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Shine Those Shoes: MBA Admissions Events in Texas, Fall 2014

By Ajay Amar, Ph.D., Oct 17 2014 02:54PM

Though it’s late in the 2014-2015 MBA application season, admissions teams are still traveling to Texas. They are mainly traveling with the big MBA fairs, where you will have the chance, along with a lot of other candidates, to shake hands with a business school representative and ask a couple questions in person.

These events can be a good opportunity for you to ask a question or two of MBA admissions officers – the things that you can’t find on the school website – and get a general sense of the school from alumni. Unlike the smaller events, which occur earlier in the year, the big multi-school events generally don’t allow for a lot of chit-chat with representatives. Come prepared with a few succinct questions and an even more succinct introduction to yourself and your career plans.

Here in Texas, there are only three big MBA admissions events left in 2014, so take advantage of them while you can. As the year rolls to an end, and Round 1 deadlines pass, the opportunities to meet school reps are also ending (until next year, of course).

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The QS World MBA Tour – Houston, Austin and Dallas


Saturday, October 18, 2014

1:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Register: http://www.topmba.com/events/qs-world-mba-tour/usa-canada/houston


Monday, October 20, 2014

4:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Register: http://www.topmba.com/events/qs-world-mba-tour/usa-canada/austin


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

4:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Register: http://www.topmba.com/events/qs-world-mba-tour/usa-canada/dallas

The QS World MBA Tour is best known for adding top European schools to a hardy mix of U.S. business schools from across the country. Cost is $5 if preregistering online, $15 at the door.

This year, the QS World MBA fair has brought over Spain's IESE Business School and IE Business School. (IE Business School is also holding 1-1 meetings in Dallas.) Scotland's University of Edinburgh Business School will be there as well.

Meet representatives from American University's Kogod School of Business, Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business, Bentley University Graduate School of Business (Bentley MBA), Boston College's Carroll School of Management, Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management, The George Washington University School of Business (GW MBA), Hult International Business School, Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Purdue's Krannert School of Management, Rensselaer Lally School of Management, Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management, Temple University's Fox School of Business, Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management (Vanderbilt Owen), University of Arizona's Eller College of Management (Eller MBA), University of California - Irvine's The Paul Merage School of Business (UC Irvine), the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business, the University of Oregon (The Oregon MBA), William & Mary’s Mason School of Business (Houston only), and the Wisconsin School of Business (Wisconsin MBA).

Also gathered will be Texas’ own C.T. Bauer College of Business from the University of Houston, Jones Graduate School of Business from Rice University (the Rice MBA), McCombs School of Business from the University of Texas (UT McCombs’ the Texas MBA), Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business (SMU’s the Cox MBA), the Neeley School of Business from Texas Christian University (TCU), and the University of North Texas (UNT) College of Business.


Inside the MBA Tour – Houston, Austin, Dallas

Houston – Monday, November 17

Austin – Wednesday, November 19

Dallas – Thursday, November 20

All Events: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Website: http://insidethemba.org/

Inside the MBA events includes small panel discussions and the chance to meet school representatives from Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Management, Emory University's Goizueta Business School (Houston and Austin only), Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, George Washington University School of Business, Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business (Houston and Dallas only), UNC's Kenan-Flagler (Houston and Dallas only), Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business (Houston only), University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business (Houston only), University of Washington's Foster School of Business, and Washington University in St. Louis's Olin Business School (Houston and Dallas only).

Texas business schools will send representatives from SMU's Cox MBA program, the Rice MBA program, Texas A&M University's Mays School of Business, and UT McCombs’ the Texas MBA program.

Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) – San Antonio

Thursday, November 20 – Friday, November 21

Website: https://sacc-jobfair.com/sanantonio.aspx

The SACC is aimed at military service academy graduates (U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point) who are members of their alumni associations. This event offers the opportunity to not only meet with employers but also with business schools that are recruiting from the military.

Participating schools include Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business, Purdue University's Krannert School of Management, University of Arizona's Eller MBA Program, University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, University of San Diego's MS in Global Leadership program, and Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. Texas business schools represented include the Rice MBA program, University of Houston's Bauer MBA program and UT McCombs’ the Texas MBA program.

The registration deadline is November 3, 2014, and registration is $40.

If you are not a member of the military, and you wish to meet one of these schools in San Antonio, I suggest that you contact school admissions to make a special request for a meeting.

If you’re applying before Round 2, these MBA events can be your chance to shine before an admissions representative. Act professionally, and come prepared, and you may make a good first impression.

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