From the School

The SMU Cox School of Business is committed to transforming the world of business one person at a time. Toward that end, we bring students, professors, and business practitioners together in an engaging, close-knit environment that promotes the free exchange of ideas, rigorous scholarship, and practical application. The result is a robust educational experience that enables you to achieve your professional goals.

Overview

From The School

Admission to the full-time MBA program is highly selective. The Admissions Committee seeks a diverse group of candidates demonstrating the following attributes:
- Significant professional and life experiences.
- Strong academic capabilities, leadership potential, and interpersonal and communication skills.
- Personal qualities such as maturity, integrity, self-confidence, and motivation.
- A strong commitment to learning and achievement.

To be considered for admission, you need to complete the online application (including submission of a professional resume and 3-4 essays and submit undergraduate transcripts, a GMAT score report and 2 professional references. As applicable, students who earned undergraduate degree outside of the US must also submit a TOEFL or PTE score report.
The full-time MBA program offers four application deadlines and encourages candidates to apply when they feel their package will best reflect their achievements and goals. Candidates who wish to be considered for scholarship consideration must complete their application packages by the Round 3 deadline. International candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by the Round 2 deadline.

For information on the admissions process for any of our other programs, please visit the program's website.

Applicants
494
Acceptance Rate
46%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.22
Years Work Experience
4.7
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
600 - 690
GPA
2.8 - 3.7

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
October 15

Regular Application Deadline
January 12

Rolling Admission Deadline
June 1

Round 1
October 15

Round 2
January 12

Round 3
March 8

Round 4
May 5

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Work Experience

SCHOOL TYPE AND ACCREDITATION

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Overall

From the School

Degrees Offered

The Cox School of Business offers a variety of top-ranked graduate programs to meet your educational needs:
- Full-time MBA (including two dual degrees: JD/MBA and MA in Arts Administration/MBA)
- Professional MBA
- Executive MBA
- MS in Accounting
- MS in Management
- MS in Entrepreneurship

Academic Programs

The full-time MBA program at the Cox School of Business provides students with the opportunity to specialize in up to two areas of concentration after completion of courses in business fundamentals. Concentration and specialization opportunities include: Accounting, Finance (with specializations in Alternative Assets, Corporate Finance, Energy Finance and Investments), Financial Consulting, Information Technology & Operations Management, Management, Marketing, Real Estate and Strategy & Entrepreneurship.

Special Academic Programs

Unique benefits and features of the Cox MBA program include:
- Access to accomplished business leaders and leadership training through the Business Leadership Center and the Associate Board Executive Mentor Program.
- Exposure to and immersion in foreign economies, businesses, and cultures through the American Airlines Global Leadership Program.
- Connections to many of Dallas' most prominent executives and successful companies along with convenient access to the city's many cultural and recreational opportunities.
- Close interaction with classmates, faculty, staff, business practitioners, and executive mentors afforded by the school's small size.
- Lifelong affiliation with an internationally recognized program and an alumni network comprising of over 26,000 people worldwide.

Faculty

SMU Cox has attracted a unique group of professors distinguished by their innovative research, passion for teaching, and corporate consulting experience. Cox professors do more than teach the latest business trends and topics. They influence the direction of business through cutting-edge research on such topics as the effects of terrorism on global capital markets, the collateral value of fine art, new compensation models for the health care industry, and the four-generation workplace.

Students Say

Southern Methodist University provides its students with an “exceptional academic business community that you can’t find anywhere outside of the coasts.” Located in Dallas, “a great business city,” the school has “a great reputation in the Southwest” and may just be “the premier school in the entire Southwest, not just the DFW area.” Dallas is a major draw for students as, in addition to being “a very attractive and livable city,” it is a “thriving and growing economic area” with “no state income tax” and “one of the strongest economies in the country.” SMU fosters “a competitive environment where fellow students challenge one another in the classroom, but also encourage each other to excel through leveraging one another’s work experience.” The campus is “beautiful” as are the “new graduate business school facilities, including the Collins Center.”

Although the administration “needs some work” and is “a little overwhelmed/understaffed,” it is “working hard to make SMU the best business school it can be.” “The administration is always ready and willing to help with anything,” one student says. “I think being such a small school makes this a little easier to accomplish than if we were a big school.” Another says, “I have not had any trouble whatsoever finding someone to talk to in resolving any problems I have had over the last two years.” The SMU program has several unique properties, such as sending “all full-time students on a two-week trip abroad in May.” “If you have a business undergrad degree,” the curriculum the first year may be redundant. “The first semester is a complete waste of time,” one student says. “With approximately 10 percent of full-time MBA students also working on an MA or a JD, the dual-degree programs are an important part of the academic life at SMU Cox,” a student says.

Professors at SMU “challenge students constantly” and “have real-world experience and provide valuable insight from their professional experiences.” These “excellent professors” are “extremely smart, well-regarded in their industries, and easily accessible.” “Professors are not afraid to bring new concepts into the school or adjust curriculum based on what the outside world needs in terms of trained graduating students.” “Because the school doesn’t have a Ph.D. program, you get faculty who actually want to teach,” one student says. “Most of the faculty works in their chosen fields, so you get a lot of real-world teaching, as opposed to theory.”


PROGRAM TYPES

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
37:1
Total Faculty
102

86
Full-time
14.6
Female
14
Part-time
3
Minority

Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
No

Sustainability course is

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

School's environmental commitment 1:
The Maguire Energy Institute encourages the study of policy, marketing and management issues related to all forms of energy, including oil, natural gas and renewable energy.

School's environmental commitment 2:
The Maguire Energy Institute conducts seminars and training programs focusing on the business, economic, and managerial aspects of the energy industry.

School's environmental commitment 3:
The Maguire Energy Institute also hosts conferences to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among educators, practitioners, media, and government officials; and provides material for students and teachers to foster a better understanding of the role of energy in the world economy. http://www.cox.smu.edu/corporate/centers

Career overview

From The School

The MBA Career Management Center (CMC) is committed to helping you obtain your ideal career position. CMC staff members work closely with you throughout your MBA program to help you create and implement an individualized career development plan. Students secure internships and jobs with top companies in the DFW metroplex and beyond based on their own objectives.

Career Rating
95
Average Starting Salary
$97,804

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

33%
Finance/Accounting
16%
Marketing
14%
Consulting
8%
General Management
8%
Other
4%
Operations/Logistics
1%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

74%
Southwest
10%
Northeast
10%
West
4%
Midwest
1%
International
1%
Mid-Atlantic

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Finance / Accounting 33% $95,000 $94,667 $65,000 $135,000
Marketing / Sales 16% $100,000 $92,964 $50,000 $115,000
Consulting 14% $130,000 $117,333 $82,000 $135,000
Other 8% $96,000 $92,643 $70,000 $122,500
General Management 8% $86,000 $91,417 $70,000 $126,500
Operations / Logistics 4% $103,000 $101,000 $85,000 $115,000
Information Technology 1%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Financial Services 20% $100,000 $99,412 $70,000 $135,000
Consulting 15% $125,000 $109,100 $50,000 $135,000
Consumer Products 15% $100,000 $102,042 $90,000 $126,500
Technology 12% $90,000 $93,100 $67,000 $122,500
Other 7% $93,000 $94,000 $80,000 $110,000
Petroleum / Energy 5% $85,000 $85,750 $65,000 $108,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 5% $79,000 $82,750 $70,000 $103,000
Real Estate 4% $80,000 $80,000 $75,000 $85,000
Media / Entertainment 2%

Prominent Alumni

Beth E. Mooney
Chair and CEO - KeyCorp

Thomas Horton
Chairman - American Airlines Group, Inc.

Martin L. Flanagan
President and CEO - Invesco

Robert Dudley
Group Chief Executive Officer - BP

William J. O'Neil
Founder, Chairman and CEO - Investor's Business Daily

Overview

From The School

The full-time MBA program provides merit-based scholarship award opportunities to up to half of its students each year, with awards ranging from 10-100% of tuition and fees. Students can also seek private scholarship opportunities. US Citizens and Permanent Residents can apply for Federal and consumer-based loan opportunities.

Tuition and fees are paid at the start of each semester. As a private university, the rate of tuition/fees is the same for all students regardless of residency/nationality.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jun 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$43,907

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$25,716

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
77%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
63%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
86%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
76%

New Students Receiving Loans
29%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$44,200
Tuition (Out-State)
$44,200
Fees (In-State)
$5,170
Fees (Out-State)
$5,170

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,704
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,704
Fees (In-State)
$228
Fees (Out-State)
$228

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$17,800
Academic Expenses
$3,000

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
473
Part Time
56%

Foreign Countries Represented
73

Demographics

7.00%
Minorities
27.00%
International

31% female
69% male

Campus Life

From The School

At SMU Cox, you will find a small, private school environment that’s team-oriented with open communication across faculty, staff, and students. The quality of your peers is equally matched with those of other top MBA programs in the United States. We welcome candidates from a broad cross section of educational, professional, personal and geographic backgrounds to ensure the classroom and extracurricular experiences enhance the program framework through dialogue and collaboration.

Students Say

The student body at SMU is “ethnically and age diverse” as well as “diverse culturally and geographically.” “Most students come from financial backgrounds, but all industries are represented here as well.” This “diverse work background” creates a place where everyone “is very willing to contribute their experiences with the group.” “Cox is mainly a conservative school, but the students here have diverse thought,” so liberal students will feel welcome as well. “There is a little bit of an alpha-male culture in the case of some people, but that’s business school in general,” one student says. “These students know how and when to study but are not bookworms” and have fun doing non-academic activities, such as “intramural sports.” “Life revolves around studies and networking,” and some students say the school can develop cliques. “There is an active social life, but a select ‘elite’ group of students seems to have formed,” one student says. “There are frequent happy hours where students get together with spouses and have a great time,” and “SMU offers numerous opportunities to be involved in school through clubs, case studies, and networking activities.” “Students are competitive, but in a healthy way,” meaning that “no one is above helping out fellow classmates at any point.” Students enjoy the city life of Dallas, and “the surrounding area has tons of housing that is relatively affordable.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

From The School


Campus and Location

One of the Cox School's distinct advantages is our location in the heart of Dallas - a metropolitan city with a thriving and diverse economy; thousands of corporate headquarters; a warm-weather climate; and a high-quality, low-cost of living. Many of our enrichment programs and activities are designed to allow you to connect with the city's leading companies and learn valuable lessons from experienced business leaders.

Facilities

At Cox, you have ample opportunity to enhance what you learn in the classroom through pioneering programs, innovative enrichment activities, and specialized institutes and centers of expertise all supported by state-of-the-art resources and facilities.

Contact
J.R. McGrath
Director, Full-Time MBA Admissions

Address
P.O. Box 750333
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

Phone
214-768-1214

Fax
214-768-3956

Email
mbainfo@mail.cox.smu.edu
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Key Stats

494
Applicants
473
Size
46%
Acceptance Rate

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