University of Texas at Austin
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Learning Environment

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Thinking Independently Together

Video about our Learning EnvironmentYour Texas MBA is so much more than a graduate degree. It’s an experience—a once-in-a-lifetime journey that begins in Austin, and moves across the globe.

During your journey, you’ll learn and work alongside classmates from every imaginable background—their unique perspectives melding with yours to create true innovation. You’ll take classes in cutting-edge facilities. You’ll be challenged and inspired by some of the finest students in the world. You’ll learn directly from the most distinguished faculty. And you’ll do it all in Austin, Texas—America’s #1 city for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Culture, Cohorts and Classmates

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The collaborative and dynamic culture of the Texas MBA Program is by design. We’re committed to delivering you a world-class business education that is grounded in open dialogue and teamwork. When you eventually leave campus to enter your new career, you’ll be equipped with an array of diverse perspectives and insights.


Upon arrival on campus, you’ll be carefully placed into a cohort—your Texas MBA peers with whom you’ll navigate your first year’s core curriculum. To ensure you get the most out of your cohort experience, each cohort represents a wide variety of cultures, business concentrations, professional backgrounds, and geographic locations.

Study Groups

You’ll also be teamed up with 4-6 classmates for your core classes. Your study group will tackle a series of business challenges and problem-solving experiences. Like the cohort system, you’ll be placed into a study group that comprises an array of backgrounds, interests, and ambitions. You’ll challenge yourself and each other—and the results will amaze.

Rowling Hall

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Executive classes take place at Rowling Hall on the UT-Austin campus—the home of the Texas McCombs MBA. Opened in 2018, this state-of- the-art facility, located near the heart of the campus and a mere five-minute walk from downtown Austin, is designed with your education in mind. Classrooms, meeting rooms, presentation spaces, career management offices, technology labs—all in one beautiful building.

Biggest 40 Acres in the World

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Nestled in the middle of one of the country’s greatest cities lies UT-Austin—40 acres devoted to education, global change, and diversity. On your walk to class, you’ll pass buildings in which leading-edge research is underway, tomorrow’s game-changing products are being developed, and writers and artists are honing their crafts. We’re honored to have more Top 10-ranked graduate programs than nearly any other public university in the U.S.

Life in Austin

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There is no finer city in which to earn your MBA than Austin, Texas. Regularly named one of the best cities in the country for entrepreneurship, small businesses, start-ups, job growth, real estate, and livability, Austin is a laboratory for leading-edge business innovation. It has fast become a global capital for technology—and a can’t-miss hub of arts and culture. Austin will be your home, your classroom, and your inspiration.

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