Quick Stats

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  • Avg GMAT (Admitted Students)
    652
  • Program Cost
    $97,132
    $ $ $ $ $
  • Yield
    48%
  • Selectivity
    49%
  • Job Offers
    78%
  • Average Salary
    $91,830
  • Top Industry
    Financial Services
Contact Information
6212 Bishop Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75205, United States
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Best B-School Road Trip: Cox School of Business

Bloomberg Businessweek's Jeniece Pettitt and Rachel Crane head to Dallas and Southern Methodist University to check out the Cox School of Business.

About Cox School of Business

SMU Cox School of Business brings together a world-class faculty with talented, ambitious students in a small, private-school setting. Three key elements enrich our collaborative classroom experience: our strategic location in one of the world's best cities for business, our strong professional network and the unmatched global immersion experience we provide. Dallas-Fort Worth is home to 20 Fortune 500 companies and to hundreds of private and public companies with revenue over $100 million, giving Cox students access to numerous internship opportunities, mentoring programs and real-world experiences in global organizations.

Events Calendar

  • Jul 29
    4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    The MBA Tour - Houston

    Houston, TX

    Representatives from the Cox MBA Admissions Team travel to cities across the United States and around the world to seek out and personally meet with prospective MBA candidates. We strongly encourage you to participate in these events and meet with a member of the Admissions Team. The Team participates in events with several groups, including Kaplan Road to Business School, the QS World MBA Tour, The MBA Tour, Inside the MBA, Forté Foundation, and MBA Texas Tour.  We also attend graduate school fairs at selected Texas universities.

  • Aug 9
    11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    The MBA Tour - Santiago

    Santiago, Chile

    Representatives from the Cox MBA Admissions Team travel to cities across the United States and around the world to seek out and personally meet with prospective MBA candidates. We strongly encourage you to participate in these events and meet with a member of the Admissions Team. The Team participates in events with several groups, including Kaplan Road to Business School, the QS World MBA Tour, The MBA Tour, Inside the MBA, Forté Foundation, and MBA Texas Tour.  We also attend graduate school fairs at selected Texas universities.

  • Aug 11
    5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    The MBA Tour - Buenos Aires

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Representatives from the Cox MBA Admissions Team travel to cities across the United States and around the world to seek out and personally meet with prospective MBA candidates. We strongly encourage you to participate in these events and meet with a member of the Admissions Team. The Team participates in events with several groups, including Kaplan Road to Business School, the QS World MBA Tour, The MBA Tour, Inside the MBA, Forté Foundation, and MBA Texas Tour.  We also attend graduate school fairs at selected Texas universities.

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About Southern Methodist University

Admissions: Can I get in?

3.3 GPA of All Applicants 3.28 GPA of All Accepted Applicants
Post-Grad Work Experience
  • Average 56
  • Median 50
  • Middle 80% 18 to 100
Admissions Selectivity
49% Cox School of Business 46% Average Across All Schools

652 Average GMAT Score
  • Applied
  • Accepted
Average Score
80% 636
82% 652
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Total Applications
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
100% 551
49% 49.0
48% 48.0
Female
33% 33
International
48% 48
Re-Applicants
0% 0
0% 0
Wait-listed
100% 22
Top Undergrad Majors
  • All Applicants
  • Economics
  • Other Business
  • Finance
  • Accepted
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Finance
Top 5 Feeder Colleges for Accepted
  • UT Austin
  • SMU
  • Texas A&M
  • Baylor
  • Arizona State
Importance of Application Elements
  • GMAT Scores Very Important
  • Resume / Work Experience Very Important
  • Application Essay Very Important
  • GPA / Undergrad Transcripts Very Important
  • Interviews Very Important
  • Recommendations Important
$56,424 Applicant Average Base Salary
Top 5 Feeder Companies
  • U.S. Military
  • Accenture
  • E&Y
  • Deloitte
  • JPMorgan Chase
GMAT Scores
  • All Applicants
  • Accepted
770 to 800
1% 1
1% 1
740 to 769
2% 2
2% 2
710 to 739
10% 10
13% 13
680 to 709
22% 22
28% 28
650 to 679
14% 14
14% 14
620 to 649
18% 18
20% 20
590 to 619
12% 12
13% 13
560 to 589
8% 8
7% 7
530 to 559
6% 6
2% 2
500 to 529
3% 3
0% 0
Under 500
4% 4
0% 0
English Language Requirements
English Proficiency Required: Yes
Minimum English Proficiency Score: No
Accepted Tests
  • IELTS
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test

Careers: Will I find a job?

Financial Services 25%
Top Industry
  • Consulting 17%
  • Other 16%
  • Technology 13%
American Airlines 7
Top Employer
  • PwC 5
  • Ericsson 3
  • JPMorgan Chase 3
Job offers within 3 months after graduation
78% Cox School of Business 85% Average Across All Schools

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Job Offers Received and Accepted
  • This School
  • All Schools
By Graduation
64% 64
64% 63.699022556390986
64% Receive Offers
56% 56
58% 57.85206896551723
56% Accept Offers
After graduation, but within 3 months
14% 14
21% 21.110859375
14% Receive Offers
17% 17
25% 24.93132867132867
17% Accept Offers
More than 3 Months after graduation
0% 0
5% 5.492558139534883
0% Receive Offers
1% 1
7% 7.091818181818181
1% Accept Offers
89% Graduates seeking full-time employment
10% Graduates not seeking employment
Top Employers / Number Hired
  • American Airlines 7
  • PwC 5
  • Ericsson 3
  • JPMorgan Chase 3
  • Trinity Industries 3
Salaries and Percentages of Job Accepting Graduates
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Consulting
19% 18.8
$105,000.00
7K 135K
Finance/Accounting
54% 53.6
$87,938.00
50K 200K
Human Resources
0% 0
Data not provided
Marketing/Sales
13% 13.0
$92,962.00
84K 100K
Information Technology
1% 1.4
Data not provided
Operations/Logistics
0% 0
Data not provided
Other
7% 7.2
$85,500.00
70K 100K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Consulting
17% 17.4
$105,625.00
65K 135K
Consumer Products
9% 8.7
$94,943.00
75K 110K
Financial Services
25% 24.6
$92,518.00
50K 200K
Government
0% 0
Data not provided
Manufacturing
7% 7.2
$83,800.00
80K 90K
Media/Entertainment
0% 0
Data not provided
Non-profit
0% 0
Data not provided
Petroleum/Energy
6% 5.8
$81,875.00
50K 105K
Pharma/Biotech/Health Care
3% 2.9
Data not provided
Real Estate
4% 4.3
$80,000.00
65K 100K
Technology
13% 13.0
$89,056.00
70K 110K
Other
16% 15.9
$87,636.00
70K 96K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
One Year or Less
1% 1.4
Data not provided
More than one year, up to three years
26% 26.1
$97,647.00
60K 135K
More than five years
29% 29.0
$97,275.00
70K 200K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Asia
1% 1.4
Data not provided
Australia & Oceania
0% 0
Data not provided
Central America & the Caribbean
0% 0
Data not provided
European Free Trade Zone
0% 0
Data not provided
Non-European Free Trade Zone
0% 0
Data not provided
Middle East & North Africa
0% 0
Data not provided
North America
99% 99
$92,454.00
50K 200K
South America
0% 0
Data not provided
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
U.S. Northeast
3% 2.9
Data not provided
U.S. Mid-Atlantic
0% 0
Data not provided
U.S. South
4% 4.3
$91,667.00
80K 110K
U.S. Southwest
88% 88
$92,574.00
50K 200K
U.S. Midwest
3% 2.9
Data not provided
U.S. West
0% 0
Data not provided
U.S. Possessions/Territories
0% 0
Data not provided
Canada
0% 0
Data not provided
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Average Signing Bonus for Most Recent Graduates
Other Income for Most Recent Graduates

Long Term Pay of MBA Graduates by Industry

5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
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5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
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10-20 years post-graduation
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Long Term Pay of MBA Graduates by Job Function

5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
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10-20 years post-graduation
Top Companies with Interns / Hired
  • Sabre Holdings 7
  • AT&T 4
  • American Airlines 4
  • JPMorgan I-Banking 4
  • Wells Fargo 4
Internship Services
  • Companies that recruit interns on campus
  • Companies that posted internships on school message board
  • Average intern length in weeks 10
  • Percentage of internships that are paid 75
Annual Job Searching Trips by the School
  • NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo, San Antonio
  • Wall Street Trek
  • MBA Veterans Conference, Chicago
  • Reaching Out MBA Conference, New Orleans

Tuition: Can I afford it?

Resident
$ $ $ $ $
$223,648
Total Opportunity Cost
  • Program Cost $97,132
  • Budget $65,566
Non-Resident
$ $ $ $ $
$223,648
Total Opportunity Cost
  • Program Cost $97,132
  • Budget $65,566
8 Full Tuition Scholarships
$25,757 Average Scholarship Amount 78% of Students Receive Aid
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Financial Aid
  • Apply for Aid
  • Receive Aid
Students applying for financial aid
80% 80
78% 78
Scholarships
$ $ $ $ $
$3,503,968
Total aid distributed for the upcoming year
Basic scholarships awarded
  • Academic Merit
  • Some Other Criteria
97%
Of first-year institutional scholarship recipients who received at least the same amount for the second year
Loans
  • Loan guarantee policy No
  • Max loan guarantee per year
  • Average post-graduation debt
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Academics: What will I learn?

Students in Core Classes
65 Cox School of Business 44 Average Across All Schools

Top 3 Teaching Methods
Case study
30% 30
Lectures
25% 25
Team project
25% 25
Top Areas of Study
  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Strategy
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Concentrations and Specializations
  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Real Estate
  • Strategy
  • Finance Specializations in Investments, Corporate Finance, Energy Finance; Business Analytics; Management
Master Degree Programs
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management
Joint Degree Programs
  • MBA/JD (Law)
  • MBA/MA (Arts)
Requirements for Graduation
  • Students are required to complete international experience
  • Students must have attended a minimum number of classes
  • Students must have earned a pre-determined GPA/Letter grade average
Program Logistics
  • Program length (in months) 22
  • Distance learning Yes
Technology Improvements
  • All teaching technology at Cox has undergone major upgrades over the past few years. All lecterns are capable of high-definition and can be enhanced for teaching from portable devices (iPads to laptops). Wireless and wired networks have also been expanded and enhanced. We fine-tuned technology in the Business Library, which was redesigned in 2011 to include a state-of-the-art trading center with interactive walls.

Students: Who are my classmates?

24% Married Students 25% International Students
29% Female Students
Ethnicity of Students
White
84% 84
Asian American
8% 8
Hispanic
4% 4
Student Citizenship
North America
74% 74
Asia
22% 22
Europe Free Trade Zone
1% 1
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Activities
Active Professional Clubs
  • Biotech/Health care
  • Consulting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility/NetImpact
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • High Tech
  • Information Technology
  • Investment Banking
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit
  • VC/ Private Equity
  • Other
Active Networking Clubs
  • Black MBA Association
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual
  • Hispanic Student Organization
  • International Club
  • Partners/Family
  • Volunteer
  • Wine
  • Women in MBA
  • Other

Alumni: How strong is my network?

12,687 Living MBA Alumni 22 Countries where alumni clubs exist
30 Active alumni clubs
16% Participating in gift donations No Individual alumni gift in excess of $10 Million in the last 12 months

Employer data includes graduates and current students.