Research Administration

SMU Research

Centers & Institutes

Center for Scientific Computation The center is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the application of computational techniques to problems in mathematics, engineering, and applied sciences.
Center for Global Health Impact The Center for Global Health Impact at SMU aims to save lives in developing countries and in poor settings through innovation approaches that bring effective and affordable health solutions to those who need them and in ways they will use them.
The Guildhall at SMU The Guildhall is the premier graduate video game education program in the nation. Many of the school's founders are industry icons, and classes are run by industry veterans. Alumni have worked at more than 80 video game studios in North America. The program offers a Master's degree in Interactive Technology and a graduate Professional Certificate.
Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility The Center supports research, writing and teaching in ethics at the graduate and undergraduate level; organizes local seminars, colloquia, and workshops; and recognizes citizens who exemplify the spirit of moral leadership and public virtue.
SMU AT&T Center for Virtualization

DALLAS (SMU) – Communications company AT&T and higher education leader SMU are collaborating in a unique research center that will deliver solutions to critical industry needs, educate the next generation of virtualized network technology experts and support Dallas’ emergence as a global information technology hub. Virtualization is the creation of devices and machines that have no real, physical existence apart from their existence created or simulated by software. Virtual devices taking advantage of the Cloud’s capacity to rapidly and reactively shift resources in space and time to deliver support “on demand” and “at scale” will reshape the future of computing and communication.


Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center in Dedman School of Law

The Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center will provide a platform for important interdisciplinary collaboration among many different groups, including scholars, students, the judiciary, law enforcement, prosecutors, and defense counsel. By bringing together experts from across the country to participate in symposia and conferences, the Center will engage in national conversations surrounding criminal justice. The center will compliment Dedman Law’s existing Criminal Justice Clinic and Innocence Clinic and build on the existing faculty strengths in related areas of law.
Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) The Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) conducts high quality research and evaluation to drive positive and sustainable change in the community in a customized manner, as well as providing internal research support to the SMU faculty and staff. 

Center for Creative Computation The Center of Creative Computation is an interdisciplinary research and teaching center exploring computation as a universal generative medium–integrating creative development, quantitative analysis and interdisciplinary synthesis. The Center offers both a major and minor in Creative Computing, combining core coursework from the Meadows School of the Arts and the Lyle School of Engineering.
SMU DataArts SMU DataArts is building a national culture of data-driven decision making for those who want to see the arts and culture sector thrive. We make data useful and accessible to all in the arts and culture field, illuminating strengths, challenges and opportunities for individual arts organizations and for the sector as a whole, to help ensure long-term stability.
Temerlin Advertising Institute The Institute strives to advance the state of advertising communication through partnerships with both industry and government and through programs to blend the research interests of the academy and the profession. While enhancing the effectiveness of advertising domestically and abroad, Institute professors with high levels of advertising expertise and experience provide undergraduate instruction to a select group of students, within an environment that fosters creativity, energy and ethical conduct.

Business Library The Business Library provides high-quality information services for Cox Business School students and others in the University community.
Business Leadership Center The Center provides Cox Business School students with the "soft skills" needed to be successful in business. The BLC offers classes and seminars that complement the curriculum at the school.
Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship As one of the oldest entrepreneurship centers in the United States, the Institute has for more than 25 years been committed to encouraging those who can to build a business of their own.
Center for Research in Real Estate and Land Use Economics The Center provides opportunities for students to deepen their exposure to critical issues in the current real estate industry and acts as a conduit for research which it conducts through the Costa Institute of Real Estate Finance and the Folsom Institute for Development and Land Use Policy.
Don Jackson Center for Financial Studies The Don Jackson Center for Financial Studies provides enrichment programs and research opportunities for students and faculty in the Cox School's Finance Department.
EnCap Investments & LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center The Alternative Asset Management Center provides students with hands-on training in the increasingly important financial markets of non-traditional asset classes, including hedge funds and private equity funds.
Kitt Investing and Trading Center The Kitt Investing and Trading Center is a state-of-the-art instructional and research facility designed to integrate finance curriculum, enhance innovative faculty research, and teach students practical finance and investment applications.
JCPenney Center for Retail Excellence The Center is a leading source of academic expertise on consumer shopping behavior and the effects of retailer activities on shopping behavior.
Maguire Energy Institute The Institute promotes the study of policy, marketing, and management issues related to oil, natural gas and electricity.
O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom The O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom was established to study the impact of competitive market forces on freedom and prosperity in the global economy.
Southwestern Graduate School of Banking

The School offers a comprehensive, state-of-the-industry program designed for those seeking a dynamic approach to graduate-level instruction in banking.

Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center

The Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center is dedicated to improving relations between Texas and Mexico through dialogue and research. It works to encourage greater cross-border integration and cross-sector collaboration in academia, government, NGOs and business. Through research the Center seeks to produce actionable ideas and policy recommendations that address current issues that impact the bilateral relationship. 

Albert W. Niemi Center for Economic Growth and Leadership Development  The Albert W. Niemi Center for Economic Growth and Leadership Development focuses on creating learning experiences for students and community members. Paid fellowships have been created to provide undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to be involved in impactful research with the Bush Institute and SMU Centers and faculty. The fellowship program was designed to drive positive change and promote growth and freedom in the global economy throughout the world. The Niemi Center also has a certificate program in American Capitalism and offers undergrad and graduate credit courses at SMU.

Caruth Institute for Engineering Education The Institute is one the nation's leading organizations that develops and delivers engineering curriculum for K-12 students. Today, the Institute is home to nationally recognized and award winning programs such as The Infinity Project and Visioneering which reach millions of students in all fifty states.
Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security The mission of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security is to advance the science, policy, application and education of cyber security through basic and problem-driven, interdisciplinary research.
Hart Center for Engineering Leadership By providing corporate leadership tools, customized development plans and leadership coaching, the Center helps engineering students build confidence and gain an understanding of how the process of becoming a leader works once they've completed their degree programs.
Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity The Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity is dedicated to using the power of engineering, collaboration and the free market to develop and implement solutions to the problems of the poor, both here and abroad.
NSA Center of Academic Excellence Cybersecurity research and education has long been a priority at SMU's Lyle School of Engineering. Researchers in the High Assurance Computing and Networking (HACNet) Lab work on a broad range of cybersecurity topics.
NSF Net-Centric I/UCRC The center focuses on a collaborative approach of research and development in net-centric systems, allowing us to draw on the expertise of industry and academia.
The Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing This Center conducts cutting edge research and development in new, sophisticated manufacturing technologies. In 2005, the center became part of the highly competitive National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing. Each year, over 300 corporate researchers and academicians visit the center.

The Ellen K. Solender Institute in Free Speech and Mass Media Law The Ellen K. Solender Institute in Free Speech and Mass Media Law is a unique international resource center, providing materials to researchers from courts, legislatures, bureaucracies, the legal profession, legal education, mass media, and telecommunications services.
Robert B. Rowling Center for Business Law and Leadership The Rowling Center’s mission is to develop nationally prominent leaders in law and business. The Center plans to support faculty research and develop innovative courses and programming for our students, alumni, and the DFW community.
Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation The Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation is a research-focused academic center exploring how law and policy affect scientific research and discovery as well as the development and commercialization of new technologies.
W.W. Caruth, Jr. Institute for Children’s Rights The mission of the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Institute for Children’s Rights at SMU Dedman School of Law is to pursue innovative, bold theories and projects to address the fundamental, overarching challenges of child abuse and neglect.

Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute

The Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute (DCII) encompasses all the divisions within Dedman College: humanities, social sciences and sciences, which includes mathematics and statistics. It also reaches out through its programs to the rest of the University and to the local community, creating a culture of interdisciplinary inquiry and bridging the physical sciences and the humanities, the liberal arts and the professional schools, and academia and the broader community.

The Center for Drug Discovery, Design, and Delivery (CD4)

The Center for Drug Discovery, Design and Delivery (CD4) is a novel multi-disciplinary focus for scientific research targeting medically important problems in human health. Using innovative approaches, CD4’s mission is to potentiate the development of new therapeutics, their delivery methods as well as the translation of these new therapeutics to clinical studies. 

William P. Clements Center For Southwest Studies The Center sponsors scholarly research and writing, conferences, periodic lectures and symposia on the people, institutions and cultures of the Southwest.
Institute for the Study of Earth and Man The Institute develops and supports interdisciplinary research projects in the geological sciences, archaeology, anthropology, energy and the environment.
John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies The Center supports teaching and research programs in international studies and national security policy. It also sponsors conferences, lectures, seminars, symposia and workshops on contemporary political issues.
The Center for Presidential History The Center for Presidential History (CPH) at SMU is dedicated to exploring and disseminating the history of the American presidency by sponsoring cutting-edge research on the presidency, delivering the fruits of that research in published academic and public forums, and by simultaneously adding to the rich archival record of the presidency through a wide-ranging oral history project.

Altshuler Learning
Enhancement Center
The Center provides undergraduate students with academic support and guidance beyond the classroom experience, helping them become more independent, self-confident, and efficient learners.

Center for Teacher Education The Center prepares undergraduate and graduate students to meet the requirements for certification in elementary, secondary, and all levels music education in the state of Texas and in most other states.
Center for Teaching Excellence The Center establishes university-wide programs that promote and encourage teaching excellence; provides individualized support for the development of teaching excellence; and recognizes excellence in teaching and pedagogic innovation.
Institute for Evidence-Based Education The Institute promotes academic excellence in K-12 education by conducting and disseminating cutting edge research on effective instruction, teachers, and schools.

Center for Evangelism and Missional Church Studies The Center for Evangelism and Missional Church Studies at Perkins School of Theology joins with congregations and church leaders to understand the unique challenges they face in sharing the gospel, as well as to cultivate new and relevant forms of witness both locally and internationally.
Center for Preaching Excellence The Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence at SMU is an initiative devoted to enhancing the preaching skills of pastors through innovative courses, workshops, one-on-one coaching and peer learning groups.
Center for Religious Leadership The Center for Religious Leadership provides training in the theology of leadership and practical skills for leadership.
Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions The Center promotes a deeper understanding of the varieties of religious life and expression within the Latino communities in the USA and Latin America and addresses issues related to the Latino/a religious experience within a broader ecumenical and religious context.