Full-Time MBA Concentrations: Finance

While there are no required majors for Texas MBAs, about half of the student body chooses to concentrate in an academic discipline. While optional, these market-driven concentrations are designed to position graduates for outstanding employment prospects and can offer an advantage in today’s dynamic workplace.

In recent years, approximately 40% of all job offers made to Texas MBA students have been for positions in finance, making it the single largest placement area for our MBAs. With its stellar faculty and flexible curriculum, the McCombs graduate program in finance, which is recognized nationally as a top 15 program, provides you with a strong foundation while also allowing you to dive deeper into your primary areas of interest within the industry.

Outside of the classroom, the McCombs School of Business prepares you to contribute immediately in the financial sector through a variety of hands-on opportunities, from national case competitions to student-run initiatives such as the MBA Investment Fund. A strong alumni base in the world’s financial centers and industry ties to organizations that set the bar in the financial field connect you to a reputable, accessible network from the moment you set foot on campus.

“What truly sets UT apart in Finance is its numerous opportunities for fully integrated, hands-on learning. For instance, as a Manager of the MBA Investment Fund, L.L.C., I’ve not only learned how to invest from two award-winning professors, but also tested and refined this knowledge by investing real shareholder money. Further, I’ve had the opportunity to communicate and defend my decisions to a vast network of professional money managers who serve as our advisors. In short, it has been both the most challenging and rewarding experience of my academic life, and has ultimately provided unparalleled preparation for a wide variety of financial careers.” – John Dowling, MBA Class of 2013

Built on the existing faculty expertise in the Department of Finance and the McCombs School of Business, the objective of the program is to prepare MBA students for financial positions with non-financial corporations, the financial services industry, private equity firms, energy companies, and real estate firms. Based on students’ choices among a multidisciplinary set of courses in finance, accounting and other fields, students are able to develop concentrations in the areas of corporate finance, investment management, and private equity as well as energy finance and real estate finance.

One of the goals in designing the program is to provide students with the maximum flexibility possible in course selection, while ensuring that students have sufficient exposure to the academic subjects necessary to certify them as prepared for finance-related careers.

For a more detailed look into Finance at McCombs, download our Texas MBA – Finance brochure.

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