While there are no required majors for Texas MBAs, about half of the student body chooses to concentrate in an academic discipline. While optional, these market-driven concentrations are designed to position graduates for outstanding employment prospects and can offer an advantage in today’s dynamic workplace.
McCombs offers concentrations in the following areas:
Department of Accounting Concentration
Frequently listed by many publications as one of the premiere accounting programs in the country, the McCombs Department of Accounting has offerings for everyone—from marketing students looking to broaden their understanding of accounting basics to seasoned finance buffs preparing for a career in investments. For further details about the course requirements, please go to the accounting website.
Department of Finance Concentrations
Approximately 40 percent of Texas MBAs work in finance after graduation. Outside the classroom, you can benefit from participation in the MBA Investment Fund, LLC, Real Estate Investment Trust, Venture Fellows and the Graduate Finance Association or simply from the breadth and depth of our top-20 Finance Department.
The Texas MBA offers various interdisciplinary concentrations that focus on current business trends. You can enrich your academic experience in these areas outside the classroom with on-campus experiential opportunities like student organizations, academic challenges and events.
Department of IROM Concentrations
The IROM Department has several outstanding and nationally ranked programs including the information management program (#3 by U.S. News and #5 by the Wall Street Journal) and the productions/operations management program (#15 by U.S. News). Student organizations like the Graduate Operations Group and Sigma Fellows create a forum for you to apply what you’ve learned.
Department of Management Concentration
Students who concentrate in McCombs’ top-20 management program choose from an array of courses designed to increase your skills in developing and strategically managing people and processes. Graduates frequently take positions as management consultants, project managers, human resource managers or other managerial positions. The Graduate Consulting Group and Entrepreneur Society give Texas MBAs access to a professional network and the tools necessary to become top-tier management in their chosen field.
Department of Marketing Concentrations
The marketing concentration, considered one of the top ten in the country by U.S. News & World Report, is flexibly designed to appeal to a variety of career aspirations. The popular functional area annually propels 20 percent of Texas MBAs on to employment in the field. Outside the classroom, the Center for Customer Insights and Marketing Solutions (CCIMS) Marketing Fellows program and the Graduate Marketing Network enables strong industry interaction.
Business, Government & Society
The Business Government & Society Department (BGS) is the newest department at the McCombs School of Business. It focuses research and teaching attention at McCombs on the regulatory, political, legal and ethical environment of business. Today’s global marketplace is more competitive, more transparent, more culturally and politically diverse, and more fluid than ever before. Understanding that complicated external environment is a core skill for tomorrow’s business leaders, and promoting that understanding is the BGS Department's mission. The concentrations in this department expose MBAs to courses in areas like public policy, regulation, ethics, law, business-government relations, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability.