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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.

Texas McCombs MBA Events

The best way to get to know the Texas McCombs community & culture is by meeting us at an MBA event. Our students, alumni and admissions staff host different types of events throughout the year to give you many opportunities to explore your fit with our program and learn about our application process, curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, faculty, career services, and what it means to be part of the Longhorn Network. Our remaining 2018 events are listed below and all registrations are open!

 

Full-Time MBA On-Campus Events

Meet our MBA Admissions staff and Full-Time MBA students to learn more about the program, application process, learning environment, and student life in Austin. We offer class visits, lunches, coffee chats, McCombs tours, and other appointments throughout the year.

MBA Campus Visits | Nov. – Dec. 2018

Discover McCombs Day | Nov. 16, 2018

 

Lunch and Learns

These events give you the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge about the MBA student experience. You’ll join current students during a class weekend for lunch and a brief program overview with program staff. You may also have the opportunity to attend a class with students to experience our top-ranked faculty. If you’re already familiar with our program and have started an application, this event is for you.

Houston & Full-Time MBA Lunch & Learn Thursday Nov. 8, 2018

Executive MBA Lunch & Learn | Friday Nov. 9, 2018

Dallas/Fort Worth MBA Lunch & Learn | Nov. 17, 2018

 

Webinars / Virtual Information Sessions

If you’ve already attended an informational event and want to see firsthand why Texas McCombs is continually recognized for having some of the best faculty in the nation– Join our current MBA students as they attend one of their courses.  Review our course curriculum here.

Industry Webinars with Full-Time MBA Students | Nov. 6-8, 2018

Full-Time MBA Admissions Chat | Nov. 27, 2018

Full-Time MBA Virtual Information Session | Nov. 28, 2018

Working Professional Career Resources | Dec. 6, 2018

MBA in Houston/DFW Virtual Info Session | Dec. 12, 2018

 

Coffee Chats 

As the application deadline approaches, you may have specific questions you want to ask about your goals, background, or application. You’ll have that opportunity by meeting with a member of our admissions team or a current student. These chats act as a candid, informal opportunity to discuss the program.

Full-Time MBA Class Visits and Coffee Chats

Executive MBA Student Coffee Chats

Dallas/Fort Worth MBA Student Coffee Chats

Houston MBA Student Coffee Chats


We encourage you to stay in touch and we look forward to meeting you.

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Scholarships & Financial Aid for Working Professional & Executive MBAs

This information comes from our Working Professional and Executive MBA Admissions team.

At Texas McCombs, we recognize that pursuing an MBA is a big investment in your future. We are proud to have been ranked among the top 10 part-time MBA programs in the U.S. for the past five years.

#7 Part-Time MBA programs, U.S. News and World Report

To make your MBA future attainable as a Working Professional (WP), Texas McCombs awards financial assistance to many students to help cover the cost of education for our Evening, Executive, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston programs. In most cases, that aid comes in the form of student loans but there other options that may help fund your MBA. We invite you to review some of these below to help you better navigate this step in your MBA journey.

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Insider Tips for Completing Your MBA Application

If you have reviewed the Texas McCombs MBA application process, you are familiar with the basic steps to applying. Here are some of the steps we’ve highlighted in detail recently:

Of course, the above list does not cover everything. Each application is unique, and you may have a special situation or questions specific to your career goals or background. Our MBA admissions team has put together our Top 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions below.

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Which Part-Time MBA Program is Right for You?

This MBA Insider info comes from Sharon Barrett, Director of Working Professional and Executive MBA Admissions.

If you compare the class profiles of our Executive MBA with our Professional MBAs– Evening MBA, MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, and MBA at Houston programs– the differences can seem obvious. But there’s actually a broad grey area, where many professionals could fit well into either the Executive MBA or one of our Professional MBAs.

In the end, it’s a very personal decision about where to submit your application. But remember, it’s a two part process. You decide where you belong and the admissions committee agrees on the fit. Here is some advice on how to make an informed choice about which Working Professional MBA program to choose.

Consider Your Level & Years of Work Experience 

Average work experience for the MBA Programs:

Program 80% Range Minimum
Professional MBA 3-10.5 years 2 years
Executive MBA 9-21 years 8 years

While people with the minimum eight years of experience do join the Executive MBA, there are relatively few. Executive MBA candidates become more competitive closer to ten years of work experience. On the other side, 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 level and quality of your work experience– the impact you’ve made in your organization, advancement in your role or responsibilities, and unique accomplishments.

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