An MBA Program Built for Early Career Professionals

Designed for recent college graduates and professionals with less than three years of work experience, the Cox MBA Direct offers you the opportunity to earn an MBA now and accelerate your career goals. Created with early career professionals in mind, this part-time degree with optional on-campus electives combines highly interactive, synchronized online class sessions with a comprehensive curriculum designed to challenge students and foster the skills needed to solve real-world problems.

MBA Direct candidates will experience the academic rigor and collaborative community of Cox, all while gaining three years of valuable work experience throughout the course of the program. The program’s flexibility and structure allow students to focus on the Cox curriculum at a mindful pace as they advance their current career or begin recruiting to pivot into a different post-graduate position. Applicants with three or more years of experience who are interested in the convenience and flexibility of an online MBA should consider the Cox Online MBA program.

Program at a Glance

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33 months, 53 credit hours

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Part-time, Weeknight evenings

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Live-Online Sessions with on-campus access & elective options

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Average Work Experience: 15 months

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Average Age: 24 years

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Curriculum includes one 4-day immersion experience

Curriculum Overview

An Innovative Curriculum

  • Enhance your business analytics foundation through core courses like Data Analysis, Micro and Macro Economics, and Financial Accounting
  • Participate in interactive, online courses specifically curated for intimate learning and application focused course content
  • Build your professional experience while pursuing an MBA with a part-time curriculum paced over three years
  • Tailor your degree to your specific interests with the option to take on or off campus business electives
  • Take on and help solve pressing business challenges through global immersion experiences

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Why Choose MBA Direct?

The Cox MBA Direct Advantage

  • Accelerate your career alongside other driven, emerging leaders
  • Join a one-of-a-kind MBA program, designed specifically for early career professionals
  • Collaborate with your classmates & professors through live courses and intimate breakout groups
  • Gain international business perspective during a global immersion
  • Connect with a network of global leaders and 40,000+ alumni and have an ally for life
  • Prepare for MBA-level jobs, gaining valuable work experience while completing the program

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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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Additional Benefits

  • Access to the stunning SMU Cox campus, extensive resources and robust variety of student groups
  • In addition to mentorship from faculty, Cox offers Career Management Services for each student
  • All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarship, with 60% of students receiving awards

Our enrollment team is standing by to answer your questions and support you throughout the application process. Schedule a time to connect with us below!

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Key Dates & Deadlines

Fall 2022 Spring 2023
Early Review $2,500 scholarship December 15, 2021 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 MBA Direct Classes August 22, 2022 January 9, 2023

All applicants will be evaluated for merit-based scholarships.

Ready to invest in yourself and your career?