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SMU Today: Continuing & Advanced Education Opportunities

SMU provides continuing and advanced education programs to serve professionals with changing career goals, adult learners who desire ongoing enrichment, and college graduates seeking Master's and doctoral degrees to become the next generation of experts adding research and knowledge to a variety of fields. Offerings range from part-time evening degree programs to non-credit courses to full-time graduate and professional degree programs.

Full-time Advanced Degree Programs

SMU constructed the James M. Collins Executive Education Center specifically to serve the educational needs of the DFW region. The building houses SMU's top-ranked Executive MBA and Professional MBA programs and hosts corporate board meetings and other events, representing SMU's commitment to provide ongoing opportunities for professionals and their businesses.

Facilities include classrooms with varied seating arrangements, a conference room, a boardroom, 15 seminar rooms and the 297-seat Crum Auditorium. The Collins Center is the site of symposia sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute while the Presidential Center is under construction.

While Dedman School of Law and Perkins School of Theology offer graduate professional degrees exclusively, Dedman College and all other SMU schools offer advanced degree programs as well as undergraduate programs in their areas of focus.

New Master's and Doctoral Programs

Since 1995 SMU has added doctoral programs in areas ranging from civil and software engineering to chemistry, bringing the total of doctoral offerings to 27.

Master's programs have grown to a total of 104. New Master's programs include those in urban education, sustainability and development, dispute resolution and interactive technology/video game development through The Guildhall at SMU.

Joint Degree Programs

A number of degree programs are sponsored jointly by SMU schools, among them the JD/MBA offered by Dedman School of Law and Cox School of Business, and the MA/MBA degree in arts management offered by Cox and Meadows School of the Arts. Perkins School of Theology and Dedman College jointly offer the Ph.D. in religious studies.

SMU students, faculty and officials symbolically rang the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) closing bell as part of NYSE Insight, a Cox forum featuring managers of the Exchange.

Part-time Advanced Degree Programs

More than 300 students annually pursue law degrees through the evening program at Dedman School of Law, featuring the same curricula and faculty as the day program.

With a population of 6.5 million people, the DFW region needs academic programs that enable part-time learners to obtain advanced degrees and to gain new skills and knowledge. With that in mind, SMU offers many outstanding part-time programs.

Advanced Business Degrees

Executive education programs in Cox School of Business target working professionals who want the knowledge and skills that will help them advance. The Professional MBA program (PMBA) offers part-time classes for working professionals, while the Executive MBA program (EMBA) is geared for senior professionals, with classes offered during evenings and weekends to meet the demands of their schedules. A total of more than 500 students are currently enrolled in both programs.

Law Degrees

Through evening classes of the Dedman School of Law, more than 300 students ranging from engineers to medical doctors pursue a law degree with the same curriculum and faculty as the full-time program.

Master of Liberal Studies Degree

Through the popular Master of Liberal Studies program (formerly Master of Liberal Arts) started in 1968, students focus on particular subjects like art history or take a broader range of courses.

Part-time Non-Degree Programs


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SMU offers Metroplex residents an array of non-degree education programs.

Specialized Business Training

Cox School of Business offers professional development programs that enable area professionals to gain specialized knowledge immediately applicable in a wide range of business settings. Professional certificate programs in subjects such as accounting and finance, marketing, leadership and management and entrepreneurship, among others, benefit both students seeking career advancement and companies who need the best-trained managers and executives.

Other Specialized Training

SMU provides certificate programs designed to benefit professionals in fields including theology, engineering, the arts and education. In addition to general teacher certification, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development offers certificate programs in specialized areas of primary and secondary education, such as bilingual education and gifted student education.
Perkins School of Theology, in addition to its graduate programs, offers nine certificate programs and a Course of Study School for local pastors.

Customized Training

SMU works with many Metroplex companies and civic nonprofit organizations to tailor academic courses to meet the particular needs of the organization. In the 2010-11 academic year alone, more than 1,500 executives, managers and working professionals took part in more than 50 such programs, taught either on campus or at companies' offices.

Informal Education

The University offers more than 50 informal education courses on subjects ranging from personal finance to foreign languages. More than 5,000 participants from Dallas and the region enroll each year in these popular courses.