December 23, 2011

A university with strong executive education programs is a key advantage for any city trying to attract and retain major businesses, according to Henry S. Bienen, president emeritus of Northwestern University, speaking at the SMU Centennial Academic Symposium.

Cox School of Business offers numerous career development opportunities that provide individuals and organizations with a competitive edge through new knowledge and skills, as well as networking and collaboration.

Among them are two Master’s programs ranked in the upper tier by Bloomberg Businessweek in November. The Executive MBA (EMBA) for senior-level professionals was named No. 7 in the world, and the Professional MBA (PMBA), which offers part-time classes for working professionals, was listed as No. 7 in the United States. A combined total of more than 500 students are currently enrolled in both programs.

For people who want to expand their skills and enhance their professional credentials, Cox offers graduate certificates in three concentrations: business intelligence, finance and marketing. Approximately 50 students are currently enrolled in each certification program.

Executive education also covers special courses tailored to the particular needs of individuals or companies. In 2010-11, more than 1,500 executives, managers and working professionals took part in more than 50 such programs, taught either on campus or at companies’ offices.