Executive MBA at SMU Cox

The Cox Executive MBA program is structured to build on your management experience by capitalizing on the power of collaboration that comes from a diverse business network.

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Top minds from a range of industries and disciplines. 

Join a group of business leaders like yourself — top minds from a range of industries and disciplines — and hone your management expertise in our modern academic environment.

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The Executive MBA program at SMU Cox benefits are varied and tailored to the executive's needs while completing their MBA journey.

  • Designed for seasoned professionals
  • Cohort-style learning with a select group of like-minded peers
  • 21 months, 5 semesters
  • On-campus program, alternating weekends, day Fridays and all-day Saturdays
  • Breakfast and lunch served on class weekends
  • Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Two entry terms, Spring and Fall (January and August)

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Contact us directly or attend a Graduate Admissions Event, as we would like to meet you. Introduce yourself, share your professional goals and ask your questions. You can reach out directly to Jamie Fuller, Director of Admissions, Executive MBA at jafuller@smu.edu or 214-768-3048. Or you can schedule time using this calendar: EMBA Admissions Meeting.

Pursue a Degree Tailored for Executives Like You

Choosing to pursue an MBA isn't a decision taken lightly. You make that move knowing it'll generate that career shift, increase your earning potential, and skyrocket your trajectory. But, you understand the commitment will require a pivot of your time in the short-term. Our Executive MBA program is built for folks like you. You're balancing your work, family, and new ventures—it's time to join a cohort and built-in network that's on the same path you are.

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An Experience That's Built for Success

You have responsibilities at work and at home. And as a candidate for the powerhouse Cox Executive MBA degree, you'll have academic responsibilities to yourself and your peers. Everything about your experience as an Executive MBA student at SMU Cox will help you push your limits in the classroom while you forge ahead in your career.

  • Networking events with other Cox School MBA students.
  • A tight community of peers and faculty.
  • A class schedule that's easy on work and personal life.
  • Video-recorded classes that give you flexibility and a reference for study review.
  • Full access to the Career Management Center as well as all Cox Centers and Institutes 
  • A strong support system for you and your family.
  • A Cox Insights Forum to address the particular insights needs/curiosities of executives
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The Collins Center: Your Hub for Advancement

You'll be spending the bulk of your time on campus at the James M. Collins Executive Education Center, which was built in 2005 to serve as the academic and social hub for the EMBA program — an invigorating setting for learning and collaboration. The center has everything you'll need right at hand, from high-tech classrooms and a business center to a dining room and rooftop terrace.

The Cox Advantage

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NextGen Curriculum

Cox graduates are equipped with a curriculum anchored in analytical rigor, refined leadership skills to support complex problem solving, and knowledge with practical application gained through hands-on experiential learning.

Cox Curriculum

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Renowned faculty who blend industry insights with academic research

Our faculty continues to research and publish in their respective disciplines. You're learning from the best when you come to SMU Cox.

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Career support for life

From the moment of your acceptance through your life as an alum, SMU Cox is committed to enriching your career path and creating meaningful connections and opportunities for you.

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Join a Cohort of Diverse & Driven Peers

From Real Estate Club functions to annual Diwali celebrations, find the cohort that fits you and your interests. SMU Cox is a microcosm of many differing types of students.

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Global Classroom

You will work across disciplines and tools to understand the nature of the challenge, and how to respond to either protect the company, exploit the opportunity, enhance the strategy, learn from a mistake and iterate, or recover from failure.

A global classroom

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Connect with 42,000+ global alumni to accelerate your career

Once you join SMU Cox, you'll join a forever network - a global one - that aims to lift you up during and after your time here.

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After Cox: Success Stories

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Jason Cochran, EMBA 2018

VP Operations, Chipotle Mexican Grill

Jason Cochran brought his expertise in business operations and national retail management into the Executive MBA classroom, leveraging his experience from a successful career at GameStop. After graduation, Jason took on a new role as the Vice President at Chipotle Mexican Grill. Added bonus: Jason was also named Best EMBA by Poets & Quants.

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Bethany Evans, EMBA 2018 ​

Senior Director of Marketing at The North Face

Bethany Evans took all of her experience in brand management and social media marketing at both JCPenney and Southwest Airlines to the Cox Executive MBA Program. As a busy professional, wife and mother – Bethany challenged herself in the program and found time to grow her career. She is now the Senior Director of Marketing at The North Face. Academic Secret Weapon: Marketing Strategy.


Sabari Raja, EMBA 2011 ​

Co-Founder & CEO at Nepris Inc

With an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from India and a Master’s in Computer Science, Sabari Raja joined the educational arm of Texas Instruments as a software developer. Over more than a decade there, her focus shifted to the business side of EdTech, and eventually she decided to enroll at Cox. Today, she presides over Nepris, the innovative multi-award-winning company she co-founded to create virtual connections between classrooms and industry.


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