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.

Shaping future leaders

SMU Cox recently launched the new STEM-designated NextGen MBA Curriculum, designed to shape future leaders who are not just job-ready, but also future-prepared. The NextGen Curriculum integrates three foundational pillars: Leadership, Analytics, and Experiential Learning, to develop graduates who can confidently navigate any business environment.  

Foundational Pillars

SMU Cox graduate programs are grounded in three core foundational pillars:

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Curriculum Overview

The Professional MBA at SMU Cox gives you the skills you need to lead in a changing corporate climate. Structured around seven-week courses, the modular curriculum lets you customize your learning to match your schedule and goals. With two start terms each year, you can start your MBA journey in the fall or spring. You'll devote your first year to developing a strong foundation in fundamental business principles. During year two, you'll build on that foundation by targeting concentrations and electives that give you the expertise you need to succeed in your field. With 11 elective courses built in to the curriculum, you can build a unique academic experience that will get you exactly where you want to go.

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SMU Cox is one of only a few schools that give Professional MBA students the opportunity to declare a concentration. You can choose to follow a general business concentration for the greatest flexibility in course scheduling, or gain deeper expertise in a particular area by focusing your courses on one of 11 concentrations. If you specialize, you'll take six or more elective courses in your chosen concentration. You can also pursue a minor depending on specific requirements.

Faculty: Learn From The Best

We don't just teach business — we're immersed in business. When they’re not educating you in applicable knowledge and skills, your professors are consulting for Fortune 500s, publishing books and research, running their own businesses and serving in government. Small class sizes and a calendar full of events where you can mingle informally mean you’ll be able to build one-on-one relationships with the academics and professionals who are invested in your future.

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Meet the Faculty


Darius Miller

Professor, Caruth Chair of Financial Management

Darius Miller is the Caruth chair in finance at Southern Methodist University (SMU), Cox School of Business, where he conducts research in financial market regulation, corporate governance, and financial disclosure. 


Jacquelyn Thomas

Associate Professor, Frank and Susan Dunlevy Faculty Fellow

Professor Thomas' research interests are in the areas of CRM, direct marketing, multichannel retailing, and marketing communications.  She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Marketing and is an ad-hoc reviewer for several other marketing journals.

Wally Boudry

Wally Boudry

Clinical Professor of Real Estate, Clara R. and Leo F. Corrigan Sr. Endowed Chair

Wally Boudry is the Clara R. and Leo F. Corrigan, Sr. Endowed Chair and Clinical Professor of Real Estate. An award winning teacher and researcher, his research expertise is in real estate capital markets, with a focus on real estate investment trusts (REITs).


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