University of Texas at Austin
MBA students at Graduation

Learning Environment

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Thinking Independently Together

Video about our Learning Environment

Your Texas MBA is so much more than a graduate degree. It’s an experience—a once-in-a-lifetime journey that begins in Houston and sends you to the heights of your career (and to the far corners of the globe).

You’ll take this journey alongside classmates from every imaginable background—their unique perspectives melding with yours to create true innovation. And every day at your office, you’ll apply your newfound business wisdom to solve real challenges.

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.


Before your first day, you will be carefully placed into a cohort—i.e., a team of your classmates with whom you’ll navigate your first year. You’ll study, challenge, and support each other throughout. To ensure you get the most out of your cohort experience, we will ensure each cohort represents a variety of cultural and geographic backgrounds, business concentrations, employment histories, and genders.

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.

City and Campus

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You’ll take your classes at the University of Texas Health Science Center—an enormous institution in the Texas Medical Center district that contains state-of-the-art classroom designs, event space, dining, and parking— all smack dab in the middle of Houston.


Smiling students sit around a small table on a patio

A big part of your MBA experience involves connecting with your classmates and exploring the fascinating (and enormous!) city of Houston, Texas. That’s why, as part of the Residency Program, you will stay in Houston on class weekends for the entire first semester.

Alumni report that this is an invaluable part of the Texas MBA experience—a chance to forge a powerful new network of colleagues while experiencing the vibrant business and arts communities in the country’s fourth-largest city.

The official Texas MBA residence is Hotel ZaZa, a striking and gorgeous building in the middle of the Museum District.

The Wisdom of Working

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You’re here because you want more for your career. So do we. And that’s why we’ve designed your Texas MBA experience to have an immediate impact on your current job. In class, you’ll learn practical, proven tactics for solving the very same challenges you encounter everyday in the office. And in the office, you’ll witness firsthand the real-world impact of a world-class business education.