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Cox Full-Time (Two-Year) MBA Scholarships

A two-year graduate business education at a top, private business school can be expensive. At SMU Cox, we want to make that experience accessible and affordable. Through generous support of our corporate and private donations and endowments, we are able to offer competitive scholarship packages to approximately 65 percent of our student body each year. In 2016, the average scholarship award was $46,000.

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded each year based on individual merit and achievement. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic achievement, performance on the GMAT, professional experience, and leadership potential. All candidates are automatically considered for merit scholarships.

Most students awarded merit scholarships meet or exceed the class averages for work experience, GMAT, and academic performance. To view our current class profile, click Admissions and scroll to the "student profile" at the bottom of the page.

Scholarships are awarded for the entire two-year period, subject to satisfactory academic performance. Candidates are evaluated and awarded during the admission process. To be eligible, candidates must submit their application, including all pieces (transcripts, GMAT, TOEFL, essays, etc.), by the deadline.

Cox Distinguished MBA Scholars

The Cox Distinguished MBA Scholars Program awards up to eight (8) full-tuition scholarships per year to the most outstanding students admitted to the Cox Full-Time MBA program. Please note all applications submitted by January 8, 2018 will be considered for the program.

The program is designed to enhance your business school experience through unique travel opportunities. Joined by your fellow scholars, you will participate in week-long career enhancing forums in New York City and Washington D.C. For more information, visit the Cox Distinguished Scholars.

Forte Fellowship

The Cox School of Business is proud to partner with Forte Foundation to continue to increase the number of women pursuing graduate business education. We offer a variety of merit-based scholarship awards to admitted female students which qualify them to be named as Forte Fellows and become part of an exclusive group of top future female business leaders. All female candidates are automatically considered for Forte Fellows. Read more about our Women at Cox!

Diversity Scholars

The Cox School of Business is committed to growing the number of diverse candidates in business schools and leadership positions across the country. For that reason, we offer scholarships to diverse candidates (with high preference to Native Americans, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans, who are underrepresented in management positions) to increase the number of minorities in the business landscape. All diverse candidates are automatically considered for the Diversity Scholars program.

Military Scholarships

The Cox School of Business firmly believes that the leadership and teamwork values taught to members of the military are valuable assets that veterans bring to their classmates. For that reason, we work closely with our veteran candidates to determine what types of scholarships are available. For those with Yellow Ribbon eligibility, we are often able to offer scholarships that cover the gap between Yellow Ribbon and the total cost of tuition. For those who are not 100% G.I. Bill eligible, we have generous endowments available for veteran candidates. We will work individually with each veteran candidate to determine their scholarship needs and eligibility. 

Brierley Institute for Customer Engagement

In September of 2016, the nation's first academic institute dedicated to the study of customer engagement was announced as a partnership between the SMU Cox School of Business and Hal Brierley. Mr. Brierley is known as the lone consultant who helped launch American Airlines' AAdvantage Program. The Brierley Institute will focus on how to improve customer engagement across different consumer brands. Students who work with the center will have an opportunity to learn how to effectively build customer relationships while leveraging digital and traditional media, as well as measuring financial impact of the programs to determine how to best create customer loyalty. Candidates with a strong interest in marketing will be considered for scholarship.

ITOM Scholars

Students with professional experience in operations, information technology, or business analytics who plan to pursue a concentration in one of these areas in the Cox MBA program may apply for the ITOM (Information Technology and Operations Management) Scholars program. Selected scholars will receive a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per semester) during their MBA studies. Visit the ITOM Scholars for more information.

Marketing Scholars

Students with professional experience in marketing or advertising who plan to pursue a concentration in Marketing in the Cox MBA program may apply for the Marketing Scholars program. Selected scholars will receive a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per semester) during their MBA studies. Visit the Marketing Scholars for more information.

Indian Scholars

The Cox School of Business values a global perspective in our classrooms. We offer a variety of merit-based scholarship awards to support our admitted students which qualify them to be named as Indian Scholars and become part of an exclusive group of top future business leaders. All candidates from India are automatically considered for the Indian Scholars program.

Latin American Scholars

The Cox School of Business values a global perspective in our classrooms. We offer a variety of merit-based scholarship awards to support our admitted students which qualify them to be named as Latin American Scholars and become part of an exclusive group of top future business leaders. All candidates from Latin America are automatically considered for the Latin American Scholars program.