Feb 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Business Administration, M.B.A. (Professional)


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Overview

The P.M.B.A. program is designed for those individuals who want to enhance their current career progression without leaving the workforce. The program is six consecutive terms during 24 months, with evening and Saturday morning classes. During the first three terms, required core courses help develop a strong foundation in fundamental business principles. To build on this foundation, students may choose electives to gain expertise in a specific area or choose a more broad-based selection of electives. Each 14-week term is divided into two seven-week modules, A and B, with each module course earning two credit hours.

Students must remain with their entering class and cohort section for all required core courses. The elective courses meet once a week, Monday through Thursday evenings, with limited offerings Saturday mornings. Students must take the required core courses as scheduled each term because of the prerequisite sequencing. One elective course during the P.M.B.A. program is required to be an international business course.

The Cox School of Business seeks candidates who show a strong potential for success in today’s global business environment. Candidates who demonstrate analytical capabilities, leadership experience, interpersonal and communication skills, and personal commitment and motivation are invited to apply. The Admissions Committee seeks candidates who possess outstanding academic achievement and potential, leadership qualities, and management potential. To assess these characteristics, the committee will look to the following elements to help identify a candidate’s potential to succeed in the program: previous academic records, references who can speak to the candidate’s professional performance, and self-evaluation essays. GMAT or GRE graduate school admission/entry test scores are optional but all applicants are encouraged to submit them. For complete details and an application packet, students should visit www.coxpmba.com or contact the Cox Admissions Office: telephone 214-768-1214 or 1-800-472-3622; fax 214-768-3956; mbainfo@cox.smu.edu.

Curriculum - Fall Entry


P.M.B.A. Class 93: Entry August 2023, Graduate August 2025

Total Credit Hours: 50

Term 1


Term 2


Term Total: 8 Credit Hours


Notes:

  • Students select the second accounting course based on their interest and anticipated concentration: either ACCT 6202 - Financial Accounting II  or ACCT 6205 - Strategic Cost Analysis . Students should consult the Concentrations and Minors section for specific information on which second accounting course is required for each concentration.
  • MNGT 6001 - Managing Your Career , a zero-credit course, is a requirement to use the extended services of the Career Management Center. Students earn a grade of Pass or Fail.

Term 3


Term 4


Module A Courses


Module B Courses


Term Total: 8 Credit Hours


Note: Students concentrating in Finance should enroll in FINA 6222 - Financial Markets and Monetary Policy  instead of BUSE 6203 - Macroeconomics .

Term 5


Modules A and B Courses


  • Electives: five courses (10 credit hours)

Term Total: 10 Credit Hours


Term 6


Modules A and B Courses


  • Electives: four courses (8 Credit Hours)

Term Total: 8 Credit Hours


Curriculum - Spring Entry


P.M.B.A. Class 94: Entry January 2024, Graduate December 2025

Total Credit Hours: 50

Term 1


Term 2


Term Total: 8 Credit Hours


Notes:

Term 3


Term 4


Module B Courses


Term Total: 9 Credit Hours


Note: Students concentrating in Finance should enroll in FINA 6222 - Financial Markets and Monetary Policy  instead of BUSE 6203 - Macroeconomics 

Term 5


Modules A and B Courses


  • Electives: five courses (10 credit hours)

Term Total: 10 Credit Hours


Term 6


Modules A and B Courses


  • Electives: four courses (8 credit hours)

Term Total: 8 Credit Hours


Credit Hours Summary for P.M.B.A. Program


28 credit hours of required courses
22 credit hours of elective courses

50 credit hours total for Cox M.B.A. degree

Note: For the 22 credit hours of elective courses, students complete one concentration. Each concentration requires 12-16 specific credit hours. (Additional information is in the Concentrations and Minors  section.) One elective must be an international business course.

International Programs


Understanding major political and economic trends outside the United States is critical to success in today’s business environment. Through the Office of Global Leadership Programs, Cox provides P.M.B.A. students with the chance to study and experience these trends firsthand by attending a course and earning two credit hours over a 10-day program.

Students may participate in international programs after completing all required core courses. To apply for the international programs, students must be in good academic standing with a 3.200 or better cumulative GPA. Participants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis, with graduation date and cumulative GPA holding precedence. Courses taken by participation in an international program will count toward the degree and fulfill the P.M.B.A. international requirement but will not count toward the GPA calculation or concentration requirements. For assistance in reviewing academic plans, students should meet with the associate director for the P.M.B.A. program early in the planning process.

Students enrolled in an international P.M.B.A. course taught at a partner school cannot be concurrently enrolled in a course at Cox.

For students participating in an international program, tuition is paid to SMU, while registration fees are paid to the partner school. In addition, travel plans and other miscellaneous costs are the students’ responsibility. Financial aid will be handled as though the student is studying at Cox.

The M.B.A. Global Programs Office reserves the right to decline anyone whose behavior at Cox indicates that they might jeopardize Cox’s exchange relationship and thus prevent future Cox P.M.B.A. students from going on exchange to a particular school.

Cox’s P.M.B.A. international agreements limit the number of participants; therefore, spaces are limited. Students should visit the website for more information (www.cox.smu.edu/web/global-programs/professional-mba).

Professional Master of Business Administration International Elective Course List


The courses listed are not offered every term. These courses satisfy the P.M.B.A. program requirement to take at least one elective course with an international business focus. Students who participate in the International Program courses need to plan accordingly as they cannot be concurrently enrolled in the same module at an international partner school program and at Cox for a campus-based course. For more information on the International Program courses, students should visit www.cox.smu.edu/web/global-programs/professional-mba.

Business Administration Exchange


Students in the full-time M.B.A. and P.M.B.A. programs participating in international programs at exchange partner schools will be enrolled in the appropriate BAEX courses to match the program and/or the number of credit hours being earned at the partner school. In general, the courses taken on exchange earn a grade of Pass (or Fail) and count toward the degree but not toward the GPA calculation or concentration requirements. Exceptions to this policy are addressed on an individual basis.

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