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Deciding Between a Full-Time or Part-Time MBA Program

From Sharon Barrett, Director of Working Professional & Executive Texas MBA Admissions:

Are you still deciding between leaving your job to attend the MBA program full-time, or continuing to work while you earn your MBA part-time? Rest assured you’re not alone. Here are some basic questions I ask people who are grappling with this decision:

What do you want to do with your MBA?

The answer to this question can help determine whether a full-time or part-time program makes more sense for you. The majority of Texas MBA students go into the MBA program with the goal of switching jobs. Our Working Professional (WP) MBA programs – Texas Evening MBA (in Austin), Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, and Texas MBA at Houston – are an excellent fit for those looking to switch to a career in consulting, or to move into a different function within the same industry (such as operations to finance, or vice versa). The strong general management focus of the curriculum in the WP programs also gives graduates the tools they need to run a company, whether it’s their own or someone else’s. And hands-on experiences through the MBA+ Leadership Program offer students the opportunity to work on a consulting project to sharpen the skills needed for a switch.

If you’re planning a complete industry switch, say from software engineering to financial services, or moving into a specialized field such as investment banking or clean tech, then you may want to think about how your past experiences are related to these goals. If they’re completely unrelated, getting exposure and experience in this field prior to beginning your job search can be important. The Texas Full-Time MBA requires a summer internship, and the elective choices allow students to dive deep into a specific industry or area of focus to position you for a strong career pivot.

Tip: Research your target companies in advance and see if they require an internship with the company prior to full-time employment.

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Pre-MBA Work Experience: Quantity vs. Quality

When evaluating your application, our MBA Admissions Committee aims for a complete picture of your qualifications and fit with the program. It’s all about perspective. We look  at your application as if we are holding a scale, balancing all the parts.

When considering the experience on your resume, on one side there’s a raw number of years (Quantity), and on the other is your job experience (Quality).

Quantity

Say that you are the CEO of a mid-size corporation. Wonderful!  Oh, it’s your first week on the job? That’s an amazing accomplishment, but perhaps you’d still admit that your knowledge and expertise in such a new position wouldn’t be as developed as someone who’s been doing it for a few years.

Or maybe you have been in the same job for 10 years.  Wow!  No doubt you are a go-to person when it comes to that role, but could it mean that perhaps you didn’t take as much initiative or demonstrate leadership qualities required to launch you to the next level? Or perhaps you have only had a project manager role for a year, but in that time you’ve produced measurable results, saved clients money, improved processes and efficiency, and demonstrated leadership.  In these cases, the quality of your work experience matters more.

Quality

A general job title like “Project Manager” may seem lackluster, but could actually be pretty exciting.  Don’t let us make assumptions. Take every opportunity on your application to illustrate just WHAT about your job made your experience rich and rewarding.

On the flip side, a Chief Operating Office title sounds impressive, but what kind of company did you work for and how extensive were your duties?  An impressive title with naught to back it up won’t move the needle in your favor when it comes to work experience.

The take-away on work experience:  Years, titles, and accomplishments are not, by themselves deciding factors – it’s a balancing act! To help you provide us with a clear picture, here are our top tips for highlighting the quality and quantity of your work experience on your resume:

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Choosing the Right Test for Your MBA Application

So, you’ve decided that you want to apply for an MBA. Congratulations on making a fantastic decision!  But, now what?

One of the first application components that prospective students typically focus on is that dreaded standardized test.  It can be an intimidating first step. Where do you even begin? If you’ve researched our program,  you already know that the Texas MBA Program accepts both GRE and GMAT…so how do you know which exam is right for you?

First things first: The Admissions Committee doesn’t care which test you take. Honestly! We do not have a preference of exam, and do not believe that one test is better at demonstrating your preparedness for business school than the other.

Now that that’s out of the way, it’s important to think about what exam is best for you. In some cases, there may be a reason to consider taking the GMAT over the GRE, or vice versa.

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You’re Invited to Meet the Texas Evening MBA This Summer

Join us for a Texas Evening MBA Program event this summer! Information sessions and special Ice Cream Connect events are happening in June and July. This is your opportunity to meet current students & admissions staff, and get answers to all your questions about the application process.

Texas Evening MBA Ice Cream Connects

Network with current MBA students & staff, plus enjoy a cool treat at an Ice Cream Connect! We will be hosting these events in June and July at the McCombs School of Business to give you the opportunity to meet us and attend an optional class visit with students to experience the program firsthand. Hold your spot! Register now:

Texas Evening MBA Lunch Info Session in North Austin

Join our Director of Working Professional Admissions and current students for lunch at The Dogwood in Austin to learn about the Texas Evening MBA program in a small, informal setting.  Space is very limited so register now:

Texas Evening & Executive MBA Info Session

Looking fora broad overview of our program?  Learn basic details about the Texas Evening MBA and Texas Executive MBA programs at our Information Session on June 28th. Find out which program is right for you and your goals and meet admissions staff.


We encourage you to check our website for a list of all admissions events coming up throughout the summer.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

 

Apply Now to the Texas Evening MBA Program!

The Texas Evening MBA Program is a prestigious top-ranked MBA degree that you earn evenings in Austin over 2.5 years while continuing to work full-time. You’ll apply concepts to your career as you are learning at McCombs —  A globally-recognized brand with one of the biggest networks of award-winning faculty and accomplished students. Why wait to elevate your skills and open new avenues in your career?  The application for January 2018 is open:

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Take Your Career to the Next Level in 2018.

Complete your application by the May 16th Round 2 deadline and receive your admissions decision by June 23, 2017!

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Texas Evening MBA 2015 Southeast Asia Global Connections Trip

Learn More at an Event This Summer.

Join us to to take an in-depth look into what sets our program apart, meet admissions staff, current students and alumni, and ask any questions you may have.

We encourage you to check out our admissions process for all of the steps to take before, during and after you apply. Please reach out to us at TEMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu with any questions you about your application and we look forward to seeing you soon. Hook ‘Em!

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