AACSB - Accredited Online MBA Program

The Cox Advantage

  • Accelerate your career alongside accomplished, motivated peers
  • Join the #12 top-rated Online MBA
  • Learn from world-renowned faculty and experienced industry leaders
  • Embrace hands-on learning with the global immersion experience
  • Collaborate with your classmates and professors through live courses and intimate breakout groups
  • Graduate with the ability to solve complex problems across industries and departments
  • Join a network of global business leaders and 42,000+ alumni

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Applicants with less than three years of work experience who are interested in the convenience and flexibility of an online MBA program should consider our MBA Direct: Early Career Track Online MBA.

The SMU Cox Online MBA Program at a Glance

  • Program Duration

    The Online MBA program takes place over 24 months, completed through 52 credit hours (immersions and electives are included in this total).

  • Classes

    Classes are held part-time on weekday evenings with optional Saturday morning classes.

  • Average Age

    The average age of our OMBA students is 34 years old. That means, your cohort is varied in generations and in skills they bring to the table.

  • Global Trip

    Through the Global Leadership Program, Online MBA students partake in a 4-day global and domestic experience.

  • Live Sessions

    Our Online MBA classes offer live sessions with the opportunity to connect with peers in real time. Students can also select on-campus and elective options for their coursework.

  • Global Alumni Network

    The SMU Cox School of Business has 42k alumni that supports your future success.

Join Our Online MBA Program

  • Convenient part-time MBA, online format ideal for working professionals
  • Expert faculty and a strong alumni network
  • Includes a 4-day immersion trip to major business hubs for practical experience
  • Dedicated Career Coaching for all students pre and post-graduation
Earn a world-class MBA with the sterling reputation, expert faculty, and robust alumni network that SMU Cox has to offer without putting your career on hold. Led by the same industry-savvy faculty who instruct our residential program, the Cox Online MBA program offers you the convenience of a part-time, online degree while still providing engaging, interactive and rigorous course content you need to advance your career.

Designed with demanding schedules of working professionals in mind, our part-time program offers live classes that typically meet on weekday evenings. Further your understanding of course material through two 4-day immersion trips to domestic and international business hubs, where you’ll work with classmates to solve real-world business challenges presented by industry professionals. To ensure post-grad success, all students are matched with a Career Coach to help them grow their career before and after graduation. Applicants with less than three years of experience who are interested in the convenience and flexibility of an online MBA program should consider the Cox MBA Direct: Early Career Track Online MBA program.

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Online MBA Courses and Curriculum Overview

A Global MBA Curriculum, Global Immersion

  • Core courses like Data Analysis, Fundamentals of Marketing, and Fundamentals of Finance reinforce strong business competency
  • Advanced courses like Master Negotiation, Executive Leadership, and Mergers & Acquisitions pave the way for student success at the executive level
  • Small class size averaging 15 students & cohort cap make for experiential, intimate learning
  • 90-minute live meetings of each course every week for the duration of the 14-week semester highlight the program’s interactive nature
  • Domestic and international immersions bring students to international business hubs for additional experiential learning

SMU Cox Foundational Pillars

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Business leadership

At Cox, we know what it takes to become a well-rounded business leader. From managing cross-functional teams to thinking innovatively, you will hone your business leadership skills for the changing world of work.

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Business analytics

Data analytics now has a bigger impact on business than ever before. As an Online MBA candidate you will learn data analytics skills and how to clearly communicate findings to colleagues and management, no matter the industry.

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Experiential learning

You will gain hands-on experience by examining the challenges of real companies and applying your own solutions. Our model of experiential learning provides the framework to keep building on the knowledge and skills you acquire over the course of the program.

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Top Ranked Online MBA Program

Consistently Ranked Among Top 20 Online MBA Programs

Our Online MBA program consistently ranks on various lists as one of the nation's top 20 online mba programs. That's because the program isn't one where you force yourself to fit within it. Instead, our program offers:

  • Convenient weekday and evening classes
  • Program length: 24 months
  • The ability to pursue your MBA without leaving your day job

Cox Online MBA Program Accreditation

SMU Cox School of Business and the Online Master of Business Administration Program is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the longest-standing, most recognized form of specialized accreditation that an institution and its business programs can earn. SMU Cox’s AACSB accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing students with a top-quality education and developing leaders in the marketplace.

Distinguished Faculty

  • Faculty members are deeply involved in the business community, including consulting and research
  • Credentials range from PhDs in various fields to extensive experience in Fortune 500 companies and government
  • Small class sizes for personalized attention
  • Networking events designed to help students build relationships with faculty and industry professionals

Key Dates and Deadlines

All applicants will be evaluated for merit-based scholarships.

Fall 2024

Activity Date
Early Review $2,500 Scholarship April 5, 2024
Round I $2,000 Scholarship May 6, 2024
Round II June 10, 2024
Final Submit Deadline July 1, 2024

Applications now accepted on a rolling basis for the Fall 2024 cohort as space allows. Apply now.

Spring 2025

Activity Date
Early Review $2,500 Scholarship August 12, 2024
Round I $2,000 Scholarship September 16, 2024
Round II October 28, 2024
Final Submit Deadline November 22, 2024

Fall 2024

Activity Date
Early Review $2,500 Scholarship December 8, 2023
Round I $2,000 Scholarship February 12, 2024
Round II April 19, 2024
Final Submit Deadline June 10, 2024

Applications accepted for Fall 2024 on a rolling basis as space in the cohort allows. Submit your application here.

Spring 2025

Activity Date
Early Review $2,500 Scholarship August 12, 2024
Round I $2,000 Scholarship September 16, 2024
Round II October 28, 2024
Final Submit Deadline November 22, 2024

Will an Online MBA Help My Career?

 Successfully completing an online MBA program at SMU Cox can be life-changing and provide a bright career outlook. Not only will it arm you with the skills and knowledge you need to advance your career but facilitate positive life change. MBA graduates enjoy competitive positioning for career advancement, higher MBA salaries, and the ability to transcend industries.
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What Does an SMU Cox Online MBA Cost?

  • SMU Cox offers merit-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 – $15,000
  • The Online MBA costs $1,833 per credit hour plus additional fees
  • Federal loans and private loans are available for financial aid
  • Military members can benefit from special tuition programs like the Yellow Ribbon Program

We are continuing our test-optional policy for GMAT/GRE.

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Global Immersions

  • Immersion trips for hands-on business experience
  • Team-based projects in strategic global cities
  • Exposure to leadership skills and executive insights
  • Stress-tested startup frameworks and optimization strategies


Information Sessions

Thank you for your interest in the Cox School of Business. We host Online MBA and MBA Direct: Early Career Track Information Sessions each week.

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Meet our students

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To Strengthen my Business Acumen

“I have been in business for quite some time, but I wanted a deeper understanding of the mechanics of what differentiates a successful business. The SMU Online MBA provided me the opportunity to flexibly achieve my goal of strengthening my business acumen and while still maintaining a work/life balance.”

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A Focus on Analytics and Leadership

“It was important that I chose a program that was online first and foremost because as a working professional who traveled often I needed to be able to take my school with me on the go. However, it was also equally important that I didn’t sacrifice the quality of my education. The Online MBA program at SMU Cox provided a convenient platform for learning without sacrificing the quality of education. I also chose this specific program because it’s grounded in the two key focus areas employers have identified as skill gaps in the workplace – analytics & leadership”

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A Strong Network in Dallas

“I chose the Online MBA at SMU Cox because of SMU’s reputation, alumni network, and being a native of Dallas, I wanted to build my network close to home while also having connections internationally through SMU’s global reach. I travel for work so the flexibility of the Online MBA format allowed me to attend class and complete schoolwork while traveling through airports and hotels.”

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How to Apply

  • Streamlined application process with merit-based scholarships
  • Test-optional, requires essays and references
  • Special benefits for military members
  • Diverse and global student body