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Our Vision

Dean's Welcome

I am delighted to be a part of the McCombs School at this time in the school’s history. We are an exceptional community of students, scholars, staff, alumni and friends dedicated to preparing students for leadership in business and society.

At McCombs, student achievement is generated through the union of highly ranked academic programs with renowned faculty members who inspire and engage while producing some of the most influential business research in the country. This knowledge creation benefits industry as well as students who are exposed to and challenged by cutting-edge ideas in the classroom. Top research centers in finance, real estate, marketing and technology further expand on our mission to be a leading incubator of business study. The rigor of the classroom and research settings at McCombs is complimented by student-services professionals who are focused on linking students to a powerful network of more than 80,000 alumni and industry opportunities worldwide. I encourage you to learn more about McCombs and consider joining us in building an even brighter future.

Thomas W. Gilligan
Dean, McCombs School of Business
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Quick Facts

  • 177 full-time faculty (equivalent)
  • Ranked No. 10 in U.S. for research productivity
  • International stars in all academic departments
  • 8 members of University’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Teaching Excellence

Ask McCombs students about their favorite aspects of the school, and invariably they cite the quality and accessibility of the faculty. This dynamic group of knowledge leaders is known for generating relevant business research (we're among the most productive research schools in the country) with teaching that challenges and elevates. McCombs faculty members don't just cover the standard business cases, they are creating business knowledge.

Center for Teaching Excellence

One initiative for the school includes increasing support for teaching excellence with the creation of an institutional unit to support faculty efforts at enhancing teaching effectiveness. The Center for Teaching Excellence will facilitate faculty collaborations through formal mentoring programs, peer-to-peer communications, visiting teaching fellows opportunities and other initiatives.

University of Texas' new vision for higher education McCombs Teaching Fellows

The McCombs Teaching Fellows distinction will be created to honor the best teachers among faculty. Currently, eight faculty members are part of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. McCombs has also been a leader in providing experiential educational opportunities including 366P Practicum Courses and the Leadership Program at the undergraduate level, the Investment Fund and the Marketing and Venture Fellows Programs at the MBA level and the MPA tax practicum.


Societal Challenges

The world’s most prominent business schools confront important human challenges and expertise is pulled together to produce research and programming of contemporary social relevance. The McCombs School of Business is uniquely positioned to contribute to the dialogue surrounding two of the world’s most vexing problems, energy sufficiency and sustainability and innovation and creativity.

The cities that host McCombs’s academic programs have significant strengths in traditional and alternative energy production and generation. Texas is the nation’s leader in crude oil and natural gas production as well as wind power generation and Austin is an emerging technology hub for innovative forms of energy provision and conservation.

Research Centers

In addition to being an energy hub, McCombs boasts an array of college centers, academic departments and student groups already focused in whole or in part on energy-related issues including the Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence; the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center; the Center for Customer Insight and Marketing Solutions; the Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst Center for Private Equity; the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship; and the Center for Energy Finance Education and Research

Innovation and Creativity

McCombs is also uniquely situated to deepen its commitment to research and teaching on processes that turn ideas into commercial and social value. McCombs will play a major role in creating the intellectual capital and curricular innovations necessary for understanding the processes that drive creativity within existing organizations-intrapreneurship-and inspire the development of new firms and enterprises-entrepreneurship.

McCombs has an international reputation in entrepreneurial studies and a significant research and teaching presence in innovation and creativity. Texas Venture Labs is McCombs' next step for promoting teaching and research on the role of innovation and creativity. This center will take the lead in integrating with other academic units at McCombs and the university, as well as commercial and not-for-profit organizations outside of the university, to generate research and augment our knowledge in key related areas.

Energy Management and Innovation Center

McCombs established a college-wide center of excellence to promote energy-related research teaching. The Energy Management and Innovation Center takes an integrative approach toward energy problems broadly defined with the mission to create intellectual capital of use to industry and policy-makers, to educate students in energy management and innovation and to link McCombs’ activities in this area to the university’s energy initiatives and other sources of knowledge and information about the world’s energy future.

Sustainability and Ethics at McCombs

The McCombs School of Business demonstrates its commitment to ethics, sustainability and social responsibility with myriad opportunities initiated by McCombs students, faculty and staff.

McCombs Organizations

Curriculum and Other Student Opportunities

University Sustainability Resources

The University Sustainability Directory is dedicated to presenting sustainability-related education and research at the university.

Quick Facts

  • Team-oriented curriculum.
  • 80 active student organizations—a place for every interest.
  • Strong industry ties.
  • One of the world's largest business schools at one of the most prominent research universities in the world:
    • Over 4,000 undergraduates.
    • Over 1,600 master's students.
    • Over 100 doctoral students.
    • Diverse:
      • 15 percent Hispanic and African American (undergraduate).
      • 27 percent international and resident alien (graduate).
      • 29 percent female (full-time MBA)
      • 33 states and 21 countries represented among full-time MBA students

      Community

      The goals of the McCombs School of Business can only be achieved within a fully engaged and purposeful community. For McCombs, this community includes faculty, staff, students, benefactors and alumni.

       This campus, and the people who teach and study here, will amaze you. Our students share the classroom with talented and diverse individuals from every part of the globe in a collegial learning environment that was identified by one student as “cooperative competition.” Learning starts in the classroom but continues in the school's student-centered study facilities, across the beautiful campus of The University of Texas at Austin, around the city, and through hands-on projects for firms in Texas and the world. Probably at no other time in your life will you experience such a complete immersion in an environment of excellence, learning and life advancement.

      Alumni and friends of McCombs not only help McCombs financially, they mentor students, provide jobs and internships and even help with recruiting the best and brightest. With strong ties to the community at large and at all levels of corporate leadership, a diploma from The University of Texas at Austin is a symbol of pride and cooperative spirit shared by tens of thousands of engaged alumni.  And as University of Texas President William Powers states, "Not everything can be measured in dollars and cents, or in the short term; our principal mission rather is to train the leaders of the future who will then change the world."

       

      Page last updated: 5/15/2013