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


SMU creates, expands and imparts knowledge through teaching, research and service, while shaping individuals to contribute to their communities and excel in their professions in a global society. Among its faculty, students and staff, the University cultivates principled thought, develops intellectual skills and promotes 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.


SMU is proud to offer its Online M.S. in Data Science to students around the world. By offering this program online, the University is able to further its mission of expanding knowledge through teaching, delivering a top-quality master’s program to professionals worldwide. SMU has brought together faculty from three of its schools to design the curriculum for and teach courses in this truly interdisciplinary program.

To learn more about SMU’s M.S. in Data Science delivered online, please request information or call 1-844-768-4637 to speak with an admissions counselor.

About the Schools

Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Dedman College was named in 1981 for the late Robert H. Dedman Sr. and his wife, Nancy McMillan Dedman, SMU alumni whose gift endowed the College and enables SMU to remain committed to its legacy as a liberal arts university.

In addition to being the oldest academic unit at SMU, Dedman College also is the largest. In 2012, more than 1,800 undergraduate students majored in Dedman College programs, and the school enrolled nearly 400 graduate students. Students in Dedman College have the advantage of exploring 38 undergraduate majors, 58 minors, 19 master’s degree programs and 13 doctoral degrees across 16 academic departments spanning the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, statistics and interdisciplinary studies.

Lyle School of Engineering

Lyle School of Engineering

The Lyle School is changing the way people think about engineers. Through innovation and hands-on experiences, it is attracting a diverse mix of talented students interested in making a difference in the world through engineering. With its bold vision and assertive implementation, the Lyle School continues to grow both its undergraduate and graduate student populations from a broad spectrum of extraordinarily talented students across the nation. In addition, the Lyle School has one of the highest percentages of female engineering students in the United States, and maintains a commitment to be the first engineering school to reach gender parity in its student population.

Faculty members in the Lyle School are recognized internationally for their remarkable contributions to engineering and society.

The Lyle School’s strategic plan is inspired by a vision to be one of the most influential educational and research centers for engineering and technology on the globe—one whose work will define the new American engineer as a technology leader and a world changer.

In addition to providing the highest quality traditional engineering education, the Lyle School emphasizes the study of technology, leadership, engineering management and entrepreneurship in basic engineering areas while providing exposure to the new areas of e-technology, information engineering and knowledge engineering.

This educational process prepares graduates to be highly valued engineers with the appropriate interdisciplinary knowledge to rapidly assume important management and leadership positions and to become technical entrepreneurs in a globally competitive world, or to attend graduate and professional schools.

Meadows School of the Arts

Meadows School of the Arts

The Meadows School of the Arts, formally established in 1969 at SMU, has achieved prominence as one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States. The Meadows School of the Arts offers instruction in advertising, art, art history, arts entrepreneurship and arts management, communication studies, creative computation, dance, film and media arts, journalism, music and theater. The goal of the Meadows School of the Arts, as a comprehensive educational institution, is to prepare students to meet the demands of professional careers. It also is committed to providing an ongoing opportunity for all SMU students to grow in the understanding and appreciation of the arts.


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

Electronic Campus

Electronic Campus

The Electronic Campus is a comprehensive source for information about higher education opportunities in the South, including both traditional campus study and e-learning. It is a gateway to e-learning opportunities and online services designed to meet the unique needs of adult learners wishing to start, continue or complete their education. It provides a simpler, friendlier one-stop place for adults to learn about and understand educational opportunities, to select campuses and/or e-learning opportunities that best match their needs, and to apply online and enroll in courses or programs. In addition, the Electronic Campus is an online resource for traditional-aged students with links to planning for, exploring and applying online to hundreds of colleges and universities.