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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 (48 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 average classroom size for the Professional MBA program at SMU Cox is 50 students. The average age of students is 29. The class is on average 30 percent female and 70 percent male. Students in this program have an average of six years of professional working experience and received a GMAT score between 590 and 710.

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.


The Southern Methodist Professional MBA at Cox is designed to help professionals learn the necessary skills and knowledge to help them advance in their career and to adjust to the changing corporate climate.

Students at Cox also have access to the Career Management Center. The CMC provides students with advisory services including career assessments, planning, résumé review and one-on-one coaching.

The Business Leadership Center (BLC) at Cox also offers seminars, executive round table events, applied leadership opportunities off campus and coaching.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The estimated total cost of the SMU Cox Professional MBA program is $93,696. 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 two 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.

August/Fall 2019 deadlines are as follows:

Round Two – Feb. 18, 2019
Round Three – April 8, 2019
Final Deadline – June 3, 2019*

* = All applications submitted after June 3 are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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