Moody Foundation Gift



A major step in serving the talent and research needs of a challenging world

Thanks to a landmark $100 million commitment from the Moody Foundation, SMU is launching the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. This is a transformational moment for SMU, signaling that the University has the means to attract and support research of the highest caliber, and the men and women who deliver it.


Eventually, all graduate degrees through Dedman College of Sciences and Humanities, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts and Simmons School of Education and Human Development will be administered jointly through the Moody School and the student’s individual school. Students will receive a diploma that credits their degree to both their individual school of study and the Moody School.

The Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Law and Perkins School of Theology do not offer Ph.Ds. and will continue to manage their own terminal degrees. But the Moody School will link interdisciplinary research and professional development from all SMU schools.

The initial internal division of the finances, staff and structure of the currently combined Office of Research and Graduate Studies has begun. The School will begin formal operation during the 2020-21 academic year.