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C O X
S C H O O L
B U S I N E S S
FAST TRACK MBA
DY N A M IC
L OC AT ION*
Q U ALI T Y O F L I F E
The Dallas Arts District is nearly
70 acres - the largest urban arts district in the country
5th largest sports market
Home to100 miles of hiking and biking trails, and 200 golf courses
90 miles of Dallas Rapid Area Transit light rail service, including
Dallas is the
direct service from Downtown to DFW International Airport
T HE E CO NO MY
of the Dallas Region
or 1 person per 4 minutes
population by 2040
Best Sports Cities
in the U.S.
ACC E SSI B I L I T Y
The Dallas Region has easy access to anywhere
in the U.S. and around the world.
206 non-stop destinations
57 international destinations
149 domestic destinations
DFW is only one of seven airports in the world with over
200 direct destinations
C ORP O R ATE A N N O U N C E ME N TS
Dallas ranked 3rd in
job creation in 2015
only behind New York
and Los Angeles
Moved their headquarters to Dallas from San Antonio.
Opened a new technology center in McKinney.
Announced $1B data center in Fort Worth.
Active Network and Omnitracs, two technology companies from San Diego,
moved their headquarters to downtown Dallas generating 1,450 jobs.
Relocated its Tulsa-based headquarters to Plano.
Selected Plano’s Legacy West for a new 6,000 employee campus.
Under construction for a regional office generating over 4,000 jobs.
Opened a $17 million distribution center in Southern Dallas.
San Francisco-based McKesson Corp. plans to spend $157 million on an expansion
in Irving, generating nearly 1,000 new jobs.
A golf entertainment company, moved their corporate headquarters
from Chicago to Dallas.
Consolidated and moved its North American headquarters to Plano, generating
approximately 4,000 jobs.
*Dallas Regional Chamber,
“Why Dallas” June 2016
Is anchoring a new $1.5B mixed transit regional office development in Richardson.
Will relocate its headquarters from San Francisco Bay Area to Frisco in 2017.
THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
0% STATE AND LOCAL INCOME TAX
The Dallas Region is one of the most affordable in the country.
24% less than the national average
50% less than many other large metros
Business Friendly City
HOME T O 21 FORTUN E 500 H EADQU A RTE R S
A ND 41 FORT UN E 1000 H EADQU ARTER S
Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.
Southwest Airlines Co.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Texas Instruments Incorporated
Dean Foods Company
Trinity Industries, Inc.
Energy Future Holdings Corp.
Regency Energy Partners LP
Atmos Energy Corporation
Neiman Marcus Group LTD Inc.
Brinker International, Inc.
Primoris Services Corporation
American Airlines Group Inc.
D.R. Horton, Inc.
Range Resources RICHARDSON
Fossil Group, Inc.
Lennox International Inc.
J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.
Alliance Data Systems Corp.
Cinemark Holdings, Inc.
Denbury Resources Inc.
Commercial Metals Company
Pioneer Natural Resources Co.
Michaels Stores, Inc.
COP P E L L
GRAND P R A I R I E
GameStop Corp. COPPELL
Nationstar Mortgage Holdings
THE DALLAS SALARY ADVANTAGE
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
True, Cox graduates work all over the U.S.
and the world, but many take advantage
of Dallas’ affordable cost of living index,
allowing their salaries to go a long way,
relative to other major markets. For example,
see how a $100,000 salary in Dallas
compares to salaries in other major U.S. cities:
Dallas has one of four regional U.S. patent
& trademark offices (USPTO) due to the
growing output of high-tech innovations.
Boston: Chicago: Los Angeles: New York: Philadelphia: Portland: San Diego: San Francisco: Seattle: Washington D.C.: Source: bankrate.com
Dallas Startup Hub
Co-working Accelerators Incubators
Best City for Highest
(adjusted for cost of living)
R IG OROUS
CU R R ICU LUM
THE COX MBA – A RIGOROUS
In the Fast Track program, students are able to specialize
by focusing their studies on one accademic concentration,
as well as pursue less time-intensive minors. That’s a truly
customized academic experience that few business schools
in Corporate Finance, Energy Finance
I N F O R M AT I O N T E C H N O L O G Y A N D
O P E R AT I O N S M A N A G E M E N T
in Business Analytics, Information
Total Credit Hours: 44
Summer Ter m
Module A — 6 credits
Financial Accounting I
Management Decision Analysis
Managing Your Career
Module B — 6 credits
Business Presentation Techniques
Strategic Management Decision
Fall Te r m
Module A — 8 credits
R E A L E S TAT E
S T R AT E G Y A N D E N T R E P R E N E U R S H I P
Module B — 8 credits
Financial Ac counting II or
Managerial Accounting I
In partnership with SMU’s Dedman School of Law and
the Lyle School of Engineering, students may pursue the
following interdisciplinary programs:
Juris Doctorate & MBA (JD/MBA)
Masters of Science in Engineering & MBA (MS ENG/MBA)
Spring Ter m
Module A — 8 credits
Module B — 8 credits
The Kitt Investing and Trading Center is a state-of-the-art
instructional and research facility designed to integrate
finance curriculum, enhance innovative faculty research and
teach students practical finance and investment applications.
“The one year MBA program gives
me the opportunity to build on my
business knowledge with an exceptional,
well-rounded curriculum. It is an
opportunity to live a full-time MBA
experience and get back in the
marketplace in a short period of time.”
Diana Centares, Fast Track MBA 2016
Supervisory Senior Audit Department, HM&M
Winners of the CFA Institute Research Challenge of the
Southwest Case Competition
Fast Track MBA 2016
Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Finance
F rom: Corpus Christi, TX
Und erg ra d ua te: University of Texas at Austin
F u ll-Ti me Posi ti on: AT&T Financial Leadership Program
Trent Obermueller was raised in Corpus Christi, TX and earned
his bachelor’s in finance from The University of Texas at Austin.
Following graduation, he worked as a financial advisor at
Prudential Financial and later, Merrill Lynch, during which
time he obtained his Series 7 and 66 licenses. In 2005, Trent
joined USAA, which ultimately led to a position as one of
the first members of USAA’s corporate development group. In
his role as a senior associate, he supported the management
of USAA’s strategic fund focused on acquisitions, venture
investments, joint ventures, and divestitures. Upon graduation,
Trent joined AT&T’s Financial Leadership Program.
EX PER IENTI A L LEA R NING
THE COX GLOBAL LEADERSHIP
As one of the first leading business schools to mandate
global immersion for our students, we have built deep and
extensive personal relationships with the leaders of today’s
greatest international companies. As a result, you don’t
just tour countries and visit headquarter locations; you hear
and learn from the C-level executives who lead their global
organizations on a daily basis.
2 optional trips to choose from: December or March
Trips in 2015-16 visited Buenos Aires, Santiago,
Abu Dhabi and Dubai
Built into curriculum- take the GLP course leading
up to your trip
Meet with senior executives at both multinational and
Learn about the history, culture and business climate
of the region
Experience the culture and sights with your classmates
“The GLP trip helped me understand the
importance of China to the rest of the
world and how business leaders can learn
from and help shape the international
markets in which we operate.”
Clayton Bell, MBA 2016
AT&T Leadership Development Program
GLP countries visited
United Arab Emirates*
*GLP countries visited in 2 015- 6
“The Disney Institute was one of the
highlights of my time at SMU. A year later,
I still bring up learnings from the Disney
Institute and my time there came up in
every one of my job interviews.”
Kari Strickland, MBA 2016
Customer Insights, General Mills
SMU Cox students explore service culture at
the Disney Institute, one of the experiential
learning programs offered through the BLC.
THE COX BUSINESS
In addition to your coursework, the Business Leadership
Center (BLC) enables you to extend your academic
experience beyond the classroom.
Hone your skills in strategic communication, conflict
resolution and leadership through more than 90 seminars,
led by industry experts from organizations such as
Accenture, AT&T, The Container Store, Dell, Procter &
Gamble, Texas Instruments, The Walt Disney Company
and Yum! Brands.
E X E C U T I V E R O U N D TA B L E S
Learn from and network with seasoned, C-level executives
who are eager to share their professional experience.
Companies visited in recent GLP trips:
Develop professionally through two off-campus, applied
European Central Bank
U.S. Consulate -
National Bank of
U.S. Embassy - Cuba
SU PPOR T FOR YOU R SUCCE S S
THE CAREER MANAGEMENT
CENTER – WORKING FOR
From the moment you’re accepted, the Cox Career
Management Center (CMC) gets to work on your behalf.
The CMC staff is committed to your successful pursuit of
an ideal career before, during and after your MBA program.
Here are a few ways they can help:
What you want to do
• Personal assessment
Where you want to go
• Career mapping and planning
How to get there
• Mock interviews
• Behavioral and technical interview prep
• Internship success and conversion
• Salary negotiation
COMPANIES THAT RECENTLY HIRED COX MBAS
Johnson & Johnson
Bank of America Merrill Match.com
McKinsey & Co.
Bank of Texas
Booz Allen Hamilton
Procter & Gamble
Saputo Dairy Foods
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
Trinity Private Equity Group
The Hershey Company
Walt Disney Company
COX CONSULTING AND
P R E V I O U S C O X A C A D E M Y PA R T I C I PA N T S :
The Richards Group
Through a competitive application process, elite students are
selected to participate in the Cox Consulting Academy (CCA)
or Cox Marketing Academy (CMA). In these academies,
corporate partners come to SMU’s campus to provide
specialized training for those students to prepare them for
a successful career in consulting or marketing. Training
includes behavioral and case interview preparation, case
competitions and employer-led seminars and workshops
throughout the year.
TA K E A T R E K
Students can choose to join the The Wall Street, Marketing
or Energy Trek where they visit and network with employers
and alumni in various functional roles. In addition, students
visit corporate campuses and parts of each Trek’s city.
T H E WA L L S T R E E T T R E K
Highlights have included meeting senior-level management
and peer professionals at companies such as Cantor
Fitzgerald/CCRE, Credit Suisse (Investment Banking and
Private Wealth), Citadel, Federal Reserve Bank of New York,
Goldman Sachs (Investment Bank and Private Wealth),
J.P. Morgan (Investment Bank and Private Bank), Morton
Capital Management and UBS Investment Bank.
Alternating between major U.S. cities such as San Francisco,
New York and Austin, students visit companies such as
Google, LinkedIn, Birchbox, ESPN, American Express,
WPP, Facebook and Whole Foods.
Students interested in the energy sector visit companies
in Dallas, Houston or Oklahoma such as Anadarko,
ExxonMobil, Credit Suisse Oil and Gas Investment
Banking, Worley Parsons and Halliburton.
L I F E AT SM U C OX
You’ve got things to do, people to see.
The opportunities to get involved at Cox
are endless. Throughout the year, students
participate in a number of clubs that allow for
networking, fun and engagement, including:
Black MBA Association
Christian Business Society
Consulting and Corp. Strategy Club
International Business Club
Jewish Business Club
Operations and Analytics Club
Real Estate Club
Student Advisory Board
Veterans in Business
Women in Business
Get your ga me fa ce on for networki ng
Whether you’re going to Saturday’s SMU football game or not, you
don’t want to miss the Dean’s Tailgate-on-the-Boulevard. Scheduled
for each home game in the fall, current Cox students socialize with
recent grads, faculty, senior executives and CEOs in an informal and
relaxed setting. It’s a smart move to bring your business cards before
heading to this BBQ.
Co x C u p co m p e t i t io n betw een
1st an d 2 nd y e a r c l as s es
opportunities and camaraderie
building and collaboration with a healthy dose of competition between the classes
of different competitions, including:
canned food drive
Travel to India, China, Mexico and France
all in one evening
Each year, the International Festival allows Cox students from
all over the world to showcase their cultures, cuisines, music
and attire in an entertaining evening of food and festivities.
“I never imagined I would become involved
in the Entrepreneurship Club, let alone
win competitions! Placing 1st in the club’s
Elevator Pitch competition and 3rd in the
Business Plan competition helped push me
out of my comfort zone. I learned so much
about how to run a business, influence
leaders and was surprised how much
this experience helped me in my brand
Erica Minnich, MBA 2016
Associate Loyalty Manager, Pizza Hut
GL OBA L R E ACH, L OC A L TOUCH
T H E C O X A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N
Students reap a lifetime of benefits from the strength and magnitude of our alumni network. With more than 40 alumni
chapters and 40,000 alumni around the world, it’s no surprise that The Economist ranks our alumni network 25th in the world
for global breadth and effectiveness.
• SMU ALUMNI CHAPTERS
COX ALUMNI CHAPTERS
Fast Track MBA 2016
Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Finance
F rom: Vung Tau, Vietnam
Und erg ra d ua te: R MIT Universi ty
F ull-Ti me Posi ti on: PwC Technology M&A Group
Quang started his career in Deloitte’s Audit and Assurance Services,
focusing in financial services and manufacturing before moving to
Pinnacle Consulting Group. During his 5 years at Pinnacle, he held
various roles in accounting, finance and analytics where he grew his
in-depth knowledge in financial accounting, data analytics, database
administration and reporting visualization. In his spare time, he loves
watching sports and is a huge fan of Manchester United soccer team.
Fast Track MBA 2016
F r o m : Fresno, California
U nd e r g r a d u a t e : SMU
F u l l - T ime P o s i t i o n: Bonadelle Neighborhoods
After graduating from Cox with a bachelor’s degree in economics and
a specialization in finance, John began his real estate career in Land
Acquisition and Development at Lennar Homes in Dallas. John managed
significant portions of due diligence as a land analyst for one of the
largest homebuilding companies in the country. John returned to SMU
Cox to further his business education, this time with a focus on real estate,
in preparation to join Bonadelle Neighborhoods, a homebuilding and
residential development company owned and operated by his family.
Fast Track MBA 2016
Strategy & Entrepreneurship
F rom: Schenectady, New York
Und erg ra d ua te: University of Georgia
F ull-Ti me Posi ti on: AT&T Strategy
Annette earned her bachelor’s degree in international business from the University of
Georgia and upon graduation, joined the sales division of Schneider Electric. Annette
then moved to Madison, WI and worked as an implementation coordinator for Epic,
an electronic health record software company which serves more U.S. patients than
any other electronic health record software vendor. Most recently, Annette worked for
Deloitte Consulting for almost 5 years as a manager in the healthcare provider practice.
Outside of work, Annette enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, wine tasting,
working out, and cheering on the Dawgs.
“SMU’s network is incredibly strong, as many other people
will tell you. It is a primary differentiator for the school,
and exists mainly because of SMU’s commitment to the
community. All the alumni I met were helpful in directing
me towards resources I needed for recruiting, networking, or
general education. As a beneficiary of this incredible network,
I’m very excited to give back to future SMU Cox students.”
Prathap Maniyur, Fast Track MBA 2016
Data Scientist, Prognos Inc.
A PPLIED LE A R NING
EXPERIENCE BASED LEARNING
Working directly with Dallas-based companies, various
courses are client-facing projects that allow you to put
what you are learning in the classroom into practice.
To gain even more applied experience, students have
the opportunity to participate in case competitions at
SMU and around the country.
“We worked with American Airlines’ AAdvantage
loyalty program, providing data-driven
customer insights. The amazing experience
included building customer loyalty by creating
segmentation, developing targeting and
positioning strategies and then presenting this
work to company leaders.”
C U S T O M E R L O YA LT Y M A R K E T I N G
Students work with companies to solve current strategic
challenges, and leverage real customer data to make
Ceci Koss, MBA 2016
Digital Analyst, Pizza Hut
NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Students partner with local companies to identify a
strategic challenge and recommend a solution through a
new or redesigned product. Recent corporate partners have
included American Airlines, Bimbo Bakeries (owner of Sarah
Lee), tech start-ups such as Agular and local restaurants like
People’s Last Stand.
PRACTICUM IN PORTFOLIO
The two-term praticum course provides students with
real-time money-management experience managing the
Nancy Chambers Underwood portfolio ($6.2 million).
R E A L E S TAT E P R A C T I C A
Taught by leading industry professionals, like Jack Fracker,
vice chairman of CBRE and managing director of CBRE’s
Capital Markets Industrial Practice, the Real Estate Practica
gives students hands-on experience with top real estate
companies such as Crow Holdings Capital, Steam Realty,
Thackeray Partners and The Retail Connection.
V E N T U R E C A P I TA L P R A C T I C U M
This course gives students hands-on venture capital
experience by partnering with local venture capital firms.
“We were treated as members of the company’s team and
contributed to their work rather than merely observing.
The experience was invaluable and shows how strongly
the PE/VC community supports and values the high
caliber of work SMU Cox MBA students provide.”
Trent Obermuller, Fast Track MBA 2016
AT&T Financial Leadership Program
SMU Cox takes 1st place in the National Energy
Finance Case Competition
YOU R N E X T ST EPS
I S T H E C O X FA S T T R A C K M B A
RIGHT FOR YOU?
The Fast Track MBA is not for everyone and is
who want to advance their career rapidly with minimal time out of the workforce.
with a business, economics or quantitative undergraduate degree with experience in the career field they wish to pursue post MBA.
with a minimum two years full-time work experience post undergraduate degree.
C H E C K LI S T
Your complete application will contain the following
forms found in the online application
GMAT or GRE score taken within the last five years
If applicable, TOEFL or IELTS score taken within
the last two years
Two professional references (names and contact
information only, no letters)—people who can
speak to your work-related skills and abilities
NEX T S T E P S
What’s next for you? Is the Cox Fast Track MBA the right
fit for your personality and career goals? The best way to
answer that is to visit the campus, talk to our admissions
team and meet our faculty and students. Then take
stock and make sure you’re ready for two of the most
challenging and transformative years of your life.
E S T I M AT E D S T U D E N T
BUDGET FOR ACADEMIC
A summary of anticipated tuition and living expenses
for the 2016-17 academic year is outlined below.
University & Program Fees $7,698
Living Expenses $14,000
Books & Supplies $2,500
ESTIMATED TOTAL $84,198
Admissions Interview, by invitation only
A P P L I C AT I O N D E A D L I N E S
May 2017 Entry
R OUND 1
October 17, 2016
R OUND 2
December 5, 2016
R OUND 3
J a nua r y 9, 2 017
Final deadline for international applicants.
R OUND 4
Februar y 20, 2017 (domestic applicants only)
Final deadline for domestic applicants.
NOTES : We strongly recommend that all international applicants
apply by the Round 2 deadline.
Applications received after February 20 will be considered only
if space remains available in the incoming Fast Tack MBA class.
Most Cox MBA students live off-campus in houses
or apartments near the University.
This is a nine-month budget based on SMU estimates.
Individual budgets may vary significantly. The estimate
above does not include cost for health insurance and
other miscellaneous expenses. Tuition is subject to
change on an annual basis.
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