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Admission to SMU Cox is highly selective. Just as you invest in your future by attending the school, we invest in ours by admitting top applicants to join the SMU Cox community.

Applying For The Cox MSM

Your application, supporting documents and personal interview are all very important to us, but most of all, we want to get to know you. Please reach out to us with your questions, try to visit us on campus so we can meet in person, and consider attending an admissions event or class. Studying at SMU Cox is an intimate experience and connections matter — starting now.

Requirements for Application

Admission to the Cox MSM program is highly selective. The Admissions Committee evaluates candidates based on the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution prior to enrollment
  • Sufficient personal commitment and motivation to succeed in graduate study
  • Leadership potential
  • Desire to speak the language of business and gain management skills

Successful applicants typically are in their senior year of college or are recent graduates, have a strong undergraduate academic record, and a desire to participate in an academically rigorous program.

Application Requirements for ALL Applicants

  • Submit online application
  • Resume and Essays – uploaded in the online application (questions are available after creating and logging in to your online application and selecting MS in Management as the program applying to)
  • GMAT or GRE score report (from exam taken within the last five years) - Application can be reviewed with unofficial score report uploaded online. Official score report should be submitted after a student is offered admission (SMU Cox GMAT school code: HWG-KN-59 and GRE school code: 6660). For 2023 entry terms, SMU Cox will continue a test-optional policy for all MBA and Specialized Masters programs. For the benefits of taking a test, click here to learn more.
  • Transcripts - Application can be reviewed with unofficial transcripts or degree progress reports showing cumulative GPA and grades for each course taken; Official transcripts are REQUIRED after a student is offered admission.
  • Transfer Transcripts - We require transcripts from any university/college at which the student earned 12 or more credit hours; Unofficial copies can be uploaded online; Official transfer transcripts are REQUIRED after a student is offered admission.
  • Two references (name & contact information only - recommendation letters NOT required)
  • You may submit the online application prior to completing the required exams, but your application will not be reviewed until all materials are received

Application Requirements for International Students

  • Students applying to the Fall 2023 entry term have the option as to whether to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score as part of their application. For applicants without a test score, we assess your application based on a holistic review process that considers all your application components.
  • All applicants whose native language is not English may submit either a TOEFL or IELTS Score Report. Test scores are valid for up to two years (from test date to date of application). SMU Cox TOEFL institution code: 6660. Again, for 2023 entry terms, SMU Cox will continue a test-optional policy for all MBA and Specialized Masters programs. For the benefits of taking a test, click here to learn more.

Application Deadlines

For any questions about Fall 2024 admission, please email to connect with a member of the admission team.

2024 - 2025 Deadlines
Round Application Due
(11:59pm CST day of deadline)
1* October 10, 2023
2* January 9, 2024
3* March 5, 2024
4 April 30, 2024
5 May 28, 2024
Rolling Admissions based on availability after May 28, 2024

*Priority deadline for scholarships and fellowships

Tuition & Financing

Financing Your MSM Degree

A graduate management education is one of the most important investments you'll ever make, and it's likely to produce one of your biggest ROIs — you won't just boost your career and earning potential, but you'll reap personal gains, too. If you need additional funding, you'll find that a variety of loan and private scholarship opportunities are available.

Estimated Annual Tuition & Fees:

University and Program Fees

Estimated Living Expenses*:

Book and Supplies
Misc. Expenses (Health Ins.)


*This estimated total is based on a 9-month school year for the 2023-24 academic year. The cost may be more or less depending on the student's lifestyle, whether the student lives on-campus or off-campus and whether any family members accompany the student.


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