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Cox School of Business – Southern Methodist University - MBA Direct

Cox School of Business Online MBA Program Structure

The MBA Direct program at the SMU Cox School of Business is a 33-month (53 credit) program designed for working professionals who have three or fewer years of work experience – including graduating seniors who have accepted a full-time job offer. Classes for this program are held in the evenings to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals.


The SMU Cox MBA Direct program is an eight-semester program. Students complete the first five semesters in a lock-step, cohort model, taking live courses twice per week (90 minutes each) to allow for meaningful interactions with faculty and classmates. In the final three semesters, students select electives with the option to take courses online or on campus. Experiential learning is integrated into each course allowing students to put their learning into practice.

Through eight 14-week semesters, students will cover critical business topics that prepare them to lead in a constantly changing world. The electives in the final three semesters give students the ability to customize their degree to fit their own area of interest.

As part of the MBA Direct program, students will participate in one in-person immersion during their seventh semester of the program. The immersion includes four days of engagement with corporate executives, faculty, and student peers. Students will explore and apply leadership skills and analytical knowledge as they lead real-world consulting projects managed in the local market.

Class Profile

There are currently 37 students enrolled in the Cox MBA Direct program, with 57% female students, while 49% are minority students. The average age of enrolled students is 23 years old, and students average 14 months of work experience before joining the program.  Students also average a 3.2 undergraduate GPA.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid for the Cox MBA Direct

Tuition for the Cox MBA Direct program is$1,762 per credit hour. Over the course of 53 credits, that total comes to $93,386.

The Cox School accepts all forms of financial aid: scholarships, private loans, grants, and veterans benefit programs. Cox participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides funding for veterans. The Admissions and Financial Aid representatives at the school are available to help students to move through the process of securing all necessary funding to attend the Cox MBA Direct program.


In order to apply to the Cox MBA Direct program, applicants must submit the application forms found in the online application, provide a copy of their professional résumé, complete three short essays (topics available online), submit GMAT or GRE scores (optional for 2021 applicants), provide copies of degreed undergraduate transcripts and provide two professional references (names and contact information only).  The MBA Direct program was designed for early-career professionals with less than three years of work experience, therefore no work experience is required.

2020-2021 Cox MBA Direct Deadlines for Fall 2021 Entry

Early Review – February 19, 2021

Deadline 1 – April 28, 2021

Deadline 2 – May 28, 2021

Deadline 3 – June 25, 2021

Final Deadline – July 16, 2021

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