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

Applicants
551
Acceptance Rate
Average Undergrad GPA
3.28
Years Work Experience
4.6
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT
615 - 690
GPA
2.9 - 3.7

Deadlines


Rolling Admission Deadline
June 1

Round 1
November 5

Round 2
January 5

Round 3
March 5

Round 4
May 5

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Work Experience

Overall

From the School

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.

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.”


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
37:1
Total Faculty
104

62
Full-time
38
Part-time
18.2
Female
5
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
$91,830

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

54%
Finance/Accounting
17%
Consulting
13%
Marketing
7%
Other
1%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

88%
Southwest
4%
South
3%
Midwest
3%
Northeast

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 54% $87,640 $87,938 $50,000 $200,000
Consulting 17% $115,000 $105,625 $65,000 $135,000
Marketing / Sales 13% $96,000 $92,962 $84,000 $100,000
Other 7% $90,000 $85,500 $70,000 $100,000
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 25% $92,500 $92,518 $50,000 $200,000
Consulting 17% $115,000 $105,625 $65,000 $135,000
Technology 13% $90,000 $89,056 $70,000 $110,000
Consumer Products 9% $100,000 $94,943 $75,000 $110,000
Manufacturing 7% $84,500 $83,800 $80,000 $90,000
Petroleum / Energy 6% $86,250 $81,875 $50,000 $105,000
Real Estate 4% $75,000 $80,000 $65,000 $100,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 3%

Prominent Alumni

Beth E. Mooney
Chair and CEO - KeyCorp

Thomas Horton
Chairman - American Airlines Group, Inc.

Martin L. Flanagan
President and CEO - Invesco

Hugh Jones
President - Sabre Airline Solutions

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
$44,943

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$25,757

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
79%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
66%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
73%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
56%

New Students Receiving Loans
41%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$43,636
Tuition (Out-State)
$43,636
Fees (In-State)
$4,930
Fees (Out-State)
$4,930

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,736
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,736
Fees (In-State)
$217
Fees (Out-State)
$217

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$16,400
Academic Expenses
$2,800

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
544

Foreign Countries Represented
99

Demographics

30.00%
Minorities
25.00%
International

29% female
71% 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.
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.

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

Contact
Dustin Cornwell
Director, MBA Admissions

Address
P.O. Box 750333
Dallas, TX 75275

Phone
214-768-1214

Email
mbainfo@mail.cox.smu.edu
Southern Methodist University - Cox School of Business campus - Image 0
Southern Methodist University - Cox School of Business campus - Image 1
Southern Methodist University - Cox School of Business campus - Image 2
Southern Methodist University - Cox School of Business campus - Image 3
javascript

Key Stats

551
Applicants
544
Size
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists