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Licensure and Certification Exam Passage Rates

Bar Exam

Dedman Law School graduates consistently pass the state bar exam at a rate higher than the state average.

Bar Passage Rates (Texas Jurisdiction)

Exam Time Frame Feb. and July 2012 Feb. and July 2013 Feb. and July 2014
Passers/Takers 232/261 215/240 195/232
SMU Pass % 89% 90% 84%
TX Pass % 82% 85% 77%

CPA Certification

The Cox School accounting program monitors the CPA exam pass rates for students in its Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and its Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.) programs.

B.B.A. Graduates (Accounting Concentration)

Graduation Year 2011 2012 2013 2014
Passed Within 18 Months After Graduation 16% 10% 44% 56%

M.S.A. Graduates

Graduation Year 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Passed Within 6 Months After Graduation 31% 39% 44% 55% 71%

CPA exam passage rates of SMU students have increased over the years. For MSA graduates in particular the rate increased from 55% for 2014 graduates to 71% for the 2015 graduates. The increase could be attributed to the introduction of a separate calendar and class of Becker for MSA students. Most MSA students enroll for Becker (a top CPA exam review firm http://www.becker.com/ ) review classes. The MSA program now has segregated classes for its students arranged in a calendar worked out by Becker’s review session teacher and the Director of MSA program. This sets the content delivery and exam timing in such a way that it maximizes the student’s likelihood of success.

CMBT Certification

Music Therapy majors in the Meadows School of the Arts take the Music Therapy Board Certification Exam offered by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CMBT). SMU graduates scored higher than the national average in all four sections of the exam and had a perfect passage rate overall for the years 2011 to 2015.

CMBT - Exam Section Max Score SMU Avg. Score National Avg. Score
1. Assessment and Treatment Planning Score 40 30.52 29.30
2. Treatment Implementation and Termination 60 45.04 40.74
3. Ongoing Documentation and Evaluation of Treatment 15 11.22 10.44
4. Professional Development and Responsibilities 15 11.05 10.76
Overall passing percentage   100% 72%