The Texas MBA program is recognized for its collaborative environment. Before classes even begin, students connect at their first Austin Intensive Seminar - a week-long event held on The University of Texas at Austin campus. During the school year you'll connect with your classmates on a plethora of projects as well as travel with them during your Directed Studies in Global Management course.
Classes are held on alternating weekends at the University of Texas Health Science Center, which provides state of the art classroom space and facilities for co-curricular events and professional development activities, as well as study space, dining areas, and parking. The location gives you access to a world-class educational environment where you can learn, discuss, study, and network.
All students are required to participate in the residency program on class weekends during the first semester and on select residency weekends (3-day class weekends held approximately once per semester) in subsequent semesters. For the remainder of the program, this component is optional. Former students have found the residency program greatly enhances their experience in the program. It cuts down on commute time, fosters a more immersive environment, and creates additional opportunities to network with faculty and classmates. Our hotel in Houston is Hotel ZaZa, which has consistently provided outstanding service and amenities and is located in close proximity to our classroom facility.
The Texas MBA at Houston curriculum is designed to encourage students to learn as much from each other as from their coursework and professors. You will take courses in a lockstep, cohort-based format so you can build strong bonds with your classmates as you move through each class in the program with them. During the first Austin Intensive Seminar, students are assigned to cohorts of approximately 30-60 students. The cohorts are created with diversity in mind, drawing on the complementary cultural, professional, and social backgrounds of each incoming class.
An integral part of the overall academic experience is your study group assignment within the cohort. These teams of four to six students facilitate cross-functional and cooperative problem solving, while bringing together managers from a diverse mixture of backgrounds, functions, industries, cultures, and undergraduate education.
The intent of the mentor program is to foster relationships between classes by providing incoming students with a peer mentor from the previous year's class who can answer questions, provide guidance, and offer advice regarding their first year in the MBA journey. All students will be assigned a peer mentor prior to the first Austin Intensive Seminar.