Masters programme and had attained the Masters degree will not be eligible for subsidy in another programme at Masters degree or lower level. In addition, if they wish to upgrade in another discipline area where the programme has a combination of Masters and PhD candidature, they will not be eligible to enjoy MOE subsidy during the Masters candidature.

ii) Transferred or Re-admitted Students
Students who are transferred or re-admitted within SUTD or across Autonomous Universities* will be eligible to receive MOE subsidy up to the maximum programme duration for the new programme less number of terms of MOE subsidy received for the previous programme.

* Autonomous Universities refer to Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

Please note the following for tuition fee payment:

  1. Students are required to pay tuition fees for 2 terms per academic year in January and May.
  2. For Singapore Citizen students and Singapore Permanent Resident students paying subsidised fees, Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the tuition fees is subsidised by MOE. The fee amounts quoted here are exclusive of GST.
  3. International students are to pay non-subsidised fees.
  4. For students paying non-subsidised fees, GST on the tuition fees is to be borne by students.
  5. Citizenship changes which result in tuition fee rate changes will be effected in the term only if email notification (together with Singapore NRIC or collection slip) to Office of Student Administration is received no later than the end of Week 2 of the term. Notification received/issue date after Week 2 of the term will have the revised tuition fee effected only in the following term.
SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy for Singapore Citizen aged 40 years and above

Eligible Singapore Citizens (SC) students aged 40 years and above will pay tuition fees that are 60% lower than the standard subsidised tuition fees payable by other SC students who are below 40 years old. More information about the Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy.

Compulsory Miscellaneous Fees

In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay the Compulsory Miscellaneous Fees (CMF), which are payable as long as they remain registered as students with the University. These compulsory annual miscellaneous fees are charged for registration to student council, students’ activities, insurance*, sport facilities, IT facilities and academic related services. These fees are non-refundable.

The Compulsory Miscellaneous Fees for AY2020 for all full-time students are payable over two instalments in January and May are as follows:

Compulsory Miscellaneous Fees Singapore Citizens (SC)
and Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR)
(Inclusive of GST)
International Students
(Inclusive of GST)
One-Time Enrolment Fee to Student Activities & Services (Student Council) S$10.00 S$10.00
Compulsory Miscellaneous Fee per term S$149.50 S$211.00

* Insurance coverage will cease  

  • as at date of conferment for graduating students
  • as at leave approval date or leave start date (whichever is later) for students taking Term Leave of Absence (1 term or more)

More information on Insurance.
Note: The CMF may be subject to change annually in January.

Fee Billing and Payment Modes

Students will receive their bills at the commencement of each term and payment is due 30 days from the commencement of term. An email notification will be sent to the student's SUTD email account when the bill is ready. Students will be able to check their bills via the SUTD Student Portal.

Students are able to pay their bills via cheque, cashier order, demand draft, GIRO, DBS/POSB ATM, DBS/POSB internet banking and eNETS via the SUTD student portal.

Late Payment Penalties

Late payment fee of S$50.00 will be imposed on the student’s account and negative service indicator (NSI) will be activated for fees that remain outstanding more than 30 calendar days from due date. Upon NSI activated, student will not be able to access MyPortal to view exam results, print transcripts or enrol for modules.

Refund Policy

Students who apply for leave of absence or leave SUTD, either through withdrawal of their own accord or end of candidature by SUTD, after two weeks from commencement of each academic year will be liable to pay fees for the entire term. Requests for refund will not be considered.

For billing related enquiries, please write to or call +65 6303 6888.

Expenses for Overseas Programmes

In addition to the various fees, students are also required to pay for the relevant costings for the one year overseas in USA and China, including airfare, accommodation, visa fees and travel insurance, estimated to be about $28,000.


Up to 30 attractive, bond-free scholarships covering tuition fees and study-related expenses during the one year overseas will be awarded to outstanding Singapore Citizens offered admission to the programme.