Explore Our Online MBA Programs

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Online Master of Business Administration
Stand out in your career with a world-class MBA created for experienced working professionals. Modeled on the nationally recognized residential program, the Cox Online MBA affords candidates the convenience of pursuing a competitive MBA without putting their careers on hold. The Cox Online MBA is a rigorous degree led by renowned faculty and centered on collaboration, analytics and experiential learning through live, online classes.
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MBA Direct for Early Career Professionals
Designed for early career professionals and recent college graduates, Cox MBA Direct offers career-motivated students the opportunity to pursue an MBA without waiting to accrue the traditional work experience requirement. The MBA Direct blends the flexibility of part-time, online courses led by world-class faculty with access to on-campus resources, networking events, and more.

Our Foundational Pillars


At Cox, we know what it takes to become a well-rounded business leader. From managing cross-functional teams to thinking innovatively, you will hone your business leadership skills for the changing world of work.


Data analytics now has a bigger impact on business than ever before. As an online MBA candidate you will learn data analytics skills and how to clearly communicate findings to colleagues and management, no matter the industry.

Experiential Learning

You will gain hands-on experience by examining the challenges of real companies and applying your own solutions. Our model of experiential learning provides the framework to keep building on the knowledge and skills you acquire over the course of the program.

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Why SMU Cox?

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Discover the Cox Advantage

Live, engaging online classes with world-class faculty

With instruction from industry-savvy professors and international thought leaders, students will work in teams to develop skills in leadership, analytics, and complex problem-solving.

In addition to being practitioners and industry leaders, the renowned SMU Cox faculty blend industry insights with academic research.

Cutting-edge curriculum built for today’s evolving business landscape

Explore a variety of core business topics and develop industry-specific skills through the same distinguished curriculum taught to the Cox residential MBA students.

Reinforce your business fundamentals through courses like Micro and Macro Economics and Financial Accounting, and hone your competitive advantage in the workplace as you master advanced courses like Data Analysis, Strategic Management, and Legal Environment of Business.

Experiential learning on and off campus

Gain hands-on experience in a variety of global economic hubs through domestic and international immersion opportunities. Engage in stimulating case studies where pressing business problems faced by real companies are considered and solved though a variety of team-building competitions. Additionally, all Online MBA and MBA Direct candidates have full access to SMU on-campus facilities, clubs, events, and professional organizations.

Supportive career success coaches & alumni network

The SMU Cox team is invested in your success in the classroom and beyond. All online MBA candidates are paired with a career coach during their time in the program to support professional development and career growth. The Cox alumni network is made up of over 40,000 global business leaders. SMU Cox boasts robust networking opportunities and a broad alumni network.

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Key Dates & Deadlines

Fall 2022 Spring 2023
Early Review $2,500 scholarship April 1, 2022 August 12, 2022
Priority Submit I $2,000 scholarship May 6, 2022 September 16, 2022
Priority Submit II June 3, 2022 October 14, 2022
Final Submit Deadline July 15, 2022 November 11, 2022
Start of Classes August 22, 2022 January 9, 2023
Fall 2022 Spring 2023
Early Review $2,500 scholarship December 15, 2022 August 12, 2022
Priority Submit I $2,000 scholarship February 11, 2022 September 16, 2022
Priority Submit II April 22, 2022 October 14, 2022
Final Submit Deadline June 24, 2022 November 11, 2022
Start of Classes August 22, 2022 January 9, 2023

All applicants will be evaluated for merit-based scholarships.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Events

June 30
8:00 AM CT
Virtual Coffee Chat with Hannah Nousain, Director of Admissions, Online Programs
July 6
8:00 AM CT
Virtual Coffee Chat with Jillian Melton Assistant Dean, Working Professional Programs
July 13
6:00 PM CT
Online MBA and MBA Direct Current Students Meet & Greet Panel Discussion
July 26
6:00 PM CT
Career Management Center Overview and Alumni Panel - Online MBA and MBA Direct
August 24
6:00 PM CT
Student Life Overview - Online MBA and MBA Direct

In-Person Events

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Get to Know Our Students


A Strong Network in Dallas

“I chose the Online MBA at SMU Cox because of SMU's reputation, alumni network, and being a native of Dallas, I wanted to build my network close to home while also having connections internationally through SMU's global reach. I travel for work so the flexibility of the Online MBA format allowed me to attend class and complete schoolwork while traveling through airports and hotels.”

- Andres Zorrilla

Class of 2021

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A Focus on Analytics and Leadership

“It was important that I chose a program that was online first and foremost because as a working professional who traveled often I needed to be able to take my school with me on the go. However, it was also equally important that I didn't sacrifice the quality of my education. The Online MBA program at SMU Cox provided a convenient platform for learning without sacrificing the quality of education. I also chose this specific program because it’s grounded in the two key focus areas employers have identified as skill gaps in the workplace - analytics & leadership”

- Morgan Holcomb

Class of 2021

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To Strengthen my Business Acumen

“I have been in business for quite some time, but I wanted a deeper understanding of the mechanics of what differentiates a successful business. The SMU Online MBA provided me the opportunity to flexibly achieve my goal of strengthening my business acumen and while still maintaining a work/life balance.”

- Joel Moss

Class of 2021