Full-Time MBA: Admissions & Application Process

Admission to the Cox MBA Program is highly selective. The Admissions Committee seeks a diverse group of candidates demonstrating the following attributes:

  • Significant professional and life experiences.
  • Strong academic capabilities, leadership potential, and interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Personal qualities such as maturity, integrity, self-confidence, and motivation.
  • A strong commitment to learning and achievement.

Successful applicants typically have several years of full-time work experience, a strong undergraduate academic record, and competitive scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). You should be computer literate, with a basic understanding of e-mail, the Internet, and spreadsheets. Although not required, we strongly recommend that you also have a working knowledge of calculus, accounting, statistics, and microeconomics.


Application Deadlines - Fall 2015 Entry

Round 1:  October 15, 2014 (international and domestic applicants)

Round 1 applicants receive priority consideration for merit scholarships.  The admissions committee expects to notify all Round 1 applicants of their admission decision by mid-December.  Admitted candidates will be asked to submit a non-refundable $1,000 tuition deposit by late January 2015.

Round 2:  December 15, 2014 (international applicants) and January 12, 2015 (domestic applicants

Round 2 applicants are automatically considered for all available merit scholarships, just as Round 1 candidates are.  We strongly recommend that all international applicants apply by the Round 2 deadline.  Students applying for the Cox Distinguished MBA Scholars program must apply no later than Round 2.   The admissions committee expects to notify all Round 2 applicants of their admission decision by March 1.

Round 3:  March 8, 2015 (all applicants) -- final deadline for international applicants

Round 3 is the final application deadline for international applicants.  Students who wish to be considered for the Marketing Scholars or ITOM Scholars programs must also apply no later than Round 3.  The admissions committee expects to notify all Round 3 applicants of their admission decision by April 20.

Round 4:  May 5, 2015 (domestic applicants)

Round 4 is the final application deadline for domestic applicants.  Applications received after May 5 will be considered only if space remains available in the incoming Full-Time MBA class.   The admissions committee expects to notify all Round 4 applicants of their admission decision by June 10.          

Rolling Admissions:  Through June 30, 2015 (domestic applicants)

Applications received after May 5 will be considered on a space available basis in the incoming Full-Time MBA class.          

For more information, please contact us at 214-768-1214 or 800-472-3622 or via email at mbainfo@cox.smu.edu.

Application Process / Checklist

Your application, supporting documents, and personal interview are very important in the selection process. We hope that you will provide us with the most complete and honest picture of yourself. After candidate applications are completed, submitted, and reviewed by the Cox MBA Admissions Committee, evaluative interviews are conducted by invitation only.

Your complete application will contain the following components:

•   Application forms found in the online application
•   Professional résumé
•   Essays (Two specific topics are required; you may submit a third supplemental essay ONLY to
    address issues not covered in required essays)
•   GMAT or GRE score taken within the last five years
•   Degreed undergraduate transcripts
•   If applicable: TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English score taken within the last two years (see International
    Applicants section for more information)
•   Two professional references (names and contact information only, no letters) - people who can speak
    to your work-related skills and abilities

While we can accept unofficial copies of scores and transcripts, if offered admission to Cox, you are required to submit official GMAT/GRE scores, official TOEFL/PTE scores (as applicable), and official transcripts within 30 days. The GMAT school code for Cox MBA is HWG-KN-06 and GRE school code is 6660. Cox reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission should any misrepresentation occur.

For additional admissions criteria and tips on completing the application process, please visit Admission Criteria & Tips


Candidates who wish to re-apply and have submitted an application within the past year should contact the admissions office at mbainfo@cox.smu.edu before beginning the process. The admissions team will confirm possession of your previous application file and determine the submission requirements you will need.

SMU Cox is a diverse microcosm representative of the world’s best and brightest minds. We actively seek diverse individuals with differing perspectives who can contribute to broadening their peers’ exposure to varying insights. By design, we recruit students with diverse educational backgrounds, work experiences, and personal aspirations and who are all strongly committed to advancing their careers.

  Class of 2015
Average GMAT 650
GMAT Range
(Middle 80%)
 590 - 710
Average GPA 3.3
GPA Range
(Middle 80%)
 2.8 - 3.8
Average Years of
Work Experience
Years of Work Experience
Range (Middle 80%)
 2 - 7
Average Age 28
% International
(Non-U.S. citizen)
% Women 29%
% Minorities 16%


To All Applicants:  

The Cox MBA Admissions Committee strongly encourages you to use the Cox MBA Online Application. All of your information is kept strictly confidential and is protected by your own user ID and password.  Once you have completed and submitted your application online, we will download the information for review. We wish you all the best during your application process!

Application essay topics for Fall 2015 admission:  

         1.  What has led you to pursue a graduate business degree? Please identify your short and long-term career objectives, an explanation of your decision to pursue this degree at this point in your life and your specific interest in the Cox School of Business. (500 word limit).

2.  Only Masters of Arts dual degree candidates (MA/MBA) need to answer question 2B. All other candidates must answer question 2A. Please ensure you submit the question which applies to your program of interest.

2a.  (MBA and JD/MBA students only) The Cox School of Business seeks students who desire to become leaders with purpose - those who will positively influence the global business community, whether in a small way or on a large scale. What have you done thus far in your academic or professional career to make a difference? (500 word limit)

2b.  (Masters of Arts joint degree students only) How do you plan to make an impact on the arts/non-profit community and how specifically would your graduate education help you do so? (500 word limit)