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.
At the undergraduate level, SMU Cox offers Bachelor's degree (BBA) offered 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.
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 your 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 CertificateBusinessWeek, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. The Cox BBA program ranks among the top 20 nationally in BusinessWeek's 2006 rankings. 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-ranked MBA program as well as a BBA honors program and extensive Executive Education offerings. The school rose to #16 in the world (#13 in the United States), up from #18 in BusinessWeek's last 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. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Cox PMBA #10 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 economics.
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 newly opened Norman E. Brinker Institute for Hospitality and Restaurant Management goal is to enhance the business acumen, management skills, and leadership potential of the next-generation of industry leaders.
Cox Faculty Directory - A complete listing of all the SMU Cox faculty members.
Published Research - a selection of the research published by the Cox faculty.
Academic Departments - A listing of all of the academic departments.
Media-Friendly Experts Guide - A listing of various areas of expertise for the media
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 include locations like 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.