Management Foundation Studies


Programme Overview

Developed and awarded by the Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore  

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

Course Start Date & End Date

4 intakes per year: January, April, July & October

Next intake: 1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019


S$3,584.50 (for 2019 intake)

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.


MFS April 2019 Intake for International and Local Applicants

Closing date : 25 January 2019

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Understanding business & management basics

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

Further Education

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  

*Additional requirement in GCE ‘O’ level credit passes (grade 1 to 6) or equivalent in Mathematics

View the progression pathway 


Teaching Faculty

Lecturers are both academic and industry-based professionals with extensive work experience and expertise in their domain knowledge. 

Delivery Mode

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 Web sites and the Internet for research and assignments in their own time. Besides attending lectures, students also participate in computer lab sessions.  

Learning Support

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 exam papers, reading lists and handbooks on good study strategies 


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

Please click here for the module outline.

Contact hours: 39 hours per module, total: 195 hours. Each lesson: 3 hours.

Programme Calendar

Four intakes a year, each covering 6 months.  Please click here for the calendar.

  • January intake (early Jan to end-Jun)
  • April intake (early Apr to end-Sep) 
  • July intake (early Jul to end-Dec) 
  • October intake (early Oct to end-Mar)  

Candidature Period 

Students may re-take a supplementary exam if they failed the main module exam. However, they are not entitled to re-take the supplementary exams if they failed all main module exams. 

Students may re-apply for the programme after date of termination. 

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. 

Minimum Class Size 

Minimum class size to commence: 20 students. Students will be informed within 30 days before class commences.

Entry Requirements

At least 3 GCE 'O' level credit passes (Grade 1 to 6); or 

Higher Nitec Certificate

For applicants with intent to progress to Diploma in Accounting or Diploma in Banking & Finance, one of the 3 GCE 'O' level credit passes (Grade 1 to 6) must be Mathematics. Those without this credit pass must pass the Mathematics placement test conducted by SIM on admission to the MFS programme.

Other qualifications will be assessed based on the equivalence to GCE 'O' level examinations. 

International Applicants (full-time)

International applicants will be assessed on the qualification’s equivalent to the GCE ‘O’ level examinations. 

Please refer to the details on qualifications listed in the International Student Prospectus. Alternatively, you may click here for the list of overseas qualifications 

English Language Requirement 

  • 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 79 (iBT); or
  • SAT1 score of at least 550 (critical reading and writing); or
  • Pearson Test score of at least 42/100; 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. Click here for details of the CEL programme 

Notes :

  1. IELTS or TOEFL test 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.

Course Fee

Total: S$3,584.50 (one-time payment before class commences).

Exemption Eligibility



Lecturers and their Teaching Modules (Updated September 2018) 

Average teacher-student ratio 1:50

Assessment and Exams

Each module is assessed through continuous assessment and end-of-semester exam.
Continuous assessments include case studies, class tests, discussions, presentations, group and individual assignments.


Students must pass all the modules in the course in order to qualify for progression to the Diploma programmes.

Graduating students will be issued a copy of the course result transcript and a certificate of completion from SIM. Graduating students will be deemed as meeting the academic requirement for entry into the Diploma programmes as follows:

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

*Additional Requirement in GCE ‘O’ level credit passes (Grade 1 to 6) or equivalent in Mathematics

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 Checkpoint Authority).


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.