Applying to Grad School:
General Graduate Admissions Requirements
All applicants applying to a graduate program at SMU to any program in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts, or Simmons School of Education and Human Development must complete the online application: smu.edu/gradapp.
The application fee is $75.
Applicants must provide transcripts from each school of higher education attended, whether a degree was earned or not. For those applying to Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Lyle School of Engineering, or Meadows School of the Arts programs, unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the application for admissions purposes.
Simmons School of Education and Human Development requires official transcripts for all schools where the applicant has earned at least 9 credits to complete an application. All admitted applicants who decide to enroll at SMU will need to provide official transcripts before registering for courses. Official transcripts can be submitted electronically or in hard copy. When sending an electronic transcript, please note that SMU will only accept electronic transcripts sent from the transferable institution via a secure means (e.g., Scrip-Safe, NSC).
We will not accept official electronic transcripts sent by students. Institutions can send electronic transcripts to email@example.com.
Hard copy transcripts must be sealed and sent by the applicant’s institution to the following address:
SMU Graduate Application Processing
P.O. Box 518
Dallas, TX 75275-0518
Our campus has significant representation from international students, and we welcome applicants from all over the world to join us at SMU. Students who provide diverse perspectives and backgrounds are invaluable in graduate education and make our research and work stronger.
Like many other institutions in the United States, we do ask international applicants to provide additional items as part of their application. For more information about what you need to prepare, please check with your program’s school or college to learn more.
International Applicant Requirements by School
Meadows School of the Arts and Simmons School of Education and Human Development require transcript evaluations for international applicants. All foreign transcripts must be accompanied by a professional evaluation and an official transcript, including an English translation if it is not in English, and course descriptions or syllabi.
It is the student's responsibility to procure this evaluation and to assume financial responsibility for it. Because of the importance of this information, SMU only accepts evaluations from the following agencies of proven reliability:
World Education Services, Inc.
PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
TOLL FREE: 1-800-937-3895
International Academic Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 2585
Denton, TX 76202-2585
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
International Education Evaluations
7900 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd., Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28227
SpanTran: The Evaluation Company
2400 Augusta Drive, Suite 451
Houston, TX 77057
SMU Custom SpanTran Form for Graduate Applicants
The above services' evaluations should include an explanation that the institution is recognized by the ministry of education in the home country and is generally considered to offer at least the equivalent of U.S. higher education credit. In addition, it should include an explanation of the credits, the grading system and course levels, as well as a course-by-course evaluation.
The expertise and reliability of a professional evaluation report is recognized worldwide and is likely to be accepted by other academic institutions, employers and state licensing boards. However, the report is not binding to SMU and it will be considered a recommendation for SMU's independent decision of the credit to be given. Information and applications from the agencies are available online.
For more tips to acing English proficiency tests, exclusive instructions for Visa application, and a detailed look at available funding, check out the International Applicant’s Guide to a Ph.D.
English Language Proficiency: TOEFL or IELTS
Applicants who do not speak English as their native language or who have earned a degree from a foreign institution must supply scores on the TOEFL English Language Proficiency Exam or the IELTS English Competency Test.
In general, the minimum TOEFL score for admission is 80; the Simmons School of Education and Human Development requires a minimum score of 83. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Individual programs may require a higher score. Please check your program’s website to verify.
Some applicants may be eligible for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver if:
- Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: students have received an undergraduate degree from an English-language institution located in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.
- Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts, and Simmons School of Education and Human Development: students have received a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an English-language institution located in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.