Tuition and Fees

Charges are based on the student's primary academic career. The costs indicated below are only an estimate for one academic year and may be different from the student's total expenditures. They do not include tuition remission, scholarships, assistantships, stipends or any other funding the student might receive nor do they include expenses for travel, books or supplies, the estimated cost of living, or additional fees charged by the relative division of study. The University reserves the right to change tuition, fees, requirements and regulations without notice.

Proof of medical insurance is required of all graduate students. International students and their dependents must be covered by the SMU student health plan.

Additionally, the Texas State Legislature has revised the meningitis vaccination policy for students enrolled in higher education, effective October 1, 2013. Per this new requirement, all new students under the age of 22 will be required to show proof of a vaccination 10 days prior to the first day of class. For more information about the policy, visit the SMU Student Health Center. It is advised to seek vaccination through your physician/clinic under your current health insurance policy. Cost of the vaccination through the SMU Student Health Center starts at $150.

Tuition & Fees for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Academic Year

Program Tuition per Hour Fees per Hour Hours per Term Hours per Year Total Tuition per Year
MA in Advertising* $1,600 $217 9 18 $32,706
MA in Art History $1,550 $217 9 18 $31,806
MA/MBA in Arts Management $1,350 $217 9 18 $28,206
MM in International Arts Management --- --- --- 45 $40,000
MFA in Art $1,550 $217 15 30 $53,010
MFA in Theatre** $1,550 $217 12 24 $42,408
MM in Composition $1,550 $217 7-8 15 $26,505
MM in Instrumental or Choral Conducting $1,550 $217 7-8 15 $26,505
MM in Music Education (30 hrs total = $15,000) $500 $0 Varies Varies Varies
MM in Music History $1,550 $217 7-8 15 $26,505
MM in Performance $1,550 $217 7-8 15 $26,505
MM in Piano Performance & Pedagogy $1,550 $217 9 18 $31,806
MM in Theory Pedagogy $1,550 $217 7-8 15 $26,505
Performer's Diploma or Artist Diploma $1,550 $217 5 10 $17,670
PhD in Art History $1,550 $217 9 18 $31,806

*A $300 non-refundable deposit will be required for MA in Advertising candidates that are made scholarship offers to guarantee placement in the program. This deposit will be applied as a credit toward tuition and fees in the fall term. 
**The MFA in Theatre is a 66 hour/3 year program with years 1 & 2 totaling 24 hours each and year 3 totaling 18 hours.
Enrollment in Music History and/or Music Theory Review courses is not factored into total hours or cost of enrollment. Enrollment in these courses will be at the same tuition/fees per hour and will not be covered by scholarships. Full time music majors also have a $150 fee each semester in addition to recital and practice room fees which may be charged based on enrollment and will not be covered by scholarships.
The PhD in Art History is a 36 hour/5 year program; however, primary enrollment is completed in the first 2 years.

International Students

There is an additional $50 per semester International Student Fee charged by the International Student and Scholars Services Office.  In addition to demonstrating financial certification for the cost of tuition, fees and the SMU Student Health Plan, international students must also show financial certification covering the estimated cost of living in Dallas for 12 months (coverage for dependents is required at additional costs). 

  • SMU Student Health Plan: $2,032 (current rate for Spring 2014, increase expected for Fall 2014)
  • Estimated Cost of Living: $15,500

Any scholarships or assistantships that have been awarded will be included and applied as financial certification toward the total estimated amount.

Official bank letters or documentation within a six-month window of your embassy appointment will be acceptable from you or a sponsor outside of the United States. Funding from sources within the U.S. will require a recent official bank statement (within six months of your embassy appointment) in addition to an I-134 affidavit of support form (found at

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