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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Motto Veritas Liberabit Vos
Motto in English
The Truth Shall Set You Free
Type Private business school
Established 1920
Parent institution
Southern Methodist University
Dean Matthew Myers [1]
Academic staff
Students 606.[2]
Location Dallas, Texas, United States
Campus Urban

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.

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.


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. 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.

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 and Cox performs relatively well on nearly all such measures.

As of 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranks the Cox School of Business as the 52nd best university business program in the nation.

Peak of Success from 2008-2010[edit]

The Cox BBA program was ranked among the top 20 nationally in BusinessWeek's 2008 rankings and its MBA program had been ranked in the top 15 nationally, peaking at #12 before a major methodology change. It ranked #12 in the 2010 Bloomberg national ranking 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 had put 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 ranked Cox EMBA #5 in the world for top salaries in industry. U.S. News & World Report in 2008 ranked the Cox PMBA #9 in the nation, the only program in Texas named in the category.

The Cox School was, at one time, 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 according to whom? source needed for research impact in the specific areas of information systems, marketing, strategy, finance, and business economics.

Business school rankings
Worldwide MBA
Financial Times[9] 76
Bloomberg Businessweek[10] 29
Forbes[11] 25
U.S. News & World Report[12] 54
U.S. undergraduate
Bloomberg Businessweek[13] 21
U.S. News & World Report[14] 38
  • 1st  The Economist ranks the Cox School #1 in the United States for "Potential to Network".[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • 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.[16]
  • 5th  BusinessWeek ranks Cox #5 for Global Business as "Best Subjects" in the world, as surveyed by EMBA alumni.[15]
  • 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.[15]
  • 6th  BusinessWeek ranks SMU Cox #6 for highest SAT scores.[15]
  • 6th  BusinessWeek ranks Cox #6 for Marketing as "Best Subjects" in the world, as surveyed by EMBA alumni.[15]
  • 7th  The Economist ranks the Cox School #7 in the world for "Potential to Network".[15]
  • 9th  U.S. News & World Report currently ranks The Cox Professional MBA program (PMBA) 9th in the nation[17]
  • 9th  The Princeton Review ranks Cox #9 for best professors, based on interest and accessibility.[15]
  • 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.[15]
  • 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.[15]
  • 12th  U.S. News & World Report ranked Cox #12 in the nation in 2010, the highest ranked program in Texas named in the category.[15]
  • 13th  U.S. News & World Report ranks Cox #13 in the nation.[15]
  • 13th  BusinessWeek ranks Cox #13 in the U.S., praising faculty members for real-world experience brought to the classroom.[15]
  • 15th  Financial Times ranks Cox #15 in the U.S.[15]
  • 16th  BusinessWeek ranks Cox #16 worldwide praising faculty members for real-world experience brought to the classroom.[15]
  • 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.[15]
  • 29th  The Wall Street Journal ranks Cox #29 regional, and students are commended by recruiters for their ambition and people skills.[15]

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 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[edit]

  • Faculty research – a selection of the research and working papers issued by the Cox faculty.[18]
  • Academic Departments – A listing of all of the academic departments[19]
  • Media–friendly Experts Guide – A listing of various areas of expertise for the media[20]

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.

Dallas–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[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. ^ "Global MBA Ranking". Financial Times. 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  10. ^ "Best Business Schools 2016". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2016-11-16. 
  11. ^ "The Best Business Schools". Forbes. 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  12. ^ "2018 Best Business Schools Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. 2017-03-13. 
  13. ^ "The Complete Ranking: Best Undergraduate Business Schools". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  14. ^ "2017 Best Undergraduate Business Programs Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. 2016-09-12. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p SMU - COX: Independent Rankings
  16. ^ a b SMU - Cox : SMU Cox and Caruth Rankings
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 18, 2008. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  18. ^ Faculty Research
  19. ^ Academic Departments
  20. ^ Media-Friendly Experts Guide
  21. ^

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