Executive MBA

  • What is Experiential Learning

    Whether it is a simulation, a consultative experience, or a real-life business case, in experiential learning scenarios, you will be thrust into an environment where the challenges facing the business are ambiguous and unstructured, and the outcomes are based upon real circumstances.

    You will work across disciplines and tools to understand the nature of the challenge, and how to respond to either protect the company, exploit the opportunity, enhance the strategy, learn from a mistake and iterate, or recover from failure.

    Most scenarios will be approached in teams, which will help you gain additional insight and enhanced soft skills that will be critical to your personal future success.

  • How We Integrate Experiential Learning


    Each course is designed to integrate experiential learning into the curriculum. Hands on opportunities build leadership and teamwork skills, and put analytic knowledge to practice. Students gain hands on experience through case-based coursework, consultative projects with corporate partners, high-intensity virtual simulations, and global immersion trips.

    2020 War Games Elective

    SMU Cox launched War Games, a high-intensity immersive course that simulates the moves and counter moves of key companies and influencers in the marketplace to anticipate what they are likely to do when there are changes in market dynamics. Students participate in an immersive competition and gain experience building and deploying a competitive intelligence framework, scenario planning, and timely decision making skills with a focus on industries undergoing rapid and disruptive change.

  • Global Business Environments

    One of the hallmarks of the SMU Cox Executive MBA Program is our global consulting experience which is completed in the second year. The Cox School's relationships with corporate leaders around the world run deep — as a result you'll gain experience in the global marketplace through classroom study, consulting mentors and an immersive 9 to 10 day global trip. This global experience is part of a 3 credit course completed over several months, where students in small teams will consult for global clients. The Executive MBA cohort is exposed to new business practices and challenges. On each trip we also complete a service project in a local community, sharing our mustang spirit with our host country.

    2019 Brazil

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    In 2019, Executive MBA students traveled to Sao Paolo, Brazil to leverage their studies and consultative skills with local-area businesses. Students worked in teams to identify opportunities or tackle challenges for organizations across non-profit, social impact, environmental and entertainment sectors. Students gained additional experience meeting with executives, on-site in corporate offices representing multi-national companies. Capped off with the opportunity to immerse culturally and take in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Brazil, students enjoyed a fully immersive, and in their own words “life-changing” experience.

  • Centers and Institutes

    SMU Cox is home to numerous Centers and Institutes, serving as resources to the University, the community and the world. Many also offer opportunities for scholarly research and writing, conferences, periodic lectures and symposia.The expansive range of focus includes entrepreneurship, leadership, energy, real estate, customer engagement, financial studies, economic freedom, and more.

    You'll spend plenty of time with the Business Leadership Center getting specialized training in leadership and communication — critical skills valued by corporate recruiters. Off-campus learning programs give you a chance to study with experts and apply your newly acquired skills. Favorite among Cox students is the Disney Institute, a five-day program that takes you backstage and into Disney's corporate offices to study the Disney Approach to customer service and leadership. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the company that exemplifies best-in-class management training worldwide. Students also have the opportunity to give back to the community while working on real-life challenges faced by several local nonprofits through the Nonprofit Consulting Program.

    Learn about the Business Leadership Center

  • Graduate Student Clubs

    The Cox Graduate Programs offer a number of clubs and organizations through which you can refine your leadership skills and build camaraderie. With over twenty clubs and leadership opportunities, students can expand their network and knowledge across industries like the Consulting & Corporate Strategy or Finance clubs, affinity groups like our Veterans in Business or Black Graduate Business clubs, or even social organizations like the Foodie or Rugby clubs. Learn more about the ways you can get involved and get connected with fellow Cox graduate students with shared interests or experiences.

    Click here to see Student Clubs

Next Steps

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