Areas of Study

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PLEASE NOTE: The admission information below is for the M.A./M.B.A. degree only. For admission information on the MM In International Arts Management, please visit the website.

Online Application

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Financial Aid

How to Apply

To enter the Arts Management M.A./M.B.A. program, you must be admitted to both the Meadows School of the Arts and the Cox School of Business. Central to a successful career in arts management is a strong personal commitment to the development, production, presentation and sustenance of high quality art. In addition, you should demonstrate strong academic capabilities; leadership potential and interpersonal and communication skills; and personal qualities such as maturity, integrity, self-confidence and motivation. Greater preference will be given to those applicants with post-undergraduate professional experience, although professional experience is not required.

Application Deadlines

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Round 1 - October 15, 2014

Ensures the earliest possible admission decision.

Round 2 - December 15, 2014

Strongly recommended for international candidates and those who wish to receive a decision in time to attend Sneak Preview Weekend.

Round 3 - March 8, 2015

Final application opportunity for those who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarship awards.

Round 4 - May 5, 2015

Final regular deadline; after this deadline, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis only if space remains in the incoming class.

Professional Résumé: You should submit a professional résumé that addresses your professional history as well as your educational and career interests.

Essays: Three essays are required. The essays require you to respond to specific questions. Please see the application for more details.

References: Contact information for two professional references who are able to evaluate your professional performance as well as your capability to pursue the joint-degree in arts administration and business is required. At least one of your contacts should be from your current or most recent supervisor. View additional information on the process for submitting your references.

Transcripts: Transcripts from all institutions, including degree verification, are required and will be used to evaluate your file for admission. If your academic transcripts are not in English, you must submit a notarized, official English translation.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE): All applicants are required to take the GMAT or GRE. We encourage you to fax your unofficial score report to us at (214) 768-3956 immediately after taking the GMAT or GRE to expedite your application processing. Scores are valid for five years from the month of completion. Visit the Cox Business School FAQs for more information.

TOEFL (international students only): All international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents) whose native language is not English are required to complete the TOEFL. The TOEFL may be waived for international applicants who hold degrees from English-speaking countries only. Please submit a written request via mail or e-mail. View additional information about the TOEFL requirements.

Admission Interviews and Campus Visit: Interviews are conducted by invitation only after a completed application is reviewed by the M.A./M.B.A. Admissions Committee. In-person interviews are strongly recommended. The Meadows School of the Arts and the Cox School of Business work closely together in scheduling admission interviews. You are invited to visit classes, meet with students, and tour campus on the day of your interview. You will interview with representatives of both the Meadows School and the Cox School.

Submission and Contact Information

All materials and/or questions regarding the application process should be directed to the following:
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
Attention: Abigail Smith AMAE
PO BOX 750356
Dallas TX 75275-0356

Or SMU physical address:
Division of Arts Management & Arts Entrepreneurship
SMU | Meadows School of the Arts
6101 Bishop Blvd
Dallas TX 75205

SMU Cox School of Business
6212 Bishop Blvd
Fincher Building, Room 125
Dallas, Texas 75275-0333

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies


Graduate Financial Aid

M.A./M.B.A. in Arts Management

M.M. in International Arts Management

Faculty and Staff



Entrepreneurship at Meadows

National Center for Arts Research



Educator’s Conference


Arts Entrepreneurship Resources

Communication Studies

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts