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Landing Your Dream Job with Texas MBA Career Management

A big part of your MBA journey begins after you graduate– You’ll move up in your industry, transition into a different industry, or leverage your strong McCombs network to establish your own business ventures.

At the Texas MBA Program, our Career Management & Employment Services teams are devoted to making sure that no matter where your career takes you next, you”ll be successful.

salary stats Texas MBA. 93% accepted jobs for 2016. average salary $113.481.

Your Texas MBA degree starts paying dividends immediately. In 2015, Forbes named us the 3rd-highest return on investment (ROI) among all public MBA programs in the U.S.

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Essay Writing Tips from Texas Full-Time MBA Admissions

The below is from Stacey Kammerdiener, Senior Texas Full-Time MBA Admissions Officer

As you think about how to approach the essays in your Texas Full-Time MBA application, your best shot at successfully answering the essay prompts is to approach them thoughtfully. The purpose of these essays is to understand why you want to attend McCombs and to learn more about you professionally and personally. While it may be tempting, do us (and yourself) a favor and avoid the snooze-fest/shock-factor extremes. Instead, approach your essays genuinely and with reflection.  Armed with a few insider tips from the Admissions Committee below, you will be well on your way to submitting a strong application.

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The 2017-2018 Texas Full-Time MBA Application Details

If you’re ready to take your career to the next level and gain access to one of the largest alumni networks in the world, now is the time to start preparing to apply to the Texas Full-Time MBA Program!

The application will officially open later this summer, but we are happy to announce the new application deadlines and essay topics so you can stay ahead of the application process. Please review the 2017-2018 application deadlines below.

Fall 2018 Application Deadlines

Round Application Deadline Decision Notification
1 October 10, 2017
Priority deadline for scholarships & fellowships
December 19, 2017
2 January 9, 2018 March 29, 2018
Final Round April 3, 2018 May 10, 2018

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The Texas Full-Time MBA Class of 2018

The Texas MBA Program is currently ranked #16 in the country by U.S. News & World Report, making McCombs #1 in the thriving state of Texas! The McCombs network is over 495,000 strong and consists of faculty, students, and alumni making a real impact around the world.

The Texas Full-Time MBA Program received more than 2,500 applications this past year and is excited to welcome the Class of 2018 to the Forty Acres this August! Get to know more about our incoming full-time class*:

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Student Profiles:

Colin Hogan

Colin is a native Texas & SMU graduate working in the Bay Area as Associate Brand Manager for Ubisoft Entertainment, the world’s third-largest video game publisher. He was a member of the two-person launch team for South Park: The Stick of Truth and four-person launch team for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. While he enjoys working in the gaming universe, Colin hopes to become a brand/product manager in an industry such as consumer packaged goods, retail, or tech, and make his way long-term to a VP of Marketing role. His wife is also joining the Longhorn family and starts the Masters of Education program this fall!

Ashley Hemphill

Ashley is a New Orleans native & LSU graduate who has been working in Shanghai for the past two years living out every little kid’s dream – working for Walt Disney.  She’s a Senior Financial Analyst for Imagineering, and has managed the budget for projects like “Mickey Avenue” and “Gardens of Imagination.” (Shanghai Disney just opened this June!)  She’s excited to come back to the states to enjoy some good Tex-Mex food, watch some college football, and pursue her dream of becoming a high-level executive in corporate strategy for a major global resort company. She is also a Forte Fellow and looks forward to becoming involved in Board Fellows and the China Business Association.

Joey Martin

Joey has been an officer in the Marine Corps since 2006, piloting the KC-130 Hercules transport plane. He’s lived in Afghanistan, California, and has most recently found himself in Newburgh, NY, where he spends his spare time with his wife and daughter, Elle. He’s also an ordained minister, so if you’re in need of a wedding officiant, Joey is your guy!  He hopes to pursue a career post-MBA in the healthcare consulting field, and has a passion for diabetes research and technology improvement.

Nina Hitchins

Nina comes to McCombs from Sydney, Australia byway of Boston, MA. After earning a degree in Resource Economics from the University of Sydney, she began her career as an economist working for the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics.  Most recently, Nina has served in a Senior Analyst role at NERA Economic Consulting. Her background as an energy policy advisor and energy consultant has given her an appreciation for the role of business in achieving both profitable and conscionable outcomes. Nina is convinced that the path to a clean economy will be paved by business, and she wants to be one of the architects.  Post MBA, Nina will position herself to become a clean energy strategic advisor and eventually an executive of a global renewable energy firm.

Josh Berrington

Josh was born and raised in southern California. He attended California State University – Stanislaus where he was a scholarship student-athlete playing on the men’s baseball team while discovering his love for marketing. He became highly passionate about healthy food CPG marketing and has spent his career as a brand manager for California Natural Products (CalNaturale Svelte) and Solazyme. Last year at Solazyme, he led the launch of the world’s first algae-based cooking oil into retail stores. His passion for food and entrepreneurship led him to create and refine an innovative food startup called Q’ello. During the 2015-16 application cycle, Josh entered this startup idea into the TVL Scholarship and walked away with the top prize.

Learn more about how you can join the next Texas Full-Time MBA class by checking out our admissions process, and see why the Texas MBA is the greatest value for your money on U.S. News & World Report.

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*Class profile statistics for the Texas Full-Time MBA Class of 2018 are subject to change. Final numbers are not available until the 12th class day.

Build Your Entrepreneurial Skill Set with Texas Venture Labs

The McCombs School of Business and the Texas MBA Program are currently ranked 6th in the nation for entrepreneurship and offer many unique resources in one of America’s most innovative cities to prepare students for new business ventures. One of the best resources for aspiring entrepreneurs at McCombs is Texas Venture Labs.

 Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (TVL) is a campus-wide initiative to accelerate startups in taking their innovations to market in order to transform graduate students into entrepreneurs and business leaders. As a Texas MBA, you’ll have access to the many resources that TVL has to offer. From pairing up with local startups for a semester-long consulting project, to having the opportunity to compete in the annual Investment Competition, TVL can help you build the skills that you need to turn your ideas into a successful business venture.

TVL Resources Available to Texas MBA Students Include:

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Texas MBA students admitted to the TVL Practicum program have the opportunity to participate in a semester-long consulting project with local Austin startups. You’ll gain real-world experience by providing research and consulting services to aid startups in taking their products to market and making funding decisions.

New Venture Creation:

The New Venture Creation course introduces students to the concepts and issues involved in evaluating and creating a new business venture.  By the end of the course, you will be able to evaluate business opportunities as an entrepreneur or investor for startups and established companies.

TVL Scholarship Competition:

In coordination with the McCombs School of Business, TVL has created the TVL Scholarship, a unique program for entrepreneurial students interested in attending business school. It is a competitive scholarship that is awarded each February. The winner of the TVL Scholarship also receives consideration for admission of their company into the TVL Accelerator upon graduation, consideration for a post-graduate position as a Venture Partner, as well as continued support from TVL throughout the development of their company.

Scholarships were awarded to two first-place winners at this year’s competition:

  • Josh Berrington, for Q’ello – a plant-based milk that is completely traceable and delivered right to your door.
  • William Wilder, for Wilder Systems – a business that supplies automated tools to the aerospace industry to improve productivity and quality.

2016 TVL Scholarship winners Josh Berrington (left) and William Wilder (right)

Venture Partner Position:

The Venture Partner (VP) position gives graduate students the opportunity to work on their startups the first year after graduation. Graduates work for TVL in a full-time position and receive salaries and benefits while working on their own ventures. VP Companies currently in operation include EquipBoard, a website that connects fans with celebrities’ gear, Escapaide, a mobile concierge service for hotels, GFree in the City, a gluten-free consulting service, UrbanDish, a sustainable food focused fast casual restaurant, and BeatBox Beverages, an alcoholic beverage manufacturer.

TVL Investment Competition:

The Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC) is designed to mimic the real-world process of raising venture capital. Students from The University of Texas at Austin present their ideas for new businesses and receive invaluable feedback from entrepreneurs and investors. Many TVLIC competitors go on to launch their businesses. Successful competitors have included uShip, Ordoro and Qcue.


The 2016 TVL Investment Competition Winners from the Texas MSTC Program

Other entrepreneurial resources at McCombs include:

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