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MBA Program Review
4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
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     By USAFinDenver 67 21
This review is for: McCombs
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

Tons of opportunities to take active leadership roles in the clubs/orgs. Students are extremely collegial and helpful. Just about all the big companies recruit at the school, and I could even see progress in that area over the two years I was there. Finally, having a smaller class gave me the opportunity to get to know just about all my classmates by the time I graduated. Think about geography of where you ultimately want to get a job. Although I partly chose McCombs because I wanted to end up in Texas, McCombs gave me a chance to work in the Bay Area for my internship.

About professors, classes and curriculum

"Take the professor, don't take the class." That strategy worked very well, even though I took a few classes out of my core interest.

About job placement process

You'd be very surprised to see how many McCombs graduates end up in the Silicon Valley and in Seattle.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Marketing

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network


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1 Commented by huyennguyen2810 on November 30, 2017
Hi, I'm applying for MS Marketing at McCombs Fall 2018, do you know any current student or alumni studying that program? pls give me their contacts. Thank u so much!
MBA Program Review
3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
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     By ankit89j 8 1
This review is for: McCombs
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

When I was looking at business schools, one of my criteria was the class-size. I wanted a smaller class size, an environment where I am surrounded by people who will support me. McCombs did exactly that. Students, faculty and staff are all ready to support you in every way possible. As an international student, my classmates have helped me adapt to this new culture, and provide me timely feedback, which allows me to improve myself.

The experiential learning opportunities (MBA+ projects) have helped me explore career options even before the summer internship. Through this experience, I can make a more informed decision of whether I would like to intern in that role/industry this summer and narrows down my career search (which can be exhausting sometimes).


Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking

Facilities

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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1 Commented by huyennguyen2810 on November 30, 2017
Great review!!! I'm applying for MS Marketing at McCombs Fall 2018, do you know any current student or alumni studying that program? pls give me their contacts. Thank u so much!
MBA Program Review
REVIEW McCombs MBA, Class 1990
November 28 | 2017
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     By RigelKent 26 11
This review is for: McCombs
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

1990

Experience during the program

A full week of orientation kicked off my MBA education. The atmosphere was like at ComiCon! Alumni, who were representing their (mostly Fortune 500) companies, set up over 60 recruiting booths throughout the school of business. They passed out business cards and company recruiting brochures. It was a can-do business festival atmosphere! The alumni gave us newbies positive reinforcement and asked about our ultimate career choices. All company representatives encouraged us to attend the upcoming mock interview sessions and networking events. They also recommended which professors and which classes to take, according to our interests. The formal lectures featured several alumni now in upper management (at various Fortune 500 companies), and established Texas politicians.

About professors, classes and curriculum

All classes were taught by PhD professors, most of whom are “endowed chairs.” The walls of the halls are covered with brass plaques announcing each professor’s appointment and sponsor company. The books you will read are authored by your professors, so you better have read the assignment -- you will be expected to contribute to the class discussion. This is where work experience will be a definite plus. Real-world experience will flavor class discussion with a bit of “been there, done that,” and “this is how it was done at XYZ, Inc.”

At McCombs, you will be expected to think for yourself and to defend your idea. One professor would, at random, ask students questions based on a front-page article in the day’s Wall Street Journal. Discussions are oral, but assignments are written, hence the GMAT sections that test your reading and writing skills. Example: In my Organizational Behavior class, all weekly assignments were limited to a one-page report. So, a 20-page case study had to be “boiled down” and discussed in 250 words (using 12-point type). This restriction was part of the assignment. Why? In the real world, your boss will already have to read dozens of reports. She needs to have actionable and succinct information. She doesn’t have the time to read your “War and Peace” every single day.

About job placement process

Be sure to join one of the student organizations. During the weekly meetings, you will be able to connect with other students you may not meet in any of your classes. The dean will ask each student organization to help during the recruiting sessions. This may include meeting the company reps at the airport, conduct brief campus tours, and help setting up their booth. This is an excellent opportunity to informally learn more about the reps’ recruiting objectives and their companies’ vision / mission. Be sure to dress for success!

Your will gain points with the recruiter by easing their burden. Example: Back in the day, after talking with several recruiters about their week-long tours through various universities, I learned each recruiter had to read over 100 resumes every night. By the next recruiting session, I had produced a “recruiter’s package” that showcased my club members. The package included a printed booklet and a floppy disk, each with all our resumes. Now, the recruiter could quickly conduct keyword searches and save their eyes. The dean suggested we sell each package for $50. My club earned over $2,000 that year! Lesson: Find a niche and fill it!

During the day, booths showcased the company, while interviews were conducted in various small meeting rooms throughout the building. During the evening, Fortune 500 companies hosted wine-and-shrimp networking events at various downtown hotels. Here, students rubbed shoulders with upper management -- maybe even with the CEO! Be sure to dress for success and have your questions and business cards at the ready.

Great experience! First class education! No wonder, UT Austin ranks in the top 20! Enjoy the perks of a highly-respected and well-funded university. Good luck and be sure to have fun! You can do it! Hook’em Horns!

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Facilities

Best fit at this program:

Marketing

Can be improved:

Alumni Network


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MBA Program Review
Great Network
January 10 | 2017
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By zschermer12 3 3
This review is for: McCombs
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

The rankings are the rankings and you can see where schools are, but what isn't shown is the strength of the network. The McCombs network can go toe to toe with any B-School in terms of total numbers, willingness by alumni to help students, and opportunities provided to students. Furthermore, the sheer number of companies that come onto campus, and how early they come, is really impressive. I have friends at other B Schools who were just barely getting their feet wet in the classroom while we already had multiple recruiting events and information sessions.

I was fortunate enough to have the choice between a few schools, and what ultimately tipped me over to McCombs was the quality of the student body and the extreme willingness of all in the longhorn network to help one another. They are building a brand new building for the MBA program, which will finally remove my only real complain of the program in the lack of modern facilities. When it is all said and done, McCombs will continue to shine as one of the premier MBA programs in the country.

Hook em horns!

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Can be improved:

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
Career switcher at McCombs
November 25 | 2016
3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
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     By laj265 2 0
This review is for: McCombs
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

McCombs has been a great school to be at as I transition my career into supply chain management. The career services staff provides valuable guidance regarding companies to target, interviewing tips, and networking advice. Job placement is strong, and career services will not let you fall through the cracks.

The most remarkable thing about McCombs, however, is the student body. It is not a cut throat school, but rather a collaborative one in which students help each other rather than compete with each other.

Many students go into consulting, but there are clubs and resources for students interested in other functions. Austin is a great place to go into tech, with heavy recruiting from local companies like Dell. Additionally, many students pursue an entrepreneurial track, as Austin is a huge hub for startups.

Facilities are currently lacking, but the new business building will be opening next year.

Financial aid is generous, and tuition is the lowest among top tier schools. If you can get in state tuition, there is no reason to attend another business school witwh the strong ROI McCombs provides.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Core curriculum is incredibly challenging, but professors and students are more than willing to lend a helping hand. The first semester will test your boundaries, but provide an integral backbone to the MBA experience.

About job placement process

Many companies come to interview on campus, such as Dell, Microsoft, Apple, American Airlines, SunPower, Emerson, JP Morgan, Under Armour, Wal Mart, USAA, Cisco, PepsiCo, Amazon, etc..

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By brendxn 53 12
This review is for: McCombs
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

The selection of companies that participated in on campus recruiting were outstanding. I was interested in operations and tech, and I feel like the school is a great fit for those tracks as well as many others. Facilities were the biggest downside relative to some other schools, but McCombs is currently constructing a brand new building that looks amazing.

Most of the biggest companies and many of the fastest growing tech startups are frequently on campus recruiting, and the access you receive is excellent.

I particularly enjoyed my classmates, who were extremely friendly and collaborative, while maintaining the competitive environment of a top business school at the same time. If I could do it again I would choose Mccombs.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Location

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Facilities


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