MBA Admissions

Students meeting in Fall

Full-Time MBA Admissions


Application Deadlines - Fall 2017 Entry

Round 1: October 17, 2016

Round 2: December 5, 2016

Round 3: January 9, 2017

Round 4: March 6, 2017 (all applicants) -- final deadline for international applicants

Round 5: May 1, 2017 (domestic applicants)

Application Process / Checklist

Your application, supporting documents, and personal interview are very important in the selection process. We hope that you will provide us with the most complete and honest picture of yourself. After candidate applications are completed, submitted, and reviewed by the Cox MBA Admissions Committee, evaluative interviews are conducted by invitation only.

Your complete application will contain the following components:

  • Application forms found in the online application
  • Professional résumé
  • Essays (Two specific topics are required; you may submit a third supplemental essay ONLY to address issues not covered in required essays)
  • GMAT or GRE score taken within the last five years
  • Degreed undergraduate transcripts
  • If applicable: TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English score taken within the last two years (see International Applicants section for more information)
  • Two professional references (names and contact information only, no letters) - people who can speak to your work-related skills and abilities

While we can accept unofficial copies of scores and transcripts, if offered admission to Cox, you are required to submit official GMAT/GRE scores, official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores (as applicable), and official transcripts within 30 days. The GMAT school code for Cox MBA is HWG-KN-06 and GRE school code is 6660. Cox reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission should any misrepresentation occur.

For additional admissions criteria and tips on completing the application process, please visit Admissions Criteria.

Re-Applicants

Candidates who wish to re-apply and have submitted an application within the past year should contact the admissions office at mbainfo@smu.edu before beginning the process. The admissions team will confirm possession of your previous application file and determine the submission requirements you will need.

Student Profile

SMU Cox is a diverse microcosm representative of the world’s best and brightest minds. We actively seek diverse individuals with differing perspectives who can contribute to broadening their peers’ exposure to varying insights. By design, we recruit students with diverse educational backgrounds, work experiences, and personal aspirations and who are all strongly committed to advancing their careers.

Class of 2018
Total Class Size
  115
Avg GMAT   662
GMAT Range (Middle 80%)  

590 - 730

Avg GRE   313
GRE Range (Middle 80%)   306-323
Avg GPA   3.31
GPA Range (Middle 80%)   2.9 - 3.7
Avg Yrs of Work Experience   4
Yrs of Work Experience Range (Middle 80%)   2 - 7
Avg Age   27
% International (Non-U.S. citizen)   12%
% Women   35%
% Minorities   20%

To All Applicants

The Cox MBA Admissions Committee strongly encourages you to use the Cox MBA Online Application. All of your information is kept strictly confidential and is protected by your own user ID and password. Once you have completed and submitted your application online, we will download the information for review. We wish you all the best during your application process!

Application essay topics for Fall 2017 admission:

1. What has led you to pursue a graduate business degree? Please identify your short and long-term career objectives, an explanation of your decision to pursue this degree at this point in your life and your specific interest in the Cox School of Business. (500 word limit).

2. Only Masters of Arts dual degree candidates (MA/MBA) need to answer question 2B. All other candidates must answer question 2A. Please ensure you submit the question which applies to your program of interest.

2a. (MBA and JD/MBA students only) The Cox School of Business seeks students who desire to become leaders with purpose - those who will positively influence the global business community, whether in a small way or on a large scale. Think of a leader that you admire and the qualities that make them a good leader. How do you try to emulate these traits in your own professional or personal life? Have you been successful in putting these leadership qualities into practice? (500 word limit)

2b. (Masters of Arts joint degree students only) How do you plan to make an impact on the arts/non-profit community and how specifically would your graduate education help you do so? (500 word limit)