Cox Distinguished MBA Scholars

The Cox Distinguished MBA Scholars Program is the most prestigious and competitive scholarship program at SMU Cox. This highly selective program awards 5 full-tuition scholarships each year to the best and brightest Cox MBA candidates.

Students selected as Cox Distinguished MBA Scholars have the opportunity to enhance their business school experience through unique travel opportunities. Scholars participate in career enhancing forums in New York City and Washington D.C. during Spring Break of each of their two years in the Full-Time MBA Program. In New York City, students will visit the New York Stock Exchange and some of the world's leading financial institutions. They also travel to Washington, D.C. to broaden their awareness of the connections between business and government.


Strong candidates for the Cox Distinguished MBA Scholars Program will have the following attributes:

  • Outstanding academic aptitude
    •     Rigorous undergraduate curriculum (3.6+ GPA preferred)
    •     Performance on the GMAT (700+ GMAT preferred)
  • Strong leadership skills, demonstrated in professional, academic, and/or community settings
  • Significant work experience (minimum 3 years) and solid progression of professional achievement
  • Clearly defined career goals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong sense of social responsibility and business ethics

Eligibility Information:

All applications submitted by January 8, 2018 will be considered for the program. Finalists will need to prepare responses to essays that will be discussed during your on-campus interview with faculty and current Cox Distinguished MBA Scholars for the Cox Scholars Weekend February 23-24, 2018. If you are selected as a Cox Distinguished MBA Scholar, this award would replace any other scholarship award you may have already received from the Cox School of Business.