Category: Executive MBA (page 3 of 6)

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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Applying Late Cycle to the Texas Executive, Dallas/Fort Worth, or Houston MBA Programs

As we’ve stated before, the best time to apply to the Texas MBA Program is when you’re ready and can put forth your best MBA application. If you find yourself ready to apply to our Texas Executive, Dallas/Fort Worth or Houston programs now, in late spring, but think you must wait until the next year’s application cycle, you may be happy to know that these programs currently have a Rolling Deadline and are still accepting applications for the fall 2017 start date. We encourage you to consider this option.

What does “Rolling Deadline” mean?

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Applying to the Final Round of the Texas MBA Admissions Cycle

From Texas MBA Working Professional & Executive Program Admissions:

There’s an ice-breaker game often played at events called “Two Truths and a Lie,” where you make three statements about yourself, and others try to guess which statement is false.  We’ll modify that slightly here and call it “Two Truths and a Myth.”

See if you can spot the myth about applying to a Texas MBA Working Professional or Executive (WPE) Program:

  • The Texas MBA is seeking the most qualified candidates for its WPE programs in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Austin.
  • We consider a candidate’s academic performance, work experience and overall motivation in reviewing an application.
  • Candidates must apply early in the process to have a chance at being considered.

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Meet Our Part-Time MBA Programs in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, & Austin!

If you’re living in Texas or considering a move to work and/or pursue your MBA, the Texas MBA Program can offer you a path to achieve your goals without career interruption. We have top-ranked programs in all three major Texas cities:  The Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth & Texas MBA at Houston programs for working professionals, and the  Texas Executive MBA Program in Austin for experienced executives.

Start Your MBA Journey in DFW, Houston, or Austin in 2017.

Texas MBAs earn their degree in a format and location that fits their needs. What do they all have in common? A globally-recognized brand, award-winning faculty, and a large network of accomplished students and alumni making a real impact around the world. The final application deadline for these programs is May 16, 2017. Apply now to join the Texas MBA class of 2019!

 

 


Picture Yourself as a Texas MBA.

239 of the best and brightest MBA students joined the Class of 2018 in our Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, & Executive Programs this past fall. Get to know these classes in detail:


If you’re still unsure about your best MBA fit with our part-time programs, explore Which MBA Program is Right For You for more insight, or reach out to us with questions.

Finally, we strongly encourage you to connect with admissions staff & students at our next event to learn more about applying before the May 16th deadline:

Texas Executive MBA events

Texas MBA at Houston events

Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth events

We look forward to seeing you soon & reviewing your application!

Professional or Executive: Which MBA Program is Right for You?

This Insider info is from Sharon Barrett, Director of Working Professional & Executive MBA Admissions:

If you compare the class profiles of our Texas Executive MBA and our Professional MBAs (Texas Evening MBA, Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, and Texas MBA at Houston programs), the differences can seem quite obvious. But there’s actually a broad grey area, career-wise, where many professionals could fit very well in either type of program.

In the end, it’s your call on where to submit your application, but remember it’s a two way street. You decide where you belong, and the admissions committee agrees. Here is some advice on how to make an informed choice about which MBA program would be your best fit.

Consider Your Level & Years of Work Experience Carefully.

Here’s our average work experience for the Texas MBA Program:

Program 80% Range Minimum
Professional MBA 3.25-11 years 2 years
Executive MBA 8-22 years 8 years

While people with the minimum eight years of experience do join the Executive MBA program, there are relatively few. Executive MBA candidates become more competitive within the 9-10 year range of work experience. On the other hand, Professional MBA candidates must have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience, and candidates get competitive with closer to four years. The admissions committee doesn’t simply count the years, but evaluates the quality of your work experience (the impact you’ve made to your organization, advancement in your role or responsibilities, and other factors), and also your level within the organization.

Generally, students in the Executive MBA have managed people, either directly or dotted-line, as well as budgets. Some rose to this level sooner in their careers than others. If you work in a small organization, your responsibilities can elevate very quickly. There are many manager level employees in the Professional MBA programs as well, but also quite a few individual contributors.

Executive MBA candidates on the low end of work experience and unsure of whether or not they would be a fit, should request a resume review. A short chat with a member of the admissions committee can allay any doubts about whether or not your work experience is appropriate and/or competitive.

Visit a Class to Get a Firsthand Experience to Gauge Your Fit.

There’s no better way to self-assess than to sit in on an actual MBA class, especially one of the discussion-based ones. You can sign up now for an Executive MBA, Evening MBA, MBA at Houston, or MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth class visit now.

During the class, you’ll witness the collaborative and team-based environment that’s a big part of the fabric here at McCombs. The questions you should be asking yourself during your visit are: What can I contribute to this conversation? What assets would I bring to my study team?

Start Your Application by Our Next Deadline: March 7th, 2017

Texas MBAs are collegial, yet competitive. And the program you join will define your close-knit, professional network while in the program and beyond. Attend an event soon, or reach out to us with questions. Strategic thought about where you begin your relationship with the Texas MBA network sets you off on the right foot for your MBA journey and your career goals beyond the program. Ready to apply?

Hook ‘Em! \m/

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