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MBA Programs in Dallas with School Information and Options

Dec 22, 2018

There are 14 schools within about 35 miles of Dallas that have Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. Read an overview of three schools, the program requirements and admission info within 20 miles of downtown and find out which is the right one for you.

Dallas Schools with MBA Programs

Students looking for MBAs in Dallas have many programs from which to choose, both inside the city limits and within driving distance of Dallas. Many offer flexible programs with weekend, evening and day classes for students with varying levels of business experience. This article looks at three schools within 15 miles of downtown and the MBA programs offered. Information about the schools, such as size and costs, is included in a table that prospective students can utilize. A few other Dallas-area schools with MBA programs are listed at the end of this article.

  • About four miles from downtown Dallas, Southern Methodist University's (SMU) Cox School of Business offers full-time, executive and professional MBA programs.
  • At The University of Dallas, about 11 miles from the city center, there are MBA programs tailored to students at all stages of their careers.
  • The University of Texas at Dallas offers full-time, executive and professional MBA programs with many program options. This school is almost 13 miles from the heart of Dallas.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring MBA students should consider many factors when choosing a school. The following table presents pertinent information about each of these institutions in a way that makes it easy to compare them.

Southern Methodist University The University of Dallas The University of Texas at Dallas
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 11,789* 2,510* 27,642*
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize city Midsize city
Average Graduate Tuition (2017-2018) $40,896* $33,750* $12,916 in-state, $25,252 out-of-state*
Distance from Downtown 3.8 mi. 10.5 mi. 12.5 mi.

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Southern Methodist University

SMU's Cox School of Business offers three MBA programs with numerous options, including study abroad and dual degrees, available within each program. Prospective students can attend information sessions held throughout the year to learn about the school and discover which program is right for them. In addition to the following programs, this college also offers an online MBA option.

Full Time MBA

There are two full time MBA programs at SMU, a one-year and a two-year program. The two-year MBA program allows students to select two areas of concentration from accounting, marketing, real estate and more, each consisting of 12 to 16 credit hours of courses. One-year students select only one of these concentrations for study. Several types of international exchange programs are available in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Executive MBA (EMBA)

This 21-month cohort program is designed for experienced business professionals. Classes are held on Fridays and Saturdays of alternating weeks. The program emphasizes global leadership, and the curriculum includes courses in organizational behavior, financial management and accounting. Students also get a firsthand look at global business through a class trip abroad.

Professional MBA (PMBA)

This is a flexible, two-year program offered during evenings and on weekends. Concentrations include strategy and entrepreneurship, financial consulting, statement analysis accounting and real estate. Students may have the opportunity to participate in an international exchange program. There are no experience requirements for admission, but students generally have a few years of business experience, a solid undergraduate academic record and strong GMAT scores.

The University of Dallas

The University of Dallas is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and located in Irving, Texas. This school offers an MBA program that can be completed in person or online. For full admission, students must have acceptable grade point averages in previous coursework plus a business academic background and meet at least two of the school's Measures of Capability, which include a graduate degree or professional managerial experience. Some students are admitted on a provisional basis.

MBA Academic Program

In 30 credit hours and 10 classes, students study subjects including management, global strategy and managerial finance.

MBA with Concentration

Accounting, cybersecurity, finance and global business are four of the 6 concentration areas from which students can choose. This MBA requires 42 credit hours and can be earned in six terms, but flexible scheduling means students can take longer to finish. Classes are offered on campus on weekends, and many are available online. The curriculum includes courses in finance, leadership, accounting and marketing.

University of Texas at Dallas

The Naveen Jindal School of Management offers several types of MBAs with daytime, weekend, evening and online classes. All programs call for 53 credit hours.

Full Time MBA

This is a traditional MBA program with on-campus classes offered in the daytime or evenings. Individuals go through the program with a group of 50 fellow students (their cohort) and graduate in 16 months. The curriculum allows them to choose 24 hours of elective courses from more than 100 hours offered and select a concentration from 15 options including healthcare management, international management and economics for managers. Admission requirements include acceptable GMAT scores, letters of recommendation and essays.

Professional MBA

Students in the PMBA program at UT - Dallas can take self-paced classes either in the evenings or online in programs that can take up to six years to complete. A professional MBA flex program is also offered two evenings a week on campus, as well as an online option. Students must present GRE or GMAT scores and resumes, but there is no requirement for working experience. Concentrations, such as internal audit or finance, can be earned with 12 hours of elective courses in one area.

Executive MBA

The EMBA program at UT - Dallas has classes for experienced professionals on alternate weekends and takes about 21 months to complete. Classes stress practical skills, not just business theory, and students are assigned a coach to work with them on leadership and developmental areas. An international trip is also part of the program. The school of business also offers an EMBA program focused on global leadership (GLEMBA).

Other School Options

Dallas Baptist University, Amberton University, Texas Wesleyan University and Texas Christian University also offer MBA degree programs. All these schools are within about 30 miles of downtown Dallas.

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