Frequently Asked Questions
For all questions for the Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship program (formerly known as Arts Administration), visit the Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship admissions page.
Are there minimum GRE/GMAT test scores or GPA requirements?
Not all degree programs in Meadows require the GRE or the GMAT and those that do require submission of test scores do not have minimum requirements. Consideration into the program is competitive, however, and Verbal GRE scores above 150 and GPAs above 3.0 are given greater consideration for admission and scholarships. The M.A. in Art History, Ph.D. in Art History, M.A. in Popular Film and Media, and the M.A. in Advertising all require the GRE for consideration. Advertising allows for submission of the GMAT instead of the GRE.
Is the TOEFL required for all international applicants?
A score of a least 80 (minimum of 20 in each section) on the TOEFL iBT is required of all international applicants to a Master’s program whose first language is not English. Other acceptable tests include the Computer Based TOEFL with a minimum of 213, the Paper Based TOEFL (must be within 5 years) with a minimum of 550, or the IELTS with a minimum of 6.5. Before an applicant can be considered for admission into a graduate program, the applicant must request the TOEFL score to be sent from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey directly to the Meadows Graduate Office, School Code 6660, and the appropriate Department Code. Performer’s Diploma or Artist Diploma applicants, or applicants who have graduated from a U.S. or English-speaking university, are exempt from this requirement.
Do I apply to SMU and the Meadows School of the Arts?
No. Applicants at the graduate level only submit application to the Meadows School of the Arts, with the exception of Arts Administration applicants who should apply directly to the Cox School of Business. All transcripts, test scores and other supplemental application materials should be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office in the Meadows School of the Arts. Apply online for Meadows graduate programs.
What should I do first: audition or apply?
Supplemental steps in the application such as auditions, interviews, portfolio submission, etc. should be coordinated with your application. Optimal consideration for admission and scholarships is given to candidates who submit a full application and initiate all supplemental requirements by the deadline.
When will I know about my Meadows admission?
Committees meet to evaluate completed applications following the deadline; decision letters begin going out by March 1 and will continue through April.
When will I know about my scholarship package?
All candidates who are admitted are automatically considered for scholarships. No additional application or paperwork is required for consideration. Admitted candidates who are given awards will be notified usually within a week following an offer of admission.
As an international applicant, do I qualify for scholarships and assistantships?
Yes. International applicants who are admitted are given the same consideration for awards and assistantships.
When should I let the Meadows School know my response to an offer of admission?
April 15 is the standard response date, but we encourage candidates to let us know either way as soon as they know.
What’s the FAFSA?
Your first step in funding college is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You cannot apply for, or receive, any financial aid from SMU until we have received either a FAFSA form or, if you don’t feel that you will qualify for need-based aid, a FAFSA waiver. Don't wait to be accepted to complete them - apply early, while you are submitting your applications. The U.S. Department of Education runs a variety of student financial assistance programs, which include grants and loans. Your eligibility for aid is determined by the information that you provide in the FAFSA. SMU will also use your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for scholarships, grants, and institutional aid. These forms are not required of international applicants.
Learn more about the FAFSA and apply. The SMU code is 003613. FAFSA must be filed each year for continued consideration of SMU, federal, and state funding.