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Advent Service

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Virtual Advent Service

The Perkins Advent Worship service was virtual this year and originally streamed on Dec. 3. Students, faculty and alumni/ae of the Master of Sacred Music (M.S.M.) program weaved a variety of voices into a powerful liturgical tapestry.
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Are you ready to take the next step in your graduate theological education? Applications are being accepted! Visit our admission site to discover more about our degree offerings, life as a Perkins student, information on financial aid and more.

New Hymn

New Hymn Conveys
Message of Peace

The Perkins community got a special treat at an online chapel service: the world premiere of a new anthem, composed by a Perkins DPM student and performed for the first time by the DPM students. The anthem, “I Am Here,” was composed by the Rev. Dirk Damonte, and pre-recorded and presented at the service.

Affording Perkins


Percentage of master's degree-seeking students with demonstrated need receiving financial aid


Average annual award granted to full-time, degree-seeking students

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Time it takes to receive notification of your financial aid package once your completed application is submitted

Meet Dean Craig Hill

Dean Craig Hill shares his vision for the SMU Perkins School of Theology as it enters its second century.


Perkins by the Numbers

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63% United Methodists with more than 20 other denominations represented

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Student body of more than 300 students

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Located in Dallas, Texas, with a hybrid extension program in Houston-Galveston

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Faculty of 30, 40% female and more than 1/3 representing minority ethnic groups
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Approximately 54% female, 46% male students

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42% of students represent minority ethnic groups

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Alumni/ae network across the globe, from Australia to Zimbabwe