Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Dedman College is SMU’s largest and most diverse academic unit. It is home to the humanities and social, natural and mathematical sciences - disciplines that are the core of higher education.
The heart of SMU from its beginning, Dedman College was named in 1981 for benefactors Robert H. Dedman, Sr., and his wife, Nancy Dedman, of Dallas.
More than 90 undergraduate majors and minors, plus numerous interdisciplinary programs. The College also provides 17 master’s programs and 15 doctoral degree programs offered in 16 academic departments spanning mathematics, the natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences.
Dedman College promotes academic discovery through its interdisciplinary centers and institutes, including the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies; Clements Center for Southwest Studies; Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute; Center for Drug Discovery, Design and Delivery; and the Embrey Human Rights Program. Students can put their ideas into action through research opportunities and engaged learning activities beyond the classroom.
In 2014-15 Dedman College faculty established 96 new awards for $13.7 million of the $24.8 million in external funding received for SMU research and sponsored projects. Faculty research addresses issues of local, national and global importance, including the development of new cancer therapies, prevention of domestic violence and public policy matters.
Cox School of Business
The Cox School equips students with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to become business leaders. Major publications, including Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist and Forbes, rank SMU Cox among the top business schools nationally and globally.
Established in 1920, SMU's business school was named in 1978 in honor of benefactor Edwin L. Cox of Dallas.
Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in accounting, finance, financial consulting, general business, management, marketing and real estate finance. Graduate degrees: the Full-Time Master of Business Administration (MBA), Fast Track MBA, Professional MBA (part-time), Executive MBA, JD/MBA (with Dedman School of Law), Master of Science in Arts Management/MBA (with Meadows School of the Arts), Master of Science in Engineering/MBA (with Lyle School of Engineering), Master of Science (MS) in Accounting, MS in Business Analytics, Part-Time MS in Business Analytics, MS in Finance, MS in Management, MS in Sport Management (with Simmons School of Education and Human Development) and MS in Health Promotion Management (with Simmons School of Education and Human Development).
Among the Cox School’s advantages is its location in Dallas, ranked by Forbes as “the #5 best city for good jobs” in 2016, and an area that’s home to 21 Fortune 500 companies. Cox has forged strong relationships with those companies and influential business leaders, is recognized in The Economist as #6 in the world for “faculty quality” and is consistently ranked as a leading business school in prominent business publications.
The Cox School offers international immersion experiences for Full-time, Professional and Executive MBA students as part of its Global Leadership Program. All Cox students have access to exchange partnerships with schools around the world.
Meadows School of the Arts
The Meadows School prepares students to lead professional careers in the arts and communications and provides opportunities for all SMU students to grow in appreciation of the arts. A leader in innovative community engagement programs, Meadows challenges students to make a difference locally and globally by developing connections between arts entrepreneurship and social change.
Dating from SMU’s beginning, arts education evolved into a school of the arts that was named in 1969 in honor of benefactor Algur H. Meadows and The Meadows Foundation of Dallas. The school includes the renowned Meadows Museum.
Bachelor’s and master’s degrees offered through 11 divisions: Temerlin Advertising Institute, Art, Art History (also offering a Ph.D.), Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, Creative Computation, Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, Dance, Film and Media Arts, Journalism, Music and Theatre.
The National Center for Arts Research analyzes the largest database of arts research ever assembled to provide data-driven insights into challenges facing U.S. arts organizations. The Meadows Prize is an international arts residency awarded annually to up to two pioneering artists in a Meadows discipline, who work with students on campus and leave a lasting cultural legacy in Dallas.
Meadows alumni have won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony, Emmy and Academy awards and have artwork in major museums.
Lyle School of Engineering
The Lyle School prepares today’s engineering students to be tomorrow’s innovators equipped with both technical and leadership skills.
SMU’s engineering school, founded in 1925, was named in 2008 in honor of Dallas leader Bobby B. Lyle.
Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees offered through departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science and Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Engineering Management, Information and Systems; and Mechanical Engineering. Two new multidisciplinary programs include Master of Arts in Design and Innovation and Master of Science in Datacenter Systems Engineering.
Lyle students participate in programs in the unique Deason Innovation Gym, designed to support and encourage innovation in all forms. The Hart Center for Engineering Leadership helps students develop nontechnical skills to prepare them for leadership in diverse technical fields. The Caruth Institute for Engineering Education develops new methodologies for incorporating engineering education into K-12 schools. The Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity combines technological innovation with business expertise to address global poverty.
In 2015-16 Lyle faculty members generated 47 awards for $6.3 million in external funding for research and sponsored projects.
SMU’s high-performance engineering complex includes LEED gold-certified buildings and advanced research facilities.
Dedman School of Law
Dedman School of Law offers students a personalized legal education in a community of distinguished scholars.
SMU’s law school, founded in 1925, was named in 2001 in honor of Dallas benefactors Nancy and Robert H. Dedman, Sr., and their family.
Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.). The Master of Laws for foreign law school graduates was among the first in the country and has graduated more than 2,000 lawyers from 80 countries. The J.D./M.B.A. is offered jointly with Cox School of Business and can be completed in either 4 years, or in 3 years made possible by combining the J.D. with the Fast track MBA Program. The J.D./M.A. in economics is offered jointly with the Economics Department in Dedman College.
- Dedman School of Law publishes 5 law journals and operates 10 legal clinics serving diverse community needs with free or low-cost legal service. Pro bono legal service is a requirement for graduation
- The Mustang Exchange flash mentorship program gives law students access to more than 200 alumni and legal mentors, enabling students to benefit from attorney expertise and experience through one-on-one meetings and alumni/mentor-student networking events
- The Inns of Court program gives first year law students small groups that include student leaders, faculty advisors, career counselors, alumni mentors. They connect through weekly inn meetings, career and professional development sessions, service projects, academic support sessions, and social opportunities.
- The groundbreaking Corporate Counsel Externship Program places students inside the general counsel offices at companies across the metroplex.
- The Federal Judicial Externship Program places around 50 students a year with judges from across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
- Through the SMU Dedman Law Career Foundations & Professional Development Seminars, first year students are exposed to the information and skills required to be a competitive candidate in today’s job market and a strong contributor to the legal profession. Practicing attorneys, industry experts, and Career Counselors lead seminars held throughout the academic year.
The school's Underwood Law Library is the largest private academic law library west of the Mississippi River.
- Dedman Law ranks 21 nationally, among the ABA accredited law schools, in placement for long-term, full-time jobs requiring bar passage and are non-law school funded.
- More than 300 students participate annually in the Dedman Law moot court program, which is currently ranked 2nd in the country.
SMU law graduates include Texas Supreme Court justices, members of the U.S. Congress, an ambassador, a governor, foreign ministers and members of the highest courts worldwide, as well as partners at leading law firms and general counsels at major corporations.
Perkins School of Theology
Perkins School of Theology prepares women and men for faithful leadership in vital Christian ministry through classroom learning and real experience beyond the classroom.
One of SMU’s original schools, the theology school was named in 1945 in honor of benefactors Joe J. and Lois Craddock Perkins of Wichita Falls, Texas. Perkins is one of five university-related theological schools of The United Methodist Church.
Master’s degrees in divinity, arts in ministry, theological studies, sacred music and theology (in English and Spanish), Doctor of Ministry; Doctor of Pastoral Music; M.A. and Ph.D. in religious studies, jointly with Dedman College.
Perkins Internship Program, a nationwide model; Hispanic/Latin@ Ministries Program; certificate programs in Hispanic studies, African American church studies, Anglican studies, pastoral care, urban ministry and women’s and gender studies; Global Theological Education; Center for Religious Leadership; Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions; Center for Evangelism and Missional Church Studies; Spiritual Formation Program; and Center for Preaching Excellence.
Bridwell Library houses a major religious studies research collection and historic rare books, Bibles and manuscripts.
Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development
The Simmons School prepares exemplary professionals and advances knowledge through evidence-based research.
SMU established the School of Education and Human Development in 2005. In 2007 the school was named in recognition of a landmark gift from Harold C. and Annette Caldwell Simmons of Dallas.
Undergraduate teacher certification; bachelor’s in applied physiology and sport management; graduate certifications/specializations, including literacy education, bilingual education, ESL and STEM; master’s degrees in education, bilingual education, educational leadership, higher education, special education, reading and writing, counseling, dispute resolution, liberal studies, applied physiology, health promotion management and sport management; Ph.D. and Ed.D. in education.
Research and Community Programs
Center on Research and Evaluation, Institute for Evidence-Based Education, The Budd Center: Involving Communities in Education, Gifted Students Institute, Applied Physiology Laboratory, Locomotor Performance Laboratory, The Institute for Leadership Impact, Research in Mathematics Education, Center for Child and Community Development, Center for Family Counseling, Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services, creative writing program and college access programs for youth.
Programs are offered on the Dallas campus and at SMU-in-Plano.