Southern Methodist University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.13 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 129 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, + 4 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 11,739 (6,521 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 48% part-time, 52% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $46,800
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4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2017

PROS: 1. Degree program is designed for working adults. 2. University prestige 3. Prestigious university as one of only a few universities in the world offering this particular, emerging field degree program CONS: 1. Cost
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2016

Southern Methodist University (SMU) Masters of Liberal Studies program exist to teach and allow students to think about specific concepts and theories in a more broad and challenging way. This program mainly consist of students who are 30 years and older, while being taught mainly by white male professors who are 40 years and older. The diversity within the program is lacking, therefore the concepts, diverse life experiences, and ideologies of life are lacking in class room conversation as well. The pros of being in the liberal studies program for me, as a young female minority, are learning these concepts and ideas from a different generation and culture. I am able to bring something different to the table when we engage in class room discussion. I am able to learn from my classmates as well as my professor, while also enlightening them. I also appreciate the flexibility of the program. The class schedules are set up for those who work during the day. The program is demanding, but they allow students to go at their own speed according to their lifestyle. I believe that the cons of this program are easily seen as pros when looking at it in a beneficial manner.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: High Academic quality and faculty, convenience (online), technology, network, program coursework,
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016

I am currently a Master's in Accounting student at SMU in Dallas, Texas. As a new student here and a recent intern at a Big 4 accounting firm in Dallas, I know that the SMU accounting program has a good name and reputation in Texas. Perhaps the biggest pro of the SMU accounting program is the valuable alumni network and career services. As a new student to the Dallas area, I had no professional connections whatsoever. I contacted the accounting program career services office and within a week, they helped me get an interview with a local accounting firm. The value of the Mustang alumni network and career services center are outstanding. The biggest con so far that I have seen is the price of the program. The Master's in Accounting program is $45,000 for one semester. This is part of the reason why I am applying for this scholarship!
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2016

The faculty are wonderful and very knowledge about their fields of expertise. The school is a bit expensive and financial aid is important.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: shortened to one year, option to take courses online (video) Cons: expensive, not a lot of course options
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016

I have thoroughly enjoyed my undergraduate experience at Southern Methodist University and I look forward to pursuing my Masters of Science in Accounting at Southern Methodist University for the coming school year. The MSA program at SMU will not only prepare me for the CPA exam, but will also prepare me for a successful career in the business field. SMU's personalized class environment will contribute to further my personal and professional development during my graduate education. The professors are eager to form valuable relationships with their students and the SMU community will expose me to a wide range of professionals from different companies and industries, especially in the Dallas area. SMU offers a challenging and vigorous curriculum and was recently ranked #8 for undergraduate accounting by Businessweek Bloomberg.
2.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

Great faculty and very supportive. Workload was practical and appropriate. Con little to no financial aid. This program is ideal for working professional but traditional students can benefits as well. Marketing the degree to future employers has been a challenge. I would still do this program again.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

I'm participating in SMU's 4+1 Master's program which allows you to double count some of your Master's classes for both undergraduate and graduate study. This means I'll finish my Master's in one year and be ready for a career.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Religious Studies
Graduation Year: 2017

The caliber of faculty is impressive, yet they are also incredibly approachable. There is also a wonderful sense of community among the students even though we come from a variety of walks of life, age, race, life experience, etc.
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