Innovative. Interdisciplinary. Self-Designed.
The Doctor of Liberal Studies (DLS) degree is designed for adult learners who want to challenge themselves with rigorous advanced study on a part- or full-time basis in a variety of topics with the goal of benefiting their workplace, professions, and society.
We are happy to announce that we re-opening our campus offices on June 1. For your continued welfare and protection, however, we will monitor access to our buildings and limit the number of people in our offices by keeping our exterior doors locked during the month of June. Nonetheless, we are eager to visit with you and request that you contact us to schedule a virtual or face-to-face meeting by calling 214-768-4273 or e-mailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you forget to pre-schedule, no worries; these contact numbers will be posted on our exterior doors as well. … And as always, feel free to call or e-mail us anytime during our regular business hours; we are here to help!
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The application deadline for Fall 2020 admission is March 1st. Applications may be accepted after this deadline by permission of the department on a space-available basis.
SMU's Doctor of Liberal Studies evening program serves the needs of working professionals who seek intellectual challenge at the doctoral level with an eye to contributing to their community, workplace and the world in new and creative ways.
Under the guidance of senior faculty, DLS students engage in focused scholarly reading and research on a topic or issue, culminating in a doctoral thesis that demonstrates interdisciplinary analysis, synthesis, and interpretation.
This part- or full-time degree is for the experienced adult learner who has earned a master’s degree but craves an opportunity to do more by pursuing rigorous interdisciplinary study guided by their own intellectual passion and commitment to community.
Students graduate as experts in their chosen topic or issue prepared to make high-level contributions to their workplace, society and the world.
To see our students in action perform their CRED talks (Creativity, Diversity, Empathy & Discovery), watch the videos below.
Applications for Fall 2020 will be accepted beginning September 1, 2019 with a final deadline for all application materials due by March 2020.
If you have questions, please call the DLS office at 214-768-4273 to discuss your application and/or candidacy for admission.