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 SMU Cox faculty are renowned instructors. Currently, SMU Cox is ranked #10 in the world by The Economist for faculty quality.

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. The Economist ranked SMU Cox #6 in the world for networking opportunities and #19 for the breadth of its alumni network.

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Key Dates & Deadlines

January 25, 2021
$2,500 Scholarship
Early Review
February 26, 2021
$2,500 Scholarship
Priority Submit I
March 12, 2021
Priority Submit II
April 1, 2021
Final Submit Deadline
May 3, 2021
Start of Online MBA Classes
April 28, 2021
$2,500 Scholarship
Early Review
May 28, 2021
$2,000 Scholarship
Priority Submit I
June 25, 2021
Priority Submit II
July 16, 2021
Final Submit Deadline
August 16, 2021
Start of MBA Direct Classes

Future term dates and deadlines can be found on our Key Dates & Deadlines page.

Upcoming Events

March 10
6:00 PM CT
Meet Your Future SMU Cox Professors Event
March 18
6:30 PM ET
"Financing Your MBA" for Working Professionals
March 23
6:30 - 7:30 PM CT
Virtual Information Session for All Cox Masters Programs
April 7
6:00 PM CT
Dive into Global Immersions & Experiential Learning

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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