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If you’ve arrived at the executive suite or have it in your sights, this outstanding program will enhance your ability to think globally, plan holistically and implement strategically. The SMU Cox Executive MBA program is consistently ranked as one of the best Executive MBA programs in the world.  The knowledge, connections and confidence you gain have the power to transform your career.  When you enroll in the Executive MBA program at the SMU Cox School of Business, you’re embarking on a life-changing experience that will challenge how you think, plan, communicate and act—in the world of work and beyond. Taught by some of the best business professors in America, the Executive MBA program is a broad-based, fast-paced, in-depth global leadership experience designed for seasoned executives.

The SMU Cox Executive MBA Program began in 1976 and was recently ranked #3 in the world by Bloomberg Businessweek. The format of alternating Fridays and Saturdays allows for weekday travel and most of the classes are recorded for downloading if students miss or want to review class material. The average experience level of the student is 15 years, with a range of 8-30, which allows for both breadth and depth of classroom discussion. The curriculum has a general management focus and all students take the same courses including a global studies trip.

On alternating weekends over 21 months, you’ll learn, grow and evolve together through classes, study groups, team-building exercises and networking activities. This dynamic, “cohort” approach challenges you with new insights and broader perspectives. And together, you’ll transform what you learn in the classroom into real-world solutions for today’s business environment.

Format: 21 months with classes on Fridays and Saturdays on alternating weekends. Most Fridays will be half days; students attend the morning or afternoon session.
Designed for: Experienced business leaders making the transition to the next level
Requirements: •  Eight years of work experience
•  No GMAT required
•  Résumé
•  2 essays and 1 action plan
•  Two letters of recommendation
•  Personal interview

Average class profile:

Class size: 80 - 90
Age: 37
Experience: 15 years (range 8-30 years)