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Meet the CGSM Class of 2020!

Each year, our MBA Admissions Committee is guided by the belief that success is only possible through a diverse set of perspectives and backgrounds in our classes. One of the ways we work to achieve this, is by partnering with organizations that connect top business schools with MBA candidates, companies, and community leaders that share our commitment to providing access to education and a welcoming, supportive business environment.

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One of Texas McCombs’ longstanding partnerships is with the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management  (CGSM). The Consortium is an alliance of some of the world’s leading graduate business schools and corporate partners, with the mission of enhancing diversity and inclusion in global business education and leadership. Texas McCombs has been a member of the Consortium since 1984, and each year the MBA program participates in CGSM events across the country to recruit candidates who share this mission.

This year, we welcomed our largest CGSM class ever! As a CGSM student, the first step in the MBA journey is the Consortium Orientation Program (also known as OP). The OP gives students from all of the Consortium member schools the opportunity to interact with each other, attend panels and workshops for personal and professional development, and to network and interview with corporate partners. It’s also a bonding experience for the incoming class, where they begin to form new friendships and support one another as they prepare for the start of the MBA school year.

Texas McCombs MBA students at the Consortium OP event

Texas McCombs MBA students at 2018 Consortium OP in Orlando, Florida

The Class of 2020 includes 39 outstanding Consortium MBA students from all over the U.S. and we are excited to see what they will accomplish during their two years at Texas McCombs. Four new CGSM students  – Bryant Buraruk, Alexandria Moragne, Damon Reynolds, and Jackie Rojas – share their experience below, as well as their advice for future Texas McCombs MBAs interested in applying through the Consortium.

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Which Part-Time MBA Program is Right for You?

This MBA Insider info comes from Sharon Barrett, Director of Working Professional and Executive MBA Admissions.

If you compare the class profiles of our Executive MBA with our Professional MBAs– Evening MBA, MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, and MBA at Houston programs– the differences can seem obvious. But there’s actually a broad grey area, where many professionals could fit well into either the Executive MBA or one of our Professional MBAs.

In the end, it’s a very personal decision about where to submit your application. But remember, it’s a two part process. You decide where you belong and the admissions committee agrees on the fit. Here is some advice on how to make an informed choice about which Working Professional MBA program to choose.

Consider Your Level & Years of Work Experience 

Average work experience for the MBA Programs:

Program 80% Range Minimum
Professional MBA 3-10.5 years 2 years
Executive MBA 9-21 years 8 years

While people with the minimum eight years of experience do join the Executive MBA, there are relatively few. Executive MBA candidates become more competitive closer to ten years of work experience. On the other side, Professional MBA candidates must have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience, and candidates get competitive with closer to four years. The admissions committee doesn’t simply count the years but evaluates the level and quality of your work experience– the impact you’ve made in your organization, advancement in your role or responsibilities, and unique accomplishments.

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Meet Texas McCombs Around the World

This post was written by Kimberly Jones, Marketing Coordinator, Texas McCombs MBA Programs.

The 2018-2019 Full-Time MBA application will open later this summer! If you’re planning to apply, you might be wondering what steps you can take now in order to get to know us and understand your fit with our program. There’s really no better way to explore if Texas McCombs is right for you than attending an MBA event.

Texas McCombs MBA Japanese alumni at a tour event standing by the Texas MBA table, Hook 'Em!

Texas McCombs MBA alumni at a tour event in Tokyo, 2016

MBA Admissions is traveling around the world to meet you this summer & fall. Whether you’re looking to visit us on campus in Austin for an info session or meet up with us in a city near you for coffee, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the value of an MBA, what it’s like to be a Texas McCombs student, life in Austin, and how you can put together your best application.

The 2018 Tour Event Season

Our admissions staff and alumni will be traveling around the globe for the next several months to meet you and answer your questions.  We partner with a wide range of organizations to support inclusion in business, and will have a presence at many of their events, as well as at global MBA tour events with other top schools. Events will be confirmed and added throughout the season, so be sure to check back periodically to find an event near you.

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Visit Us On-Campus in Austin

We invite you to visit our exciting new graduate school building and tour UT Austin. Join us for an info session on campus to take an in-depth look into what sets our Full-Time MBA apart. Information sessions are your opportunity to hear a program overview, meet admissions staff, students, and alumni, and ask any questions you have about the application process.

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MBA Coffee Chats with Admissions Officers or Students

Our students will be across the United States this summer for amazing internship opportunities. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet a student for coffee in your city and learn firsthand what sets our program apart from the rest. These informal meetings will be taking place in a variety of cities so students can directly address your questions. Our admissions officers will be hosting coffees while on the road too. Space is limited for these chats so sign up now!

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We encourage you to stay in touch and we look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions, please send us an email.

What Diversity Means in the Texas McCombs MBA Community

This post was written by Kimberly Jones, Marketing Coordinator, Texas McCombs MBA Programs.

Here at McCombs, we feel lucky every day to be surrounded by such awesome students. Their intelligence, ambition, and genuine nature is truly humbling. Our students, faculty and staff value the ability to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for MBAs. As a result, the MBA program fosters a supportive, open community. Our students seek to learn not only from their case studies, professors and projects, but from each other.

No matter who you are, you can be successful at McCombs, as long as you, too, are excited about the unknown and want to grow with the people around.

Opening Up

Every year, the Texas McCombs MBA hosts future students on campus for experience events with current students, staff, faculty and alumni.  Our Diversity and Women’s events offer you the opportunity to meet MBAs from a variety of career paths and backgrounds, learn program details from MBA staff & faculty, as well as experience life in beautiful Austin, Texas.

As the MBA Admissions Committee builds each class, unique work backgrounds, undergraduate experiences, and innovative career plans emerge. While these factors are important and impressive, what makes the Texas McCombs community special goes beyond that. Our students elevate their thinking & challenge one another, while being united by an enterprising spirit of growth throughout the program and beyond.

Working Together

MBA students at CGSM, giving the hook 'em sign

Admitted Texas MBAs at CGSM,
Investment Banking Day

McCombs has partnered  with  The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM) since 1984. The Consortium’s mission is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership. The CGSM Class of 2020 was our largest class at Texas McCombs to date. Other organizations we are proud to work alongside to further diversity & inclusion in the business world include:

We strongly encourage you to explore these organizations. They offer great resources to help future MBAs navigate their options & the application process.

Supporting Each Other

Texas MBAs organize and reach out when called on to support each other or the greater MBA & business community around the world. Our many student organizations foster connections throughout your MBA.

One of our MBA orgs,  EQUAL MBAs,  invites you to register for the 21st Annual Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA & Business Graduate (ROMBA) Conference.  The conference is open to current, alumni and prospective LGBTQ MBAs and business graduates and their active allies. You need an access code to register. If you are interested in attending, please email equalmbas@mccombs.utexas.edu and let them know.

Diversity, at its core, is opportunity: opportunity to learn, step outside yourself, and to cultivate a network that can pull you in directions that will benefit your future. No matter who you are, you can be successful at McCombs, as long as you, too, are excited about the unknown and want to grow with the people around you. It is what makes us different, and we encourage each of our students to be themselves fully, without reservation.


Reach out to us with any questions about life as a student, connecting with organizations, or the application process. We’re here to help and look forward to meeting you.

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