Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Babson - Olin

Boston College Carroll

Boston University

CMU - Tepper

CEIBS - Shanghai

William and Mary - Mason

Columbia Business School

Cornell Univ - Johnson


Duke Univ - Fuqua

Emory University Goizueta


Georgetown Univ - McDonough

Georgia Tech - Schellar

Great Lakes

Harvard - HBS


HHL - Leipzig

IE Business School

IESE Business School

IMD Lausanne

Indian School of Business (ISB)

Indiana - Kelley

INSEAD - Singapore


ISB Early Entry Option (EEO)

Lancaster Mgmt School

London Business School

Manchester Business School

Manheim Business School

MIT - Sloan

Michigan State Univ - Broad

Nanyang Business School

NYU - Stern

Northwestern Univ - Kellogg

NUS - Singapore

Ohio State Univ - Fisher

Pennsylvania State Univ - Smeal

Purdue University Krannert

Queens University

Rice University Jones

Rotterdam School of

SMU - Cox

Stanford - GSB

Texas A&M - Mays


Dartmouth - Tuck

UCLA - Anderson

Univ of California - Berkeley Haas

University of Cambridge:

Univ of Cambridge - Judge

Chicago - Booth

University of Edinburgh

University of Iowa: Tippie

Univ of Maryland - Smith

Univ of Michigan - Ross

Univ of Minnesota - Carlson

University of North

Univ of Notre Dame - Mendoza

Univ of Oxford - Said

Univ of Rochester - Simon

USC - Marshall

Univ of St.Gallen - HSG

UT Austin - McCombs

Univ of Toronto - Rotman

Univ of Virginia - Darden

Univ of Washington - Foster

Univ of Western Ontario - Ivey

Univ of Wisconsin - Madison

Vanderbilt University Owen

Vlerick Business School

Wharton - Univ of Pennsylvania

Yale Univ - SOM

York University - Schulich

Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business

Essay Analysis  Interview Expereince

Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business
Average GMAT Score662GMAT Range590-730
Total Applicants

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Acceptance Rate

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Class Size115Average Work Experience48 Months
Applicant DeadlinesR1:17-Oct-2016
Decision Dates
Length of Program22 MonthsPlacement Information

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The Admissions Committee uses the essays to evaluate several aspects of the candidacy. First, your essays tell them a great deal about your career aspirations and what has shaped your life to this point. Second, your essays often reveal your strengths as well as your weaknesses.

Finally, your essays demonstrate your written communication skills. Be sure to take time to think about and carefully craft your essay responses.

The first required essay topic should give a clear idea of why you are looking to pursue an MBA, what your short-term (immediately after MBA graduation) and longer-term goals are, and why specifically you are interested in the Cox MBA program. The second and third required essays are designed to give us insight into specific professional situations in which you have excelled or learned from obstacles faced.

As always, be sure to proofread your work for both spelling and grammar. If you are applying to more than one school, be sure to double-check places where you mention a specific school. Every year, we receive at least one application that discusses the merits of another MBA program! Essays with these mistakes reflect a lack of attention to detail.

Candidates often ask if they should utilize the supplemental essay. If you have a unique experience to share with us that is not reflected elsewhere in your application, or if you have work gaps, academic problems or other issues that you would like to address, you should take advantage of submitting an optional essay. We strongly suggest you identify any issues upfront and address them here rather than wait and disclose them in person. Otherwise, please do not feel pressured to submit the fourth essay simply to fill space.

Essay 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)

Essay 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 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.

Essay 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; minimum 10 point font)

Essay 3B - 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)

Essay of your choice

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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