2012 MBA Career Connections

Last week our Career Management team hosted MBA Career Connections Austin – their biggest event of the year, featuring more than 60 top employers.

Career Connections 2012 consisted of two components – a networking reception and a more traditional career fair. The networking reception, held at the Alumni Center, provided students from all Texas MBA programs with a great opportunity to meet employers and McCombs alumni in a more relaxed atmosphere. The career fair, held at Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium, took on a more traditional format – except for the fact that it was in our AWESOME football stadium (see below) – with booths and company representatives, providing an excellent opportunity for companies to put a face to the students’ resumes before they apply for their internship and full-time positions this fall or spring.

Below are some photos from the career fair:




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McCombs Climbs to Top Five for Graduate Entrepreneurship

Originally posted by Matt Turner on McCombs Today.

The education services company The Princeton Review, in partnership with Entrepreneur magazine, named McCombs and its Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship no. 5 in the nation on its ranking of Top 25 Graduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Programs.

The top three spots, in order, went to Babson College, Michigan and Brigham Young University.

This is the second year in a row for McCombs to climb in this survey, up from no. 8 last year and from ninth place in 2010. Among public schools, McCombs is second only to Michigan.

Other Texas graduate schools that hit the list in the ranking’s tenth season include Rice University (no. 4) and the Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship (no. 18). Read more ›

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American Express Intern Insight

Sofie Leon, a member of the Full-Time Texas MBA Class of 2013, spent this past summer as a Corporate Finance MBA Intern with American Express in New York City. In the video below, Sofie shares details of her internship experience.

“I really enjoyed my experience with American Express in the Global Network Services group for the Deal Analysis group covering the Americas. I found the company to reward intellectual curiosity and relationship building as successful career trajectories are often the result of proactive self-sourcing.”

To see the rest of Sofie’s interviews as part of this video series, visit the links below:

American Express Summer Intern Insights 2012 Vol. 2 Episode 2
American Express Summer Intern Insights 2012 Vol. 2 Episode 3
American Express Summer Intern Insights 2012 Vol. 2 Episode 4

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Catching Up With Cam Houser, MBA ’10

Cam Houser of 3 Day StartupCam Houser, MBA ‘10, is the CEO of 3 Day Startup, an Austin-based academic program designed to teach entrepreneurial skills and enable students to start companies.

What brought you to McCombs for your MBA?
After graduating from Davidson College in 2000, I moved to Austin to do tech startups and play in bands. Both of those endeavors worked out swimmingly: I had a blast making records and playing in Austin’s live music scene as well as working at early stage startups. The bulk of my startup experience came from a company called Despair, Inc and its sister company Amplifier. Being part of the rapid growth of these companies was a life-changing experience and the founders opened my eyes to startups and ecommerce. One of the founders of Amplifier–Joel Bush–had an MBA from Texas and I was really impressed with his wide-ranging capabilities and lens for how he viewed a business. I wanted those same skills and that same perspective on how to run a business so I decided to take the plunge at McCombs.

How did your experience here impact you?
I took away a lot from the program but here are some highlights: I am a firm believer that you are a product of your peers and being surrounded by so many smart, hardworking classmates forced me to step my game up. I did two MBA+ Projects my first semester, Read more ›

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Application Now Live for Working Professional and Executive MBA

The Fall 2013 applications are now live for Texas MBA for Working Professionals and Executives programs. Further info and instructions can be found on the Admissions pages, which are listed below for each program:

On these pages, you will find detailed instructions for completing your application, what we are looking for in applicants, application deadlines and more. Additionally, our admissions team will be hosting a Tips and Tricks to the Application webinar next month to walk you through the Fall 2013 admission process.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Good luck on your application!

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Tips and Tricks to the Full-Time Application Webinar Next Week

Have questions about the newly-launched Fall 2013 Texas MBA Full-Time application? Well, tune in to our Tips and Tricks to the Application Webinar next week and you may just find the answers you’re looking for!

Application Steps

Get detailed info on each section of the Fall 2013 Application from the Admissions Team during our Tips and Tricks to the Application Webinar next week.

Join the Admissions Team on Monday, September 24 at 12pm (CST) for the hour-long session, in which an A-Team representative will provide an overview of the entire Fall 2013 application process. During the webinar, we will walk you through the process in detail and address some of the most pressing questions about applying to the Texas MBA program.

To register for this webinar, visit the online events page on our website and follow the instructions to sign up.

We hope you can join us!

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The Full-Time Texas MBA Application Is Now Live

We’ve got exciting news – the application for the Full-Time Texas MBA program is open! For information on how to apply, visit the Applying to McCombs page on our website.

In order to make the application process go as smoothly as possible, we’ve put together detailed instructions to help walk you through the process step-by-step and explain each different element of the application. Additionally, we will be hosting a “Tips and Tricks to the Application” webinar on September 24 which will provide a complete overview of the Fall 2013 application process and address some of the most pressing questions about applying to the Texas MBA program.

The Texas MBA admissions process is highly competitive and the Admissions Committee is committed to ensuring that each application is holistically reviewed. Visit our Admissions page to find out what we are looking for in applicants.

We look forward to a great group of applicants again this year and are excited as we begin putting together the Texas MBA Class of 2015!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions throughout the process.

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Regents Approve New Graduate Business Education Center

Originally posted by Renee Hopkins on McCombs Today.

blueprintsLast week the University of Texas System Board of Regents approved a proposal for a new, $155 million, 458,000-square-foot Graduate Business Education Center. If all goes according to plan, the new building will open in February 2017, on Whitis Avenue between MLK and 20th Streets across from the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

The new building is the cornerstone of a facilities plan that also includes renovations to the existing College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Business buildings, both of which will be devoted to undergraduate education once the new building opens.

“In our current space, we can’t educate either graduate or undergraduate students the way we want to,” said Eric Hirst, McCombs associate dean. “Most importantly, we don’t have the ability to share fully the intellectual capital of the school. We’re constrained by lack of space from offering all sorts of specialized electives. We also need the space to be configured much differently than it is now. The new building will solve those problems.

“It’s a multi-step process. Once the graduate programs and students have moved into the new building, we can work on the existing buildings.”

MBA student needs are different from undergraduate student needs, said Hirst. The new building will be configured much like the kind of office environments where MBAs have worked, with space for teamwork and large-group meetings, as well as rooms for negotiations and client presentations.

“We’ll have great opportunities and lots of flexibility,” explained Hirst. “A classroom could start out large in the morning, then soundproof partitions can be brought in to make smaller rooms for new electives the afternoon.” The new building will also include state-of-the-art telecommunications capabilities to facilitate long-distance collaboration, perhaps even with Texas MBA students in the DFW, Houston, and Mexico City programs.

“We’ll be able to do the kind of things we need to do to run a modern, top-quality MBA program and remain competitive with other top programs for the best students,” said Hirst.

The building itself has not yet been designed—the image here shows a concept design for development purposes only that has not yet been approved by Board of Regents for construction.

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September Events Schedule

September Events Schedule

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McCombs Ranked 4th For Hispanic MBA Students

Hispanic Business Best Schools 2012Hispanic Business magazine ranked the McCombs School of Business the no. 4 best business school for Hispanic MBA students in their annual survey of graduate schools released this week. McCombs has placed in the top five in this survey for 14 years in a row.

The Hispanic Business ranking measures “the effectiveness of U.S. universities in attracting Hispanic students.” Hispanics make up 6.2% of McCombs’ total graduate enrollment of 534.

McCombs is a 27-year member in the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, a 17-university alliance that seeks to increase the number of minorities in MBA programs and managerial positions in business. McCombs also participates in local and national events with the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and actively recruits Hispanics at recruiting events in major cities across the United States. Additionally, the school hosts the Texas MBA Diversity Forum on campus each fall.

Top universities were qualified for inclusion through five distinct variables that illustrate the programs’ commitment to diversity measures toward Hispanics. The methodology behind the business school rankings weights most heavily the number and percentage of enrolled Hispanic students, but also takes into account: student retention rate; the percentage of full-time Hispanic faculty; the variety of student services that focus on the Hispanic community; and the reputation of the school as seen in U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings.

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