Admission Requirements

Application is open to all who fulfil the following criteria:

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

How to apply

  • In the online application to SUTD, students should indicate their interest in STEP and submit a 300-word response on their experiences and interests in entrepreneurship.

  • Shortlisted candidates will be required to

    1. undergo the STEP Applicant Day; and
    2. attend a 30-minute interview with a member of SUTD’s senior management team.
  • The STEP Applicant Day is a half-day event, held in the afternoon between 1PM and 5PM, where attendees will go through a short workshop and be introduced to Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship; and work on an idea independently and pitch their ideas to fellow applicants and a panel of judges. For AE2021, the dates are 26 March (Friday), 1 April (Thursday) and 3 April (Saturday). Applicants who did not attend any of the sessions will not be considered for the programme.

  • For AE2021, both the STEP Applicant Day and the 30-minute interview will be held online.

  • Applicants who are not shortlisted for STEP will still be considered for the SUTD undergraduate (single degree) programme, and/or another special programme of their choice as per their indication in the application form.


Up to 30 attractive bond-free scholarships for each intake will be awarded to outstanding Singapore Citizens who are offered admission to STEP. The scholarships cover subsidised tuition fees and study-related expenses during the one year overseas immersion programme. 


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.

The AY2021 tuition fees for the Master programme will be provided at a later date.

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

Singapore Citizens who are admitted to the programme will receive the STEP scholarship, which will cover their overseas expenses.

Special Programmes & Scholarships (PDF)