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The MayTerm 2016 Course List is now available!

Overview - Why MayTerm?

MayTerm 2017 Program Dates
Thursday, May 18 through
Friday, June 2, 2017
(No classes on the weekends of
May 20-21 or May 27-29, including     Memorial Day)

MayTerm offers SMU students flexibility for reaching their academic goals by providing a focused learning opportunity in a smaller class setting. This concentrated program of study allows motivated students to enroll in one course (most are 3 credit hours) and productively use their “down time” between regular terms.

In 2017, there are nearly 70 courses to choose from on the Dallas campus, all taught by regular SMU faculty members or adjunct professors. MayTerm courses are separate, and in addition to, the course load you carry during the fall and spring semesters, and are offered at a discounted tuition rate.

In addition to the financial incentive, MayTerm offers many advantages including the opportunity to:

  • Accelerate degree completion or stay on track for graduation (in four years)
  • Fulfill University Curriculum (UC) requirements
  • Work toward a second major or minor, or take an elective
  • Complete a prerequisite needed for another course or opportunity (SMU Abroad, for example)
  • Take a particular course of interest with a distinguished professor not normally offered or outside your degree plan
  • Meet graduate or professional school admissions requirements
  • Improve academic standing/GPA or maintain eligibility (for athletics, scholarships, etc.)

Any SMU student in good standing is eligible to enroll in a MayTerm course.  It may also be possible for non-SMU students to be admitted as a visiting or non-degree student and enroll in one MayTerm course; for details, please visit the enrollment section.

Note: MayTerm is a rigorous undertaking and you should not enroll unless you are prepared to commit the time and energy necessary to successfully complete an entire course through this intensive format and to attend every class session. Depending on the course, there may be substantial advance reading before the first class meeting, assignments due before and during the 11-day period, in-class or take-home exam(s), and final papers or projects due following the last class meeting. Are you up to the challenge?