SMU MBA Essays
SMU MBA Essays
(Last Year's Essays)
All applicants must answer questions 1 and 2. MA/MBA applicants must also answer question 3B, but those applying to the full-time MBA or JD/MBA programs must instead answer question 3A. Please read the instructions below for the supplemental question to determine if it is also required for your application.
1. How did you come to the decision to pursue a graduate business degree? Are there specific skills you wish to develop or enhance? What are your post-graduate career goals? How will a graduate degree from the Cox School of Business help you in your professional development? (2 pages maximum; double spaced; minimum 10 point font)
2. Please describe a challenge faced in the workplace and the steps you took to resolve it. Would you make the same decision again? If not, what would you do differently? (2 pages maximum; double spaced; minimum 10 point font)
Candidates for the MA/MBA dual degree program must answer question 3B. All other candidates must answer question 3A. Please ensure you submit the question which applies to your program of interest.
3A. The Cox School of Business seeks students who desire to become leaders with purpose – those who will positively influence the global business community, whether in a small way or on a large scale. What have you done thus far in your career to make a difference? (2 pages maximum; double spaced; 10 point font minimum)
3B. MA/MBA CANDIDATES ONLY: How do you plan to make an impact on the arts/non-profit community and how specifically would your graduate education help you do so? (2 pages maximum; double spaced; minimum 10 point font)
SUPPLEMENTAL: If you answered “yes” to the questions related to academic/disciplinary issues or criminal history you MUST submit this essay. Otherwise, please only use this space to address essential issues not covered in the rest of your application package. (2 pages maximum; double spaced; minimum 10 point font)
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Last Year's Essay Questions!
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SMU MBA Application Deadlines
The Cox School has four
The deadlines below are for the full-time MBA program. The other programs have their own deadlines.
- November 3, 2012
- January 12, 2013
- March 9, 2013
- April 27, 2013
- After April 27, 2013
SMU MBA Class Profile
Middle 80% 580 - 720
Median Age 26
Median Work (Mos.) 46
Acceptance Rate 30%
BW Ranking 18
U.S. News Ranking 49