Professional MBA

  • Program

    The Professional MBA at SMU Cox gives you the skills you need to lead in a changing corporate climate. Structured around seven-week courses, the modular curriculum lets you customize your learning to match your schedule and goals. You'll devote your first year to developing a strong foundation in fundamental business principles. During year two, you'll build on that foundation by targeting concentrations and electives that give you the expertise you need to succeed in your field. With more than half your courses devoted to your area of interest, you can build a unique academic experience that will get you exactly where you want to go.

  • Concentrations

    SMU Cox is one of only a few schools that give PMBA students the opportunity to declare concentrations. You can choose to follow a general business concentration for the greatest flexibility in course scheduling, or gain deeper expertise in a particular area by focusing your courses on one or two of 11 concentrations. If you specialize, you'll take six or more elective courses in your chosen concentration. You can also pursue minors. 

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  • Global Programs

    To thrive and lead in today’s rapidly globalizing world, you need a nuanced understanding of international business and culture. One of the hallmarks of the SMU Cox MBA is our optional global immersion program. 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, our speaker series and the immersive short-term global trip. For One-Year and Professional MBA students, 5- to 7-day intensive credit courses are offered six times throughout the school year to accommodate professional schedules. Four- to five-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.

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  • A Global Leadership Experience

    “My classmates and I traveled to Dubai and Abu Dhabi for our Global Trip. Our trip included visits to numerous companies including Emerson, Baker Botts, Pepsi Co, and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority where we gained an in-depth understanding of the organizations and learned about the current challenges facing each company. We also experienced the rich and unique cultural heritage of the United Arab Emirates with safari excursions, museum visits, and delicious meals.”

    Amber Minor, PMBA '18

  • Hands-On Learning

    Innovative experiences outside the classroom add another dimension to your academic learning. Among the hands-on opportunities you'll find at SMU Cox:

    • Hear from business leaders who are applying what you've learned in the real world.
    • Test your new skills and knowledge during applied leadership projects in Dallas and beyond.
    • Tour corporate HQ and meet with executives in their offices to discuss their challenges and solutions.
    • Work with the latest industry-specific technologies and software, including a simulated trading room complete with Bloomberg terminals.

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