Can I get any college credit for this course?

Unfortunately, this program is offered only on a non-credit basis.

How long will it take to find out if I have been accepted into the program?

You should receive an email within one to two days letting you know your application has been received. You will need to submit your transcript to complete your application. This year, the selection committee has set meeting dates on April 4, 2019, and May 3, 2019, and will meet at various other times throughout the year. If you do not hear about your application within three days after those dates, or within two weeks of submitting your application and transcript, please contact us.

How much work is involved?

This will not be a passive learning experience. In addition to class time, students should expect two or more hours of preparation/homework each evening. It will be intense and it will be hard work, but the pay-off will be immense for non-business majors who will be better able to present themselves to potential employers.

I already know how to use Excel. Do I have to attend these sessions?

Yes. The Excel sessions are mandatory, though you may test out of one of the sessions.

I have never taken a business course. Will I be able to keep up?

Yes. If students actively participate in class and keep up the readings they will be very successful. The Summer Business Institute presumes no prior knowledge of business topics. We'll start from the beginning and help students build their skills and knowledge one step at a time. Tutors will also be available to assist students outside of the classroom.

Is this program only for SMU Students?

No. Students from around the United States including international students may attend. The students who come to the Summer Business Institute have studied everything from fine arts to engineering. Past students have attended a variety of colleges and universities, including Duke University, Princeton University, the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. For a full list of universities past students have attended, click here.

If I need housing to be provided for me, where will I be staying?

If you need housing, single-occupancy on-campus housing will be provided.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

If the cancellation is made prior to May 3, you will be refunded the full program fee. If the cancellation is made between May 3 and June 1, you will be refunded 50% of the program fee. Students who fail to attend, cancel after June 2, or do not complete the program will not be eligible for refunds.

What is involved in the final presentation?

The month-long program will conclude with a group presentation to a small corporate panel. Groups will be critiqued on both their analytical and presentation skills.

What is the class schedule?

Classes meet Monday through Friday, with generally a three-hour class each morning and another three-hour class each afternoon. One to two hours of homework will be assigned each evening. Students have free time on weekends, though some optional social events will be held.

What topics will be covered?

Students will explore concepts in key topic areas like Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and Operations Management. Career planning, working effectively in teams, and making professional presentations using MS PowerPoint and Excel will also be included. See the “Course Curriculum” table in the brochure for a complete list of specific topics.

When do I have to submit my payment?

Full payment is due by May 3rd.

When is the registration cut-off date?

For Early Applications, it is recommended that your application - including your transcript - is complete by February 1, 2019. To receive the Early Application Discount, it is recommended that your application is complete by April 1, 2019. The deadline for your application is May 3, 2019.

Who can attend the program?

The Summer Business Institute is designed for non-business majors who have completed at least one year of college and recent college graduates. Applicants should have completed at least one year of college prior to attending and should have been out of college for no more than five years.

Will there be any exams?

Yes. There are two exams, one two weeks into the program, and one near the end of the program.

Will there be social time outside of the classroom?

There will be occasional group lunches and special events, including field trips and career panel lunches.

Will this program strengthen my resume?

Definitely. Non-business majors will be better able to present themselves to employers as well-rounded candidates ready to make a contribution on the job from day one. While undergraduates may not be accustomed to listing certificate courses on their resumes, it is a very common occurrence among business professionals. Corporate recruiters will recognize this type of education and it will separate you from the crowd. Properly listing this information on your resume will be covered in the Career Planning module.

How do I contact you if I have more questions?

If you have questions about the program and can't attend an info session, feel free to contact us at 214-768-2918 or 866-768-1013.

How much does the program cost?

With Campus Housing and Meals

Early and Round One applications before April 1 - $7,995 (save $500)

Round Two applications after April 1 - $8,495


  • Tuition and course materials
  • Single-occupancy room with breakfast and dinner seven days a week
  • Occasional group meals and special events

Without Campus Housing and Meals

Early and Round One applications before April 1 - $6,495 (save $500)

Round Two applications after April 1 - $6,995


  • Tuition and course materials
  • Occasional group meals and special events

I need financial assistance. Do I have any options?

We have been advised by the undergraduate financial aid office of three possible loans that are available for non-credit certificate programs. These are private loans where the funds will be paid directly to you. The student is then required to disburse funds to SMU.

Sallie Mae Student Loans

Chase Select Private Student Loans

Wells Fargo Education Connection Loan

In the past, we have received Summer Business Institute tuition payments from College Savings Plans, such as a 529 Plan or the Texas Tomorrow Fund.