International Applicants to Master's and Doctoral Programs

Admissions Requirements

International applicants may need to include additional documentation and test scores with their application. To ensure that you are meeting the requirements for your intended program, please visit your program's college or school's website to learn more about what you will need to provide with your application: 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at

The Global Education Institute (GEI) Program 

The Moody School’s strategic partnership with the Global Education Institute (GEI) provides admission processing services for international students in the following programs:

  • M.S., Lyle School of Engineering
  • M.S., Applied Economics and Predictive Analytics
  • M.S., Applied Statistics and Data Analytics

The GEI program includes the Pre-Master Program (PMP), which is a matriculation pathway that provides international students intensive academic English courses, as well as courses from SMU. It accepts students based on existing admission standards and offers international students who do not currently have standardized test (e.g., TOEFL, GRE) scores the opportunity to demonstrate their academic abilities required to be successful at SMU. The program also provides assistance to international students in direct admission applications. Tuition payment processing through GEI is free of charge, so the tuition amount remains the same as listed on SMU’s website.

Visit the Global Education Institute website for additional information regarding this partnership or contact Jenny Chen

I-20 and Visa Information

SMU's International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Staff provides immigration services to students, scholars and professors on F or J visas. Our office staff coordinates pre-arrival information, current compliance issues, data management and programming for international students and scholars. We are committed to enhancing the experiences of our international community by continuing to provide superior customer service, reporting to the U.S. Federal Government, and providing cultural and educational programming opportunities as part of our global society. 

If you have questions or concerns about the I-20 or visa processes, please contact ISSS directly at or 214-768-4475. 

Visit the ISSS Website

Resources for International Applicants

If you are working on preparing your materials for graduate school, don't forget to visit our blog for advice on how to best prepare your application. New articles are posted weekly through our Facebook page. 

Visit our blog, Advancing the Field!


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