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Texas MBA Working Professional Programs Rank #1 in Texas

business-2017The Texas Evening MBA, Texas MBA at Houston and Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth programs are the most prestigious, highest ranked part-time MBA programs in Texas.

Ranked #7 in the nation overall, the part-time Texas MBA programs also hold the #5 ranking among public schools in the U.S. The part-time Texas MBA programs have held top seven status for the past seven years.

Cal-Berkeley (Haas) took first place in the annual ranking. The University of Chicago (Booth) was second with Northwestern (Kellogg) placing at number three. Rounding out the top 5 were Michigan (Ross) in fourth and UCLA (Anderson) in fifth.

Amongst Texas schools, the Texas MBA program is ahead of Rice University (Jones) #24, The University of Texas-Dallas #26, Texas A&M University-College Station (Mays) #30, The University of Houston (Bauer) #43 and Southern Methodist University (Cox) #51.

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Texas MBA Alumni @ SXSW Interactive

SXSW Interactive and McCombs Entrepreneurship Night are quickly approaching! Several of our talented Texas MBA alumni and current student entrepreneurs will be present on March 12 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. to talk about their startups and network with attendees. Check out which alumni and current students will be attending below and find out more about UT Austin’s presence at SXSW with #UTatSXSW.

Company Name
Grad Year
Entrepreneurship Night?
SXSWi Trade Show?
Bravo Tip or Pay Maria Luna 1993 Yes Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
YouRefund Omar Garza 2017 Yes Sunday, March 13,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Merivis Foundation Kate Perez 2015 No Sunday, March 13,
2 p.m. -6 p.m.
Renovate Simply Will Mitchell 2015 Yes Sunday, March 13,
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
 3 Day Startup Cam Houser  2010  Yes Monday, March 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 soFetch Renae Donus  2000  Yes Monday, March 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
TradePending Brice Englert 2004 Yes Monday, March 14,
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
TripRiff Jeremy Sapriel 2016 Yes Monday, March 14,
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Cybernance Charlie Leonard 2015 No Tuesday, March 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Knock Knock Rebecca Tongsinoon 2008 Yes Tuesday, March 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lady Epicure Gourmet Tenaj Ferguson 2017 Yes Tuesday, March 15,
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Ordoro Naruby Schlenker 2010 No Tuesday, March 15,
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Plot Guru Justin Key 2016 No Wednesday, March 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Skoop Martin Oberli 2006 Yes Wednesday, March 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
BeatBox Beverages Aimy Steadman 2013 Yes  
eyeQ Michael Garel 2012 Yes  

It’s not too late to register to attend McCombs Entrepreneurship Night! All attendees will need to RSVP below:

Register for McCombs Entrepreneurship Night
Note: Due to capacity restrictions, registration does not guarantee entry.

The Texas MBA will also have a booth at the SXSW Interactive Trade Show, Sunday, March 13 through Wednesday, March 16. If you’re attending the conference and/or Trade Show, please stop by our booth to say hello and for the chance to win some Texas MBA swag!


SXSWi 2016: McCombs Entrepreneurship Night & Trade Show Booth Info

SXSW 2016 is almost here! The Texas MBA will have a booth at the SXSW Interactive Trade Show, March 13-16. If you’re attending the conference and/or Trade Show, please stop by our booth to say hello and for the chance to win some Texas MBA swag!


You’re Invited to McCombs Entrepreneurship Night!

What happens when you combine SXSWi with McCombs’ renowned faculty, world class students and alumni, and Austin’s hottest tech startups? McCombs Entrepreneurship Night!

Kick off SXSW with the Texas MBA. We’ll be having a reception during SXSWi with SXSW attendees, local entrepreneurs, and McCombs students, faculty, alumni, & prospective students. We will also be showcasing some McCombs startups. All attendees will need to RSVP below:

Register for McCombs Entrepreneurship Night
Note: Due to capacity restrictions, registration does not guarantee entry.

We’ll see you at SXSW! Hook ‘Em!

Exploring Career Paths with Texas MBA Career Management

From Michelle Hardy, Director of MBA Employer & Alumni Engagement

Each year, Texas MBA Career Management leads Treks to various cities to visit the main offices of different companies, giving students a great opportunity to learn more about their industry of interest and allowing them to become more familiar with the culture at these companies. Visits typically consist of presentations, Q&A sessions, and numerous opportunities for networking with alumni and executive management.

Texas MBA students at the Google corporate office during the 2015 Bay Area Trek.

Texas MBA students at the Google corporate office during the 2015 Bay Area Trek

I have been on the Texas MBA Career Management team since 2007. My first role was as a Career Advisor for the  Texas Full-Time MBA program. On my second day of work, I found myself on a plane to San Jose, California with 30 students from the Class of 2009 for a Bay Area Trek. That was one of two treks planned in that school year–the other was a fall trek to New York City for Wall Street Investment Banking and Financial Services. Fast forward to Spring 2016: I am now on the MBA Employer Relations team (formed in 2010) and we have planned 15 student Career Treks for the 2015-2016 school year.

Clearly, we have seen a lot of change in the past eight years. One of the biggest trends has been an enormous increase in student career interest in the West Coast. When I started at McCombs, 9% of our graduates landed jobs on the West Coast–we’ve nearly doubled that percentage with the class of 2014! Interest in technology companies has exploded, making it a large area of focus for our Employer Relations team.

Complementing those two trends, West Coast tech companies have been opening offices and/or growing their corporate presence in Austin i.e., Facebook, Google, Apple, Cisco Systems, eBay, PayPal, VMware and Electronic Arts just to name a few. We continue to build our relationships with these firms, as well as seeking new opportunities.

We have also seen every facet of student interest in entrepreneurship increase, from coming into the program already running a firm, or founding a company in business school, to working at a startup or fast growing company post-graduation.

Texas MBA Students at the Intel Corporate Office as part of the 2015 Bay Area Trek

Texas MBA students at the Intel corporate office during the 2015 Bay Area Trek

In response, we have created many unique opportunities for MBA students to network with and connect to the startup community. We now host a biannual McCombs Entrepreneurship Night, which showcases startups founded by McCombs MBA students and/or alumni.

That event is held in conjunction with Austin Startup Week in the fall and during SXSW Interactive in the spring. We capitalize on SXSW, hosting a student-run booth during the SXSW trade show, allowing those students access to the 400+ companies showcased during the week-long event. The contacts we make during these events are invited to our Entrepreneur Society (ES) events during the school year, such as the Pitch Party in the Fall and ES Connex in the spring, a networking night for local startups looking to hire interns or full-time candidates.

The one thing that holds true across my tenure with the Texas MBA is the importance of our alumni as the key to companies opening their doors to our students.

We created a new team last year under the MBA Employer Relations umbrella to focus on MBA alumni engagement with both current and prospective students. We have come a long way and are excited about the future employment opportunities that await our Texas MBAs!

The Texas MBA Career Treks scheduled for the 2016-2016 school year include:


Houston Energy Finance
Houston CleanTech
Houston Investment Banking (Twice!)
Houston Consulting

Dallas Marketing
Dallas Consulting
Dallas Asset Management

Austin Marketing
Austin Asset Management
Austin Startup
Austin Big Tech

New York

New York Investment Banking


Bay Area



A Texas MBA Degree = A Head Start to Your Dream Career

That six figure salary; The desire to travel the world; The ambition to make a difference. These are some of the reasons  that bring us to business school and we all hope to fulfill these aspirations through that dream job at the end! At McCombs, the faculty strives to help us to do exactly that through the many resources the business school has to offer.

If you see the class BA181 in the MBA curriculum and wonder what it’s about, I’m sure you are not alone. When I came to business school, I was surprised to find not only core classes in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Marketing and Operations but also one dedicated to Career Management. This unique class is perfectly designed to prevent the ever-busy MBA from losing sight of that end goal: To not just get a job, but the right job. It is led by an extremely talented Career Management team who provide you with a road map to reach your goal. Outside of class, they are always accessible to provide advice on topics ranging from career switching, networking, resume writing, interviewing, or sometimes just providing a shoulder to lean on for advice.

Besides a dedicated Career Management team we also have access to communication coaches who help up build our brand and communication skills through personal coaching sessions. Being an international student still learning the ropes of a new culture, these resources have been extremely useful to me. I am able to walk up to the team with questions that sometimes seem silly to me, but have always gotten the support I need. This has helped me greatly during networking events and career fairs. Learn More.

Our schedules are packed with information sessions and networking events with over 350 companies visiting campus! This can sometimes get stressful with homework, exams,  and networking all happening at once, but it has opened up a world of opportunities.

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           Networking Reception at McCombs Career Fair          

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 Tech Trek visit to Facebook

Career resources come in many forms and one of the most valuable is the UT network. Being part of this big network gives you access so alumni and seniors who are always willing to help the next generation of graduating MBAs. My personal experience reaching out to alumni has always been extremely pleasant. They are always willing to take time out for students from their Alma Mater no matter how busy their schedule. The collaboration that the Texas MBA program fosters stays with you long after you leave school. Alumni and staff are always there to help you succeed.

Finally, the biggest resource offered is the University of Texas and McCombs brand. Every day I learn of the many doors this brand opens up to students. With alumni spread across many industries and companies all around the world, the brand brings with it immense opportunities that I am learning more about every day.

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