Southern Methodist University


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Located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, is Southern Methodist University, accredited by the SACSCOC. “Boldly shaping tomorrow” while driving innovation is what this nationally-ranked, private university strives to accomplish. There are eight schools and colleges offering degrees that range from law and business, including an online MBA, to theology and humanities, that deliver over 12,000 students a liberal arts education where they learn to unleash their potential. Students experience small classes, innovative programs, leadership development, community service and research, experiential learning, and internships.

Business School

According to Forbes, students of the AACSB-accredited Cox School of Business have direct access to Dallas, which is the #1 metro area for jobs. Dynamic professors highly connected in the business world teach bachelor’s and master’s degrees, business minors, joint graduate degrees, and graduate certificate programs throughout seven academic departments. Business students benefit from interdisciplinary collaboration and building a lifelong, global professional network.


The Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree offers majors in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, General Business, Real Estate, Management, and Business Analytics & Supply Chain Management. Specializations include Real Estate, Entrepreneurship, Risk Management & Insurance, and Energy Management.

Cox Graduate students have a plethora of degree options. There are full-time and part-time MBA options that include the Two-year MBA, One-year MBA, MBA Direct, Professional MBA, Executive MBA, and Online MBA. Also, there are several specialized master’s degrees in Business Analytics, Management, Accounting, and Finance, and joint degrees in MA/MBA, JD/MBA, and Master’s in Engineering/MBA.


SMU’s Cox School of Business has been ranked #31 in the U.S. by Bloomberg Businessweek, #41 in Best Business Schools and #43 in Part-time MBA by U.S. News & World Report, and #45 by Forbes.

Online MBA Requirements

Cox’s Online MBA is a part-time, 52-credit-hour program with 90-minute live virtual class sessions once a week. It takes about 27 months to complete and requires two four-day global and domestic immersion experiences. The interactive, engaging, and rigorous coursework is built upon the foundational pillars of analytics, leadership, and experiential learning. It offers world-class faculty, an exceptional reputation, on-campus access, and a career coach and requires some work experience, a minimum of three to five years.


The required courses in the first four terms include Data Analysis I, Managing & Leading People, Financial Accounting, Micro/Macro Economics, Legal Environment of Business, Fundamentals of Finance, Fundamentals of Marketing, Strategic Management, Digital Marketing, and Strategic Cost Analysis. The last three terms include courses in Data Analytics II, Applied Corporate Finance, Global Supply Chain, Executive Leadership, Master Negotiation, Global Business Strategy, Merger & Acquisitions, and Complex Problem Solving.

Application Requirements

Before you apply, you are encouraged to review the curriculum, attend a webinar, and meet with an Enrollment Advisor. Also, it is advised for you to see if your employer offers tuition assistance. When you are ready to apply, submit unofficial transcripts, required and optional essays, two professional references, a resume, optional standardized test scores, and an online application.


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