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Perkins School of Theology announces degree concentrations in Church Management, Social Innovation to begin in Fall 2017

SMU Perkins Chapel with blue foxgloves, 2015, by Hillsman S. Jackson - LRSMU’s Perkins School of Theology has added two new degree concentrations – in partnership with Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts – designed to strengthen future clergy in the area of church management and to equip those pursuing nontraditional forms of ministry that encourage social innovation.

The Church Management and Social Innovation and Nonprofit Engagement (SINE) concentrations will be available beginning Fall 2017 to Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.) students.

The Concentration in Church Management is an 18-credit-hour interdisciplinary graduate-level concentration that will provide world-class business education to students in tandem with critical theological preparation. Courses offered by the Cox School, which was ranked No. 6 globally for quality of faculty in 2016, will focus on the needs of nonprofit managers in areas including organizational leadership, staff and volunteer management, membership generation, cross-cultural management and targeted marketing.

“This concentration is both badly needed and highly distinctive,” said Perkins Dean Craig Hill. “It leverages SMU’s considerable strengths in both theological and business education to provide a program that addresses needs of church bodies in an efficient and cost-effective manner.”

Offered in partnership with the Meadows School’s Division of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, the Concentration in Social Innovation and Nonprofit Engagement is designed primarily for students who do not intend to work as pastors in a local church setting, but in nontraditional ministries. The 15-credit-hour interdisciplinary graduate-level concentration will focus on innovative approaches to addressing social issues and the needs arising from technological, demographic and societal changes. Through courses including social entrepreneurship and innovation, business and professional communication, financing for the social good, and others, students will learn how to form effective, practical and sustainable responses to these emerging challenges.

“Perkins students enrolled in the Social Innovation and Nonprofit Management concentration will be able to apply intellectual rigor and spiritual integrity to communication theory, and to practice research, strategy, consulting and advocacy in light of critical theological inquiry,” Dean Hill said. “Many of our students, including those who pursue ordination, find themselves on the cutting-edge of nontraditional ministries within communities across the United States. Perkins and Meadows are committed to equipping leaders not only for current societal realities but also to face future challenges.”

“Students receiving a theological education with either of these concentrations will be better prepared to lead churches, non-profits, and other ministry settings,” said Bishop Michael McKee, episcopal leader of the North Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, member of the SMU Board of Trustees and chair of the Perkins Executive Board. “SMU and Perkins will be providing a better-prepared person for service in our rapidly changing culture.”

> Read the full story at the Perkins School of Theology website

SMU Guildhall named #1 for game design in The Princeton Review‘s 2017 rankings

SMU GuildhallSMU Guildhall, No. 1 graduate program ranking has risen to the top spot among the world’s best graduate game-design programs in The Princeton Review’s eighth annual report, published March 21, 2017.

At No. 1, SMU Guildhall ranks above the No. 2 Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy at UCF. Other schools in the top 25 include the University of Utah, Rochester Institute of Technology, USC, NYU, Drexel, Abertay University (Dundee, Scotland), DePaul, Michigan State, Ohio State, MIT, the University of Malta in Msida, and the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition, SMU Guildhall ranks higher than two other top-25 graduate programs in Texas: the University of Texas-Dallas (No. 14) and Texas A&M (No. 17).

> See the full list of graduate and undergraduate game-design program rankings at princetonreview.com

The Guildhall created its Master of Interactive Technology degree as the only program of its kind in the world. Designed with ongoing input from industry professionals, the graduate degree provides a rigorous preparation to enter the game development industry at a two-year experience level.

“Becoming the No. 1 graduate game-design school is a tribute to faculty with deep experience, bright and motivated students, a robust network of successful alumni, stellar industry support, cutting-edge curriculum, and a commitment to continual improvement,” said SMU Guildhall Director Gary Brubaker.

The Review determined its rankings based on its 2016 survey of 150 institutions in the United States, Canada, and abroad that offer game design coursework and/or degrees. The 40-question review asked schools to report on everything from academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduates’ starting salaries and employment experience. Curriculum, faculty, facilities, career services, and technology were all among criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections.

The Princeton Review’s reporting partner, PC Gamer magazine, will include a section on the top schools in its May 2017 issue, available on newsstands March 29. It will feature information on degree programs, class offerings, events, prominent professors, and alumni.

> Read the full story from SMU News

Cox MBA Finance Program ranked in top 10 globally for 2015

The SMU Cox School of Business graduate finance program is ranked No. 10 in the newly released Financial Times Global MBA 2015 rankings.

Cox is the only business school in Texas to make it into the publication’s specialty rankings this year. The publication bases its top 10 finance program and other specialty findings on feedback provided by MBA alumni three years after graduation.

Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University“We are very encouraged that our alumni highly rank the Cox experience three years after graduation,” said Kumar Venkataraman, Finance Department chair and James M. Collins Chair in Finance. “It is a testament to the rigorous, applied finance curriculum that helps solve real world problems.”

For the 2015 rankings, the publication surveyed Class of 2011 alumni from 159 schools in the spring and summer of 2014. At least 20 percent of each school’s alumni were required to respond, with at least 20 fully completed responses, in order for a school to be ranked. The Financial Times reports it had an overall response rate of 40 percent for the 2015 rankings survey.

In addition to gathering input for its specialty rankings, the Financial Times weighs alumni feedback with data submitted by business schools to evaluate full-time MBA programs from around the world. Since the 2013 rankings, the SMU Cox Full-Time MBA program rose 22 places in this year’s survey, coming in at No. 39 among business schools in the United States and No. 76 globally out of 159 schools that submitted data.

The Financial Times, based in London, is a leading news provider to the global business community. The paper’s business education team conducts Global MBA and Global Executive MBA (EMBA) rankings surveys annually. In the Financial Times’ EMBA rankings released in October 2014, the SMU Cox EMBA program ranked No. 15 among business schools in the U.S. and No. 63 among global business schools.

Cox M.B.A. program makes BusinessWeek Top 20

SMU Cox School of Business quadThe full-time M.B.A. program in SMU’s Cox School of Business has been ranked among the top 20 in the United States by BusinessWeek, coming in at #18 in the nation in the magazine’s 2008 ranking. When surveyed, Cox students gave the faculty an A+ for teaching and an A for career services.

The ranking solidifies the Cox School’s position among the top 20 for all of its graduate programs. BusinessWeek ranks Cox #11 and #13 worldwide for its Executive M.B.A. and Professional M.B.A. programs, respectively. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks the Cox E.M.B.A. program #15, and the P.M.B.A. program #9 in the nation.

In September 2008, The Wall Street Journal ranked the Cox E.M.B.A. program #15 in the United States.

“Our students and recruiters have spoken, and the Cox School has received glowing recognition,” said Albert W. Niemi, Jr., dean of the Cox School. “Having top-ranked M.B.A. programs begins with an outstanding faculty and offering admission to students with strong academic and professional backgrounds. The classroom environment allows our students to learn not just from our tremendous faculty but also from each other. This collaborative atmosphere prepares them well for their careers.”

“We have always said that we will continue to make this the best M.B.A. experience possible and the rankings will follow,” said Marci Armstrong, associate dean for graduate programs. “We are delighted that our students and faculty are finally receiving the recognition they so richly deserve.”

“The Best B-Schools” is featured in the November 24, 2008 issue of BusinessWeek and online at www.businessweek.com/bschools.

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Calendar Highlights: Oct. 17, 2008

Elemental music: Guest conductor Nicolás Pasquet of the Liszt Hochschule in Weimar, Germany, leads the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in “The Elements: Water” – a program featuring Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Debussy’s La Mer and Premiere Rhapsody, Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra, and Smetana’s The Moldau. The program debuts at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 and repeats Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Seymour Island, AustraliaElection reflection: SMU Political Science Professors Cal Jillson, Dennis Simon and Harold Stanley will survey the political landscape and analyze the 2008 primary and general election campaigns in “Road to the White House 2008,” presented by SMU’s Godbey Lecture Series. The series begins Oct. 20 and repeats on consecutive Mondays through Nov. 10. Lecture at 11 a.m., lunch at noon each day at Maggiano’s North Park Center. Cost is $163 for members, $193 for nonmembers. Register online or call 8-2532.

Darwin Year preview: Earth Sciences Professor Louis Jacobs will discuss his fossil research in places ranging from St. Bart’s to Seymour Island, Antarctica, in the Godbey Lecture Series‘ “Islands and Life” – a preview of SMU’s 2009 event “Darwin’s Evolving Legacy.” The program takes place Oct. 22 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. A 5:30 p.m. wine reception precedes the 6 p.m. lecture. Tickets are $45 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Register online or call 8-2532. (Top right, Seymour Island as photographed by graduate student researcher and blogger Chris Strganac.)

Make a racket: The Stanford Championships tennis tournament comes to SMU Oct. 22-Oct. 26 in the Turpin Tennis Center. Eight legendary names in men’s tennis, including Boris Becker, Jim Courier and Mark Philippoussis, compete for the title and $150,000 in prize money. In addition, Anna Kournikova will compete in Mixed Doubles matches. Tickets are available at www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com or call 877-332-TIXX (8499).

Coming of age: The Hughes-Trigg Student Center celebrates its 21st birthday with a “responsible celebration” Oct. 23. Stop by the Student Center for cake, fun and games.

M.L.S. information session: Learn more about SMU’s Master of Liberal Studies program at an information session 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Human Resources Training Room #208, Expressway Tower, 6116 N. Central Expy. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to the M.L.S. program.

Lar Lubovitch Dance CompanyIn McFarlin Auditorium:

  • Oct. 17-18: TITAS presents the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (bottom right) in its 40th anniversary tour at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For tickets, call TITAS at
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