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About the Program

The curriculum and courses are all online and virtual, except for two 4-day immersions.
27 months
14 weeks
52 credit hours
Total Cost of the OMBA Program: $91,624. Total Cost of the MBA Direct Program: $93,386. Cost excludes flights to and from immersions, but does include immersion lodging and most meals.
Each course meets one time a week for 90 minutes. Currently, courses are offered in the evening hours (after 6pm CST) Mondays-Thursdays.
The 2022-2023 SMU Cox School of Business Academic Calendar applies to the Online MBA program.
Yes, the Online MBA features the same faculty that teach in our other on campus graduate programs, including the Full-Time MBA program.
Yes, you can attend virtual office hours or meet with faculty on campus. Students also have access to tutors virtually as a part of the Online MBA program.
No. The Online MBA has live class sessions each week and external class work, including case study prep, team projects, readings, lectures, and posting on discussion boards. We believe in a cohort model where you begin with the same group of people and work through the curriculum together in sequential. By building strong relationships through the cohort model, you will also build and hone your leadership and team skills.
*as of Sept 1, 2019


The Application Process

You will need several documents as part of the admissions process including:

Online Application Form, Professional Resume, Essays, GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment Score (within last five years), Undergraduate Transcripts, Two Professional References, Admissions Interview by Invitation Only.
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.

Yes, all students are reviewed during the admissions process for merit based scholarships. You may also qualify for early review/priority deadline scholarships from SMU Cox. To begin the financial aid loan process, apply through FAFSA. Additionally, your employer may offer tuition reimbursement and we recommend all students ask their employer about potential benefits.

Applicants who are 100% Post-9/11 GI Bill eligible automatically qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program. At SMU Cox, this means that 100% of tuition costs as an Online MBA Student are covered.
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SMU Cox Community

Orientation sessions are done virtually. You will have the option to attend one of several one-hour sessions with our Student Services team and additionally be required to complete self-paced orientation activities. We conclude the orientation process just before classes begin with a virtual session featuring your professors for the first semester.
YES! If you are located in Dallas-Fort Worth area or are going to be in town, we highly encourage our Online MBA students to come to campus if desired. Currently, Online MBA students have come to campus to meet with faculty, study, participate in professional development activities, join student club events and study in the library. All students, including those taking classes virtually, are welcome to visit us.
The SMU Cox Online MBA program has students attending classes from all over the US. Currently, about half of the students reside in the greater Dallas-Ft Worth area, but many travel during the week for work. Another 20% come from other cities in Texas and the rest is a mix of West Coast, Midwest, and East Coast.