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Student Spotlight: Ricardo Robles, Houston MBA Class of 2020

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Ricardo Robles Jr. Houston MBA Class of 2020

This past fall, 84 new MBA students started at Texas McCombs as part of the Houston MBA Class of 2020!

We recently caught up with Ricardo Robles Jr., a Houston native who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He has worked as an engineer at Pacific Drilling, an engineering consultant at Lloyd’s Register and is currently a Senior Specialist for Performance at Rowan Companies.

Ricardo’s “Why McCombs?”

Ricardo first saw an MBA as a “springboard” for developing his skills in business and expanding his network. He believed an MBA would accelerate his professional progression and open up new avenues for success. He is most excited to continue building relationships in the program that will impact him for the rest of his life.

“Texas McCombs was always at the top of my choices for multiple reasons: the reputation of the program, the excellent professors, and the global network to name a few. Analyzing the program on paper put it on the top of my list but meeting the staff and other prospective students through information sessions made me sure that Texas McCombs was the right choice for me.”

McCombs Impact 

Ricardo’s notable experiences include studying statistics with real world applications and collaboration with students from different backgrounds.

“The diversity of the student body has really helped me refine my collaboration skills with people who may be very different from me. Collaboration has been a major part of this program from the beginning and I’m looking forward to working with my classmates more.”

Ricardo’s Advice to You

For those of you interested in applying for your MBA at Texas McCombs, Ricardo has some advice for you:

“Attend an information event!. They are helpful at every stage of the process. Whether you are still wondering if an MBA is the right choice for you or which program you should pursue at Texas McCombs, events are a great resource to experience the culture and talk to current students.”


Visit Texas McCombs MBA  to find out more about all our programs, events and community, or join the #WhyMcCombs conversation on Twitter. Hook ’em!

Student Spotlight: Taina Schuster, Houston MBA Class of 2020

Taina Schuster,
Houston MBA Class of 2020

Our Houston Class of 2020 welcomed 84 new students this year. Our representation of women in Houston grew from 27% to 32% and we were also excited to see that 29% of these MBAs are international students from 15 different countries.

We recently chatted with Taina Schuster, MBA ’20 and President of the Houston Graduate Business Council. Taina is originally from Brasilia, Brazil and received  her BBA in Marketing at UniCEUB.  She currently works with Houston Eye Associates. 

Taina’s “Why McCombs?”

Taina always knew that she wanted have a strong impact on society. She plans to get her MBA to provide her with a broad and diverse learning experience and to be able to quickly grow her career.

“The key factors for me in choosing Texas McCombs were the strong Alumni network and the school’s commitment to a diverse classroom. I believe that diversity builds a stronger and more creative work environment, especially in the business world where there is still a lot of room for improvement. It was really important for me to find a school that had similar values and was a good cultural fit. Coming from Brazil, where I got my undergrad and where most of my network was, I knew I needed a school with a strong brand and excellent connections in order to succeed.”

Student Leadership 

The Graduate Business Council (GBC) gives student leaders the opportunity to work directly with program leadership on to oversee the development, improvement, and maintenance of a strong sense of community and pride within the MBA program. GBC serves to promote diversity and inclusivity across all MBA programs.

“As GBC’s Chief Student Body Officer, I am working as a liaison between students and administration to make sure the student body is fully represented and involved. The Graduate Business Council is one of many opportunities for leadership that McCombs offers to students. For me, it was a great way to combine my passion for diversity and inclusion and provide the connection to get to know everyone in our class better.”

McCombs Impact

Taina notes that she had to refine her time management skills in order to succeed in the program. She says her favorite experience from McCombs so far was a Business Integrity class with Professor Christopher Meakin.

During the MBA, and especially in the professional program, you will have multiple projects and managing your time efficiently is extremely important in order to succeed. The Business Integrity class approaches one of the most important subjects in business in my opinion, with discussions from ethical dilemmas to corporate social responsibility. It was amazing to see the entire class collaborating, having strong discussions about the study cases and sharing their points of view.” 

Taina’s Advice to You

“Talk to as many people as you can about the program and learn about their experiences and challenges. Definitely reach out to alumni and current students and don’t be afraid to ask questions. One common characteristic I found along the McCombs network is that everyone is always willing to chat, answers your questions or put you in contact with the right person.”


Visit Texas McCombs MBA  to find out more about all our programs, events and community, or join the #WhyMcCombs conversation on Twitter. Hook ’em!

Completing Your 2019 MBA Application

Happy 2019! A new year brings new inspiration and the opportunity to change your life through an MBA degree. To help you stay on track to apply to Texas McCombs this year, we’ve put together an easy guide to all of our application resources below.

Still Deciding Between a Full-Time or Working Professional MBA?

Just Started Your Application or Starting Soon?

Starting your MBA application only takes a few minutes and you can come back to it any time. The below list does not cover everything you may need – each application is unique – but it’s a good place to get started.

Financing Your MBA

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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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