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  • August 2020 Commencement Update

    July 10, 2020

    On Saturday morning, August 15, 2020, the All-University Commencement Convocation will assemble graduates and candidates from all of SMU’s schools and professional programs for an outdoor ceremony at Ford Stadium. Commencement speakers will offer their congratulations to our newest class of graduates, an Honorary Degree will be bestowed on Mr. Max Glauben, and President Turner will re-confer your degrees. Graduates and candidates will cross the stage and have their names announced. SMU Cox will not host a separate ceremony. Face coverings are required while inside Ford Stadium and social distancing guidelines must be maintained. For guests who are unable to attend, the ceremony will be streamed live at Please see the SMU FAQ page for answers to commonly asked August Convocation questions, including how SMU will follow health and safety guidelines.

  • Brierley Institute for Customer Engagement: COVID-19 Research

    July 9, 2020

    The Brierley Institute for Customer Engagement has launched a national research initiative in partnership with Dynata. The research seeks to understand evolving consumer sentiment about business’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and how customer engagement makes a difference. Click here to sign up for research reports.

  • Webinar: Adapting & Prospering in a New Virtual World

    April 21, 2020

    Multi-part webinar series addressing how to individually manage, effectively lead, and look ahead to thrive in the midst of a crisis, hosted by Cox professors David Jacobson, Maribeth Kuenzi, Karin Quiñones and Arjan Singh. Click below to view.

    Part 1: Adapting & Prospering in a New Virtual World - Stabilizing Yourself
    Part 2: Adapting & Prospering in a New Virtual World - Stabilizing Your Team
    Part 3: Adapting & Prospering in a New Virtual World - Looking Forward

  • Webinar: SBA Loans - The Money’s Gone, Now What?

    April 20, 2020

    SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship Executive Director Simon Mak, together with Adjunct Professor and Consultant John Terry discuss the application process and resources available through the CARES Act and SBA Paycheck Protection Program. Click here to view

  • MSBA Update for International Applicants

    April 13, 2020

    Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures. As the continuation of health and travel restrictions related to COVID-19 remains uncertain for the coming months, we, at SMU Cox, anticipated this and decided to prepare. For International students who are unable to join us when the program starts in August 2020, due to visa or travel issues, we will be providing classes through our virtual classrooms for the first quarter (Fall Mod A), and possibly the first semester (Fall Mod A and Fall Mod B) based on visa backlogs. We will also be extending the program for these students through summer 2021 to enable them to be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Although we will conduct some of these classes virtually, we will make certain, as a leader in cutting-edge online curriculum, to deliver your program with equal educational rigor, impactful engagement and with the same highly regarded faculty. In these virtual classes, approximately 15-18 students will be assigned to a “section” with asynchronous and synchronous (live session) delivery. SMU has been delivering online content in our Online MBA program degree, and we will provide the same exceptional and intimate experience for our MSBA students that cannot be here in person. Additional details will be provided in the future. If you have any questions, please contact the program Director, Hettie Tabor

  • SMU Cox Announces GMAT/GRE Waivers and Extended Application Deadline

    April 2nd, 2020

    SMU Cox Graduate Admissions waives GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, & Executive Assessment requirements until September 2020. Graduate Admissions will also consider applicants for Fall 2020 until August 2, 2020. Click here for the full press release.

  • SMU Update

    March 25th, 2020

    President R. Gerald Turner issued a COVID-19 update. Click here to stay informed.

  • Graduate Admissions

    March 16th, 2020

    Effective immediately, all SMU Cox Graduate Admissions events will be held virtually. For details, please see specific event registration pages. Our admissions teams are working virtually and are ready to answer questions or talk via email, phone or Zoom. Please click here for complete contact details. For more information on SMU’s latest news related to COVID-19, please click here.

  • Executive Education Programs

    March 16th, 2020

    Effective March 16, 2020 all SMU Cox Executive Education Programs for Individuals will move to online course delivery, until further notice.

    Please contact Luigi Pecoraro Ed. D., Managing Director at 214.768.3549 or email Luigi Pecoraro for information on upcoming Programs for Individuals.

  • Business Library Update

    March 13th, 2020

    Effective at 5 PM today (March 13th), the Business Library will transition to virtual reference, instruction, and research support for students, faculty, and staff until in-person classes resume on April 6th. Though the library as a physical space will be closed, business librarians will be available during normal business hours to assist you via remote access.

    • You are able to access a wealth of library resources remotely via the Business Library website.
    • Get help from a business librarian via phone (214-768-4496), email or chat using this link.
    • We also offer online appointments using Zoom for meeting with a librarian.

  • Cox Career Management Center Update

    March 13th, 2020

    In alignment with SMU’s updated guidelines related to limiting the spread of illness, all Cox CMC appointments will be virtual until in-person classes resume (currently set for Monday, April 6). Our team will be available to meet during normal business hours, even during student breaks, and can set up appointments outside business hours if needed. If you wish to schedule an appointment with your coach, please just use the normal appointment-booking process in Handshake or email your coach.

    We are working with employers to reschedule all on-campus recruiting events or shift to virtual recruiting, so you will not be expected to come to campus for recruiting-related events until in-person classes resume. Each company has implemented its own procedures for travel, events, and interviewing, and those processes / timelines may be different from those of SMU. If you receive a communication from a company regarding a recruiting event, interview, or offer and are uncertain how to handle it, please do not hesitate to contact your coach.

    The Cox CMC is committed to supporting you through this challenging period and want to do all we can to maintain normal operations while safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our stakeholders. We are closely monitoring the policies of the University as well as those of our recruiting partners, and we appreciate your patience as we navigate this ever-changing situation.

  • Graduate Classes moved Online

    March 13th, 2020

    Due to rapidly changing issues related to the spread of coronavirus, graduate classes will move from classrooms to online instruction beginning Monday, March 16 through Saturday, April 4. As of this moment, we expect normal operations to resume on Monday, April 6. SMU directs the overall campus response to the changing dynamics of the coronavirus. As always, the Cox School honors that response, and we do not supersede carefully-developed University plans. Thank you for your patience during this disruption of your classes, activities, and SMU-related travel plans. For those of you recently returning from travel, we appreciate your dedication to staying informed.

    Here are a few important points moving forward:

  • Cox Graduate FAQs

    March 13th, 2020

    We have been receiving additional questions about procedures over the next few weeks while all Cox classes are online. We thought it would be beneficial to compile a brief FAQ for you. Please see below and let us know if there is anything else we can clarify.

    1. How will faculty be managing online classes?
      • Faculty are working hard to determine the best method for online engagement. Delivery methods could be one of more of the following: videos, readings, lecture recordings, or live-stream via Zoom. Faculty will communicate which methods they are using as they work to transition the course.

    2. Can I virtually attend a class section different from the one I am enrolled in?
      • No, you must participate in the section you are enrolled in. Faculty may still be utilizing group work and facilitating group engagement for specific sections.

    3. If we have group work in a course, can we meet in person?
      • We encourage you to minimize contact and meet in groups via Zoom. However, if group work necessitates meeting in person, per current SMU policy, you are free to meet on or off campus. Please refer to the SMU blog to review current updates on the matter.

    4. Can I still hold my planned event?
      • All SMU-sanctioned events, on or off campus, scheduled between 3/13/2020 - 4/30/2020 will be postponed. This means all club and SLG/SAB events, including social events, happy hours, club meetings, Pony Expresso, and end of year events. If you have questions regarding cancelling or postponing events, please reach out to your Associate Director of Students Services (contact information below).
      • While it not likely exceptions will be made, per university policy we will review individual events as requested. If you have an event scheduled between 4/6/2020 - 4/30/2020 and would like to petition for it to stay active, please complete this form and Graduate Student Services will review within 48 business hours.

    5. How do I manage interviews or internship questions?
      • Please reach out to your assigned career coach in Cox Career Management Center.
      • Main CMC contact number is 214-768-6227

    We appreciate your patience as we work through this and please know we are here to help. Let us know what else we can do to best support you.