Meet Mira, SMU Spanish for Legal Professionals Instructor

Miroslava “Mira” Detcheva's combined teaching and legal experience bring unique expertise to SMU's professional education programs. Mira is Senior Lecturer in Spanish in SMU's Department of World Languages and Literatures, where she teaches a variety of Spanish language and culture courses. In addition to her long-term teaching experience at [...]


New program draws from Cox and Simmons Schools, delivered through SMU Professional and Online DALLAS (SMU) – SMU is proud of its history of developing courses that address student interest in emerging markets. In keeping with this tradition, The Cox School of Business and The Annette Caldwell Simmons School [...]

SMU Joins 30 Universities in Offering Boot Camp Scholarships

Do you know someone who has been affected by recent job loss or financial hardship? SMU, in partnership with 30 nonprofit universities across the country and our partner 2U, is expanding access to our boot camp courses in Coding and Fintech through a $3 million Boot Camp Scholarship Fund. Upskilling [...]

Lessons in Online Teaching: A Faculty Perspective (Part One in a Series)

March 12, 2020, the day many of us first learned that our on-campus classes would need to be transitioned to online for the two weeks following Spring Break (which would eventually become the rest of the semester).  Having taught online for the last 6 years in our Master’s of [...]

SMU GO Course Spotlight: Aligning Cybersecurity to the Business

The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered an extraordinary array of cybersecurity challenges.  As the outbreak threatens to overload the healthcare system and the global economy, it's also having a powerful impact on the security of businesses and individuals.  SMU Global and Online (SMU GO) recognizes the need to support corporate [...]

Working at Home – Staying Productive and Secure

Emergency Remote Instruction forced us all to think about how we work, teach, and learn. Working from home, while providing some flexibility, comes with its own challenges. Limited devices and limited bandwidth for multiple people can tax the patience and frustration of all involved, all while trying to present [...]

Online Learning Survey Results

The latest study from Gallup & 2U shows that online learning meets, and sometimes exceeds, in person learning experiences. Here are a few key learnings: People in online classes report strongly agreeing that they had at least one professor at their graduate institution who made them excited about learning. This [...]

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Six Tips for Adjusting to Remote Work

With many members of our community adjusting to remote work or school, we want to share with you some tips to help aid in a smooth transition. Separate Work & Personal Life - This can be especially challenging if you have multiple family members joining you in “staying at [...]

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From Contractor to Full-Timer: How Elaine Lagon Advanced Her Career with the SMU Coding Boot Camp

Elaine Lagon loved working as a contractor at First Command Financial Planning. There was only one problem: she wanted to do it full-time. Though she was passionate about coding, she didn’t have formal training in advanced programming languages. When a full-time web developer role opened at the company, she eagerly [...]

MSDS in Data Science Spring Immersion and Symposium

The MS in Data Science Spring Immersion and Symposium is coming up again this March with a new venue and great opportunities for students and Data Science professionals alike!  Although the program’s classroom format is online learning, dozens of students get to visit the campus and meet their professors [...]

Share Your Program Ideas: A Message From The Associate Provost Ad Interim

SMU Global and Online (GO) is especially busy going into 2020. Our pace of work has increased significantly over the past 4 months. Today GO is on its way to launching two new online graduate degrees in fall 2021, plus four new non-credit certificates in 2020. The Lyle School [...]

Setting New Year’s Resolutions in 2020? Here’s How to Make Them Stick

What do you want to achieve in 2020? The New Year—and new decade—is here, and it’s time to start creating that list. According to U.S. News & World Report, by mid-February, 80 percent of New Year’s Resolutions have been broken. How do you become part of the 20 percent that [...]

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SMU and Trilogy Education Launch First FinTech Boot Camp in Dallas

Southern Methodist University Now Offering FinTech, Coding, and Data Science Boot Camps DALLAS, Dec. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas is getting its first training program aimed specifically at preparing local adults for jobs in fintech. The Southern Methodist FinTech Boot Camp is open for enrollment starting today and offered in partnership with Trilogy Education, [...]

Committed to Your Success: A Message From SMU GO Associate Provost Ad Interim

Since its opening, SMU has offered continuing education to adult learners in the community. In September 1915 the Department of English offered the first two "extension" courses – one on Shakespeare and the other on the Essay and the Novel. Almost 100 years later, in July 2009, SMU Lifelong [...]

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Bottle Rocket CEO Describes Leadership in Tech

The era of Mad Men-style advertising – men in black suits, chain-smoking up ideas for a clientele we would now call old-school – much like the show itself, has long been over. The customer has changed, and with it, the way brands interact with those customers. “We kind of [...]

Not Your Normal Social Media Expert: 5 Questions with Steve Lee

Steve Lee, APR, is not exactly your normal social media expert. For one thing, he has a lot more gray hair than you would expect. But don’t think that just makes him the old guy — decades of business experience combined with techno understanding make for a vibrant combination. [...]

Dallas-Fort Worth Welcomes Millennial Professionals

Dallas has become a magnet for millennials according to a 2019 Brookings Institution report. Brookings used recently released migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau to identify major metros that attracted the most 25- to 34-year-olds from 2012 to 2017. Houston was the top metro area on the list [...]

Attracting a Multigenerational Workforce: Tuition Reimbursement, Mentoring & More

With low unemployment across the U.S. and Texas, employers need to boost benefits and perks to attract and retain the best talent. As an additional challenge, today’s workforce includes multiple generations with differing career goals and requirements to feel rewarded and appreciated. The Pew Research Center has defined the [...]

SMU PRO Opens Doors to Career Opportunities: A Success Story

“Forty percent of white collar jobs will be disrupted or replaced in the next 15 years due to AI, machine learning and other technology advancements. Professionals must learn to be lifelong learners,” says Brad McCormick, principal at 10 Louder, a digital marketing strategies firm, and instructor in digital marketing [...]

Top Cybersecurity Challenges and Critical Need for More Professionals

  The U.S. economy loses between $57 billion and $109 billion annually to malicious cyber activity, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Just as alarming are results from a recent “Cyber Risk Index” (CRI) stating 80 percent of U.S. businesses expect a critical breach in 2019. [...]

SMU Seeking Applicants for New Online Master’s in Cybersecurity

[Image: maxkabakov/iStockphoto] This article originally appeared in Dallas Innovates.   The program, which launches in 2020, will offer 10 courses for 30 credit hours, and can be completed in less than two years.   Presented by SMU Professional and the Lyle School of Engineering, the classes will be taught [...]

SMU PRO offers new opportunities to earn online master’s degrees

SMU Professional and Online Program is offering new ways to earn degrees and certificates, both in the classroom and online. The program offers many different certificates, degrees, and courses to further the education of its participants. New degrees include online master’s degrees in cybersecurity and data science, but the [...]

SMU Professional and Online Addresses Urgent Need for Cybersecurity Experts with New Online Master’s Degree

SMU Professional and Online Addresses Urgent Need for Cybersecurity Experts with New Online Master’s Degree Cybersecurity Master’s degree to help fill 20,000 cyber-related jobs soon to be needed in Texas DALLAS (SMU) – Students may apply now for SMU’s new online Master’s degree in cybersecurity, which will launch [...]

New SMU Professional and Online Program Enhances Career Advancements for Professionals

New SMU Professional and Online Program Enhances Career Advancements for Professionals   SMU PRO offers degrees, certificates and short courses to help professionals boost expertise and earning power DALLAS (SMU) – At SMU, the new Professional and Online initiative helps professionals develop new skills and earn certificates and graduate [...]

Why the SMU Paralegal Studies Program May Be Right for You

Are you a legal assistant looking to expand your skills and knowledge? The SMU Paralegal Studies Certificate Program will give you that along with a solid foundation of the principles and practices inherent to the legal profession. The program is also an exceptional resource for those considering law school [...]

Will Your Employer Pay for Continued Education?

Has your plan to improve your career with continued education been derailed by cost? Or the fact that your employer doesn’t offer a tuition assistance program? Well, don’t throw in the towel just yet. Your employer may still be willing to cover the tuition fees. Here are some areas to [...]

How to Find Time for Professional Education

If you work full-time, it can be challenging to carve out the time to accomplish your professional goals, especially if you have a family. Depending on your responsibilities, it may seem all but impossible to squeeze anything else into your day, even if it’s something as important as improving [...]

SMU CAPE Introduces VA Certified Courses

SMU CAPE is proud to honor our veterans by offering 11 courses which are covered by Veteran Benefits.  We know that transitioning back into civilian life can be challenging for current and former service members and their families, and we want to help. We’ve worked with the VA to [...]

Why Certificate Programs are So Important

In today’s professional landscape, it helps to have an edge over the competition. Whether you’re seeking a promotion or are on the hunt for a new job, certificates can give you the boost you need to grow or start your career. Let’s take a look at some of the [...]

Take the First Step towards Earning Your CFP® Certificate

An increased life expectancy rate and projected population growth have created a greater demand for Certified Financial Planners. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for CFPs® is expected to increase by 15% through 2026, significantly outpacing the average for all other occupations. Other benefits of getting [...]

Why Taking a Management Course is Good for Your Career

As a manager, your role has a direct impact on your company’s success, stagnancy or failure. To excel, you need a wide-ranging skill set that includes interpersonal, organizational, planning, financial, and decision-making skills. A great way to attain or improve these skills is to take a management course or [...]

Why PMP Certifications are in High Demand

Project Management is an important cog in an organization’s overall strategy and can have a direct impact on their earnings. That alone has always spurred a need for quality Project Managers, but with projected growth in key industries, the demand is expected to increase over the next several years. Growth [...]

5 Ways to Get Ahead in Your Career

Is your career on auto-pilot or have you hit a ceiling with your current skills and experience? Well, if you’re looking to break out of your rut or get to the next level in your career, here are five ways that will help you make that happen. Pursue Higher [...]

3 Benefits of Test Prep Courses

College admissions and professional certification tests (e.g., SAT, GRE, PMP) aren’t just something to get out of the way and cross off your list. They will ultimately affect where you attend school, what job you choose, and your path in life. So, don’t take them lightly. Here are three [...]

Make them Stick: How to Keep Your
 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

As the new year approaches, it’s time to reflect upon the past year and to begin thinking about what’s in store for the next. It’s an opportunity to re-set, recharge and move forward. What do you want to accomplish in 2018? Here are some tips and ideas to get you on the right track.

The SMU CAPE Gift Guide

The holidays have arrived, and it’s crunch time to find the best gift ideas for everyone on your list. Are you tired of giving the same old scarves, gloves and gift cards? This year, try giving something different to the ones you love . . . the gift of [...]

The Pros and Cons of Online and In-Classroom Education

Online learning has steadily grown in popularity in recent years. That doesn’t mean it is the right choice for everyone. But is it the right choice for you? Let’s spend some time looking at the pros and cons of traditional and online classes. Traditional Classes The traditional choice of [...]

3 Key Benefits from a Project Management Program

Many large companies have multiple positions, perhaps entire departments dedicated to planning and implementing large projects. It doesn’t matter the industry, these management skills are specialized and highly sought after. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits you will get from completing our Project Managment Program. A [...]

The Paralegal Program is a Great Fit for Many

A career in the legal field can be intimidating and overwhelming for some. But for many who want to have a career in law, the paralegal route is ideal. Many of our paralegal students have been interested in going to law school but did not want to invest the [...]

3 Ways Employees in Technology Industries can Stay Ahead of their Competition

Whether you are fresh out of school or you have 20 years of experience in your profession, you’re always thinking about methods of sharpening your skills or what your next professional step will be. Perhaps you work in a technology industry. If so, you really can’t afford to stagnate. [...]

Set Yourself up for Success Before Your Class Even Starts

We have been offering courses to professional for years. What we have found is that the course curriculum is not the difficult part. Effective time management from the students is the challenge. Now that you have decided to invest in yourself, make sure that you get the most out [...]

Thank You Veterans

A Special Thank You from SMU CAPE On this day, SMU Continuing and Professional Education wants to extend our heartfelt appreciation for the service and sacrifice that our men and women in the military give to our nation. As we continue to navigate the current tragedies and ongoing political [...]

SMU CAPE expands reach

In 1915, Southern Methodist University opened its doors to the Dallas community. Today, more than a century later, it’s safe to say that the relationship between Dallas and SMU has created a great city and a great college. SMU is a nationally prominent university with [...]