Nov. 2, 2007

BusinessWeek Ranks SMU Cox EMBA #11 and PMBA #13
SMU Cox Is the Top-Ranked Program in Texas for Working Professionals

BusinessWeek has ranked SMU's Cox School of Business EMBA program #11 among the top programs in the world and the Cox PMBA program #13 in the U.S. These Cox School MBA programs for working professionals are the only programs in Texas ranked in the Top 25.

BusinessWeek announced the rankings on Friday, Nov. 2.

"To have our EMBA and PMBA programs recognized by BusinessWeek as the best in Texas and among the best in the nation is terrific," said Albert W. Niemi, Jr., dean of the Cox School. "Our faculty, staff, current students, and graduates of these outstanding programs deserve the credit for this recognition."

"A great city grows and thrives when anchored by a great business school with deep connections to the business community," said Tom Leppert, mayor of the City of Dallas. "For 87 years, the Cox School has helped Dallas businesses and working professionals achieve their objectives and advance their careers."

SMU Cox has a long history of close connection with the thriving business culture of Dallas. In fact, the Cox School was founded in 1920 as the Department of Commerce at SMU at the request of the Dallas business community. These connections are just as strong today, offering unlimited benefits to students and alumni.

EMBA Criteria:
The EMBA ranking is composed of surveys of EMBA graduates and a survey of EMBA program directors.

The SMU Cox EMBA program excelled in the following categories:
A+ for "curriculum"
A for teaching
Students had high praise for talented faculty, experienced students, cohort system similar to full-time program and new learning facility.

PMBA Criteria:
BusinessWeek's PMBA rankings are based on three measures: a survey assessing student satisfaction, an assessment of academic quality, and survey questions assessing how students judge the value of the program in achieving their goals.

The SMU Cox PMBA program excelled in the following categories:
#8 for Academic Quality
#11 for Student Satisfaction
Rated best for Career Switchers
In addition to being the top-ranked school in Texas, the Cox School received an A+ for "curriculum" and an A for "teaching quality" (based on the student survey).

A complete list of school rankings can be found at

Consistently Ranked Among the Top Programs for Working Professionals

  • In 2005, Forbes ranked the Cox PMBA #10 in the nation for ROI, the only program in Texas and the South on the list.
  • U.S. News & World Report currently ranks Cox PMBA #12 in the nation, the highest ranked program in Texas.
  • U.S. News & World Report currently ranks Cox's EMBA #13 in the nation, the highest ranked program in Texas.
  • Financial Times currently ranks the Cox EMBA #15 in the nation.
The Cox School offers an exceptional educational experience distinguished by an outstanding faculty, a strong global network, a strategic location in one of the world's best cities for business, and a number of innovative programs, centers, and institutes that keep students on the leading edge of business.

About SMU Cox
SMU's Cox School of Business offers a full range of business education programs, including BBA, full-time MBA, Professional MBA (PMBA), Executive MBA (EMBA), Master of Science in Management (MSM), and Executive Education. The school also offers a number of unique resources and activities for students, ranging from its Business Leadership Center (BLC), Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, Maguire Energy Institute, and American Airlines Global Leadership Program (AAGLP) to its Associate Board Executive Mentoring Program and an international alumni network with chapters in more than 20 countries. SMU Cox is ranked among the top business schools nationally and internationally by major publications, including BusinessWeek, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News & World Report.

Media Contacts:
Andrea Hugg
Lindsay Hogan

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