Overview

Applicants
580
Acceptance Rate
36%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.36
Years Work Experience
4.4
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
590 - 710
GPA
2.8 - 3.8

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
October 15

Regular Application Deadline
January 11

Rolling Admission Deadline
May 2

Round 1
October 15

Round 2
January 11

Round 3
March 1

Round 4
May 2

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

Selectivity Rating

PROGRAM TYPES

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
37:1
Total Faculty
96

85.4
Full-time
19.8
Female
14.6
Part-time
3
Minority


Students Say

Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business has one of the country's premier business programs, offering challenging academics, small classes, and excellent networking and travel opportunities for all. The professors and the administration are "fantastic in providing support in a timely fashion, answering questions over email, and being available to meet when students need them." Modernity and applicability are valued here; classes often deal with real-life situations, so students "can tease out how we could translate [them] to our own industries," and many members of the adjunct faculty are currently executives in industry today. The school looks to enhance learning via new technologies, such as collaboration tools and distance learning, and the optional Business Leadership Center workshops and networking opportunities outside of the classroom complement the curriculum. The introduction of new classes as a result of the changing economic environment has been a major advantage of the program; for example, "an accounting-based valuation class was offered and conducted by a professional leader who is changing the way in which people think about valuation." In addition, professors are "very involved with keeping their course content up to date."

The school's dual degree options and flexibility were big draws for current students (courses are the same in the evening and daytime), who say the administration at SMU "works hard to balance the needs of Part-Time, Full-Time and Executive MBAs and overall does a fantastic job." Students love the freedom to choose electives and concentrations over a fixed-course plan, and all students spend two weeks abroad for a global business course. "The business climate in Dallas, Texas is bustling as companies continue to relocate their headquarters to the area," and the school has a unique mentoring program (The Associate Board) through which "students have the opportunity to select a Dallas professional as a mentor." Most of the administrators "know each full-time MBA student personally."


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

Average Starting Salary
$100,304
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
82%

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

54%
Finance/Accounting
18%
Other
15%
Marketing
10%
Consulting
2%
Operations/Logistics
1%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

75%
Southwest
11%
West
7%
South
2%
Midwest
2%
Northeast
1%
International
1%
Mid-Atlantic

Students Say

The "local network is very powerful," and connections to the Dallas business community yield plenty of internships and job opportunities, though a few students wish that the school would "expand recruitment process to be more national." Plenty of well-posi- tioned alumni are more than eager to "open doors for graduates." The administration is "very willing to help each and every student regardless of class standing" and the student-led advisory board "does a great job of providing plenty of networking oppor- tunities." SMU has a unique tailgate called The Boulevard, which "has companies come to campus in an atmosphere where networking is a breeze." The Cox Career Center has recently reorganized and re-staffed and "has done a tremendous job at providing access to high-income careers that aren't posted on any other job board." The school's partnership with The Disney Institute is a particular favorite, where Cox students are given the chance "to learn about how the Disney Company creates and maintains culture within their large organization." "The opportunity to meet with high level executives is unparalleled," says a student. Some companies that have recently recruited out of SMU include Deloitte, 7-Eleven, Hilton Worldwide, Vanguard, and General Mills.

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% $97,000 $101,291 $58,000 $162,000
Other 18% $99,000 $99,250 $70,000 $120,000
Marketing / Sales 15% $100,000 $97,182 $84,000 $105,000
Consulting 10% $105,000 $104,333 $76,000 $135,000
Operations / Logistics 2%
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
Other 22% $96,000 $99,750 $70,000 $162,000
Financial Services 18% $100,000 $103,600 $58,000 $125,000
Technology 16% $99,000 $101,083 $90,000 $120,000
Consumer Products 11% $104,000 $100,250 $84,000 $105,000
Consulting 10% $110,000 $108,833 $76,000 $135,000
Petroleum / Energy 7% $90,250 $94,250 $80,000 $115,000
Manufacturing 6% $85,000 $81,667 $75,000 $85,000
Real Estate 6% $100,000 $105,600 $95,000 $133,000
Government 2%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 2%
Non-profit 1% $0 $0 $0 $0

Prominent Alumni

Beth E. Mooney
Chair and CEO - KeyCorp

Thomas Horton
Former Chairman - American Airlines Group, Inc. and American Airlines

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

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jun 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$43,876

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$27,360

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
80%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
70%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
76%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
68%

New Students Receiving Loans
34%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$45,975
Tuition (Out-State)
$45,975
Fees (In-State)
$5,420
Fees (Out-State)
$5,420

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
$18,300
Academic Expenses
$3,200

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
438
Part Time
53%

Foreign Countries Represented
23

Demographics

6.00%
Minorities
27.00%
International

33% female
67% male

Campus Life

Students Say

The size of the student body guarantees intimacy (most students live close to one another on this "beautiful campus"), and students "have weekly happy hours and constant club meetings" to help bolster community. "We all want each other to succeed. There's very much a feeling of 'rising tide lifts all boats' here," says a student. "I feel like I've gained a hundred new friends," says another. Classmates "definitely feel like colleagues, not competition." Plenty of social activities are available to students, including traditions such as the Cox Cup where first years compete with second years in events like flag football, tennis, basketball, trivia night, and a canned food drive. "There is no shortage of fun stuff to do. The real challenge is finding ways to do everything you want to do and still get your work done," says a student. This group is "mostly single, but certainly a few married people [are] in the program"; all are "fun, smart, and often quite accomplished" and come from all walks of life, so "you can't help but get interesting perspectives all the time." While the school is historically conservative, "there is a good sized population of liberal-minded students."

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

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