The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business uses a set of standards to evaluate the quality of education business schools offer degree-seeking students. Many executive MBA programs voluntarily adhere to the AACSB’s standards to ensure that students will receive a degree that is widely recognized and well respected in their field. Texas schools that offer AACSB-accredited executive MBA programs are among the best business programs that the state has to offer.
Baylor University offers rigorous executive MBA programs in both Dallas and Austin that are designed for mid-career professionals who seek to become business leaders with integrity. The 21-month program offers students a flexible curriculum by holding weekend classes, and classes are kept small to provide students personalized, one-on-one attention. While students at both campuses take courses that cover topics such as the power and influence of negotiations on the business world, only students at the Dallas campus have the opportunity to earn an executive MBA with a focus on health care.
Texas A&M University
The Mays Business School at Texas A&M requires that managers and entrepreneurs seeking an executive MBA have 10 years of work experience and seven years of managerial experience. Students take courses in areas such as business legal and ethical issues, managing people in organizations, and corporate strategy and finance to sharpen their skills in the workplace. In addition, students must participate in a year-long capstone project that presents them with a business problem and requires them to develop a solution by applying the theoretical techniques they have learned in the classroom.
The University of Texas at Austin
Students in the McCombs School of Business executive MBA program at UT-Austin learn how the power of ideas will enhance what they already know and how they will perform in the field. The program’s coursework is designed to challenge business professionals on topics such as financial accounting, operations management and marketing. Because the student body is composed of business professionals from a variety of backgrounds, the school encourages students to learn from one another by participating in peer-led study groups. Students also have the opportunity to attend a three-day seminar in Washington, D.C. to gain valuable hands-on experience and networking opportunities.
Texas Christian University
In the Neeley School of Business executive MBA program at TCU, students learn from faculty who engage in cutting-edge research and regularly consult with top companies, greatly enhancing the classroom experience. Students take courses in areas such as supply chain management, entrepreneurship and leadership to enhance and elevate their current skill set. To complement their coursework, students may participate in a two-week international study-abroad experience to gain insight into understanding business from a global perspective.
G.G. Cabell is a writer with experience in college admissions. She holds a B.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis and a J.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.