First-time Applicants and Re-applicants

The heart of SMU is our people. More than anything, we want to get to know you as a person. While your application, supporting documents, and personal interview are necessary steps towards applying, we’d also seize any opportunity to welcome you on our campus. And it is important for you to be able to get in touch with us; reach out to us with your questions or concerns, and connect with current Mustangs to get a sense of the culture and community that make the Cox experience unique.

Key Dates & Deadlines

August 28, 2020 — $2500 scholarship
Early Review
September 25, 2020 — $2000 scholarship
Priority Submit I
October 23, 2020
Priority Submit II
November 20, 2020
Final Submit Deadline
January 11, 2021
Start of Classes

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

Application Checklist

  • Online Application
  • Professional Resume
  • Essays
  • Official GMAT, GRE, or EA Test Scores from within the last five years. The GMAT program code for the SMU Online MBA is HWG-KN-27. We will grant test waivers on a case-by-case basis.
  • Undergraduate Transcripts (Official transcripts are required only after the applicant has accepted admission to SMU Cox)
  • Two Professional References
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Scores (International Applicants only). If you have worked in the US for at least 2 years or hold an undergraduate degree from a university where the primary instruction language was English, please ask us about a TOEFL/IELTS/PTE waiver
  • Optional Statement
  • Admissions interview (by invitation only)
  • We participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. There is no application fee, and we offer scholarships and fellowships to veterans.
  • recently named the Cox School as one of the top MBA Schools for Veterans (Top 40 overall and Top 25 for Private Colleges).
  • Do you have worries about getting back into the swing of academia? SMU Cox offers summer preparatory mini-courses in the more challenging core subjects of finance and statistics.
  • SMU Cox is proud of the diverse group of students we have representing 17 countries around the world. Approximately 30% of our current Full-Time MBA students are of international origin.
  • SMU Cox has a strong international alumni network with presence in 30+ countries across globe and over 40,000 members strong. The Economist ranks our alumni network 25th in the world for global breadth and effectiveness.
  • Our affiliation with the Forté Foundation offers all MBA women at Cox a jumpstart on their career search, a broad national network, and scholarships for attending business school.

Upcoming Events

September 22
7:00 PM CT
The SMU Cox Online Classroom Experience
October 6
6:30 PM CT
Virtual Preview Day - SMU Cox Advantage with Associate Dean Shane Goodwin
October 8
6:30 PM CT
Virtual Preview Day - Information Sessions featuring Current Students

Access The CMC Anywhere

The Cox School has been a leader in business education for nearly a century. Put our experience to work, wherever you are, with our innovative new Online MBA.

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Get ready to expand your skill set and knowledge base with a robust curriculum focused on shaping business leaders for the 21st century.

What will I study?

Experiential Learning

The online MBA program, like the on-campus equivalent, is based in experiential learning. This means we encourage students to apply what they have learned in the world of work to conversations in the classroom. Inversely, we expect them to take what they learn at Cox and immediately apply it to their professional endeavors. No need to wait until graduation to put your new skills to work.

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Support for Your Success

Virtual office hours with faculty, live working sessions with fellow classmates, advice from alumni mentors, support from your Success Coach, and guidance from career advisors - we ensure our Online MBA students are supported throughout and after their enrollment at Cox.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

The best investment is the one you make in yourself.

We’ll help you take the leap.

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