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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Welcome Back Students!

With classes officially starting today here on the UT-Austin campus, we just wanted to say – WELCOME BACK!

For students in several of our programs this welcome is a little late, as you already started classes, and for others a little early, since you have yet to begin. Regardless, we’re very happy to have you at McCombs. Everyone in the MBA Program Office has worked incredibly hard over the summer to get ready for the semester ahead, and we have a lot of great things planned. Stay tuned.

It’s going to be another amazing semester and we’re glad you could join us for it.


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Texas Enterprise Speaker Series Presents Professor Vijay Mahajan

The Arab World Unbound: Tapping into the Power of 350 Million Consumers

As the global marketplace continues to expand, so do opportunities to invest, especially in the Arab World. Collectively the ninth-largest market in the world, the Arab world consists of 22 countries and has more than 350 million consumers.

But the Arab market is generally not well understood by outsiders. This is your opportunity to learn about the Arab markets, based on Dr. Vijay Mahajan’s firsthand research and interviews.

In his presentation on September 4, Professor Mahajan will peel away Western-world stereotypes of Arab consumers to reveal diverse, vibrant and entrepreneurial consumer markets. Through Mahajan’s rich blend of data and anecdotal observations, you will learn how hundreds of local and multinational companies (such as Coca-Cola, Unilever, and Proctor & Gamble) have already learned how to respect the region’s culture and religious norms and to create successful businesses in Arab markets. Mahajan will share their successful strategies.

Dr. Vijay Mahajan’s new book on this subject, The Arab World Unbound: Tapping into the Power of 350 Million Consumers (Wiley Jossey-Bass Publishing), was released in August 2012.

Vijay Mahajan holds the John P. Harbin Centennial Chair in Business at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.

For more information and to register, visit the event web page.

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Motivated By Change

Originally posted by Danielle Wells on McCombs Today.

Arthur Mills IV

Arthur Mills IV, BBA ’96, MBA ’04, has enjoyed a career that’s taken him from financial services, to consumer packaged goods, to his current role as director of project management and strategic initiatives at Fulton County Schools in Atlanta. He also interviews prospective McCombs students and frequently speaks on panels at Explore McCombs events.

Mills discusses what it takes to transition from the private to public sector and how his business background prepared him for a career in education reform.

What were some of the highlights of your undergraduate years at McCombs?

The contextual lessons I learned from Steven Tomlinson, Jim Nolen, Sara White and Herb Miller, to name a few, have endured throughout my career. I also enjoyed working in the Dean of Students Office mentoring other students in the program. I’m especially proud to have been another friendly resource for guidance and support for other African American business students.

What did you do after graduation?

I was fortunate to have interned with GE Capital, so I spent the first years after college working in finance and risk management. I also worked for BNSF and later, Dell, building my experience in new industries and in varying corporate cultures. Those first few years created the foundation for my career and were highly valuable.

What did it feel like to come back as a graduate student?

The campus had changed a great deal between my undergraduate and graduate years on campus. Yet, I felt like I was home, in a place where I could succeed, make amazing connections, and prepare for whatever the future had in store for my career.

What did you do after graduating with your MBA?

I did my MBA internship in a strategy and finance role with General Mills, in Minneapolis. Emblematic of my career, a move to consumer-packaged goods Read more ›

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Fall 2013 Full-Time Application Essays Now Available!

The new essays for the Fall 2013 Full-Time MBA application are now available!

The Admissions Committee is looking forward to reviewing your applications and we just wanted to give you a few (hopefully helpful) pointers.

  1. Essays: We are looking to get a sense of who you are as a person. The essays are expected to be a reflection of your story, your goals and how the Texas MBA could help you along your journey. We are not trying to trick you and there is no one “right” answer. You are the one who is best equipped to talk about you and you are the person who we want to learn more about.
  2. GMAT/GRE: There is a lot of anxiety around the new Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT. As a reminder, we accept both the GMAT and the GRE and we have no specific preference for either test. The application review at the Texas MBA program is truly a holistic one and this means that no one factor is more important than any other factor. This approach also applies to the newly introduced Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT. In order to better understand how we at Texas will use this new information, it is important to first consider the impetus behind the change. As described by GMAC, this new section is meant to evaluate candidates’ ability to synthesize, evaluate, organize and manipulate complex data as they are expected to do during the MBA program. More information can be found at Our admissions officers will review the scores from the new Integrated Reasoning section, along with the rest of the components of the GMAT scores. As with our earlier processes, applicants will be given credit for the highest total score and the related sub-section scores. For the coming 2012-13 admissions season, we will review each applicant’s file as a complete package and be as flexible as necessary to assess each individual applicant’s academic preparation in the most positive light possible. As we develop more experience with this new section over the coming admissions seasons, we will have more specific guidance on average scores for our applicants and admitted students.
  3. Visit Us: We believe that the best way to get to know us is for you to come to visit us. We are also on the road right now and coming to a city near you – check our events calendar!
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August Events Schedule

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Meet Our Admissions Team On The Road!


From São Paulo to Los Angeles, New York to Beijing, and many more cities in between, the Texas MBA Admissions team is out on the road to meet the class of 2015. We are joining the best MBA programs from around the globe on the top MBA tours and we want you to meet us there.

This fall introduce yourself to the Texas MBA Program by attending Forte Foundation Forum, QS World MBA Tour, Kaplan’s Road to Business School, The MBA TourConsortium MAPS, and Inside the MBA Tour events in a city near you.

These events are an ideal opportunity to get a jump start on your MBA experience and application process. Our admissions officers will be on hand with alumni to answer your questions about everything, including our #1 ranked faculty, top-notch career management team, and flexible curriculum, as well as offer insight on how to best approach the application process.

Check out our events calendar to see where we will be and when. We look forward to meeting you!

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Catching Up With Max Amurao, MBA Class Of 2012

I recently caught up with Max Amurao, a member of the Texas MBA at Dallas-Fort Worth class of 2012, to ask about his career, his experience in the program, and how he plans to spend his time after graduation.

Max Amurao PhotoMax, can you tell me a little bit about what you do?
My official title is Director of Radiation Safety at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. I’m also an adjunct assistant professor in the Radiology Department at Georgetown University Medical Center, and practice clinically as a Medical Imaging Physicist. I know it’s a lot of highfalutin words, but basically if something at the hospital has anything to do with radiation, lasers, or magnets then I’m involved with it at some point.

I heard that you recently won an award – what was that for?
The award I just won was an internal award as an “Outstanding Volunteer Professor” for teaching Physics to Radiology Residents (physicians in training). Interestingly enough, they actually need this information – among many other things/topics – to pass their specialty board exams in Radiology. The graduating class (who all passed) was kind enough to recognize my efforts.

Why did you want to get an MBA and how will it help you achieve your career goals?
I wanted to see the broader picture of the ecosystem that I was working in. As a medical physicist, I was able to delve into the technical, clinical/medical, and even academic aspects of healthcare delivery – but I quickly realized that the financial and managerial aspects were critical components of the whole process. I was “hooked” after realizing that, and I knew that enrolling in a respected/reputable MBA program was the best way forward. In broad strokes, my career goal is to be in a leadership position at the confluence of technology, healthcare and business. The first step in progressing toward that goal is a solid educational foundation and I consider myself incredibly lucky and blessed to have earned my PhD and MBA from University of Texas programs.

So, did you commute every other weekend from DC? Of all the options out there, why did you choose the Texas MBA at Dallas-Fort Worth?
I started the program while I was living in Dallas while working at Baylor Health Care System. It was exactly what I needed – I was a mid-career professional, with a non-business background, who needed the formal education while keeping my full time job. I was a “local” Dallas student for a year. I then moved to Durham, North Carolina for a Read more ›

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Where Are Texas MBAs Interning? [Interactive Map]

Curious about where students in our full-time program are completing their summer internships? The map below shows where several members of the Texas MBA Class of 2013 are spending the break from school and what they are working on.

For more information on each student, click on their photo in the map below.

View Where Are Texas MBAs Interning This Summer? in a larger map

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