In just 10 months, you’ll learn business fundamentals like budgeting, management, marketing, finance and strategic planning, adding muscle to your resume.

The future is yours to create.

Cox gives you the tools to do it, starting with a fast-paced curriculum led by the same nationally renowned faculty that teaches MBA students. The Cox MSM program takes 32 credit hours to complete with students completing 18 credit hours during the fall semester and 14 credit hours during the spring semester. In 10 months, you’ll learn business fundamentals like budgeting, management, marketing, finance and strategic planning, adding muscle to your resume. And if you want to push farther, after earning your MSM at Cox you may be able to apply some credits toward a Cox Professional or One-Year MBA.*

*Please note that you must have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience before pursuing your MBA. Applicants without the required two years of work experience will not meet the minimum qualifications for admission.

Master's of Science in Management Curriculum: The Foundation for your Success in Business

The curriculum of the Master's of Science in Management is designed for recent non-business graduates who are looking to gain exposure in the fundamentals of business and for business graduates who are seeking to gain a more strategic comprehension of the core building blocks of business.

The curriculum focuses on Finance, Statistics, Marketing, Accounting, Operations, and Strategic Management and allows for students to gain real world experience through the Management in Action Project.

Curriculum (As of Fall 2023 Entry)
Total Credit Hours: 32
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Term 1 - Fall Credit Hours: 18

Fall Module A Courses
Financial Accounting I
Business Communications and Presentations
Data Analytics
Organizational Behavior: Managing & Leading People
Managing Your Career
Fall Module B Courses
Managerial Finance
Management Decision Analysis
Data Analytics (continued)
Managerial Economics
Complex Problem Solving

Term 2 - Spring Credit Hours: 14

Spring Module A Courses
Financial Accounting II or Managerial Accounting
Marketing Management
Operations Management
Management in Action Project
Spring Module B Courses

Leading Teams and Organizations
Management in Action Project (continued)
Strategic Management
One Elective

Credit Hours in Full-Time MS in Management Program Summary

  • 30 credit hours of required courses
  • 2 credit hours of elective courses

Beyond The Classroom

The best way to gain leadership experience and confidence is by connecting with people in leadership positions and immersing yourself in real world business environments. At SMU Cox, we bring opportunities for hands-on experience to life outside the typical classroom setting, tapping our strong ties with business leaders in Dallas and beyond. Among your experiential learning opportunities at SMU Cox:

  • Thanks to our global connections, the Business Leadership Center is able to schedule a robust seminar series led by Fortune 500 executives and forward-thinking entrepreneurs.
  • MSM students can take advantage of the Management in Action Project, which brings top companies with students to develop your experiential learning skills while priming you for your next career move.
  • Applied leadership opportunities include the Nonprofit Consulting Program, which gives you the option to join a team of peers in addressing the challenges of a local not-for-profit organization.

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