How to Apply to the Online MBA program at SMU

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We have created a convenient checklist to make the process of applying to the SMU Online MBA program as streamlined as possible. However, if you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us through the Learn More button, email or by phone. We can answer any questions you have and even put you in touch with current Mustangs so you can get a true sense of the culture and community that make the Cox experience truly 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.

MBA Application Checklist

Do you want to get your MBA from one of the most respected programs in the nation? Would you like to learn from world-renowned faculty that bring academic research and industry experience into the classroom? Are you interested in gaining dynamic, hands-on experience and instruction that can be immediately applied at work? It’s time to invest in yourself and become a leader in your field.

  • Schedule an in-depth application walkthrough with an Enrollment Advisor to go over requirements, best practices, and your timeline to application submission
  • Gather the following materials and apply here
    • Required and Optional Essays Follow and submit your answers to the essay prompts in the application
    • Unofficial Transcripts Upload with your application; or send electronically to
    • Standardized Test Scores SMU Cox is test optional.
    • Two Professional Recommendations Names and contact information of two people who can speak to your character and professional background (Note: Not letters of recommendation)
    • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Apply for financial aid
  • Submit your $1000 Enrollment Deposit to reserve your seat for the upcoming cohort
  • Submit official final transcripts to
  • Connect with Success Coach to prepare a work/life balance plan
  • Review prerequisite course materials prior to the start of the semester
  • Make sure you have internet service that can handle video calls and a designated study space
  • Download Zoom on your computer
  • Connect with your professors, network with your peers, and take your first class!

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Standardized Tests

SMU Cox reviews each candidate’s application on an individual basis. There is no minimum GRE, GMAT or Executive Assessment score required to apply. If you take the test more than once, we will reference your highest score. Scores for the GRE, GMAT and Executive Assessment are valid for five years from the date you took the test, with waivers available for qualified candidates.

Executive Assessment GMAT GRE Test Waiver
Available to:
All Applicants All Applicants All Applicants Qualified Applicants
Time Test
90 Minutes 3 hrs, 30 mins 3 hrs, 45 mins N/A
Test Format
Quantitative Quantitative Quantitative N/A
Verbal Verbal Verbal N/A
Integrated Reasoning Integrated Reasoning N/A
Writing Writing Writing N/A
Administered by:
Pearson Vue Pearson Vue Educational Testing Services N/A Contact Us

Military Candidates

SMU proudly honors the service and sacrifice of our Military. Named among the top MBA Schools for Veterans, SMU Cox offers benefits programs and clubs available exclusively to Military members and their families:

The Yellow Ribbon Program

As a current or former member of the military, you and your family members may be eligible for up to $15,000 per year for tuition assistance through SMU participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The Military Service Initiative

Under the auspices of the Niemi Center, the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute offers select members of the military the opportunity to earn a full fellowship. The awards encourage SMU Cox students to conduct world-changing research has they pursue their MBA.

The Veterans in Business Club

To members of the Military, the Veterans in Business Club provides unique networking opportunities. It grants you access to professional and personal support and introduces you to military friendly companies. We also hold regular events, exclusive to the military. Past events include: Carry the Load, Veterans Day Tailgates, Deloitte CORE Leadership Program, Veteran Clothing drives, and happy hours.

Prep Courses for Military Candidates

If you’re concern about the transition to academia, SMU Cox offers summer preparatory mini-courses in the more challenging core subjects of finance and statistics.

International MBA Candidates

  • SMU Cox is proud of the diverse group of students we have representing dozens of countries around the world across our MBA programs. The Online MBA offers the flexibility for students to live anywhere in the world and still attend classes. The program currently has several students living and working abroad. Additionally, 29% of our student body was raised, educated or has worked outside of the US. 3
  • 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.

3 Please note this isn’t the number of international students; this is the number of students raised, educated or with significant work experience outside of the US, including military exp.

Women at Cox

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.

Women represent 39% of those currently enrolled in the Online MBA.