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Southern Methodist University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Dallas, Texas. Dallas is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

1,900 Master's Degrees
368 Doctor's Degrees

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Southern Methodist University Rankings

SMU is ranked #162 out of 807 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #9 out of 40 schools in Texas.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

SMU has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#38 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#96 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#159 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SMU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Health & Physical Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Arts & Media Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Music Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Fine & Studio Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#65 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SMU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#10 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities College Factual
#19 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#26 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#28 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#56 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Southern Methodist University?

Location of Southern Methodist University

Contact details for SMU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 6425 Boaz St, Dallas, TX 75275-0221
Phone: 214-768-2000
Website: www.smu.edu
Facebook: http://facebook.com/smudallas
Twitter: http://twitter.com/smu

Southern Methodist University Graduate Student Diversity

5,114 Graduate Students
48% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,114 graduate students at SMU, 52% are male and 48% are female.

Gender Diversity at  SMU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Southern Methodist University graduate students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SMU Graduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 351
Black or African American 432
Hispanic or Latino 640
White 2,533
International Students 927
Other Races/Ethnicities 231

Geographic Diversity

Texas students aren't the only ones who study at Southern Methodist University. At this time, 43 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 99 countries are represented at SMU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Southern Methodist University

501 Took All Classes Online
1,104 Took At Least One Class Online
24.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,104 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SMU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 5th most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SMU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Southern Methodist University was 24.4%. This is the #506 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SMU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SMU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Civil Engineering 54%
Computer & Information Sciences 23%
Computer Science 60%
Entrepreneurial Studies 11%
Environmental Engineering 31%
Information Science 7%
Manufacturing Engineering 38%
Marketing 15%
Real Estate 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SMU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SMU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Electronics Engineering Technology #1
Operations Research #2
Manufacturing Engineering #2
Environmental Engineering #3
Sustainability Science #3
Other Engineering #3
Natural Resources Conservation #4
Systems Engineering #5
Natural Resources & Conservation #5
Computer Engineering #7
Mechanical Engineering #7
Civil Engineering #9
Computer Science #10
Electrical Engineering #12
Engineering-Related Fields #12
Engineering Technologies #17
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #20
Engineering #23
Computer & Information Sciences #37

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Southern Methodist University Graduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Law 0 0 272 272
Business Administration & Management 0 170 0 170
Other Education 0 128 3 131
Information Science 0 117 0 117
Finance & Financial Management 0 102 0 102
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 94 0 94
Accounting 0 92 0 92
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 63 21 84
Graphic Communications 45 37 0 82
Computer Science 0 75 2 77
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 72 0 72
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 71 0 71
Educational Administration 0 53 15 68
Applied Mathematics 0 65 0 65
Mental & Social Health Services 0 53 0 53
Legal Research 0 50 2 52
Music 17 35 0 52
Electrical Engineering 0 44 7 51
Engineering-Related Fields 0 45 1 46
Systems Engineering 0 42 0 42
Manufacturing Engineering 0 39 0 39
Liberal Arts General Studies 3 34 2 39
Real Estate 0 38 0 38
Computer Systems Analysis 0 32 0 32
Statistics 0 27 2 29
Marketing 0 27 0 27
Computer Engineering 0 25 2 27
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 3 24 0 27
Economics 0 22 2 24
Taxation 0 22 0 22
Mechanical Engineering 0 16 5 21
Health & Physical Education 0 19 0 19
Multilingual Education 0 18 0 18
Operations Research 0 14 1 15
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 14 0 14
Other Engineering 0 14 0 14
Civil Engineering 0 12 1 13
Environmental Engineering 0 13 0 13
Arts & Media Management 0 13 0 13
Anthropology 0 3 7 10
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 5 4 9
Fine & Studio Arts 0 8 1 9
Public Relations & Advertising 0 8 0 8
Information Technology 0 7 0 7
Sustainability Science 0 7 0 7
General Biology 0 3 2 5
General English Literature 0 2 3 5
Religious Studies 0 1 4 5
General Psychology 0 5 0 5
Health & Medical Administrative Services 4 0 0 4
Health Sciences & Services 0 4 0 4
History 0 3 1 4
Chemistry 0 1 3 4
Drama & Theater Arts 0 3 0 3
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 2 2
Special Education 0 2 0 2
General Engineering 0 1 1 2
Physics 0 2 0 2
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 2 2
Sacred Music 0 2 0 2
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 2 0 2
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0
Engineering Science 0 0 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 0
Housing 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0
Medieval Studies 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0
Dance 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 72 1,900 368 2,340

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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