The Texas MBA program is recognized for its collaborative environment. Before classes even begin, students connect at their Austin Intensive - a week-long seminar based in Austin. During the school year you'll connect with your classmates on a plethora of projects as well as travel with them on a Global Study Tour.
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.
While optional, all incoming students are strongly encouraged to participate in the residency program during their first year in the program. 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. It has consistently provided outstanding service and amenities in addition to their close proximity to our classroom facility, and it's been the hotel of the Texas MBA at Houston since 2010.
If students opt into the residential component for regular class weekends, there will be an additional program fee.
The Texas MBA at Houston program curriculum is structured 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 determined by the Texas MBA at Houston program staff. All students will be assigned a cohort, and must take all courses within it. 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, functional (and industry) expertise, cultures, and undergraduate education. The curriculum is designed to encourage students to learn as much from each other as from their coursework and professors. Groups are assigned by the Program Office for the first semester, and students can change groups and self-select for the remainder of the semesters.
The intent of the mentor program is fostering relationships between classes by providing incoming students with a current student contact they can seek for questions, guidance and advice regarding their first year in the MBA journey. All students will be assigned a peer mentor prior to the Austin Intensive week. Mentors are encouraged to contact their mentees, and student pairs are encouraged to meet as needed during the year and hopefully beyond as alums.