Graduate Admissions for Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Apply to Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

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Step 1: Submit your online application for admission to Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences [See Application Instructions]; all other applications must go directly to the school or program of study.

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Step 2: Letter of Recommendation Submitted Online

For International Students only; this step is required only if admitted.

Step 3: Declaration & Certification of Finances (International Students only)

International students are required by the U.S. Immigration Service to register as full-time students (at least nine hours per semester). They also must score a minimum of 80 CBT on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless they have obtained a degree from a country where the predominant language is English. IELTS scores are also accepted.

Application Instructions

Please assist us by reading the instructions below carefully so that we can expedite processing your application. Unofficial documents are acceptable during the application phase and can be uploaded with your application. Only official test scores are required during the application phase. Please see the checklist of the items below:

Official transcripts are required only upon admittance and should be sent to:
SMU Graduate Application Processing
PO Box 750518
Dallas, TX 75275-0518

Delivery Address
Southern Methodist University
Laura Lee Blanton Building
Graduate Application Processing
6185 Airline Rd., Suite 310
Dallas, TX 75275

Electronic Transcripts - send to

***Letters of Recommendation*** should be completed online with your application.


You are required to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university. All applicants must have adequate subject preparation in the chosen major field. This includes having at least 12 semester hours of advanced study in the chosen field, a 3.0 overall grade-point average, and a satisfactory score on the GRE. After an application is complete, ultimate approval for admission to graduate study is given by the Dean of Research & Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the department.

Application Procedure

General Requirements

  1. Complete the application form ( All questions must be answered with correct information.
  2. A $75 application fee is collected on-line.
  3. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during the application phase and should be uploaded with your application. (Official transcripts are required upon admission from each school of higher education you have attended.)
  4. SMU will only accept electronic transcripts sent from the transferable institution via a secure means (e.g., Scrip-Safe, NSC). We will not accept electronic transcripts sent by students. Send electronic transcripts to
  5. Three recommendations are required. Submit letters online with your application.
  6. Upload writing samples for English, History, or Religious Studies (See special notes.)
  7. Request the official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to be sent to SMU (code 6660). Taking the GRE (within 5 years of application) is required for most graduate programs. Check the last page of the application form for a listing of exceptions.

    Special Notes:

    • Deadline for Ph.D. Psychology is December 1. The Statement of Purpose should include the names of two faculty members with whom the student would like to work.
    • Religious Studies: Final deadline is January 15. No applications accepted after this deadline. Applicants need to identify 1 of 6 areas of interest: Hebrew Bible, History of Christian Tradition, New Testament, Religion & Culture, Religious Ethics, or Systematic Theology
    • GRE general is required for all applications with one exception: Applied Economics and Eco/Law with 3.0 GPA.
    • Certification of finances is required for international students after admission is offered and prior to requesting an I-20 visa.
    • English, History, and Religious Studies departments require writing samples as part of the application. For the English Ph.D., a sample consisting of 15 or more pages on a literary topic; for English M.A., a sample of 5-10 pages; and for History, this is an essay, chapter, or some other substantial piece of historical writing. Religious Studies requires 10-30 pages of scholarly writing.
    • Statistical Science - TOEFL is required for all MASDA applicants. IELTS can be substituted for TOEFL.

Additional Requirements for International Students

  1. International students applying from countries where English is not the native language are required to provide scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Teaching Assistants are required to show proficiency in spoken English by a satisfactory score on the TSE (Test of Spoken English) exam or passing an English as a Second Language course after matriculation. The score from the TWE can strengthen your application and provide an additional distinguishing measurement. The TOEFL requirement will be waived for international students who have received a degree from a U.S. degree-granting university or institution (exception - all MASDA applicants required to submit TOEFL). Test scores from IELTS are also accepted.
  2. If admitted, foreign students must provide a Certification of Finance Form/Letter of Financial Backing as evidence of financial support. This should represent that sufficient money will be available to the applicant to cover all expenses while at the University. This letter may be signed by a parent or sponsor but must be certified by a bank. The document must be notarized and on file before the process for visas and passport can proceed. (See last page for additional information regarding foreign applicants.)

Financial Information

Tuition fellowships and teaching and research assistantships are available from the departments. These are awarded on a competitive basis for both merit and need. Assistantships pay tuition and fees and can, in addition, pay stipends for designated work in the departments. In most cases, the application for admission serves as the application for financial support. Any additional information will be sent to the student from the departments, as decisions regarding assistantships will come directly from departments.


Admission ----- Only the Office of Research & Graduate Studies is authorized to notify the applicant of his or her acceptance to a graduate program in the University. Applicants should not interpret any statement made in casual correspondence with any University faculty member to mean that he or she has been admitted. Official notification will be sent through this office, signed by the Dean of Research & Graduate Studies.

Financial Obligations ----- Students are responsible individually for their financial obligations to the University through the Office of the University Cashier, SMU, Dallas, Texas 75275, USA. Questions regarding financial procedures at SMU should be taken up with the cashier's office.

Transfer Students ----- Graduate students wishing to transfer to Southern Methodist University from another graduate school in the U.S. must have maintained a "B" average on all graduate work previously attempted, in addition to satisfying the other admission requirements of the University.

For International Students

Passports and Visas ----- Before the international student may depart for SMU, both a passport and a visa are required. The government of the student's home country is responsible for issuing the passport. If the international student is accepted by Southern Methodist University, a letter of acceptance will be sent from the Graduate Office. The SMU International Advisors' Office will send an I-20 form (F-1 visa or J-1 visa) once the financial support has been verified. It is important that the name on the application matches exactly the name on the student's passport.

To meet U. S. government regulations, the international graduate student on the F-1 or J-1 visa must take at least nine semester hours each semester to qualify as a full-time student.

Health Insurance ----- All international students must be covered by hospitalization insurance and must show proof of such insurance at the time of registration. Coverage may be obtained individually or through the University for an annual fee of approximately $1,300. In addition, students purchasing this insurance are required to be eligible to use the Student Health Center, which may require an additional amount of approximately $120 per semester. Additional information about this requirement can be obtained through the International Advisors' Office - Students will need to provide a record of immunizations on the SMU health form, which can be downloaded from

Living Accommodations ----- Many international students live in University residence halls and in University operated apartments while some live in off-campus housing.

Degrees from Foreign Universities ----- International applicants who hold a bachelor's degree should not assume that these degrees will be automatically accepted in U.S. universities. Decisions will be made on the academic standings of the institutions from which the applicant graduated. Professional diplomas and higher certificates from technical or vocational schools are normally not considered as equal to a bachelor's degree.

Starting Your Application

How do I create my application account?

  1. Go here
  2. Create an account exactly as instructed.
  3. Be sure to keep a record of your username and password, as you will need it to access applications in progress, or to check your application status.

How do I access a new application or an application I already started?

You can access an application directly by going to the following link:

How do I fill out an application?

Once you have an account, you can begin filling out a school application. You can either complete the application and submit it in one sitting, or save your work and continue it at a later time. 

How do I submit an application?

Check your work carefully. When you are satisfied with it and are ready to send it to us, click the submit button at the bottom of the last page. This saves your answers in their final form and takes you to the payment page where you pay your application fee online (or apply for a fee waiver, if that option is available).

Note: Your application is not fully submitted until you pay your application fee and it has been authorized (see below), or until you have submitted a fee waiver request and it was granted.

How do I pay my application fee?

On the payment page, you can pay your application fee by debit/credit card 

Note: Once payment is authorized, your application is final, and you can no longer make changes to it.

How secure is my payment transaction?

Your debit/credit card information is encrypted during transmission from your browser to our server and during payment authorization. None of your debit/credit card information is stored in our database.

What are fee waivers?

A fee waiver means that the school will accept an application without payment. There are several different kinds of fee waivers, and all of them have the same end result: they allow you to complete your application and submit it without entering any payment information (such as a credit card number). In some cases, you will need to enter a waiver code into the form, and the application fee will then be changed to $0. In other cases, the waiver is automatic, and you won't see any fee at all. Or, you can submit a fee waiver request with your application, and the school will review your request and let you know whether they accepted or denied it, and send a message letting you know either way. If your request was denied, you'll need to submit payment before your application is officially submitted.

How do I submit my application if my fee has been waived?

If you have a waiver code, enter it on the form when asked. Or, if the fee was waived automatically by the school, you won't even be asked for payment, and can simply submit your application. Finally, if you submit your form with a fee waiver request, the school will review your request and let you know whether they accepted or denied it, and you'll receive a message letting you know either way. If your request was denied, you'll need to submit payment before your application is officially submitted.

Is all my application data secure?

The information you enter is encrypted and secure when you save it and when you send it. Although general data collected on the system may be used in statistical studies and reports designed to assist institutions with planning, any information bearing your personal identification is disclosed only to the department to which you send it.

Is my account private?

Yes, the server stores all information you enter under the private username and password you establish.

How can I get more help?

Contact our help desk here.

Helpful Hints

You do not have to complete an application in one sitting. For example, you can start working on an application at your library's computer facility, save your work, access the application at home on your personal computer, and continue working from there. Wherever you have access to the internet, you have access to the information you have saved.

Deadlines for Admission

Applications for Dedman College

Final deadline for fall admission is May 1.
For departments that have spring admission, the final deadline is November 30.

Apply Online to Dedman College of Humanities and Science 

Department Assistantships

All applications to be considered for department assistantships must be completed by the priority deadline of February 1. Applications received after the February 1 priority deadline will be considered for any unfilled openings.


Ph.D. Anthropology: January 15
Ph.D. Biostatistics: January 1
Ph.D. English: January 15
Ph.D. History: December 1
Ph.D. Psychology: December 1
Ph.D. Religious Studies: December 31
Ph.D. Statistical Science: January 1

Note: Applications received after the above deadlines will be considered for any remaining funds and openings.