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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.
Due to the University’s concerns about the welfare of its students, visitors, faculty, and staff in these days of potential coronavirus exposure, the Graduate Liberal Studies department is open between 8:30 and 4:30, only, Monday through Friday. Please feel free to contact us at 214-768-4273 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will do our best to assist you. For additional information on SMU’s response to COVID-19, please visit SMU’s blog [link to https://blog.smu.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/].
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.