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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 with a major in one of the three pillars or Bachelor of Science (Architecture and Sustainable Design); 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) 2022 onwards, the undergraduate intake will be in September of the year. Prospective students applying to enrol in year 2022 should note that there will be changes to the academic calendar. 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
  • 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 prevailing Masters programme tuition fee as at Year 5 for the remaining 2 terms of the programme.

The Masters programme tuition fee is as follows:

Masters Programme Tuition fees - AY2019

Tuition fees for new students admitted to the programme in AY2019 are as follows:

Tuition Fees Subsidised Fee Non-Subsidised Fee (Inclusive of GST)
Singapore Citizens (SC) Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR)
Per academic year S$14,300 S$24,300


Per term S$7,150 S$12,150


Masters Programme Tuition fees - AY2018

Tuition fees for existing students admitted to the programme in AY2018 are as follows:

Tuition Fees Subsidised Fee Non-Subsidised Fee (Inclusive of GST)
Singapore Citizens (SC) Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR)
Per academic year S$14,240 S$19,940


Per term S$7,120 S$9,970


Note: The tuition fee for the programme may be subjected to change annually 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).


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.

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