About SMU

Founded in 1911, SMU is a nationally ranked private university with seven degree-granting schools. A distinguished center for teaching and research located near the heart of Dallas, SMU offers small classes, leadership opportunities, international study and innovative programs to students from around the world.

The University seeks to prepare students for leadership in their professions and in their communities, providing a learning environment that fosters opportunities for research, community service, internships, mentoring and study abroad.

SMU was founded by what is now The United Methodist Church, in partnership with civic leaders, and was shaped by the entrepreneurial spirit of the region. The University is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

University Mission Statement

Southern Methodist University will create, expand and impart knowledge through teaching, research and service, shaping world changers who contribute to their communities and excel in their professions in a global society. Among its faculty, students and staff, the University will cultivate principled thought, develop intellectual skills and promote an environment emphasizing individual dignity and worth. SMU affirms its historical commitment to academic freedom and open inquiry, to moral and ethical values, and to its United Methodist heritage.


DataScience@SMU is the online Master of Science in Data Science program from SMU. Delivered online, this program is designed to train and develop data science professionals to analyze and manage data as well as organize and communicate results. The M.S. in Data Science is an interdisciplinary program, working to develop coursework in computer science, statistics, strategic behavior and data visualization.

DataScience@SMU is designed with working professionals in mind. Live classes are held weekly in a virtual classroom, and class sizes are kept small to facilitate group work and collaborative discussion. All coursework is available 24/7 online or offline via a computer or our mobile app.

To learn more about DataScience@SMU, explore our Frequently Asked Questions.


Southern Methodist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southern Methodist University.

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