Centers and Institutes

Cox centers and institutes serve as resources to the University, the community and the World.

The following centers and institutes are in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, serving as resources to the University, the community and the World.

Many also offer opportunities for scholarly research and writing, conferences, periodic lectures and symposia. Questions about the centers and institutes can be sent to their directors or faculty members.

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Albert W. Niemi Center for Economic Growth and Leadership Development

The Albert W. Niemi Center for Economic Growth and Leadership Development focuses on creating learning experiences for students and community members.

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The Brierley Institute 

As the nation’s first academic institute devoted to the study of customer engagement, the Brierley Institute plans to change the business world and transform the fundamental interaction between a customer and a company.

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Business Library

The Business Library provides high-quality information services for Cox Business School students and others in the University community.

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Bridwell Institute for Economic Freedom

The Bridwell Institute continues and expands upon the mission of its predecessor, the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, to study the impact of competitive market forces on freedom and prosperity in the global economy.

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Edwin L. Cox Business Leadership Center

The Center provides Cox Business School students with the leadership and essential skills needed to be successful in business. The BLC offers classes and seminars that complement the curriculum at the school.

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Career Management Center

You can start using the vast, dedicated resources of the Cox MBA Career Management Center from the moment you enroll. That's the time to start targeting your career goals and mapping a strategic plan, and we're here to help you.
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Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship

As one of the oldest entrepreneurship centers in the United States, the Institute has for more than 50 years been committed to encouraging those who can to build a business of their own.

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Folsom Institute For Real Estate

The backbone of real estate activity at SMU since 1984, the Folsom Institute supports research and real estate academic programs at both BBA and MBA levels, and bridges the academic and professional worlds.


Hart Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

The Hart Institute of Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship combines three fields in a complex way, encouraging Cox students to think outside the box, challenge norms, and create ventures that haven't been seen before.

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Don Jackson Center for Financial Studies

The Don Jackson Center for Financial Studies provides enrichment programs and research opportunities for students and faculty in the Cox School's Finance Department.

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EnCap Investments & LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center

The Alternative Asset Management Center provides students with hands-on training in the increasingly important financial markets of non-traditional asset classes, including hedge funds and private equity funds.

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Kitt Investing and Trading Center

The Kitt Investing and Trading Center is a state-of-the-art instructional and research facility designed to integrate finance curriculum, enhance innovative faculty research, and teach students practical finance and investment applications.

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JCPenney Center for Retail Excellence

The Center is a leading source of academic expertise on consumer shopping behavior and the effects of retailer activities on shopping behavior.

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Maguire Energy Institute

The Institute promotes the study of policy, marketing, and management issues related to oil, natural gas and electricity.

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National Center for Arts Research

The National Center for Arts Research provides a toolkit of evidence-based insights into the health of arts and cultural organizations in America.


Southwestern Graduate School of Banking

The School offers a comprehensive, state-of-the-industry program designed for those seeking a dynamic approach to graduate-level instruction in banking.

Spears Institute For Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Institute, led by global internet and media pioneers Megha and Nirav Tolia, offers guidance to students who want to take their spark of entrepreneurship to its finish line of business formation.