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.

November 2020 Cohort

November 2020 Cohort Admissions Deadlines
Deadline Date
Early Priority Application Deadline2 July 11, 2020
Priority Application Deadline1 August 7, 2020
Final Application Deadline September 4, 2020
Classes Start November 1, 2020

January 2021 Cohort

January 2021 Cohort Admissions Deadlines
Deadline Date
Early Priority Application Deadline2 September 12, 2020
Priority Application Deadline1 October 9, 2020
Final Application Deadline November 6, 2020
Classes Start January 3, 2021

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.