Professional 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.

  • Global Immersion


    To thrive and lead in today’s rapidly globalizing world, you need a nuanced understanding of international business and culture. 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, high-intensity live simulations, executive speaker engagements, and immersive short-term global travel. Grow your global perspective through courses like International Entrepreneurship or Global M&A. Experience interactive, live simulations with war-gaming. Experience one of the hallmarks of the SMU Cox MBA — our optional global immersion program. Multi-day international non-credit trips are also available to see how business is conducted in some of the world’s vital economic territories through company visits, meetings with business leaders, lectures and cultural excursions.

    2019 Shanghai, China

    In 2019, Cox MBA students traveled to Shanghai to work with corporate partner Li & Fung, a $2 billion dollar company with over 1,100 employees around the world. Cox MBAs gained exposure to global business practices, applied methodologies to solving real supply chain business problems, and delivered actionable recommendations for retailers such as: Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco, Home Depot, Ross, Kroger, Action, Officeworks, Dunelm, John Lewis, Michaels, and Jo-Ann Stores. Students developed their ability to solve complex problems, hone communication and presentation skills, and gain insight and leadership perspective on global business.

  • 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.

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