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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

To provide a 21st century business education requires the right facilities – technology-rich spaces that are designed for small-group, active learning. The renovation and expansion of Cox School facilities will create a 9-to-9 culture, where faculty and students spend their days on campus collaborating and tackling grand challenges. Donors have already given $90 million to renovate and expand Cox School facilities. Now we seek to raise by April 2022 the final $30 million needed to break ground.

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.

Cox General Business Scholarships

Gifts to the Cox General Business Scholarships Fund support scholarships in graduate and undergraduate programs, at the dean’s discretion. Strengthened scholarship support enables the Cox School to attract high quality students, which in turn ensures that SMU Cox remains among the nation’s highly ranked schools of business. These needs vary year to year and the Cox School of Business General Scholarship Fund allows flexibility for the dean to designate funds for where they are needed most.

BBA Scholarships

Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) programs consist of two primary programs, the Cox BBA Business Scholars program and Business Direct students. Admission is highly selective, but holistic in nature with an emphasis on a student’s academic performance. While both groups will be admitted to the business school, BBA Scholars also will receive a supplemental scholarship from the business school. These programs work to connect these exceptional students to a variety of activities designed to help them explore the business world.

MBA Scholarships

Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs at the Cox School have been ranked among the top programs of their kind in the nation for many years. From the exceptional faculty and the small class size to the unique experience of studying business globally and having the optimum networking opportunities that the Cox School and the city of Dallas offer, the Cox School is an exemplary educational experience for the men and women who walk through the doors of the school to begin the program each year. In order to continue to attract high-quality students to the SMU Cox MBA programs, scholarships are integral.

While both current-use and endowment gifts support MBA scholarships, as part of SMU Ignited we have announced a $30 million drive for endowed MBA scholarships. Generous supporters have already put us halfway to our goal with $15 million to shape the leadership pipeline and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Make an impact

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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 now embark on 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