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Texas MBA | Texas MBA+ Leadership Program
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    Texas MBAs dive into analytics through an MBA+ project with Electronic Arts

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    Experience the cultural diversity of the program at International Night

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    MBA+ projects are a great way to get experience in a new industry

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    Give your business idea a test run at the annual Pitch Party

The Texas MBA+ Leadership Program

"Each semester the MBA+ program provides Texas MBAs with hands-on opportunities to enhance and develop their leadership skills. The core components of the program focus on professional communication, project leadership and management, and industry tools and methods. Students who I have seen take advantage of MBA+ gain an edge on the leadership experience and savvy that employers look for.”
Dr. Eric Hirst, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

As Texas MBAs develop into influential business leaders, the Texas MBA+ Leadership Program facilitates an individually tailored professional development and leadership experience. MBA+ provides an evolving series of services, micro-consulting projects, and workshops that connect our MBAs to companies of interest, heightens communication skills and keep our students ahead of the curve. As recruiters search for applicable experience, ‘fit’, and initiative from among candidates around the globe, MBA+ helps propel Texas MBAs to the top of their lists.

MBA+ is unique among top MBA programs in its scale and depth of services. The program gives students access to a hand-selected group of professional communication and executive coaches that help students craft and deliver messages with more meaningful impact. MBA+ serves as an agent for micro-consulting projects connecting students to companies and organizations they find most interesting. MBA+ facilitates seminars from industry experts that teach critically needed skills which augment knowledge gained in the classroom. The Texas MBA+ Leadership Program is highly relevant, immediate, tangible and built to push the evolution of each MBA's personal leadership style.

Download a Texas MBA+ Program brochure (PDF)

“MBA+ is an excellent opportunity for students to improve their management, teamwork, and analytical skills sets.”
James Kirtland, MBA ’13


MBA+ connects students to companies with which they want to work through short-term micro-consulting projects in the fall, spring or summer. The project client provides a current business question to be addressed, and MBA+ provides a team of four to six students to tackle the issue. MBA+ guides the team through the project management process. At the end of a four to ten-week project period, the team reports their findings and recommendations to their client.

For more information about projects, contact Deidra Stephens, MBA+ Director at 512-232-3780 or

What they say

“Overall this was a great experience and one of the highlights of my MBA experience.  I was able to use many of the concepts I learned in my core classes in a real-world scenario that I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.  I would definitely recommend that all MBAs take part in a MBA+ project!”
Morgan Simental, MBA ’12, Project Lead for Adobe

“The team's insight and recommendations will help us make tweaks so we can take our social media presence to the next level. After working with a team of Texas MBA+ students, it is easy to see why McCombs has such a stellar reputation among business schools!”
Kerri Holden, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Some of the clients who accepted the invitation to work with teams of Texas MBAs through MBA+ projects during 2011-12 include:

  • 3M
  • Adidas
  • Alamo Drafthouse
  • AMD
  • AT&T 
  • Booz & Co. 
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Clean Line Energy 
  • Cisco Systems
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Crider Americas Solar 
  • Dell
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Energy Alloys 
  • Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
  • Freescale Semiconductor
  • Hewlett Packard
  • HomeAway, Inc.
  • Home Depot
  • Hoover's 
  • IBM
  • IDEO
  • McAfee 
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Procter & Gamble
  • S3 Ventures
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Seton 
  • SXSW
  • Texas Instruments
  • Under Armour
  • Walmart

Communication and Executive Coaches

Effective leadership is directly linked to versatile communication skills. Communication coaches prepare students to make stronger, more lasting impressions—whether at corporate receptions, career fairs or alumni gatherings; when presenting a new product or service to a Fortune 1000 company; or when pitching an idea to future investors. Through one-on-one coaching, students learn to collaborate productively and communicate dynamically.

MBA+ provides access to a slate of executive coaches to work one-on-one with students on career transitioning, leadership, organizational development, talent development, interpersonal skills, strategic thinking, managing change, organizational culture, conflict resolution, work/life balance, and similar topics. These coaches are from a variety of geographic regions and represent different industry backgrounds and demographic characteristics.  Executive coaching is a process of guidance and development through self-discovery that will benefit students immediately and in the years to come.

What they say

"I now have two second round interviews pending and one third round interview. Working with the two communication coaches by far has been one of the best learning experiences I've had during my MBA!"

“The executive coaches are fantastic! I really enjoyed meeting one-on-one with a coach, and she helped add to the material Career Services gives us.”

"My coach helped me implement some specific steps to alleviate my speech anxiety. It was great working with her!"

"I really appreciate the Coach-on-Call program. It has allowed me to focus on key areas I need to improve so I will be making full use of the program."

International Night

 International Night 2011
Click the image above to see a video from International Night 2011. Video courtesy of Moth to Flame.

Industry Seminars and Events

To expand upon knowledge and understanding that is delivered through the classroom, the MBA+ program brings tools and methods to Texas MBAs through industry-oriented and leadership seminars and speakers. In addition, the Texas MBA program offers the unique opportunity to play an active role in a community of people from around the world. To encourage these relationships, the MBA+ program offers various community events.

Typical seminars and events include: 

  • Corporate valuations as they are conducted on Wall Street 
  • How companies look for, promote and build leadership skills 
  • Financial modeling with an emphasis on using Excel 
  • Sales training: what every MBA should know
  • Marketing yourself and your ideas
  • Unleashing the power of PowerPoint 
  • International Night – celebrating the student cultures of the Texas MBA program
  • Pitch Party – a networking event with an entrepreneurial twist
    ...and other events suggested by Texas MBAs