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Texas-Austin (McCombs) [#permalink]
03 Jan 2005, 19:31
Texas-Austin offers a 2 year transelite MBA program as well as several PT and executive programs. With over 300 incoming students each year, this is a large FT program for this cluster.
Austin is a relatively inexpensive metro area, with the overall cost of living less than half that of NYC, and the cost for housing is less than a quarter of the price of NYC.
The center of the distribution tends to be in the 3.4, 670 range.
Academic Year: Semester
Electives begin in the second semester.
The core consists of the typical courses including Statistics, Financial Accounting, Finance, Micro, Operations, Marketing, IT, Strategy, Mangerial Acctg, and a selective requirement of one of three Human Mgmt courses.
Virtually all of the major firms recruit at Texas including McKinsey, BCG, Bain, ML, LB, MS, JPM, etc.
Note that since the majority of students remain in the Southwest of the US, the salaries appear deceptively low relative to salaries in New York or San Francisco/San Jose.
FT 2005 ranks Texas #57 worldwide- below Rice and above SMU.
EIU 2004 places Texas #45 worldwide- near Georgetown, Minnesota, and UC Davis.
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mccombs also offeres the best accounting program in the nation according to usnews and world report. their MS in accounting/undergrad and MBA with concentration in accounting are excellent for anyone pursuing a career in accounting. mccombs is a top pick for all the BIG 4 firms - KPMG, Ernst&Young, PRicewaterhousecoopers and Deloitte&Touche.
Texas-McCombs does seem to jump around in the rankings from year to year. However, if you take a long view of the rankings, it clearly belongs in this cluster. In addition, it seems to be more sensitive to the regional economy than schools with a firm international reputation.
I suppose people have spent time and effort compiling the WSJ rankings so I see little need to mock them, but that ranking system is so flawed that sometimes I wonder if it is supposed to be some sort of satire of the other business periodicals for their ranking systems. Even if Texas is regarded as a regional school, it more or less dominates the region. There are only two or three schools that come close- SMU, Rice, and Tulane.
Texas-McCombs is a logical choice for marketing and there are few others schools with a similar reputation to choose from in the region.
RE the GPA, my main concern would be in what courses you received lower grades.
I see McCombs as a trade-off in my case, in that I would not lose my income and a fairly comfortable life here in Austin, but I certainly don't want to settle when it comes to the quality of the education I will receive. I believe I can offer a compelling package to any business school I choose to apply to, and I am confident I will not leave an interview empty handed if it came to that.
So I am struggling with the choice of staying with UT in Austin, or leaving to try my chances elsewhere. Unforunately, McComb's slide in the rankings is not helping, and I'd appreciate your insight on this.
As to the GPA, is it fair to compare a 3.0 Engineer from a top 15 engineering school, to a 3.5 or higher Business or Econ major, with all due respect to these majors? Do the schools give any weight to the major when evaluating the GPA? My heart was not in engineering during school, and I slacked off Junior year and it cost me. I'm not sure if I made up for this with my GMAT score.
So we are really talking about a trade off between present income and future earnings. Should you pay more and earn less in the short run for greater potential at a school in a higher cluster? To me this has little to do with the the variability of the rank of Texas and much more to do with which schools will offer greater opportunity regardless of rank. Accordingly, I would strongly consider schools in the ultra elite and elite clusters.
1) The University of Texas/McCombs is a fine school that happens to located near you. However, you should pick your portfolio on the basis of return not convenience. Ask yourself this: If it were located in Maine or Seattle would you make the journey to McCombs? If you (subjectively) view it as not the type of school you would move to attend why would you commit several years of your life to attending that school?
2) Are you comfortable with the prospect of looking back years later and wondering if you could/should have gone elsewhere?
3) Do you plan to return to the state of Texas?
4) If you go elsewhere would you participate in a full time program?
Are the career prospects at UT as great as they seem? I really like the PLUS program and their L.L.C. Fund. These make the school really appealing and I think would be a great experience of "real world" practicality. Also, do you think that a good GMAT and GPA (700-730, 3.56) would be able to get me in even without "great" work experience?
Re: Texas-Austin (McCombs) [#permalink]
09 Oct 2012, 22:42
Hello, I am applying in Round 1 for Full-Time MBA at McCombs School of Business. I have a few questions, which are listed below-
1.My undergrad did not have a GPA score. Should I submit the division or the percentage obtained over 100? 2.I have a B2 visa. Do I need to apply for F1/J1? 3.I completed my undergrad in English from University of Delhi, India. Do I need to submit a TOEFL score? If yes, What is the minimum required total score, and minimum required for each section? 4.As I might take my GMAT again in November'12, can I send my updated score before the Decision Notification deadline in December?
Re: Texas-Austin (McCombs)
09 Oct 2012, 22:42