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Igniting the future of business education

Cox School of Business

In 2020, SMU celebrated a century of business education at Cox School by launching the next era of innovation and impact. The school has grown from a single classroom with two students to an internationally recognized training ground for the leaders, influencers and problem-solvers driving the economy on a global scale. With the vibrant North Texas business community as a partner, Cox School has made a measurable impact on education, business development, intellectual capital, our community and the world. With the help of supporters like you, we will continue to fuel the future of business education and empower Mustangs’ entrepreneurial spirit for generations to come.

SMU Fund for Cox

Gifts to the SMU Fund for Cox address the school’s most pressing funding priorities. Allocated at the discretion of the dean, this fund allows the Cox School to meet new opportunities as they arise. Funding priorities include scholarship support, faculty fellowship and research grants, international study and research support, new program development and leadership development opportunities.



Building for the next generation of leaders

The ambitious renovation and expansion project for the Cox School’s facilities is making steady progress toward an anticipated completion date of May 2024. Through these spaces, the Cox School will inspire students, welcome visitors and promote new ways of approaching unique opportunities and thought-provoking challenges. Made possible by the visionary generosity of its donors, the project has raised over $114 million toward a $140 million goal.

Scholarships empower outstanding students

Scholarships empower Mustangs by helping Cox recruit and retain top-quality students who will excel in the business education environment. As competition increases both locally and nationally, scholarship offerings help narrow the field and ultimately make the difference when it comes time for students to make their university choice.

Make an impact

Gifts of any amount

Support the general scholarship fund for incoming students or invest in the expansion and renovation of Cox facilities.

Capital gift

Contribute to the facilities renovation and expansion project. Learn more about the project and the naming opportunities available.

Endowed scholarship

A $125,000 gift or pledge establishes a $100,000 endowed, named partial-tuition graduate scholarship and provides $25,000 for immediate scholarship awards. When fully funded, the projected estimate for spendable earnings on the named endowment fund would provide approximately $4,500 per year. Endowments last in perpetuity.

Annual scholarship

$40,000 one-time gift, or $10,000 per year for four years, supports one BBA student or two MBA students over four years. Can be designated for use in the current academic year.


As the premier private university in North Texas, SMU exists to shape future leaders who transform communities and organizations through ingenuity and thoughtful problem-solving. Building on our history of excellence, we have launched SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow – our multiyear, $1.5 billion campaign to attract and support outstanding students and faculty, to explore new fields and cutting-edge technologies, and to positively impact Dallas and the world beyond. We invite you to join us and empower the bold, the curious and the creative to better their professions and their communities.

Blaze a new path
Ashley Pitts
Director of Development
Cox School of Business or 214-768-4988