Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates

Master your field or fill a knowledge gap with a specialized SMU Cox Graduate Certificate.

The ROI is immediate, as you can improve your job performance and outcomes while ensuring your resume stands out in a competitive job market.

As a graduate-level student, you’ll earn course credit and learn from SMU Cox faculty along-side graduate degree seeking students. Our globally ranked and regarded academic and industry professionals are easily accessible with low student to faculty ratios.

  • Ideal Candidates for a Graduate Certificate

    Grow your expertise as you grow your scope

    As you take on new responsibilities and advance in your career, it becomes essential to acquire additional education and training. Graduate certificates offer a perfect solution for MBA-level professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of specific areas of business. These certificates build upon your existing knowledge, providing focused and specialized learning opportunities. While having an MBA is not a mandatory requirement for enrollment, many students have already earned the degree.

  • Graduate Certificate Options

    The graduate certificates offered by SMU Cox aim to address the business professional's knowledge gap or curiosity in a technical area tangential to where they currently sit. In essence, the certificates cover the bridge between where you are and where you want to go in your career. With a certificate, you can deepen the knowledge you may not know, you may shape out the skillsets you currently have, and you can transition yourself to a subject matter expert upon completion of this course work.

    Choose a certificate below to learn more. 

  • Admission Requirements

    • A completed bachelor’s degree
    • Minimum 2 years of post-undergraduate work experience
    • A submitted online application which includes
    • A professional resume
    • Unofficial copies of undergraduate transcript(s)
    • One short essay
    • There is no application fee
    • An admission interview
      • After the online application is submitted, the admission committee can offer an invitation for the applicant to complete an admission interview as a next step.


    Please note, the Cox Graduate Certificate programs do not offer student visas.  If you are interested in studying at Cox full-time and require a student visa, please consider one of our full-time programs: Full-Time Two-Year MBA, Full-Time One-Year MBA or Specialized Masters.

  • Applying to SMU Cox

    Ready to begin this next leveling up in your professional career? Click below to start your Graduate Certificate application:

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  • Deadlines

    The admission application is open, and we are accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and Summer 2025 entry terms.

    Candidates are encourage to apply ahead of these deadlines to be best prepared for admission and enrollment prior to the start of classes.

    Start Term Deadline to Apply Classes Begin
    Fall 2024
    July 19, 2024
    Week of August 19th
    Spring 2025
    December 6, 2024 Week of January13th
    Summer 2025
     April 4, 2025
     Week of May 5th

  • Tuition

    A graduate management education is one of the most important investments you'll ever make, and it's likely to produce one of your biggest ROIs — you won't just boost your career and earning potential, but you'll reap personal gains, too.

    Estimated Tuition and Fees – Graduate Certificate Students Entering in Fall 2024, Spring 2025 or Summer 2025

    * Tuition = $1,833 per credit hour
    * Fees = $316 per credit hour
    * Deposit at time of enrollment applied to tuition= $2,000

    Note: Any alum who chooses to start a graduate certificate program throughout 2024 will receive a 50% discount on the certificate tuition.