Cox School of Business

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Cox School of Business

Although Southern Methodist's name conjures up church images and its student body is considered conservative as a whole, the university has taken a progressive approach to business since its inception in 1915. Five years after opening its doors, SMU teamed with the growing business community in nearby Dallas to launch a business school. The two have matured together. Today, the Cox School of Business is a premier institution and downtown Dallas—located just five miles south of campus—is the South's business capital.

The Cox School of Business offers the full range of highly-ranked business programs, from undergraduate degrees to part-time and full-time MBAs and executive MBAs. The full-time MBA program sets students back more than $81,000 but leaves them, on average, with an 80% increase in salary. Cox undergrads leave campus with strong connections in Dallas, good MBA placement, and relatively high-paying jobs. Students from all programs rave about Cox's marketing and finance programs, as well as the strong connection SMU has forged with Dallas's flourishing business world.

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