MBA Direct

A Direct Start to a Future of Opportunity

SMU Cox is continuing its test-optional admissions policy for Spring 2021 applicants for all Cox Graduate Programs. Students applying to Spring 2021 entry terms may choose whether to submit a GMAT, GRE, Executive Assessment or TOEFL/IELTS score as a part of their application. 

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The Cox MBA Direct enables graduating college seniors and early career professionals to accelerate their professional goals of achieving an MBA degree while working full-time. Designed specifically with you in mind, this part-time MBA program begins with online course delivery. Through a combination of highly engaged and interactive synchronized sessions and rigorous asynchronous coursework, Cox MBA Direct students experience the same academic strength and community connection as all Cox MBA students. The eight-term program design enables Cox MBA Direct students to earn their MBA while gaining three years of valuable work experience. The program concludes in May, aligning with traditional career recruiting activities and events to help best prepare graduates to accelerate their career, or pivot into more experienced post-graduate level positions that command an MBA salary.

SMU Cox Announces New MBA Direct Program

The Cox School of Business announced today the MBA Direct, a new path toward earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) for recent college graduates with less than two years of post-degree work experience, including Class of 2020 graduates completing their undergraduate degrees this month.