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Working Professional Student Spotlight: Natalie Tyrrell, MBA Class of 2019

Many Working Professional MBA students, given their average age range and typical experience, may also be contemplating starting (or expanding) a family. Texas McCombs has an official Parental Accommodation Policy in order to support your family choices during your MBA, whether that means a pregnancy (you or a partner), adoption, or other specific family circumstance requiring leave.

We recently chatted with Natalie Tyrrell, Texas McCombs Evening MBA 2019, about her experience becoming a new mom while being in business school. She navigated this transition within our parental accommodation policy and hopes her experience can help future students face this challenge. Natalie is originally from St. Louis, MO and in addition to school and family, she currently works as a Director of Talent Development for a school district. She had her daughter, Edith Marie Tyrrell, in October 2018. Congrats, Natalie!

MBA Student Natalie Tyrrell and her family

The Tyrrell Family

In Natalie’s Own Words

“I am a working professional student who commutes to class from San Antonio twice a week. It would not have been feasible for me to go to class and stay in the program for the first 6 weeks or so after baby if it had not been for the parental leave policy the program offered. I was able to access video recordings of classes and complete some assignments at my own pace (of course while also staying in tight communication with the professors). Once I returned back to class, I leaned on the program office, my study group and other parents in the program to help me orient myself back into the balance of school and work– but now with a baby too. It has definitely been a challenge! I have gotten much better at asking for help and learning how to become better at prioritizing my time. I could not have accomplished this transition without the support of the MBA community.”

The Challenge of Finding Time

“Finding time to study and complete assignments was my biggest challenge. At first, I was trying to work on homework whenever I had a free moment. When I took a step back, I realized that longer stretches of work time actually worked better and caused less anxiety than squeezing things in. This has allowed me to enjoy the time I have at home with my family and be more in the moment. My husband and I have had to figure out our schedules for sharing the primary caregiver role. I could not do it without his support. 

I am 100% happy with my personal decision to continue with the program while becoming a new parent. However, it definitely means making sacrifices and relying heavily on my partner to pick up some of my slack, especially around final exam time.”

Natalie’s Advice to Future MBA Parents

Do not let being a parent and a student (and working professional) deter you from considering following your MBA dreams. Just know what you are signing up for– a few years of hard work, long hours, and some sacrifices. If you go in with your eyes open, I think you are more likely to be successful. Oh, and don’t be afraid to ask for help and a little bit of grace when you need it!”


We encourage you to review our Parental Accommodation Policy for details on the kind of accommodations it can provide. When you enter a working professional MBA program, we understand that family support is a key element.  Please let us know if you have any questions or need further info.

Student Spotlight: Lily Yap, DFW MBA Class of 2020

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Lily Yap, MBA Class of 2020

Our Dallas/Fort Worth Class of 2020 welcomed its largest class ever, with 88 new students. This is also the most international class the DFW program has ever had and the most diverse in terms of companies/organizations represented.

We recently caught up with Lily Yap, a DFW MBA student originally from San Francisco, California. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in Business Management and works on coordinating life-saving programs and operations for animal welfare services in Dallas.

Lily’s “WhyMcCombs?”

Lily was excited to see how passionate the current MBAs in her field are and looked forward to taking leadership classes. She believes classes that refine “soft” skills are extremely beneficial and looks forward to sharing her unique knowledge with other students and organizations.

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Your MBA Return on Investment

This Insider Info comes from our Director of Admissions, Rodrigo Malta.

Pursuing an MBA is a significant commitment of time and financial resources. At Texas McCombs, we understand that finding the best return on your MBA investment (ROI) is a priority. We are proud to have been consistently named a “Best Value” among Top 20 MBA programs and want to help you navigate your ROI considerations.

In addition to (McCombs) having the lowest tuition and fees out of the top 20 schools for the last two years, McCombs’ grads had the largest gap between how much students made after graduation and how much they owed." U.S. News, 2017

As you evaluate the ROI for business schools you are considering, remember that the benefits of a top-ranked MBA go way beyond the potential for a higher salary.  Growing your professional network, opportunities for personal development, and the expansion of knowledge and skills should also play a role in evaluating  ROI.

Expand Your Network

Texas McCombs is a globally recognized brand. When you join the program, you gain priceless membership in a lifelong alumni network that will continue to support and accelerate your career. Our alumni take great pride in giving back to this campus by helping mentor, support – and often hire – Texas McCombs students. Being a UT Austin alumni connects you to the most innovative leaders, thinkers, and doers around the world. You are a Longhorn for life.

The Texas McCombs Network

500,000+ UT Alumni
25,000+ MBA Alumni
100,000+ McCombs Alumni
30+ McCombs Alumni Chapters

Personal Development

As a Texas McCombs MBA, you will be connected to other highly talented individuals with varying backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures. They will inspire you, broaden your thinking and you will continually learn from one another.

Students at Google HQ for a career trek in 2017

Full-Time MBA students visit Google HQ on a Career Trek.

Career treks, global opportunities and hands-on learning projects with our MBA+ Leadership Program will help you practice and master effective teamwork, leadership, problem solving, self-reflection and assessment, and critical thinking.

The Numbers

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Navigating Your Time on the MBA Waitlist

Texas McCombs receives many applications from highly qualified applicants throughout the year. It’s impossible to fit everyone into the limited space of our program, so we have an MBA waitlist.

The waitlist can be a challenging place for applicants, given its uncertainty and lack of a clear timeline and expectations, but we feel very strongly that it is also a wonderful opportunity, an exercise in patience, and a gift of time not given to all who apply.

The waitlist is not a final decision from the MBA Admissions Committee. Rather, it is a place to wait and see what unfolds. Please explore the information below to better understand what it means to be on the waitlist, and how you can make the most of this time.

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Student Spotlight: Guilherme Junqueira, Full-Time MBA Class of 2020

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Guilherme Junqueira, MBA Class of 2020

Our Full-Time Class of 2020 is composed of 284 impressive MBAs from all over the world.  Students from outside the U.S. are a valuable part of the Texas McCombs network, bringing their individual perspective and cultural background to Austin. 24% of our 2020 Full-Time MBAs are international students.

We recently caught up with MBA ’20 Guilherme Junqueira, a student originally from Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil. His journey to Texas McCombs offers insight to future international students wanting to earn their MBA here.

Guilherme’s “Why McCombs?”

Guilherme lived in Sao Paulo for nine years where he attended university to study Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Before coming to Austin for his MBA, Guilherme worked at Oxiteno as a Lead Product Management Analyst.  

When applying to graduate school, Guilherme researched different schools and their admission process online and attended events in Sao Paulo. He expanded his research after taking the GMAT by attending Texas McCombs MBA events, and speaking with current students and alumni via phone calls and emails.

“I wanted to join a top MBA program located in a small to mid-size city and with a small class; these were important factors because I wanted to develop close connections with my classmates in a more focused program environment. After submitting my applications, I came to the U.S. to visit five schools that I had applied to; this definitely was the best way to confirm that McCombs was the best fit for me.”

He attended business school events in Sao Paulo and multi-school events such as the MBA Tour. For him, events offered clarity to understand the similarities and differences of each program. After being admitted, he attended company-sponsored pre-MBA events in both Brazil and the United States. The A.T. Kearney Bootcamp helped confirm and narrow his career priorities post-MBA. He found that he enjoyed participating in national career fairs, such as Prospanica, in career treks and entrepreneurship events.

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