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Full-Time MBA Concentrations: Consulting

While there are no required majors for Texas MBAs, about half of the student body chooses to concentrate in an academic discipline. While optional, these market-driven concentrations are designed to position graduates for outstanding employment prospects and can offer an advantage in today’s dynamic workplace.

Each year, approximately 20 percent of Texas MBA graduates go into consulting, joining an industry that is home to some of the brightest and most versatile talent in business today. Whether students specialize their studies or take a more generalist approach, they leave McCombs prepared in all the core business disciplines, with a foundation to rely on time and time again in any number of consulting engagements.

Students who concentrate in McCombs’ top-20 management program choose from an array of courses designed to increase skills in developing and strategically managing people and processes. Regardless of business area, consultants must have the knowledge and understanding to quickly adapt to each new project while serving as both problem-solver and creative strategist.

“Consulting requires skills that allow one to make sense of complex situations, solve difficult problems and develop creative solutions. Our program provides students with countless opportunities to develop those skills,” says James Frederickson, a professor in the department of management here at McCombs.

Consulting Brochure

Click on image to download our Consulting Brochure.

The flexible, interdisciplinary approach of the consulting concentration allows students to tailor their own consulting specialty (e.g., marketing, management, IT, public policy, etc.), while courses common to all specialties in the concentration teach students those consulting skills essential for rapid advancement in a consulting firm. The hands-on, team-based approach used at McCombs develops critical thinkers that can successfully analyze, manage, and sell projects as consultants.

Courses in the consulting concentration prepare students to lead through experience in teamwork and relationship building. Students take on roles as both leaders and team members in classroom cases, simulation exercises, and real world consulting projects. Through intensive review of business cases and participation in company projects, students learn to solve complex issues using analytical rigor, in-depth research, and strategic thinking.

Additionally, McCombs offers ample opportunities to gain hands-on experience outside of the classroom through the Graduate Consulting Group, Deloitte Consulting Challenge, and MBA+ Leadership Program.

For more information on this concentration, visit the consulting page on our website and download the brochure above.

Full-Time MBA Concentrations: Finance

While there are no required majors for Texas MBAs, about half of the student body chooses to concentrate in an academic discipline. While optional, these market-driven concentrations are designed to position graduates for outstanding employment prospects and can offer an advantage in today’s dynamic workplace.

In recent years, approximately 40% of all job offers made to Texas MBA students have been for positions in finance, making it the single largest placement area for our MBAs. With its stellar faculty and flexible curriculum, the McCombs graduate program in finance, which is recognized nationally as a top 15 program, provides you with a strong foundation while also allowing you to dive deeper into your primary areas of interest within the industry.

Outside of the classroom, the McCombs School of Business prepares you to contribute immediately in the financial sector through a variety of hands-on opportunities, from national case competitions to student-run initiatives such as the MBA Investment Fund. A strong alumni base in the world’s financial centers and industry ties to organizations that set the bar in the financial field connect you to a reputable, accessible network from the moment you set foot on campus.

“What truly sets UT apart in Finance is its numerous opportunities for fully integrated, hands-on learning. For instance, as a Manager of the MBA Investment Fund, L.L.C., I’ve not only learned how to invest from two award-winning professors, but also tested and refined this knowledge by investing real shareholder money. Further, I’ve had the opportunity to communicate and defend my decisions to a vast network of professional money managers who serve as our advisors. In short, it has been both the most challenging and rewarding experience of my academic life, and has ultimately provided unparalleled preparation for a wide variety of financial careers.” – John Dowling, MBA Class of 2013

Built on the existing faculty expertise in the Department of Finance and the McCombs School of Business, the objective of the program is to prepare MBA students for financial positions with non-financial corporations, the financial services industry, private equity firms, energy companies, and real estate firms. Based on students’ choices among a multidisciplinary set of courses in finance, accounting and other fields, students are able to develop concentrations in the areas of corporate finance, investment management, and private equity as well as energy finance and real estate finance.

One of the goals in designing the program is to provide students with the maximum flexibility possible in course selection, while ensuring that students have sufficient exposure to the academic subjects necessary to certify them as prepared for finance-related careers.

For a more detailed look into Finance at McCombs, download our Texas MBA – Finance brochure.

Full-Time MBA Concentrations: Marketing

While there are no required majors for Texas MBAs, about half of the student body chooses to concentrate in an academic discipline. While optional, these market-driven concentrations are designed to position graduates for outstanding employment prospects and can offer an advantage in today’s dynamic workplace.

“I define marketing as the creation of value for customers, capturing it for shareholders, through a sustainable competitive advantage.” Kevin Williams, Lecturer, Marketing

The marketing program at McCombs, which has been recognized among the top 15 graduate marketing programs in the country for the past 12 years in a row by U.S. News & World Report, features a flexibly designed marketing concentration which appeals to a variety of career aspirations. Year after year, around 20 percent of Texas MBA graduates choose a career in marketing, making the field one of the most popular at McCombs. Outside the classroom, the Center for Customer Insights and Marketing Solutions (CCIMS) Marketing Fellows program and the Graduate Marketing Network, along with experiential learning opportunities such as the marketing practica, MBA+ Program Industry Seminars and Marketing Projects, and various treks around the country with our Career Management team, enable strong industry interaction.

Seattle Marketing Trek 2010

Seattle Marketing Trek 2010

Tiarna Harman, a first year MBA student concentrating in marketing, talks about her experience in the program:

“I came to McCombs for a number of reasons, but primarily for its first-class marketing curriculum. As a career switcher, my priority was to leverage recruiting opportunities that would not normally be available to someone with little traditional experiential marketing.  McCombs has given me the competence to compete with students with strong marketing backgrounds through collaborative classroom engagement, as well as with a variety of collaborative, real world consulting projects.

During my first semester at McCombs, in my Analysis of Markets class, I was exposed to sophisticated marketing analytics from a teacher well-versed in the field.  Knowing how to manipulate pivot tables, regressions, and other advanced excel functions in order to meaningfully penetrate market data has given Continue reading

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