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University of Texas at Austin: McCombs School of Business

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The Texas Executive MBA program is an unqualified bargain among the top ten schools. Even after an increase in tuition this past year, its EMBA program is still the only one among the top ranked ten schools with a price tag under six figures. The two-year program, consisting of four consecutive academic semesters and 42 credit hours of coursework. Each year commences with a week-long executive seminar to help prepare students for the upcoming year and concludes with a week-long seminar to apply what has been learned.

Unlike many EMBA programs that tend to draw the largest number of students from financial services and consulting, Texas’ attracts a very high percentage of managers and executives from the technology field. Some 42% of the latest entering class, for example, hails from the high-tech industry. It’s a diverse and impressive group: some 39% of the students already have advanced degrees and 5% have the title president, CEO or Chairman.

The goals of the Texas EMBA are to encourage and support students’ development in the following areas: top management perspective; economic, social, and political forces driving changes in international and domestic markets; competence in key functional areas of business; command of quantitative and qualitative tools; and capabilities in analyzing and redesigning organizations. In addition to the core coursework, participants complete six elective hours tailored to their specific areas of interest.

Classes, which vary in approach from lectures to discussions to case studies, group projects, and experiential learning, are scheduled on alternate weekends, meeting on both Friday and Saturday from 8:00am-5:30pm at the AT&T Executive Conference Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Student Perspectives:

EMBA Road Warrior: Stephanie Carlton

Final Application Deadline: May 17

Latest Up-to-Date Executive MBA Rankings:

2012 Poets&Quants: 9
2011 BusinessWeek: 23
2011 U.S. News & World Report: 18
2010 The Wall Street Journal: 12
2011 Financial Times: 45

Rankings Analysis: Texas’ premier EMBA program maintained its rank of ninth in our composite 2012 survey, though like most schools, there were mostly inconsequential ups and downs in the major rankings.

The biggest hit was U.S. News’ four-place drop to 18th from 14th in 2010. But that was more than made up for by a seven-place gain in The Financial Times’ survey which ranked the school’s EMBA program 45th in the world, up from 52nd in 2010. McCombs also gained in the biennial BusinessWeek ranking, which measures programs by graduate satisfaction and a reputation poll among EMBA directors. BusienssWeek, which had relegated the Texas program to “second-tier” status in 2009, promoted it to a rank of 23rd in 2011.

As one Class of 2011 grad told BusinessWeek, “I’m very happy with my investment of time and money in this program. Professors are happy to continue a mentoring relationship even after the program and my fellow students were top notch.”

Application Fee: $125
2012 Tuition & Fees: $85,000, up from $75,000 (resident) in 2011
2012 Tuition & Fees: $85,000, up from $80,169 (non-resident) in 2011

Average Months of Work Experience: 166
GMAT Required: Yes
Average GMAT Score: 638
GMAT Range (mid-80%): 560-726
Acceptance Rate: 74%

Enrollment: 126
International: 25%
Female: 19%
African-American: 4%
Asian: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 11%
Mean Age: 37

Classes Meet: Alternate weekends
Length of program: 2 years

Students From These Sectors:

Consulting: 0%
Consumer Products: 2%
Financial Services: 8%
Government: 3%
Manufacturing: 2%
Media/Entertainment: 3%
Non-Profit: 2%
Petroleum/Energy: 6%
Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology/Health Care: 11%
Real Estate: 2%
Technology: 42%
Other: 20%

Contact Information

2110 Speedway
CBA 2.502
Austin, Texas 78712
Admissions Office:
(512) 471-7698
School Social Media:

From the McCombs School of Business:

The Texas Executive MBA program at the McCombs School of Business is widely regarded as one of the best programs of its kind in the entire U.S., routinely drawing students from cities such as New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Orlando. It is recognized nationally and internationally and carries with it The University of Texas brand. Comprised primarily of mid-career professionals, the program is about the power of ideas to enhance what you know and how you perform through a comprehensive and rigorous MBA learning experience.

The many advantages of the Texas Executive MBA program speak for themselves:

  • An average ranking of #9 in the country
  • An acclaimed faculty that excels in the classroom, consulting to businesses around the world and conducting research that has a measurable impact on industry
  • A tradition of educating leaders, including an impressive number of alumni who have or are serving as CEOs of S&P 500 and Fortune 1000 firms
  • National academic leadership in all major fields of business education, with top 20 rankings in nine out of ten graduate business specialty rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings
  • Home to Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (formerly Moot Corp), the world’s original student business plan competition
  • Collaboration with business through 15 research centers, including Texas Venture Labs, the Center for Research in Electronic Commerce, the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship and the Energy Management and Innovation Center
  • The Women in Business Leadership Conference, an annual symposium that addresses the invaluable strengths women bring to business
  • Diversity, with a multicultural student body and an international faculty

Learn more about the advantages of the Texas Executive MBA at the McCombs School of Business program by attending one of our monthly information sessions or through one of the many other ways to Connect With Us.

Different format, same Texas MBA.

With all of the Executive MBA program options available today, it can be a daunting task to choose the right program for you. If you’re looking for a highly regarded program that offers the prestige of a top business school, look no further than the Texas Executive MBA at the renowned McCombs School of Business. Comprised primarily of mid-career professionals, the program is about the power of ideas to enhance what you know and how you perform through a comprehensive and rigorous learning experience. The Texas Executive MBA program is widely considered one of the best programs of its kind, carrying with it the globally recognized brand of The University of Texas at Austin.

Tradition and Prestige

The highest ranked business school in Texas and the Southwest, and a top-ranked research institution, the McCombs School of Business has a tradition of educating leaders, including an impressive number of alumni who have served or are currently serving as CEOs of S&P 500 and Fortune 1000 firms. With your MBA from McCombs, you will enjoy immediate recognition and respect for the Texas MBA brand around the world.

The minute you become a McCombs student, you become a member of the expansive McCombs Alumni Network and can begin to take advantage of all the benefits that your membership bestows. With more than 87,000 alumni around the world, including over 18,000 MBA alumni, you will enter a network of exceptional contacts. The experiences you enjoy during your two years in our program foster lifelong ties with classmates, alumni and the school.

Acclaimed Faculty

One of the strongest attributes of the Texas Executive MBA is the highly acclaimed faculty of the McCombs School of Business. Recently named Best Professors by Princeton Review , the academic reputation and industry experience of the faculty have made McCombs one of the top business schools in the world. The faculty is uniformly dedicated to maintaining the high standards of teaching excellence that are expected from The University of Texas at Austin, and it is the same faculty from our full-time program that teach you each class weekend.

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