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To be admitted to the graduate studies program in the Division of Film and Media Arts, an applicant must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university, must have achieved a B average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in her or his major during the last two years of undergraduate coursework, must submit recent GRE scores with verbal score achievement of 150 or higher and a writing sample, and must have the approval of the graduate faculty in Film and Media Arts. An applicant whose grade point average or GRE score is below the required level may be admitted conditionally at the discretion of the graduate faculty in Film and Media Arts.  Candidates are admitted each fall term for the Master of Arts in Popular Film and Media Studies.

Several types of financial assistance are available to help meet the needs of students admitted to the graduate program in Film and Media Arts. In addition, guaranteed student loans and some grants may be available to students with demonstrated need.

Application for admission with consideration for scholarship and financial aid must be filed in full by February 15th. Apply online here.

Please read carefully before beginning your application:

Deadline and Application Fee
To assure full consideration for the fall term, application should be completed online and ALL supporting materials pertaining to the application for admission should be delivered to the Meadows Graduate Office BEFORE February 15th. Materials received from applicants who do not enroll will be retained by the Meadows Graduate Office for one year. All documents become the property of Southern Methodist University and cannot be returned. A $75.00 non-refundable application fee is required.

Request in writing one official transcript from the Registrar of each college or university previously attended, including summer terms. These may be sent directly to the Meadows Graduate Office. If the transcripts are sent to you, do not open the sealed envelopes, and mail them to the Meadows Graduate Office. A supplementary transcript covering work in progress at the time of the application must be furnished upon completion of that work. International transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by official translations and evaluations.

Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation should be requested from professors who know the personal and academic qualifications of the applicant. When completing an online application applicants will have the opportunity to arrange for letters to be delivered electronically to the recommenders listed. Applicants will need a valid email address for each recommender and upon submission, notification will be emailed to them directly with instructions on submitting a web-recommendation form on behalf of the applicant. We will also accept drafted letters by mail.

Writing Sample
Applicants to the MA in Popular Film and Media Studies program must submit with their application a sample paper (preferably a research paper or a comparable piece of media analysis).

Applicants must also take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. The test scores should be sent from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey directly to "SMU Meadows Sch Arts": School Code 6292, Department Code 4505 Radio, TV, and Film. Applicants who have not been enrolled in college in the last five years may petition for an exemption.

Financial Aid
Scholarships and graduate assistantships for qualified, admitted students are available from the graduate division. Candidates for graduate awards are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is not required from international students on the F-1 visa. For additional information, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Meadows School of the Arts, PO Box 750356, Dallas, Texas 75275-0356 (telephone 214.768.3314).

Additional Documents Required for International Applicants
A score of a least 80 (minimum of 20 in each section) on the TOEFL iBT (or 213 or 550 on older versions of the test) is required of all international applicants whose first language is not English. Before an applicant can be considered for admission into a graduate program, the applicant must request the TOEFL score to be sent from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey directly to to "SMU Meadows School of the Arts", School Code 7640, and the appropriate Department Code in the Social Sciences category: 83 Communications. Applicants who have graduated from a U.S. or English-speaking university are exempt from this requirement.

I-20 and F-1 Visa
All international students admitted to a graduate program are required to provide:

  • photocopy of passport page that shows official spelling of student’s name (submitted at time of application)
  • proof of financial support, usually in the form of a certified letter from a bank (submitted following an offer of admission)

Submission and Contact Information
All materials and/or questions regarding the application process should be directed to the following:

Graduate Admissions
SMU | Meadows School of the Arts
PO BOX 750356
Dallas TX 75275

Or SMU physical address:

Graduate Admissions
SMU | Meadows School of the Arts
6101 Bishop Blvd
Dallas TX 75205

Joe S. Hoselton

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Art History

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