Cox MBA Advantage

Why choose the SMU Cox School of Business? As you review and compare business schools for your MBA, consider the advantages that set the Cox School apart:

  • Strategic Location Location
  • Small School Environment
  • Strong Network
  • Innovative Spirit

Strategic location

SMU Cox is located in the heart of Dallas, a world center for commerce and culture. You'll have the opportunity to interact regularly with business leaders and practitioners through speaker series, internships and mentoring programs.

The Cox School is an integral part of DFW - the nation's leader in job growth. You'll reap the benefits of that partnership in countless ways.

Small, private-school environment

Like a handful of business schools around the world, the SMU Cox School of Business brings a world-class faculty together with talented, ambitious students in a small private-school setting. This intimate, collaborative environment allows for close interaction in the classroom and offers students ready access to professors outside the class.

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But at the Cox School, the classroom is only the beginning. Our enrichment programs add tremendous value to your MBA experience.

The quality and frequency of interaction among students and faculty is superior at Cox. Professors - not graduate assistants - teach all our BBA and MBA programs. The Princeton Review ranked Cox in the top 10 for best professors - based on their interest and accessibility.

Cox and SMU offer a variety of extracurricular activities to enhance your educational experience, including more than 100 student clubs and organizations, several speaker series and alumni events throughout the year. Our executive mentoring programs for undergraduate and graduate students connect business students with experienced leaders from the Dallas business community.

You'll be part of a vibrant university environment. Located in a beautiful residential neighborhood minutes from downtown Dallas, SMU offers an ideal atmosphere for studying alone or with classmates, socializing with friends or interacting with professors. SMU's arts and athletic programs - coupled with Dallas' cultural and entertainment options - provide opportunities to relax and recharge.

Strong, professional network

The world judges business schools by the accomplishments of their graduates. The Cox School is committed to equipping you with the skills, knowledge, experiences and contacts you need to take your career to the next level. And that commitment doesn't end at graduation. The Cox School's strong professional network will enhance your experience and success today - and for decades to come.

At the Cox School, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate and network with some of the best students in the nation. BusinessWeek, Financial Times and Forbes all recognize Cox as one of the nation's top business schools, with Forbes ranking Cox's Professional MBA program # 10 in the nation for return on investment.

In 2005, The Economist recognized the Cox School as the #1 in the U.S. and #7 in the world for "Potential for Network" based on the breadth, internationalism and effectiveness of our alumni network. The Cox School has more than 30,000 alumni around the world, with active chapters in 15 U.S. states and 20 foreign countries. Every business graduate becomes a lifelong member of the Cox Alumni Association—gaining access to invaluable resources and connections.

SMU and the Cox School bring the world's most prominent business executives and government leaders to Dallas through a variety of speaker series. Recent speakers have included former Vice President Dick Cheney; Herb Kelleher, chairman of Southwest Airlines; Chris Matthews, MSNBC television anchor; and Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve.



The Cox School is guided by one of the most impressive executive boards of any business school in the nation. Current board members include senior executives from Accenture, AMR, AT&T, Bank of Texas, The Container Store, EY, Goldman Sachs, Humana, J.C. Penney, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, 7-Eleven, Texas Industries, TXU and Wells Fargo.

Innovative Spirit

The Cox School has a strong history of developing innovative programs and resources that give students a leg up on their peers.

We pioneered executive mentoring programs and leadership development centers for undergraduate and graduate business students.

The new, streamlined Fast Track MBA program will offer a less costly MBA option for business-minded graduates who have gained some real-world experience, as well as mid-level managers who want an MBA to move their careers to the next level quickly.

Opened in September of 2011, the Kitt Investing and Trading Center was made possible through the generous donation of Barry and Beth Kitt and their family. The Kitt Center is a dynamic instructional and research facility designed to integrate financial data and technology into the finance curriculum, enhance innovative faculty research and teach students practical finance and investment applications.