Full-Time Two-Year MBA

  • Experiential Learning at Cox


    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. 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


    Through international experiences like our Global Leadership Program, you’ll learn a methodology for attacking complex business problems. Whether traveling abroad or immersing virtually with global organizations, students employ that methodology to consult for organizations around the world.

  • Portfolio Practicum


    Each year, approximately 20 Full-Time and Professional MBA students are selected for the MBA Practicum in Portfolio Management course to manage the Nancy Chambers Underwood Graduate Fund. Established in 1972, the $6 million Fund is one of the oldest student-managed portfolios in the country. The Fund’s investment style is equity long-only and the Practicum provides students the opportunity to apply the concepts of equity research, valuation and portfolio management to a real world investment fund.

  • 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

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