Professional MBA Curriculum

SMU Cox is one of the few business schools that offers concentrations in its PMBA program, giving students the ability to specialize in a particular area. Students may concentrate in one of 11 areas of specialization, as well as pursue less time-intensive minors, for a truly customized academic experience. With 11 elective courses built in to the curriculum, you can build a unique academic experience that will get you exactly where you want to go.

Spring Entry Curriculum 

Two years - 50 credit hours (Outline is for reference only!)  
Term One Term Two
Module A Courses (4 hours)
  • Financial Accounting I
  • Data Analytics
Module A courses (5 hours)
  • Management Decision Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting I or Financial Accounting II
  • Business Presentation Techniques*
Module B courses (4 hours)
  • Managerial Finance
  • Data Analytics (continued)
Module B courses (4 hours)
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behavior
Term Three Term Four
Module A courses (4 hours)
  • Operations Management
  • Leading Teams and Organizations
Module A courses (5 hours)
  • Macroeconomics or Financial Markets & Monetary Policy
  • Managing Your Career*
  • Elective
Module B courses (4 hours)
  • Managerial Economics
  • Strategic Management
 Module  B courses (4 hours)
  • 2 Electives (2 hours each course
Term Five Term Six
Modules A & B Courses
  • 4 Electives (2 hours each course)
Modules A & B Courses
  • 4 Electives (2 hours each course)

*1 credit hour courses are offered Monday, Wednesday or possibly Saturday afternoons. SMU Cox recommends taking in Term 2 and 4, but these courses can be taken at different times.

Fall Entry Curriculum

Two years - 50 credit hours (Outline is for reference only!)
Term One Term Two
Module A Courses (4 hours)
  • Financial Accounting I
  • Data Analytics
Module A courses (4 hours)
  • Management Decision Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting I or Financial Accounting II
Module B courses (4 hours)
  • Managerial Finance
  • Data Analytics (continued)
Module B courses (6 hours)
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Business Presentation Techniques*
  • Managing Your Career*
Term Three Term Four
Module A courses (4 hours)
  • Operations Management
  • Leading Teams and Organizations
Module A courses (4 hours)
  • Macroeconomics or Financial Markets & Monetary Policy
  • Elective
Module B courses (4 hours)
  • Managerial Economics
  • Strategic Management
 Module  B courses (4 hours)
  • 2 Electives (2 hours each course
Term Five Term Six
Modules A & B Courses
  • 4 Electives (2 hours each course)
Modules A & B Courses
  • 4 Electives (2 hours each course)

*1 credit hour courses are offered Monday, Wednesday or possibly Saturday afternoons. SMU Cox recommends taking in Term 2, but these courses can be taken at different times.

NOTE: One elective course with an international business focus is required.

Elective Courses

Electives are scheduled Monday through Thursday evenings.   Please note that the sequence outlined above may change depending upon the availability of faculty.