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Cox School of Business – SMU

The Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business is located on SMU’s campus in Dallas, close to the downtown area. The Cox School offers Full-time, Fast Track, Professional, and Executive MBA options. The Fast Track MBA is designed for professionals who want to complete their degree in one year, while the Full-time MBA is for young professionals looking to further their careers. The Professional MBA is suited to mid-level workers who want to obtain a degree without pausing their career, whereas the Executive MBA is for experienced business leaders.

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The Cox School has a faculty of 165 professors, adjunct professors, and lecturers who specialize in topics such as marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship. The school’s academic departments are: Accounting; Finance; Information Technology and Operations Management; Marketing; Management and Organizations; Real Estate, Risk Management, and Business Law; and Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

The Cox School’s Full-time MBA program can be completed in 22 months and requires 65 credit hours to graduate. Each course can be completed in eight weeks so students can easily customize their learning experience. In the first year, students take foundation courses in subjects such as accounting, finance, and marketing. The summer term is used for an internship, and the second year of coursework is when students may focus more on their academic concentrations. To this end, students may choose to specialize in up to two concentrations in accounting, finance, general business, information technology & operations management, management & organizations, marketing, real estate, or strategy & entrepreneurship. In addition, students may apply for the international exchange program to live and study at one of the school’s 19 partner universities in Asia/Pacific Rim, Europe, or Latin America.

Other MBA Degree Options
The Cox School also offers a Fast Track one-year MBA, a Professional MBA, and an Executive MBA. The Fast Track MBA is designed to be completed in 12 months (and requires only 44 hours), and students take six to eight credits of coursework for each module. Despite the accelerated pace, students can still opt for a concentration in a specific area of study. Next, the Professional MBA requires 48 credit hours to graduate and can be completed in 24 months. The curriculum consists of eight-week courses that take place on evenings and weekends. Professional MBA students may also pursue a specialized area of study.

Lastly, the Executive MBA can be completed in 21 months, and classes take place on Fridays and Saturdays of alternating weekends. The first year consists of courses in subjects such as decision modeling and macroeconomics, while the second year delves deeper into negotiations and strategic management.

Concentrations at the Cox School

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Information Technology & Operations Management
  • Management & Operations
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Strategy & Entrepreneurship

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Clubs, Conferences, & Competitions
MBA students at the Cox School can take part in over 20 clubs for networking and leadership development. Some clubs focus on professional development, such as the Entrepreneurship Club or the International Business Club. More social organizations, such as the Cox Wine Club or the Golf Club, allow students to have fun and network in a relaxed setting.

The Cox School also hosts conferences such as the O’Neil Center’s Annual Conference. Past topics have included Entrepreneurship for Education and Economic Freedom.

Competitions are also offered for Cox School students. The Information Technology & Operations Management Case Competition allows students to demonstrate their business skills to their peers and executives.

Campus Spaces
The business school is housed in four buildings: the Collins Executive Education Center, as well as the Maguire, Fincher, and Crow Buildings. The Collins Center, home to the Executive MBA program, has myriad classrooms, conference rooms, and boardrooms, as well as seminar rooms tailored for teamwork. The other three buildings in the Cox School of Business Complex also house the Kitt Investing and Trading Center, which features an LED stock ticker, work stations, and 10 Bloomberg Professional terminals. The Business Complex also includes the Business Information Center, which is a library with state-of-the-art information technology to support business education.

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Career Services
The Cox Career Management Center (CMC) helps MBA candidates and alumni assess their skill sets and work to meet their career goals. Students can work with career coaches to prepare for interviews, internships, and full-time jobs. The CMC also hosts events that encourage students to network with organizations that are actively seeking to hire new interns and full-time employees.

Students interested in consulting careers may join the Cox Consulting Academy (CCA), which is a year-long program that helps students develop consulting skills via case studies, workshops, and networking events. The CCA has partnered with companies such as PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, American Airlines, and Microsoft. In addition, students have received offers from firms such as Deloitte Consulting, Bain & Company, and Ernst & Young.

Career Statistics
For the class of 2015, 87% of Full-time MBA students received a job offer within 90 days of graduation. The average base salary for these positions was $100,304, with an average signing bonus of $19,946, and over half of these students received a bonus. For Full-time MBA students who graduated from 2013-15, the most common industry of employment was financial services (22%), followed by consulting (15%), technology (14%), consumer products (13%), and petroleum/energy (6%). Finance was the most popular function of these classes, with 49% of graduates choosing related positions. Sixteen percent pursued roles in marketing while 15% chose consulting functions.

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The Class Profile
Cox School’s Full-time MBA students have diverse backgrounds in education, work experience, and career goals. Class size averages around 125 students. For the Class of 2017, the average GMAT score was 656, while the average GRE score was 315. Students’ average GPA was 3.3, with an average of 4.4 years of work experience. In addition, students have an average age of 27. Lastly, the class is comprised of 27% international students, 35% women, and 7% minorities.

Application Procedures
Four application rounds are offered to Cox School Full-time MBA applicants. The first round is in October and offers priority consideration for students who wish to receive merit scholarships. The second round occurs in early December, and these students are also considered for available merit scholarships. The March deadline is the final one for international applicants, and the May deadline is the final one for all domestic applicants.

The application requirements include an online application, résumé, two essays, GMAT or GRE scores, undergraduate transcripts, two professional references, and (if applicable) TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English scores. Interviews are conducted by invitation only.

Application Checklist

  • Online Application Form
  • Résumé
  • Two Essays
  • GMAT or GRE Scores
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Two Professional References
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English Score (if applicable)
  • Personal Interview (invitation only)

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For the Full-time MBA, tuition is $45,976. The estimated total, including university fees and living expenses, is $76,421. Approximately 65% of MBA students receive scholarships, which range from 10 to 100% of tuition costs.

Financial Aid
All applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships, which are typically awarded to candidates who exceed the class’s average work experience, GMAT, or academic credentials. Furthermore, the Cox Distinguished MBA Scholars awards, which cover full tuition, also allow students to participate in career forums in New York City and Washington, D.C. The Information Technology and Operations Management Scholars program offers a $10,000 scholarship for students who plan to pursue careers in operations, business analytics, or information technology. In addition, students with marketing experience, or those who plan to obtain a concentration in marketing, may receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Marketing Scholars program.

Additional scholarships are also available. The Indian Scholars program offers merit scholarships to candidates from India, and the Latin America Scholars program offers similar support to candidates from Latin America. Lastly, the Forté Foundation provides the Forté Fellows program, and all female candidates are automatically considered.

Additional funding sources are also available for students at the Cox School. After filling out the FAFSA form, students may receive up to $20,500 in federal loans. Federal Graduate PLUS Loans are also available for students who need additional funding, and it may provide up to the total cost of education (excluding all other aid, such as scholarship or Stafford loans).

Lastly, the Cox School participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Veterans who want to pursue an MBA from the Cox School may receive $7,500 per academic year. In general, veteran students who are in good academic standing may qualify for these benefits.

Estimated Cost of Attendance Full-Time MBA (per academic year)

  • Tuition: $45,976
  • University and Program Fees: $6,420
  • Living Expenses: $16,000
  • Books & Supplies: $2,500
  • Health Insurance: $2,525
  • Misc. Expenses: $1,500
  • Total: $76,421

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