What makes the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) first among equals is its dynamic, interactive format. From the moment you arrive on campus, you are a full participant in the whole educational experience — at the very center of the action. "SWGSB is unique — and the concept so compelling" is the constant refrain. Small class sizes allow you to bond with all of your classmates, not just a few. At every turn, you are challenged to take an active role in your education, learning from instructors and sharing your knowledge and experiences with your peers. The result is a dynamic, graduate-level program that creates leaders and achievers.

From essential core elements to the latest management strategies, SWGSB is a true collaborative style of learning. Empowering you to gain complete mastery of leadership, this sure-fire approach is transformative, hands-on executive education. And only SWGSB delivers it.

The SWGSB Experience

At SWGSB, we provide an atmosphere that fosters friendships and professional alliances. We call it the "SWGSB Experience," and it brings out the best in people, profits, and performance. Classes are held at the renowned SMU Cox School of Business, which Bloomberg Businessweek ranks among America’s finest. From SWGSB’s proprietary online bank simulation — BankCEO — to its one-of-a-kind Living Case Study, this is leadership education at the corporate level. The results are impressive, catapulting many to the pinnacle of their institutions.

The SWGSB Experience means:

  • A curriculum tailored to areas of specialization through a variety of electives
  • Educational approaches created by leaders for leaders
  • Faculty exclusive to SWGSB
  • Small classes with exceptional faculty, peer, and student interaction
  • Leadership and team-building exercises that offer unsurpassed career enhancement
  • Merit-based scholarships providing superior return on investment
  • Unrivaled SWGSB-SMU MBA options for further study and career advancement

All programs are considered industry updates and are conducted in group-live format. Completion of a presession assignment is required. The recommended prerequisite for attending SWGSB is three to five years' experience in the financial services industry, a regulatory agency, or a business or agency affiliated with the financial services industry.

Program Dates and Investment

  • Monday, May 28, 2018 - Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • $4,495 (per year) — inclusive of tuition, room and board, and all digital classroom materials.

Who Should Attend

  • Financial services managers with a minimum of three years' experience, currently in mid- or senior-level management positions
  • Technical professionals making a transition into management
  • Those who hold a management position at a federal or state regulatory agency, non-bank financial subsidiary of a bank holding company, or a firm providing services to banks.
SW Graduate School of Banking Learning Pyramid


The first session is focused on problem-solving skills. Here the indispensable tools needed to measure performance, evaluate risk, and manage the organization are emphasized — the tools required for superior performance. The first resident session lays the foundation for the overall program.

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The core curriculum includes:
  • Bank Finance and Risk Management
  • Asset Liability Management
  • Bank Investments
  • Financial Economics
  • Bank Regulation
  • Bank Operations and Technology
  • Credit Analysis and Case Studies
  • Living Case Study on Bank Performance

During the second session, the emphasis is on management and leadership of various functions, departments, products, and the overall bank. Here you will be led by world-renowned instructors and New York Times bestselling authors on the art of leadership. In addition, the curriculum focuses on the macro environment and the impact this has on the industry and the future of your organization. And you begin to tailor the program with your choice of career-enhancing electives.

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The core curriculum includes:
  • Enhancing Your Leadership Skills
  • Money and Capital Markets
  • Loan Portfolio Management
  • BankCEO (a competitive bank simulation program)
  • Living Case Study on Bank Management
  • Extensive Selection of Electives

The final session focuses on mastering your strategic planning and visioning skills and cumulates in building a strategic outline in your Living Case Study. Your first-class faculty guide you to the development of strategic solutions to problems and issues facing the industry. Now you can say you are a SWGSB grad!

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The core curriculum includes:
  • Strategic Risk Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • BankCEO (a competitive bank simulation program)
  • Building Lasting Value for Shareholders
  • C-Suite Panel of Experts
  • Living Case Study on Strategic Planning
  • Extensive Selection of Electives

Exclusive Online Simulation: BankCEO

BankCEO is SWGSB's own bank simulation technology. Developed by SWGSB for the exclusive use of SWGSB participants, this custom learning microcosm provides a vastly superior approach to acquire knowledge of the total bank. SWGSB has modernized the bank simulation experience to meet the digital age — making it truly reflect the real world of banking. With interactive screens, test runs, instant results, and displays that compare teams using various criteria and statistics, BankCEO offers participants unparalleled insights. The result is a one-of-a-kind experience that distills years of bank management down to a series of well-focused decisions and applications. This online, web-based adaptation revolutionizes the bank simulation, further allowing you to interact and learn from your peers, in or out of the classroom!

Living Case Study

The Living Case Study brings to life what other schools teach just on paper. At SWGSB alone, you will find this highly effective teaching method that is completely guided by your personal input and responses. You have a rare opportunity to analyze and study a real-world bank, propose changes, and interact with its top management. Each year SWGSB develops a new Living Case Study examining another bank and its most creative ideas. It's a powerful, full-on way to test drive your education, interact and learn firsthand from the bank’s senior management, and understand what it takes to lead a financial institution into the 21st century. Year after year, your peers rate this as one of the most insightful aspects of the program, bar none — and it’s made available to you by SWGSB, exclusively.

Other Programs

By attending SWGSB Foundation programs, participants are assured of education at the corporate level. Unlike its peers, SWGSB Foundation conducts educational programs year round, including: