Professional MBA at SMU Cox

Personalized, rigorous, connected: The two-year, part-time Professional MBA at SMU Cox is your route to new career avenues or accelerating the path you’re on. The Cox PMBA program for working professionals lets you focus your curriculum and schedule your classes with a flexibility that few PMBA programs offer.

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You’re in charge, while we provide the support you need to explore and excel.

At Cox, you'll find small classes led by inspiring professors with open doors, powerful leadership training, and career management services that alumni call life-changing. Tack on the connections you'll build to Dallas business leaders and the value of our tight-knit global alumni network, and the Cox PMBA will propel you long after your graduate.

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A Perfect Fit for Real Life

You’re juggling a lot. Create your career trajectory on your terms. We work with you and your schedule to advance your career while you stay in the workforce. At SMU Cox you get a full-time experience in a two-year part-time program.

  • 2 flexible start terms, offered each Fall and Spring. 
  • 11 areas of specialization.
  • 170 electives.
Mai Bui

"Going into the SMU Cox Professional MBA program gave me exposure to people of different experience levels and different industries that really helped me see a greater picture of business and how an organization works."

Mai Bui
PMBA 2021

The Cox Advantage

  • Renowned Faculty

    SMU Cox has renowned faculty who blend industry insights with academic research.

  • NextGen Curriculum

    We help students become future prepared through our NextGen Curriculum which highlights the SMU Cox pillars of Leadership, Analytics, and Experiential Learning.

  • Cohort Of Peers

    Join a cohort of diverse and driven peers whose goals align with yours.

  • 100+ Companies

    At SMU Cox, you'll engage regularly with 100+ companies and get extensive support from our Career Management Center.

  • 42,000+ Global Alumni

    Connect with 42,000+ global alumni through the SMU Cox network to enhance and accelerate your career.

  • Global Classroom

    Through our Global Leadership Programs, tap into a global classroom and lean into experiential learning.

After Cox: Alumni Success Stories


Lauren Harner, PMBA 2016

Director, Business Analytics and Strategy

Two years into her job as mechanical engineer at Halliburton, Lauren Harner decided it was time to enhance her business skills. She wanted to leverage her experience as a product development lead at Halliburton to become a strategic consultant in the oil and gas industry. Lauren immediately started applying what she was learning at SMU Cox , and leveraged that knowledge to take make a career move.  Working with her Cox career advisor, Lauren negotiated the opportunity to pilot a leadership development program with Holly Frontier Corporation.

Dane Karras | PMBA Success Stories

Dane Karras, PMBA 2016

Chief Operating Officer, Noble Royalties

Dane Karras had come back from a role in Alaska as a drilling engineer when, after six years of on-site work, he decided to focus on the business side of the oil and gas industry. He enrolled in the PMBA program at SMU Cox and steered his academic career while he worked as a senior engineer in his company's business development arm. Less than a year after graduating, Dane's first career move was to Vice President of Engineering at Accelerate Resources.

Bruce Rideaux | PMBA Success Stories

Bruce Rideaux, PMBA 2012

Managing Director at Hilltop Securities

Grit and heart — they're at the core of the SMU Cox experience. For Bruce Rideaux, the grit was what he discovered in himself when he was diagnosed with early stage cancer as he was preparing for finals while managing a full-time career as an investment banker. The heart was what he experienced at Cox. It was the support system that buoyed him as he underwent treatment, aced the finals and graduated with his class.


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