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.
First Time Applicants
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Step 2: Letter of Recommendation Form
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.
Please assist us by reading the instructions below carefully so that we can expedite processing your application. Note that the responsibility of securing and submitting the application materials, transcripts, test scores, and other necessary information rests upon you. Please see the check list of the items below:
All transcripts should be sent to:
Office of Research & Graduate Studies
P O Box 750240
Dallas TX 75275-0240
***Letter of Recommendation Forms*** should be emailed to:
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.
- Complete the application form (www.smu.edu/graduate/apply.asp). All questions must be answered with correct information.
- A $75 application fee is collected on-line.
- Send official transcripts, certified and translated if from a foreign institution, directly from each school of higher education you have attended.
- 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.
- Three recommendations are required. There are two options for securing the recommendations:
- Online letters of recommendation. Select this option and provide the required information.
- Upload writing samples for English, History, or Religious Studies (See special notes.)
- Request the official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to be sent to SMU. 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.
- Deadline for Ph.D. Psychology is December 1. A self-managed application is required, with all documents except GRE and TOEFL scores. 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.
Additional Requirements for International Students
- 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. Test scores from IELTS are also accepted.
- 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.)
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.
----- 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.
----- 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.
----- 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.
----- 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 - email@example.com. Students will need to provide a record of immunizations on the SMU health form, which can be downloaded from http://smu.edu/healthcenter/download/medforms/Health%20Form%20A1.pdf
----- 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.
Getting Started With CollegeNET
Before you can submit an application for the first time, you'll need to sign up for an account with CollegeNET, the application hosting service affiliated with the school. Once you have a CollegeNET account, you'll be able to log in any time and see your Activity Log, a personalized status page showing any applications you've started (so that you can continue your work on an in-progress application), as well as showing those applications you've already submitted.
How do I create my CollegeNET ApplyWeb account?
- Go here
- Enter your account information exactly as instructed.
- Click the submit button at the bottom of the page.
Note: 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.
Is this account the same as my collegenet.com scholarship account?
No, if you have an account at www.collegenet.com for the scholarship system, you'll still need a separate CollegeNET ApplyWeb account to submit college applications.
How do I access a new application?
In most cases, you can access an application directly by going to the school's own website and following the link to submit an application.
How do I access an application I already started?
Once you've begun an application, you can either return to the school's website and follow the submit an application link to continue your work on your application in progress, or you can come directly to the CollegeNET site and access any in-progress applications from your Activity Log.
How do I fill out an application?
Once you have a CollegeNET 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. When filling out your application:
- To save what you have done so far without exiting, click the Save button.
- To save and exit, click the Finish Session or Save and Exit button.
- To access an application in progress and continue your work on it, either go to your Activity Log and select the application, or access the application directly from the school's website.
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 send 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 or check (note that electronic checks must be from US bank accounts only). If you are paying by check, see these instructions.
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.
How do I know if my application was received?
Check your Activity Log to print a copy of your form or to learn if we have received it. Your Activity Log is located here.
What is my CollegeNET Activity Log?
When you save or transmit application information, a note appears in your personal Activity Log. You can easily check your Activity Log at any time to see your application activity and to learn when we have acknowledged receipt of your form. Just log into your CollegeNET account and select Activity Log.
Is my account private?
Yes, the server stores all information you enter under the private username and password you establish.
How do I clear my session with CollegeNET?
Close your browser. This ends your secure connection and clears your password (unless you chose to save it).
How can I get more help?
Contact our help desk here.
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.
When you complete more than one application, common information you provided on the first form is entered automatically in all subsequent ones. For example, if you have entered your name and address on an application and saved it, that information will be entered automatically on the next application you access (assuming, of course, that the next form also has name and address fields). If you change information on one form, it is also changed on any other unsubmitted ones.
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.
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. Psychology: December 1.
Ph.D. English: January 15
Ph.D. Religious Studies: January 15
Note: Applications received after February 1 will be considered for any remaining funds and openings.