Academic Programs
SMU-in-Plano PMBA Students
SMU-in-Plano PMBA Students

Professional MBA


The Professional MBA experience begins in the classroom, but doesn’t end there. The nationally ranked SMU Cox PMBA is one of the top business programs in the nation and throughout the world.

  • Bloomberg Businessweek ranks Cox #7 worldwide
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Cox #21 in the US.

The PMBA program offers ample opportunity to enhance classroom learning through pioneering programs, innovative enrichment activities and specialized institutes and centers of expertise. Combined with a strong reputation and an attentive faculty and staff, the result is a rich educational experience that provides a number of significant benefits.


Professional MBA program advantages

Flexible curriculum designed to fit your needs

SMU Cox is one of a select group of business schools that offers you concentrations within an MBA Program. Whether finance or marketing, strategy or entrepreneurship, operations or information technology, or other areas of concentration, the PMBA gives you the flexibility to concentrate in at least one subject area of your choice. Rather than a rigid, fixed curriculum, you will take 14 or more elective courses in your chosen area of concentration. Not only will you have a solid foundation in business fundamentals, but you’ll gain deep expertise in your chosen functional areas.


Jump-start your MBA career

As an experienced professional, you deserve career advisory services focused on incorporating your accomplishments into your career management strategy. We have a full-time career counselor dedicated exclusively to PMBAs in the Career Management Center (CMC). From training workshops and professional assessments to corporate coaches and career fairs, the SMU Voc CMC is equipped to provide you with services and opportunities to enhance your marketability.

Build Your Professional Network

Students expand their professional network with the Cox School’s mentoring program, specialized institutes and centers, and sponsored lecture series as well as the SMU Cox global alumni network.


Leadership and Communications Skills

Through the Business Leadership Center, students have access to seminars taught by business leaders from Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurial ventures, in addition to one-on-one coaching in presentation techniques and business writing.


Global Business Experiences

Understanding the nuances of other countries’ business dynamics and cultures provides students with a truly global perspective. The PMBA International Exchange Program partners with international universities and holds these intensive credit courses in the summer.


Success Stories

Andrew Lenz '07

Christi Redfearn '06


The SMU-in-Plano campus and the Cox PMBA offers the opportunity to enhance your career and open new doors to success…and it’s just around the corner.

SMU Cox School of Business


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