Depending on the interests and goals of each class of MBA students, a number of student organizations form each year to further professional development opportunities, serve the university, or build social networks. Organizations centered on consulting, entrepreneurship, finance and student government have been popular with Working Professional MBA students in recent years. You are encouraged to take on a leadership position in an existing organization or start your own group. This is an excellent opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills and make connections with industry leaders. Some student organizations that have been active in previous years are listed below.
Graduate Business Council (GBC)
The Graduate Business Council is the student government for all students enrolled in the Texas MBA at Houston program. The mission of the Graduate Business Council is to provide a forum for students to directly impact administrative policy matters while overseeing the development and maintenance of a strong sense of community and pride within the McCombs School of Business.
The Consulting Club is a forum for students who have an interest in potentially pursuing a career in consulting to connect with each other, and also connect with consulting firms with local offices in Houston. The club periodically sets up events with consulting firms both during and outside class weekends as ways for students to network with firms who traditionally recruit from working professional programs. These events give student insights into the life of a consultant, the type of work being done, information and differences between firms, etc., which gives students a clearer picture to help determine if consulting is the right career for them. These events have included traditional information sessions, case study workshops, real life project exploration, networking meet and greets, etc. The Consulting Club is a wholly student-run organization, and the students are responsible for the level of activity associated with the club each year.
The Texas MBA Petroleum Club is the center for interest in the Oil & Gas industry at the McCombs School of Business. The club provides a forum for members to discuss and share their knowledge and experiences related to Oil & Gas in E&P, midstream, downstream and oilfield services. The Petroleum Club hosts speakers and panels dedicated to the discussion of challenges facing the Oil & Gas business both now and in the future. The goal of the club is to connect Texas MBA students to the business leaders of the Oil & Gas community and foster relationships that will guide the industry leaders of tomorrow.
The Texas MBA at Houston Investment Club was incorporated in 2011 as a Texas LP named the Bevo Capital Group. It provides members with a real world opportunity to apply the concepts of Finance and Stock Analysis learned in the MBA curriculum. Members run a fund built through membership dues and evaluate stocks monthly for purchase. Houston investment professionals are invited periodically to give lectures on investing and a yearly competition on returns is held with the Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth Investment Club.
McCombs Admissions Committee (MAC)
The McCombs Admissions Committee (MAC) within the Houston MBA Program plays a vital role in providing the admissions staff with a student perspective on the MBA admissions process. MAC members participate in many aspects of MBA admissions including planning and attending recruiting events and serving as a point of contact for prospective applicants. As current students who were recently in your shoes, MAC members are a source of insight into the program for you as a prospective student, and a source of constant feedback for our admissions office to ensure we are addressing your needs as potential applicants and future Texas MBAs. To contact a current MAC member please email TexasMBAHouston@mccombs.utexas.edu