As you explore new industries and business issues in the classroom, experiential learning outside of class will help you build on the concepts you learn and carve out a niche for yourself.
The University of Texas at Austin and the McCombs School of Business are rich with opportunities to hear world-renowned speakers, participate in business plan and case competitions, attend interdisciplinary conferences, and join student organizations.
Texas MBA+ Leadership Program
For those of you interested in professional development opportunities and gaining additional experience in a new function or industry while in school, the Texas MBA+ Leadership Program facilitates an individually tailored leadership experience.
Unique to the Texas MBA program, MBA+ provides an evolving series of services, micro-consulting projects, and workshops that connect our MBA students to companies of interest, heighten 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.
Texas Venture Labs
Texas Venture Labs (TVL) is a campus-wide initiative making it easier for student entrepreneurs to start businesses by providing a faster, step-by-step method to bring their innovations to market. TVL directly links you to the appropriate entrepreneurial, business, technology and legal resources available both on the campus and in the Texas entrepreneurial ecosystem while providing the mentoring, team-building, market and business plan validation, technology commercialization, and domain knowledge needed to start and grow innovative ventures.
Each February, TVL also hosts the Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition, which is open to all graduate students from The University of Texas at Austin that are in the process of launching a business.
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. 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.