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In order to be eligible for financial aid, applications must be received by January 15th. The final deadline for application submission is May 1.

COVID-19 changes to GRE and TOEFL/IELTS policies

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the standard policies regarding GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores have changed.

Submission of GRE scores is optional and students who do not submit GRE scores will be evaluated fairly based on the rest of their application. Nevertheless, GRE scores are helpful, especially for international students, and will be taken into account along with the rest of a student’s application.

Duolingo scores will be accepted instead of TOEFL/IELTS scores. Students receiving an offer that submit Duolingo scores will be notified to complete a speaking assessment through SMU’s Intensive English Program Office before receiving the offer.

SMU video essay

The SMU Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies requires a video essay for some students as part of the application to graduate school at SMU. Specifically, it is required for students who both (i) are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores and (ii) have a TOEFL speaking score below 23 or an IELTS score below 6.5. Students whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores (subject to the special COVID-19 policies described above) unless they have obtained their undergraduate degree from an English-language institution in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.

Nevertheless, the strict policy of the Economics Department is that we do not use the video essay when evaluating applicants.

Contact details

Please contact either the Director of Doctoral Studies, James Lake, or the Graduate Advisor, Stephanie Robertson, for any further information.