BBA: Bachelor of Business Administration

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Frequently Asked Questions

BBA:  Bachelor of Business Administration

Q1. Can I enter the business school as a freshman?

Q2. What are the admission requirements for business?

Q3. What majors do you offer?

Q4. What if I don’t know what I want to major in?

Q5. Are students able to intern? What about finding a job after graduation?

Q6. Do you accept AP or IB credit?

Q7. What are your rankings?

Q8. Are the degree programs flexible?

Q9. What types of academic and support services are available?

Q10. What is the faculty like?

Q11. What are the class sizes?

Q12. Are scholarships available?

Q13. When should I study abroad?



Q1. Can I enter the business school as a freshman?

A1. While most students enter the business school during their sophomore year, a limited number of students are invited to enter Cox as freshmen through the BBA Scholars Program.

Q2. What are the admission requirements for business?

A2. There are three ways to be admitted - as a BBA Scholar or Business Direct, prior to your entrance to SMU and based on your high school curriculum, grades and test scores; or through our regular admission process as an SMU student or transfer student.

The regular admission requirements for students entering SMU in Fall 2016 and after is the completion of the seven course business subset  and a cumulative all-college GPA of 3.500 in the semester the subset is completed.  While admission requirements may change from year to year, your admission requirements will be based on your year of entry – so we won’t move the target once you’re here. This process means that you’re not competing with other students for admission to Cox, and that you always know exactly what you need to be admitted!

Q3. What majors do you offer?

A3. We offer majors in accounting, finance, financial consulting, general business, management, marketing, and real estate finance. Within our finance major, we also have a specialization in alternative asset management. Most students take the introductory courses in the business core to gain exposure to accounting, finance, marketing, and management before selecting a specific major in business. We also offer two minors for non-business majors.

Q4. What if I don’t know what I want to major in?

A4. Don’t panic! Many students are not sure of their major when they go to college. It helps if you can narrow your major interests down to a few general fields (“sciences”, for example, or “business”). You will have plenty of opportunities to explore majors through the University Curriculum and pre-requisite courses when you come to SMU. If you are completely unsure of your major, you should focus your college search on universities that offer many different strong majors so you will have many different options. If you should decide to major in business, you do not need to decide your specific business major (accounting, finance, etc.) until your junior year.

Q5. Are students able to intern? What about finding a job after graduation?

A5. We strongly encourage our students to pursue internships, and some of our majors require internships. Our location in the heart of Dallas makes internships during the academic year a viable option for any BBA student... in fact, we often have more internships posted than we can fill! In addition to the part time internships available during the year in the Dallas area, full time internships are available nationally and even internationally during the summer. Ninety percent of our internships are paid. Our students also do very well with their full-time job searches. Over 90% of our 2015 graduates were off the job market within 90 days of graduation! Cox BBAs consistently outpace the national averages for full-time employment and average salary in every business major field.

Q6. Do you accept AP credit?

A6. AP, IB, and concurrent credit are welcome at SMU! For AP credit, students need scores of 4 or 5 on their AP exam. AP credit is offered in most areas, see a complete listing here: https://www.smu.edu/EnrollmentServices/Registrar/AdvancedPlacement/2017-2018. Six to eight credits will be awarded for scores of 5, 6 or 7 on International Baccalaureate higher-level exams, with a maximum award of 32 credits. Transfer credit is awarded for college courses taken during high school provided the course is documented on a college transcript, completed with a grade of C- or higher, and equivalent to a course offered at SMU. The only business courses that can be accepted in transfer from community colleges or schools not accredited by the AACSB are the first two accounting courses (ACCT 2301 and ACCT 2302), but these must be completed prior to entering SMU to transfer.

Q7. What are your rankings?

A7. There are a number of different business school rankings out there and they all measure different things. The undergraduate business program was  ranked #21 overall in the nation by Bloomberg BusinessWeek  and #11 in terms of student satisfaction. We are also consistently ranked in the top 40 undergraduate programs by U.S. News and World Report. While rankings never paint a complete picture of a school, they are an indicator of the school’s reputation - and the Cox reputation is very strong!

Q8. Are the degree programs flexible?

A8. Our degree programs are very flexible. We encourage students to diversify their education by pursuing multiple majors and minors in diverse academic areas.

Q9. What types of academic support services are available?

A9. You won't be alone at SMU! Advisors, career counselors, faculty, and staff all work with you to help you make the most of your SMU experience. SMU Cox has a professional academic advising staff to help you navigate the curriculum and work with you to develop a program that best fits you and your personal and professional goals. SMU is also home of the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center, which offers free tutoring, skills assessments, and individual counseling on study skills and learning styles. The Cox BBA career coaches will help you work through the internship and full-time job search. The faculty and staff are ready to partner with you on your journey through college to professional success.

Q10. What is the faculty like?

A10. The Cox faculty is made up of accessible, interactive teachers who are also nationally known experts in their fields. They excel at research, but are committed to teaching. You will find that our faculty are very involved in the student experience at SMU, so don't be surprised if you find a member of the Cox faculty sitting next to you at an SMU

Q11. What are the class sizes?

A11. The average class size in the business school is between 35-40. Many classes include team projects, and we have found that this class size works well for team projects while still enabling faculty to connect individually with students.

Q12. Are scholarships available?

A12. Students are automatically reviewed for most SMU merit-based scholarships when they apply. SMU offers extensive need based financial aid programs in addition to merit-based scholarships. To be considered for financial aid, students should complete the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) and CSS-Profile. Cox has a limited number of merit-based scholarships for entering and continuing students.

Q13. When should I study abroad?

A13. The best time to study abroad varies for each student. While many students study abroad around the junior year, you need to be aware of the impact study abroad timing may have on pre-requisite courses, major requirements, and internship and job searches. Luckily, you have plenty of time to work with an academic advisor and career coach before you have to make the decision on when to study abroad!