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Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business Part Time MBA

SMU Cox School of Business brings together a world-class faculty with talented, ambitious students in a small, private-school setting. Three key elements enrich our collaborative classroom experience: our strategic location in one of the world's best cities for business, our strong professional network and the unmatched global immersion experience we provide. Dallas-Fort Worth is home to 20 Fortune 500 companies and to hundreds of private and public companies with revenue over $100 million, giving Cox students access to numerous internship opportunities, mentoring programs and real-world experiences in global organizations.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time
Total Program Enrollment 50

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Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business Says

SMU Cox School of Business brings together a world-class faculty with talented, ambitious students in a small, private-school setting. Three key elements enrich our collaborative classroom experience: our strategic location in one of the world's best cities for business, our strong professional network and the unmatched global immersion experience we provide. Dallas-Fort Worth is home to 20 Fortune 500 companies and to hundreds of private and public companies with revenue over $100 million, giving Cox students access to numerous internship opportunities, mentoring programs and real-world experiences in global organizations.

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Business Analytics, Consulting, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Information Systems / Information Technology, International Business, Investment Banking, Investment Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Portfolio Management, Product Management, Project Management, Real Estate, Statistics and Operations Research, Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Technology
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Professional.

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Bloomberg

#3 Businessweek Part Time MBA Programs

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LinkedIn

#20 Best Graduate Universities for Marketers

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.4
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 613
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Information

Successful applicants to SMU have leadership experience, a strong academic record, and competitive scores on the GMAT. Last year, the average GMAT score for accepted applicants was 643, and the average undergraduate GPA was 3.22. Personal qualities are also heavily weighed, and Cox admits students with a history of professional and personal growth,...Successful applicants to SMU have leadership experience, a strong academic record, and competitive scores on the GMAT. Last year, the average GMAT score for accepted applicants was 643, and the average undergraduate GPA was 3.22. Personal qualities are also heavily weighed, and Cox admits students with a history of professional and personal growth, demonstrated achievements, proven academic abilities, and leadership potential. Although an academic background in business is not a requirement for admission, SMU recommends students enter the program with a working knowledge of calculus, accounting, statistics, and microeconomics.

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Important Dates

Round 1
July

19

Deadline
August

25

Start
Round 2
November

15

Deadline
January

6

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 560
Percent International Students 19%
Total Full-Time Faculty 104
Full-Time Faculty 85%

Student Life

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 peo¬ple, 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.”

Student Testimonial

“One year of preparation, 26,000 miles traveled, three cities, two countries, 11 amazing companies, 32 closer friends, a lifetime of memories. I don’t know why a trip like this is not a standard for all business programs.” American Airlines Global Leadership Program

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Career

SMU has a “strong connection to the Dallas business community” and “a stand-out capa­bility to prepare its students for the working world.” SMU provides many services to help students find a career. For example, “the Business Leadership Center hosts optional late night workshops with high-profile local executives to teach soft skills like negotiation, sales, etc.” However, the career center “is currently reorganizing” and re-staffing. “While undergoing significant improvement is the only component of the Cox School keeping it from assuring itself a seat at the table of elite business schools.”About 67 percent of graduates find employment within three months of graduation, and more than 87 percent of those who do find it in the growing Southwest economy. The mean base salary of recent graduates is around $80,000. Some companies that have recent­ly recruited out of SMU include Deloitte, Eatzi’s, Hilton Hotels, Turnberry Advisers, and Wells Fargo.

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About

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.

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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.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Alternative Asset Management Center; Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship; Business Leadership Center; Maguire Energy Institute; Business Information Center; Don Jackson Center for Financial Studies; Center for Research in Real Estate; O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom; JC Penney Center for Retail Excellence.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    We have an International Club, which celebrates the diversity of our student population, as well as the diversity of the countries our students visit in the Global Leadership Program (GLP).

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    We have an Out in Business club that provides support and networking opportunities to the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) students, alumni and their supporters. Through this forum, Out in Business seeks to increase the understanding and promote positive visibility for the GLBT community at Cox and the Dallas area.

  • Minority Support Groups:

    The SMU Cox Diversity Club works to expediate the awareness of the Cox community regarding topics and concerns of importance to its minority students.

  • Research Facilities:

    Alternative Asset Management Center; Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship; Business Leadership Center; Maguire Energy Institute; Business Information Center; Don Jackson Center for Financial Studies; Center for Research in Real Estate; O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom; JC Penney Center for Retail Excellence.

  • Study Abroad:

    Through the American Airlines Global Leadership Program (GLP), a required part of the curriculum for full-time students, our students visit Asia (China and Japan); Europe (Germany and Slovakia); and Latin America (Argentina and Brazil).

    We also have exchange programs with the following schools:

    ASIA

    China, Shanghai (English) – China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) (Fall Only)

    China, Shanghai (English) – Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)

    China, Taiwan- National Taiwan University

    Hong Kong (English) – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

    Japan, Nigata (English)- International University of Japan (IUJ)

    Singapore (English) – Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

    India, Calcutta (English)- Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC)

    Australia, Melbourne (English) – Melbourne Business School

    Melbourne Business Graduate School of Management (GSM) at the University of Melbourn

    EUROPE

    England, Manchester (English) – Manchester Business School, University of Manchester (MBS)

    Belgium, Antwerp (English) – Center for Business Administration, Univ. of Antwerp (UFSIA)

    Denmark, Copenhagen (English) – Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

    France, Rouen (English) – ESC Rouen School of Management

    Germany, Koblenz (German, English) – WHU/Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management

    Italy, Milan (English)- SDA Bocconi University

    LATIN AMERICA

    Argentina, Buenos Aires – Escuela de Dirección y Negocios de la Universidad Austral (IAE) (exchange program currently inactive)

    Mexico, Mexico City – Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa (IPADE)

    Mexico, Monterrey (Spanish) - Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) (exchange program currently inactive)

  • Women Support Groups:

    We have a Women in Business Club, which is part of the National Association of Women MBAs. The group works to provide graduate students access to a network of professional business leaders who will serve as positive role models and will cultivate leadership development and support. We are also a Forte Foundation partner school.

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business include:

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

Hugh Jones - CEO - Travelocity

Martin L. Flanagan - President and CEO - Invesco

Thomas Horton - Chair and CEO - American Airlines

Beth E. Mooney - Chair and CEO - KeyCorp

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $75,179

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: American Airlines, PwC, Hunt Oil Company, ExxonMobil, Samsung Telecommunications

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Business 44% $86,563
Finance / Accounting 39% $83,342
Other 34% $85,687
Technical 21% $93,563
Financial Services 19% $84,868
Other 18% $84,722
Other 16% $90,844
Marketing / Sales 16% $85,250
Consulting 15% $100,083
Consulting 11% $102,250
Information Technology 5% $86,200
Operations / Logistics 5% $88,175

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 52%
Three Month Employment 76%
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