Full-Time One-Year MBA

Fast-paced ROI

You're headed for success in your current career — and you want to get there faster. A full-time, 12-month program, the One-Year MBA at SMU Cox is tailored for early-career professionals who are looking for a rigorous, personalized experience in an intimate small-school setting. Learn in small classes from an award-winning faculty with open doors, connect with MBA students from around the world and dynamic business leaders from Dallas's Fortune 500 companies, and gain the skills, confidence and global alumni connections you need to take your career to the next level.

The SMU Cox MBA program proved valuable for many reasons, as it was well rounded, offered quality courses that taught transferrable tools I could use immediately in my post‐graduate career field, real world knowledge and exposure to the way business is conducted on a global scale.

Elizabeth Weix, One-Year MBA 2017

Goldman Sachs - Associate

Pony Up!

We’re proud to share that Cox has achieved its highest U.S. News & World Report ranking ever. SMU Cox is the #2 Full-Time MBA program at a private university in Texas, and #33 in the U.S.

By the Numbers: The Cox One Year MBA Class of 2023

  • Total Class Size

  • Average age

  • Average work experience

    5.4 years

  • Women

  • Underrepresented minorities

  • International students

  • Average GPA

  • Average GMAT

  • Average GRE


After Cox: Success Stories

  • Bilal Sayyed, One Year MBA 2018

    ExxonMobil – Senior Business Analyst

    My overall experience at SMU was fantastic! What made my experience most memorable were the relationships that I was able to forge with my cohort and faculty members, from whom I was able to share and gain knowledge, experiences and apply those learnings in my academic work, as well as my role today with ExxonMobil. What made it most valuable for me was having the opportunity to participate in group work and case studies, allowing us to bring our unique experiences and perspectives at a high-level into one singular deliverable. The diverse background of the faculty lends itself to knowledge share that expands beyond just a textbook, incorporating real-world business examples which proved to be invaluable allowing me to understand the practical application in the workplace. What I am most proud of is that through this program, I was able to attain the very job with the company that I had targeted and wrote of in my acceptance letter. I look forward to paying that back to the school as an SMU alum.

  • Inobat Igamberdieva, One Year MBA 2016

    Principal, Interlock Partners

    As Inobat reflects on her time at Cox she says “Networking opportunities are everywhere because Cox takes special care to surround you with classmates from diverse backgrounds and experiences and expose you to top notch professors whose knowledge will benefit you for years to come. The unique Practicum classes where you can get hands-on learning experience in real time, and the opportunity to connect with Alumni and business leaders to expand your network further were invaluable.” Inobat used her international finance background to land a principal role at an early stage venture capital firm, Interlock Partners.

  • Danielle Arnold, One Year MBA 2018

    American Airlines – Financial Analyst

    The One Year MBA program was the perfect fit for me. I was able to fully focus on my personal and professional development without taking too much time out of the workforce. Cox’s smaller class size and student-to-faculty ratio allowed me to form strong relationships with my peers and professors. Being able to work with and learn from my classmates with diverse backgrounds will be crucial for my long-term success. One of the most valuable parts of the program for me was SMU’s connections with employers which helped me solidify my role at American Airlines.