The Edwin L. Cox School of Business is an American business school, part of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. The SMU Cox School of Business is headquartered in three buildings on SMU’s 210-acre main campus five miles north of downtown Dallas and has a second campus in Plano, Texas.

Led by Dean Albert W. Niemi, Jr., SMU Cox offers a full range of business education programs, including BBA, full-time MBA, MBA Professional (Part-Time), Executive MBA, Master of Science in Management, Master of Science in Business Analytics and non-degree Executive Education. It is home to the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, Business Leadership Center (BLC), Maguire Energy Institute, and American Airlines Global Leadership Program (AAGLP) as well as an Associate Board Executive Mentoring Program. It has an international alumni network with chapters in more than twenty countries.

Its largest program is its full-time MBA, which is one of the most selective in the world, and with a powerful alumni base it has consistently ranked among the top business schools worldwide for MBA, PMBA, EMBA and BBA in a wide range of categories. The Cox School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).


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The Cox School was founded in 1920 as the Department of Commerce at SMU, at the request of the Dallas, Texas business community. In 1921, the Department was renamed the School of Commerce. In 1941, the Board of Trustees established the School of Commerce as a separate entity from the University, thereby creating the School of Business Administration. At the same time, the Trustees also approved the Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA). The graduate program began in 1949 with the approval of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

In 1965, the SMU Foundation for Business Administration was created. Once again, the School worked in partnership with leading Dallas businesses, as this group of corporate advisers helped guide the School's direction and strategy. Today, this group is called the Cox Executive Board, and it consists of corporate executives, successful entrepreneurs, and civic leaders from around the world. Renamed in 1978 in honor of Dallas businessman Edwin L. Cox, SMU Cox has in recent years solidified its position as one of the top business schools in the country and worldwide.

Academic programs

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The Cox School of Business offers a variety of MBA programs including the Full Time MBA, the Professional MBA (designed for working professionals and offered evenings on a part-time basis), and the Executive MBA (offered on Fridays and Saturdays). In addition to the more traditional MBA programs, there are also a variety of master of science programs including Business Analytics (MSBA), Management (MSM), Entrepreneurship (MSE), Accounting (MSA) and Finance (MSF). A specialized Master of Science in Business Analytics will launch in 2014.

At the undergraduate level, SMU Cox offers Bachelor's degree (BBA) through majors in accounting; finance; information systems; management and organizations; marketing; real estate, insurance, and business law; strategy and entrepreneurship; and business and financial reporting. Other majors may also take a business minor. In addition, SMU Executive Education offers the Summer Business Institute, a business "boot camp" for non-business majors.

Non-Degreed Programs

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SMU Cox also offers extensive non-degree Executive Education programs, including custom education solutions and open courses in areas such as finance, accounting, marketing, and energy, as well as extensive leadership and executive coaching programs.

In addition to the other programs, the Cox School brings business professionals an array of certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. The Business Intelligence Certificate Program is a vendor-agnostic certificate program for making the most of a company's investment in business intelligence and data mining software. The KPMG Institute for Corporate Governance is introducing the Accounting Ethics Certificate Program. Today's business environment calls for an increased awareness of professional ethics and responsibility. In no discipline is this requirement more crucial and timely than accounting. These two newer offerings complement the Graduate Finance Certificate and Graduate Marketing Certificate.


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The Cox School of Business is consistently recognized as a leader in business education by publications such as BusinessWeek, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. The Cox BBA program was ranked among the top 20 nationally in BusinessWeek's 2008 rankings and its MBA program was ranked in the top 15 nationally, peaking at #12 before a major methodology change. Major publications such as BusinessWeek, Financial Times, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and The Wall Street Journal release business school rankings based on their own unique methodology and criteria, ranging from career advancement and return on investment to recruiter satisfaction and program reputation.

SMU Cox houses a nationally/worldwide-ranked MBA program as well as a BBA honors program and extensive Executive Education offerings. The MBA program is consistently ranked in the Top 100 Worldwide by the Financial Times and The Economist. It ranked #12 in the Bloomberg national ranking 2010 ahead of Cornell, Dartmouth, NYU and other quality MBA programs. The school rose to #11 in the world in 2008, up from #18 in BusinessWeek's EMBA ranking in 2003. This puts SMU Cox ahead of quality programs such as NYU Stern, Cornell, and Purdue. The Cox Professional MBA (PMBA) Program offers an opportunity for students to earn their MBA degree while maintaining full-time employment. Financial Times in 2008 also ranks Cox EMBA #5 in the world for top salaries in industry. U.S. News & World Report in 2008 ranks the Cox PMBA #9 in the nation, the only program in Texas named in the category.

The Cox School is also one of only eight programs (the others being Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, UCLA Anderson School of Management, University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, NYU Stern School of Business, University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and the MIT Sloan School of Management) to rank in the top 30 for research impact in information systems, marketing, strategy, finance, and business economics.

  • 1st  The Economist ranks the Cox School #1 in the United States for "Potential to Network".
  • 1st  In the 2003 BusinessWeek ranking of the top 25 Executive MBA programs in the world, SMU Cox was listed #1 for entrepreneurship course offerings.
  • 5th  In 2005, Entrepreneur magazine ranked the Caruth Institute #5 among the top 100 entrepreneurship programs in the nation, as ranked by program directors, faculty & alumni.
  • 5th  BusinessWeek ranks Cox #5 for Global Business as "Best Subjects" in the world, as surveyed by EMBA alumni.
  • Top 5  Five Cox School of Business departments were recognized among the nation's top business schools for research productivity based on more than 1.5 million scholarly citations. Only seven schools ranked in the top 30 in all five categories: SMU Cox, Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, MIT, NYU, and UCLA.
  • 6th  BusinessWeek ranks SMU Cox #6 for highest SAT scores.
  • 6th  BusinessWeek ranks Cox #6 for Marketing as "Best Subjects" in the world, as surveyed by EMBA alumni.
  • 7th  The Economist ranks the Cox School #7 in the world for "Potential to Network".
  • 9th  U.S. News & World Report currently ranks The Cox Professional MBA program (PMBA) 9th in the nation
  • 9th  The Princeton Review ranks Cox #9 for best professors, based on interest and accessibility.
  • 10th  The Cox Professional MBA program (PMBA) is ranked is currently ranked #10 for return on investment by Forbes.
  • 10th  Forbes ranks Cox #10 in the nation for ROI, the only program in Texas and the South on the list.
  • Top 10  Financial Times also names Cox among the top 10 in the U.S. for enrolling the most experienced students and for highest salaries five years after graduation.
  • 12th  U.S. News & World Report ranked Cox #12 in the nation in 2010, the highest ranked program in Texas named in the category.
  • 13th  U.S. News & World Report ranks Cox #13 in the nation.
  • 13th  BusinessWeek ranks Cox #13 in the U.S., praising faculty members for real-world experience brought to the classroom.
  • 15th  Financial Times ranks Cox #15 in the U.S.
  • 16th  BusinessWeek ranks Cox #16 worldwide praising faculty members for real-world experience brought to the classroom.
  • 20th  BusinessWeek ranks SMU Cox #20 for sending the most undergraduates to top MBA programs.
  • Top 25  Hispanic Trends names Cox one of the 25 best business schools for Hispanic MBAs.
  • 29th  The Wall Street Journal ranks Cox #29 regional, and students are commended by recruiters for their ambition and people skills.

Research Centers & Institutes

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The Alternative Asset Management Center focuses on investments in alternative assets-including hedge funds, venture capital, private equity, real estate, and oil and gas so that companies can maximize their profits by investing.

The Caruth Center for Entrepreneurship highlights the Cox School's emphasis on entrepreneurship.

The Center for Research in Real Estate and Land Use Economics is led by Professor William Brueggeman and was created to focus on major issues in the real estate industry.

The J.C. Penney Center for Retailing Excellence (under the leadership of Professor Ed Fox) studies marketing and the effects of retailer behavior.

The KPMG Institute for Corporate Governance led by Professor Wayne Shaw, focuses on the effect that corporate ethics and decision making has on the balance sheet.

The Maguire Energy Institute under Director W. Bruce Bullock has found a new mission to educate and inform the public, students, community leaders and others on the critical energy issues the world faces. Bullock succeeds longtime director Mark Baxter.

The O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom is exploring political economics and the impact of competitive market forces on freedom and prosperity in the global economy.

The SouthWestern Graduate School of Banking Foundation under the leadership of Professor Scott MacDonald, focuses on providing banking education to all levels of bank staff.

Faculty & Research papers

  • Faculty research â€" a selection of the research and working papers issued by the Cox faculty.
  • Academic Departments â€" A listing of all of the academic departments
  • Mediaâ€"friendly Experts Guide â€" A listing of various areas of expertise for the media

Location and connections

The main SMU campus is located minutes from downtown Dallas, Texas just off the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Central Expressway (I-75).

However, SMU Cox maintains other campuses - SMU-in-Taos, SMU-in-Legacy, as well as close ties with other business schools in exchange and study abroad programs. Programs operate in locations such as the UK, China, Cuba, and India.

Dallasâ€"Fort Worth is the "Fourth Best Metropolitan Area for Business," according to Forbes magazine, and "SMU is all but the official alma mater of the Dallas business and professional elite," states The Fiske Guide to Colleges.

American Airlines Global Leadership Program: SMU offers the only MBA program that requires and funds international study for all first-year full-time students. In 2007, students visited China (Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shanghai), another trip visited China (Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai), another to Europe (Frankfurt, Milan, London), and the last visited India (Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai) on their GLP.

Some notable SMU Cox alumni

  • Gabriel Barbier-Mueller - Founder and CEO, Harwood International
  • Betsy Boze (MBA) - CEO and Dean, Kent State University Stark Campus
  • Robert H. Dedman, Jr. - President and CEO, ClubCorp
  • Robert H. Dedman, Sr. - Founder and CEO, ClubCorp
  • David B. Dillon - President and Chairman, The Kroger Co.
  • Bob Dudley, BP executive in charge of Deepwater Horizon oil spill
  • J. Lindsay Embrey - Chairman and CEO, First Continental Enterprises Inc., and Embrey Enterprises Inc.
  • Gerald J. Ford - Dallas-based billionaire
  • Aart J. de Geus - Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Synopsys
  • Art Greenhaw - Founder and Producer, Art Greenhaw Records, Grammy Award-Winning record label
  • Donald Holmquest - CEO, California RHIO
  • Thomas W. Horton (MBA 1985) - Chairman of AMR and American Airlines
  • Clark Hunt - Chairman of the Board of the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs and a founding investor-owner in Major League Soccer
  • Clark Hunt - Chairman of the Board of the and a founding investor-owner in MLS
  • Lamar Hunt - Founder of the American Football League and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Helen LaKelly Hunt - Founder of The Sister Fund
  • Ray Lee Hunt - Chairman and CEO, Hunt Oil Company
  • Harold MacDowell - CEO, TDIndustries
  • John H. Matthews
  • Blake Mycoskie - founder of TOMS Shoes
  • Robert Mosbacher, Jr. - Houston businessman, President, Mosbacher Energy Company, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Erle A. Nye - Chairman and CEO, TXU
  • William J. O'Neil - Founder of the business newspaper Investors Business Daily
  • Eckhard Pfeiffer (MBA) - former CEO of Compaq
  • Edward B. Rust Jr. (MBA) - chairman of the board and chief executive officer of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
  • Mark Shepherd - Chairman and CEO, Texas Instruments
  • Jeffrey Skilling - Former Chairman and CEO of Enron.
  • John Tyson (businessman) - Chairman, Tyson Foods and grandson of John W. Tyson, Founder of Tyson Foods
  • Phil Wilson (MBA) - former Texas Secretary of State

See also

  • List of United States business school rankings
  • List of business schools in the United States


  • The SMU Video Archive Series contains a video-based oral history of Alan Coleman, former Dean of the Business School of SMU from 1975 to 1981. Throughout the interview, Coleman highlights key SMU leaders and faculty, providing background and detail through personal stories and insights.

External links

  • Official website
  • SMU website

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