Streamlined, modular curriculum

The One-Year MBA program at SMU Cox builds on the skills and knowledge you bring, giving you the benefits of a two-year MBA program in half the time.

Tailor your learning to your specific career focus.

This streamlined, modular curriculum lets you tailor your learning to your specific career focus by choosing from a wide range of electives in several concentrations; you can also opt for a minor. By combining a rigorous education in the fundamentals with a targeted concentration, you'll graduate with deep, specialized knowledge and a strong skill set that will accelerate your career right away and far into the future.


All MBA students begin with the core classes to give you a broad education in the fundamentals. Fine-tune your program around your interests and goals by choosing an area of concentration. Each concentration requires 6 to 8 courses.

Global Immersion

To thrive and lead in today’s rapidly globalizing world, you need a nuanced understanding of international business and culture. One of the hallmarks of the SMU Cox Full-Time MBA Programs is our global leadership program. The Cox School's relationships with corporate leaders around the world run deep — as a result you'll gain experience in the global marketplace through classroom study, speaker series, class treks abroad and the immersive Global Leadership Program. This weeklong international trip lets you experience how business is conducted in some of the world’s vital economic capitals through company visits, meetings with business leaders, lectures and cultural excursions.

Explore global immersion at Cox

Hands-On Learning

Innovative experiences outside the classroom add another dimension to your academic learning. Among the hands-on opportunities you'll find at SMU Cox:Hear from business leaders who are applying what you've learned in the real world.

  • Test your new skills and knowledge during applied leadership projects in Dallas and beyond.
  • Tour corporate headquarters and meet with executives in their offices to discuss their challenges and solutions.
  • Work with the latest industry-specific technologies and software, including a simulated trading room complete with Bloomberg terminals.

See more experiential learning opportunities

Highlight: Global Strategy in Real Life


The realities of doing business in emerging markets came alive for Alexa Higgins, Fast Track MBA '17, during her recent SMU Cox trek to the UAE. The experience was the culmination of the course Global Strategy for Emerging Markets. Alexa and her classmates visited the offices of PepsiCo, Emerson, BakerBotts and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, among other global and regional companies, where they met with executives to gain insights on key business practices in the Gulf states.

Discover more experiential learning opportunities

Joint Degrees

Interested in an interdisciplinary program? In partnership with the Dedman School of Law and Lyle School of Engineering at SMU, the Cox School offers you options to broaden the scope of your degree.

students walking


If you're set on pursuing business law or want to explore in-house counsel opportunities in major corporations, consider the three- or four-year Dedman-Cox JD/MBA. By combining law and business courses, you'll gain an understanding of commercial affairs from different viewpoints and graduate with the two most powerful Masters degrees you can get.

Find out about the JD/MBA

students getting coffee

MS Engineering MBA

Dallas Fort Worth is home to 40% of the tech jobs in Texas, and the Cox School of Business and Lyle School of Engineering at SMU have teamed up to offer a joint degree to tech and engineering students who want to lead in this burgeoning industry.

Find out about the MS Engineering /MBA

Special Programs

Not only can you customize your program at SMU Cox with a concentration, but we also have two special programs that give you the power to reach your goals even more effectively.

Cox Collegiate Consulting Academy

Non-Profit Consulting Program

This is an excellent opportunity to give back to the community while working on real-life challenges faced by several local nonprofits. After attending an introductory meeting with project representatives at select organizations, you will work in teams each spring to determine recommendations. After several weeks of group collaboration, teams present suggested solutions to nonprofit executives and board members.

See how the Non-Profit Consulting Program can help you