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Cox School of Business – Southern Methodist University - Professional MBA

Southern Methodist Professional MBA Program Structure

The Southern Methodist University Professional MBA program at the Cox School of Business is a 24-month (50 credit) program designed for working professionals with a minimum of two years work experience. Classes for this program are held in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals.


The Southern Methodist Professional MBA features a flexible and modular curriculum that students can customize to their learning and future career goals. Students have the option to choose a concentration and a minor from nine subject areas.

Concentration and minor options include accounting, finance, general business, information technology and operations management, management, marketing, real estate and strategy and entrepreneurship.

Students spend the first three terms completing the foundational coursework, which will give students the knowledge needed to be successful in the business world. The last three terms are spent completing courses in a student’s chosen concentration to complete the MBA and/or an additional minor.

Students can also participate in an international exchange program with one of Cox’s partner schools in such locations as Hong Kong, Denmark, China, Germany and Italy.

Class Profile

The Class of 2020 Professional MBA intake at SMU Cox is made up of 108 students. The average age of students is 28. The class is 44 percent female and 56 percent male. Students in this program have an average of six years of professional working experience and an average GMAT of 610. Twelve percent of the class is international.

The Cox school does not require students to have an undergraduate business degree. However, 50 percent of students in the program studied business or economics as an undergraduate. Other students possess undergraduate degrees in a variety of areas such as engineering, social sciences, humanities and science.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The estimated total cost of the SMU Cox Professional MBA program is $96,624. This includes tuition and general student fees for the two years of the program. This estimate excludes any other costs that students may endure –for example, books, materials, housing or transportation.

Approximately 60 percent of Southern Methodist Professional MBA students receive some form of financial aid, either need-based or consumer loans. The Cox School accepts all forms of financial aid: scholarships, private loans, grants and veterans benefit programs.

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.


Applicants must complete the following steps for their application:

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

Applicants for the PMBA program are required to take the GMAT. The GMAT range for admitted students is between 590 and 710.

Successful applicants for the program typically have several years of postgraduate work experience, although a minimum of only two years is required. Students should also have a strong undergraduate academic record, and competitive scores on the GMAT. Applicants are also expected to be computer literate, with a basic understanding of MS Office products and the Internet. It is also recommended that applicants also have a working knowledge of calculus, accounting, statistics and microeconomics.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Spring 2022

Fall 2022

August 9* October 25*
September 13 December 6
October 11 February 7
November 15 April 11
June 6
*Applicants who apply by the first deadline for each entry term will automatically receive a $2,500 scholarship if admitted.

* = All applications submitted after June 1 are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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