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Cox School of Business – Southern Methodist University - Online MBA

Cox School of Business Online MBA Program Structure

The Southern Methodist University Online MBA program at the Cox School of Business is a 27-month (52 credit) program designed for working professionals with a minimum of two years work experience. Classes for this program are held in the evenings to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals.


The Southern Methodist Online MBA program offers a lock-step, cohort model with live courses twice per week (90 minutes each) to allow for meaningful interactions with faculty and classmates. Experiential learning is integrated into each course allowing students to put their learning into practice.

Through seven 14-week semesters, students will cover critical business topics that prepare them to lead in a constantly changing world. The first six semesters will be class based, and in the seventh semester, students will work on a consulting project where they will apply all their learnings over the course of the program to a real business or organization.

As part of the Online MBA program, students will participate in at least two in-person immersions, offered in domestic and international locations. These immersions include four days of engagement with corporate executives, faculty, and student peers. Students will explore and apply leadership skills and analytical knowledge and lead real-world consulting projects managed in the local market.

Class Profile

There are currently 71 students in the SMU Cox Online MBA program.  The average age of the class is 34 years of age.  The gender breakdown is 61% male and 39% female.  In addition, 8% of the student body consists of international students, while 41% are minority students.  Lastly, the average years of work experience for the SMU Cox Online MBA is 9 years.

Career Information

Since this is the first year in existence, the SMU Cox Online MBA program statistics such as job placement percentage and average starting salary are not yet available. However, SMU Cox Online MBA has the following corporate partners for job placement: Amazon, At&T, Capital One, Deloitte.

Tuition, Scholarship and Financial Aid

The total cost for the Southern Methodist Online MBA program is $90,740.  The cost per credit is $1,745. The Southern Methodist Online MBA offers merit based scholarships up to $15,000. 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 PMBA program.


Submit the application forms found in the online application, provide a copy of their professional résumé, complete two essays (topics available online), submit GMAT or GRE scores (unless you qualify for a waiver), provide copies of degreed undergraduate transcripts and provide two professional references (names and contact information only).

Is the GMAT/GRE require for the SMU Cox Online MBA program:


Are GMAT/GRE waivers available for the SMU Cox Online MBA:

To be considered for the waiver, you must meet one or more of the following:
– Six or more years of professional work experience demonstrating quantitative ability
– A terminal degree (eg. JD, PhD or MD) or a Master’s degree in a quantitative field such as engineering
– A Bachelor of Business Administration and six years of professional work experience

To determine if you qualify, please send your unofficial transcripts and resume to for consideration

Does the SMU Cox Online MBA require work experience?

Yes, they require candidates with at least two years of post-undergraduate work experience. Candidates with Military experience prior to their undergraduate degree may still apply.

Application deadlines are as follows:

October 22, 2021
Priority Submit II
November 19, 2021
Final Submit Deadline
January 10, 2022
Start of Online MBA Classes

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