Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Dallas, TX

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Creative Writing
Divinity, Ministry, Seminary (BD, MDiv)
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Film, Cinema, Video, Movie Studies
Fine and Studio Arts Management
Fine/Studio Arts
French Language and Literature
General Music
General Studies
German Language and Literature
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Keyboard Instruments (Piano, Organ)
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance
Music Theory and Composition
Other Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Spanish Language and Literature
Theology/Theological Studies
Voice and Opera


Major Bachelors Masters
Business Administration and Management
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Financial Planning and Services
Management Information Systems
Marketing/Marketing Management
Real Estate

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Animation, Interactive Media, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Film/Video & Cinematography
Public Relations/Image Management


Major Bachelors Masters
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
Music Teacher Education
Other Education


Major Bachelors Masters
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Software Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Science
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Operations Research
Systems Engineering

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Facilities Planning and Management

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Music Therapy/Therapist

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
International/Global Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

Legal Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
American / US Law, Legal Studies and Jurisprudence (LLM, MCJ, JSD, SJD)
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LL.M., M.C.L.)
Tax Law/Taxation (LL.M, J.S.D./S.J.D.)

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Computational Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geology/Earth Science
Geophysics and Seismology

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
African-American/Black Studies
Applied Economics
Clinical Psychology
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican- American/Chicano Studies
Italian Studies
Latin American Studies
Political Science and Government
Social Sciences
Women's Studies

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Public Policy Analysis


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Science
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Other Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management
Telecommunications Technology

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SMU Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 5 of 5 Stars 4 Reviews

75% of students gave Southern Methodist University 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Academics Rating

SMU has small class sizes and the professors teach the classes.

Alumnus - Grad Year 1997

Academics Rating

Art school with variety of media resources and classes. An independent feel. The independent feel also included again a lack in regard to goal-oriented guidance. But a lot of this experience may have been from being a commuter student.

SMU Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Average Freshman GPA 3.10
Retention Rate 90%
Carnegie Class Research Universities (high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in July and August.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Washington Semester (American University)

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Business
  • Engineering

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Theology
  • Pre-Optometry

Class Sizes at Southern Methodist University

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 58%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 6%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 34%
  • 100+ Students: 1%
Fewer than 20 Students 58%
50 - 100 Students 6%
20 - 49 Students 34%
100+ Students 1%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 68
  • Unknown and Other: 18
  • Asian: 7
  • Latino: 4
  • African American: 3
Caucasian 68
Unknown and Other 18
Asian 7
Latino 4
African American 3

Faculty at Southern Methodist University

Total Faculty 1,200
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 11
Full-Time Professors 2,279
Male Faculty 728
Part-Time Professors 478
Women Faculty 472

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