Executive MBA

"Starting the SMU Cox Executive MBA has been one of the best decisions I’ve made."

Javi Virk
Executive MBA
Class of 2021
  • Applying For The Executive MBA

    A strength of the Executive MBA program at SMU Cox is its students. Each class is made up of a select group of motivated high-achievers who've grown personally and professionally, who share strong interpersonal and communication skills and can sustain a rigorous academic program. Ready to get started? Contact us or meet with us at an upcoming admissions event.


    The best way to determine if an MBA in the Cox Executive Program is right for you at this point in your career is to email mbainfo@smu.edu. We will schedule a short phone call to talk about your background and goals, answer your questions and help you determine your next steps.

    Click here for EMBA Application Process and Criteria Information

  • Rolling Admissions

    We review applications throughout the year in the order that they are submitted. Rolling admission means the committee will provide you with a decision in about two weeks from the time your online application is submitted. Students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as they are ready to be in the best position for both admission and scholarships.


    Key Dates & Deadlines

     Application Deadlines for 2024 Enrollment
     Deadline Spring Entry Fall Entry
    Early Review
    December 8, 2023
    Round 1 September 11, 2023 February 12, 2024
    Round 2 October 20, 2023  April 19, 2024
    Final November 20, 2023 June 10, 2024
     Orientation January 4-6, 2024  –
    Classes Begin  January 12-13, 2024  –
    *Applicants who submit their application by the Early Review deadline will automatically receive a $5,000 scholarship if admitted plus be considered for a merit-based scholarship. If you have questions, please contact MBAinfo@smu.edu

    All applicants will be evaluated for merit-based scholarships.

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  • Commuter Residency

    If you live outside the DFW area, and plan to pursue your Executive MBA at the Cox School, you may qualify for a commuter residency. The Commuter Residency would include local hotel accommodations on class weekends. It's our way of making a world-class MBA experience more accessible to busy professionals who are driving or flying into Dallas to complete their studies. Interested in learning more? Email mbainfo@smu.edu or click on the link below to view SMU Cox Executive MBA Commuter Residency details. 

    Executive MBA Commuter Residency

  • Tuition and Scholarships

    A graduate management education is one of the most important investments you'll ever make, and it may produce one of your biggest ROIs — not just a boost to your career and earning potential, but personal gains, too. We have a dedicated financial aid counselor to provide you with advice and help you navigate your options one on one.

    To offset the costs, you may be eligible for a Cox Executive MBA scholarship. The Executive MBA Program awards scholarships on a rolling, funds-available basis. Candidates should complete the scholarship essay in the online application to demonstrate their interest in this opportunity.

    Click here for Financial Aid and Tuition Information for Fall 2023-2024

    Military Benefits
    SMU proudly honors the service and sacrifice of our Military. Named among the top MBA Schools for Veterans, SMU Cox offers tuition benefits available exclusively to Military members and their families:

    The Yellow Ribbon Program

    Executive MBA applicants who are 100% Post-9/11 GI Bill eligible automatically qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program. At SMU Cox, this means that over 80% of tuition costs as a Professional MBA Student are covered. 

    Niemi Center Fellowship Program

    Under the auspices of the Niemi Center, paid fellowships offer select members of the military the opportunity to participate in impactful and world-changing research. Fellowships typically begin following the completion of the first semester of study. The Niemi Center collaborates with the George W. Bush Presidential Center for fellowship opportunities, some of which are with the Bush Institute Military Service Initiative.

    Additional Resources for Military Candidates can be found here.

Next Steps

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