Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is executive education?
A: Executive education (Exec. Ed) is a term used for non-degree graduate-level classes designed to give professionals cutting-edge concepts and education they will need to be successful in their careers. Executive education classes are taught by university faculty and provide enrollees with invaluable educational and networking opportunities. Through open enrollment programs and custom programs, executive education can advance your management skills and offer opportunities to further your career.
Q: What sets Texas Executive Education apart from other professional development programs?
A: The University of Texas at Austin’s world-renowned McCombs School of Business faculty set it apart from other schools. Not only do enrollees learn directly from industry leaders (many of whom have developed the essential concepts they are teaching), but also Texas Executive Education offers an intimate class setting where access to professors is never an issue. Access to The University of Texas’ campus and resources are also a differentiator. Learn more here.
Q: How is this program different from an executive MBA?
A: Texas Executive Education differs from an executive MBA with regards to time and money. Our Executive classes are highly concentrated graduate-level classes designed to give enrollees essential skills so that they can have an immediate impact on work when their coursework is complete. EMBA programs often take years to complete and tens of thousands of dollars. If you aren’t sure about whether you want to take furthering executive education or an executive MBA program, we encourage you to see our certificate programs as they are often an encompassing, time-sensitive, and financially pragmatic alternative to the EMBA.
Q: Where can I request a brochure?
A: The easiest way to receive a brochure is to download our latest catalog here. If you’d like to be mailed a physical copy, please contact us.
Q: Who typically attends Texas Executive Education classes?
Q: What teaching methods are used in Texas Executive Education Classes?
Q: How do you blend academic research with real-world experience and application in Texas Executive Education classes?
Q: How can taking a Texas Executive Education class make a difference in your career?
Q: How much experience and / or education do participants need before attending a course?
A: There are no prerequisites or minimum experience levels required to take a course at Texas Executive Education. Most material is presented at a graduate level, so an undergraduate degree is helpful but not mandatory. Our programs can be tailored to address any experience level – from new employees all the way up to senior C-level executives.
Q: How many participants are in each class?
A: Every program is different, but we have found that class sizes between 15 and 30 individuals gives us the optimal combination of a dynamic, interactive, participatory learning environment, coupled with one-on-one personal attention from the faculty.
Q: How many team members from my organization should attend the same program session?
A: As many as you think would benefit from the concepts, collaboration and case studies each of our classes offer. Many companies find that sending several employees creates a bigger impact for the company. We can also develop a custom program tailored to your organization.
Q: Do I have to come to Austin for the programs?
A: Not always. The majority of our Open Enrollment classes are in Austin, but we also offer select courses in Houston, and Custom Programs can be conducted at your location – almost anywhere in the world. Additionally, our online Business Foundations Program is available anywhere. We are also beginning to add online classes to our roster in Spring 2018.
Q: What are the alumni benefits?
A: Texas Executive Education classes are an invaluable networking opportunity. Our alumni often end up partnering with other classmates in the future, and even connections made on professional networking sites like LinkedIn serve our enrollees and the greater Texas Executive Education community for years to come.
Q: Where are the executive education program reviews?
A: You can view testimonials for each class by visiting the individual class pages or the testimonial video gallery.
Q: I am getting ready to attend a class – what should I wear?
A: Business casual attire is suggested for programs offered at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. We suggest you bring a light jacket or sweater.
Q: How much do your programs cost?
A: Current prices for Open Enrollment classes are listed beside each class. Custom Program prices are, by definition, custom. We would be happy to provide you with a quote based upon your needs. Just contact Nancy Nagle at (512) 475-9086 for more information about Custom Program pricing. We also offer discounts to teams, University of Texas alumni, government entities and our corporate partners.
Q: What topics are available?
A: Open Enrollment classes are listed here. For Custom Programs, anything is possible. With over 3,500 faculty available at UT Austin (and even more available to us outside the University), we’ve yet to have a request we could not fill.
Q: Will I receive credit for attending a class or completing a certificate?
A: Classes offered by Texas Executive Education can provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits, and university credits (through UT Austin University Extension). Give us a call for additional details and information.
Q: Do you offer coaching and mentoring services?
A: Yes. Texas Executive Education offers companies and individuals optional Executive Coaching and Mentoring Services. These services can be added to existing programs, or contracted as a separate collaboration between Texas Executive Education and a company or individual.
Q: Do you hold any executive training seminars?
A: Many of our faculty members are featured in the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series events. Texas Executive Education and SDG are also presenting a series of webinars related to the Strategic Decision and Risk Management (SDRM) Certificate.
Q: Who will be teaching my program?
A: Texas Executive Education uses only the very best professors – those who have experience teaching at the graduate level, and who have experience working with companies and business professionals. Our faculty offer tremendous real-world business knowledge grounded in research-based academic discipline. The professor(s) for your class will be listed when you register.
Q: How long does it take you to develop a Custom Program?
A: It depends on the complexity and the scope of the program, but in general, we can develop a Custom Program in four to eight weeks. If you need something faster, give us a call – we’ll do everything we can to meet your timing.
Q: Should I send my team to Open Enrollment classes, or should I opt for a Custom Program instead?
A: If you are coming as an individual or with a team that has less than 10 people, then Open Enrollment is most likely the best solution for you. If your team is larger, a Custom Program may be a more cost-effective solution. Since Open Enrollment classes typically have attendees from a variety of industries, companies and functional areas, there is the added benefit of learning from others outside your company. If you need to work on issues of a confidential nature, we recommend a Custom Program. We also offer Corporate Partnerships for you to purchase a large volume of Open Enrollment seats at a discounted rate.
Q: If I come to Austin for a program, where do I stay?
A: Texas Executive Education is located within the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, which is an all-inclusive facility. Hotels, classrooms, restaurants and fitness facilities are all available in the space. There are also a variety of hotels within walking distance of our facility.
Q: Do you offer an online executive education certificate or program?
A: The online Business Foundations Program offers six classes in Business Law and Ethics, Accounting, Management and Organizational Behavior, Finance, Information Technology Management, and Marketing. The self-paced classes can be taken online at any time and provide the required credits for a Business Foundations Certificate, a highly-sought after distinction by University of Texas students. We will also be adding additional online classes in spring 2018.
Q: Do you offer any evaluations, metrics or assessments?
A: Yes. Every module of instruction and every professor is evaluated by the participants in each program. If you need pre- and post-program metrics to measure the efficacy of the program, we offer those services as well. We also include a wide variety of personal assessment services such as MBTI, Emotional Intelligence and more.
Q: What if I don’t know what I need?
A: Whether you are an individual trying to decide which class or certificate is right for you, or if you’re a company trying to lay out a comprehensive professional development program for your employees, we will collaborate with you to find the right solution. We can develop competency models, perform gap analyses, structure curricula and work with you in conjunction with our faculty to build a solution tailored to your specific needs. We also encourage you to engage in our interactive Competency Map course-finding tool.
Q: What are fees for cancellation?
A: There is no charge to cancel more than three weeks before a class. From three weeks to one day before a class, attendee will forfeit 50% of the tuition (plus any increase in the price of the program). Less than one day before the program, the attendee will not receive a refund for the class. Cancellations must be received in writing by email. Substitutions may happen at any time without incurring additional fees. Please note that hotel cancellation is separate from class cancellation and needs to be addressed with the AT&T Conference Center.
Q: Can I transfer courses?
A: Yes. Transfers and/or substitutions must be received in writing by email. More than three weeks before the class, there is no charge to transfer to another class. From three weeks to one day before a class, there is a $500 admin fee for transferring week-long classes and a $200 admin fee for transferring two- and three-day classes. All admin fees are due at the time of request. Less than one day before the program, transfer requests will be on a case-by-case basis. Transferees will have one year from the date of their original transfer request to attend an alternate class. After a one year period, tuition fees will be forfeited. Please note that hotel cancellation is separate from class cancellation and needs to be addressed with the AT&T Conference Center.