Explore Your Next Steps at Perkins

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DALLAS (SMU) – Interested in graduate theological education and want an opportunity to engage with two of the nation’s thought leaders on social justice and worship?

All prospective degree and non-degree students are invited to attend Inside Perkins, a free information session offered by Perkins School of Theology, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13. In addition to receiving a first-hand look at the range of educational opportunities offered at both the Dallas campus and through the Houston-Galveston Extension Program, participants will have the opportunity to share lunch with Brian McLaren and Sandra Van Opstal, keynote speakers for the Perkins 2018 Fall Convocation, and optional worship from 3:15 to 4:15 with Rev. McLaren.

Prospective students will meet with students and faculty, attend a class, tour the school’s facilities and learn more about admissions and financial aid. Additionally, attendees can discover more and inquire about Perkins’ renowned Global Theological Education and Intern programs.

Additional Inside Perkins opportunities are available through the remainder of 2018. For those who would like to explore Perkins but are unable to make a full-day event, an evening Inside Perkins session is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. All remaining 2018 Inside Perkins event opportunities, including an information session in Houston for our hybrid Houston-Galveston Extension Program, include:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 3 – Dallas campus
    • 5 to 8:30 p.m. – Evening event with dinner, program overview, and class session attendance
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 – Dallas campus
    • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include lunch with Brian McLaren and Sandra Van Opstal.
      In addition, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. participants have the option to attend Worship with Brian McLaren.
      Learn more about the 2018 Fall Convocation.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Houston-Galveston campus
    • 7 - 8:30 p.m. Information Session
      St. Paul’s UMC, 5501 S Main St, Houston, TX 77004
  • Thursday, Dec. 6 – Dallas campus
    • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include the option to attend the annual Advent Worship service from 4-5 p.m.

Please register for all events at: smu.edu/Perkins/visit/insideperkins. Individual visits to both locations can also be arranged.

“Prospective students who choose to visit either the Dallas campus or Houston-Galveston Extension session personally experience our diverse and nurturing community,” said Dr. Margot Perez-Greene, Associate Dean of Enrollment Management. “We are enthusiastic about hosting individuals to our campus locations and to share the opportunities for theological education that abound.”

Visit the Perkins School of Theology website for more information about Inside Perkins as well as to register for the program. If you have additional questions about Inside Perkins or admission applications, contact Stephen Bagby, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, at sbagby@smu.edu or 214-768-2139.


Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Pastoral Music as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.