Cox School of Business

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Coordinates: 32°50′47″N 96°47′10″W / 32.8464°N 96.7861°W / 32.8464; -96.7861

Edwin L. Cox School of Business
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MottoVeritas Liberabit Vos
Motto in English
The Truth Shall Set You Free
TypePrivate business school
Parent institution
Southern Methodist University
DeanMatthew Myers [1]
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

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.

Main building of the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at SMU in Dallas, Texas.

Led by Dean Matthew Myers,[1] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Its largest program is its full-time MBA, which is one of the most selective in the world,[5] 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.[6] The Cox School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).[7]


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.[citation needed]

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. The college was renamed in 1978 in honor of Dallas businessman Edwin L. Cox.

Academic programs[edit]

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. Students entering SMU Fall 2016 and after must meet the following requirements for admission: minimum 3.5 all-college cumulative GPA in the semester the subsets are completed and minimum 39 hours completed.[8] In addition, SMU Executive Education offers the Summer Business Institute, a business "boot camp" for non-business majors. SMU is set to up the minimum GPA requirement to 3.7 beginning in the fall 2018 semester.

Non-Degreed Programs[edit]

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.

Research Centers & Institutes[edit]

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 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 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[edit]

  • Faculty research – a selection of the research and working papers issued by the Cox faculty.[9]
  • Academic Departments – A listing of all of the academic departments[10]
  • Media–friendly Experts Guide – A listing of various areas of expertise for the media[11]

Location and connections[edit]

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.

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[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Matthew Myers Announced as New Dean of SMU Cox". MetroMBA. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Southern Methodist University (Cox)". U.S. News Business.
  3. ^ Adam Fusfeld. "Cox School of Business". businessweek.
  4. ^ "About Us - Southern Methodist University | Business Plan Competition (SMUBPC)". Southern Methodist University. Archived from the original on 13 February 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  5. ^ Alison Damast. "Most Selective Business Schools". Businessweek. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  6. ^ "SMU Cox MBAs gain ground in rankings". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved November 12, 2010.
  7. ^ "Schools Accredited in Business - ordered by name".
  8. ^ "Current SMU Students - SMU". Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  9. ^ "Cox School of Business". Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Cox School of Business". Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Cox School of Business". Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-11-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)