Admissions Overview

SMU seeks students whose academic abilities can successfully meet the demands of a rigorous graduate program. We seek candidates who are interested in becoming practitioners in the field of data science.

Applications are reviewed as they are received, so we encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible.

Start Dates




Application Deadlines

January 2025 Cohort

Early Priority Application Deadline1
September 13, 2024
Priority Application Deadline2
October 11, 2024
Final Application Deadline
November 8, 2024

The SMU Data Science Student

SMU is looking for well-rounded students who are passionate about the future of data and are looking to advance their careers to become leaders in the field of data science.

DataScience@SMU students are interested in:

  • Capturing, analyzing and interpreting data to gain insight.
  • Communicating results to key stakeholders in order to influence effective business decisions.
  • Gaining and applying skills in areas such as statistics, data mining, predictive analysis and visualization to impact a wide variety of organizations.

If you are ready to take the next step toward advancing your data science career, request information.

Early Action

1 Applicants who submit a completed application before the early action deadline will receive an admissions decision sooner.

Application Fee

2 A $75 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for DataScience@SMU. Applicants who submit an application before the priority application deadline will be eligible for an application fee waiver. Applicants must reach out to their Admissions Counselor prior to submitting their application in order to receive the fee waiver.