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McCombs School of Business

McCombs School of Business
Former names
• School of Business Administration (1922-1945)
• College of Business Administration (1945-2000)
Motto Where Leadership Is Earned
Established 1922
Type Public Business school
Parent institution
University of Texas at Austin
Dean Thomas W. Gilligan
Academic staff
186 (Full-time equivalent)[1]
Students 12,401
Undergraduates 4,515 (BBA), 6,100 (BFP)
Postgraduates 1,687
Location Austin, Texas, USA
Campus Urban
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Affiliations The Washington Campus

The McCombs School of Business, also referred to as the McCombs School or simply McCombs, is a business school at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to the main campus in Downtown Austin, McCombs offers classes outside Central Texas in Dallas, Houston and internationally in Mexico City. The McCombs School of Business offers undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs for their average 12,000 students each year, adding to its 92,024 member alumni base from a variety of business fields.[2] In addition to traditional classroom degree programs, McCombs is home to 14 collaborative research centers, the international business plan competition: Venture Labs Investment Competition (formerly known as "MOOT Corp"), and executive education programs.

McCombs is also the oldest public business school in Texas.[3]


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When the Business-Economics Building opened in 1962, it was the largest classroom structure on campus

The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) was founded in 1883, and the university's School of Business Administration was established a few decades later in 1922.[4] The school quickly grew, establishing a Master in Professional Accounting program in 1948 and offering its first executive education programs in 1955.

Effects of the 1990s technology boom and dot-com bubble were palpable in Austin, leaving the nickname "Silicon Hills" on the city. One McCombs School program that has capitalized on this is the Venture Labs Investment Competition, is the oldest operating inter-business school new-venture competition in the world. Begun in 1984, it has been dubbed the "Super Bowl of world business plan competitions."[5] Also opportunistic was the creation of the school's first Management Information Systems degree in 1990. The MBA Investment Fund, LLC was also founded in 1994, becoming the first legally constituted investment fund run by Master of Business Administration (MBA) students and proving quite successful, with a 17.5 percent annual return to date.[4] Additionally, in 1995 the college became the first to require students have an e-mail address.

On May 11, 2000, an auto dealership owner Red McCombs announced a $50 million donation to UT Austin. In his honor, the College of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Business were merged under the newly created Red McCombs School of Business.[4]

In June 2007, AT&T pledged $25 million to the McCombs School towards the construction of the Executive Education and Conference Center. As part of the financial contribution, the center, which opened August 2008, will be named the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center for the next 25 years.[6]


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Graduate School of Business Building

The McCombs School of Business is located in the heart of the University of Texas at Austin campus. The majority of the McCombs School is housed in a three-building complex called the George Kozmetsky Center for Business Education named after, philanthropist and former College of Business Administration dean, Dr. George Kozmetsky at the intersection of 21st and Speedway Streets.[7] The McCombs School is bordered by Waggener Hall (the former home of the College of Business Administration) to the North, Gregory Gymnasium, and E. P. Schoch Building (one of the last overseen by campus master planner Paul Cret)[8] to the East and is adjacent to Perry-Castañeda Library to the South.

The Business-Economics Building (now the College of Business Administration Building), opened in January 1962. It was the largest classroom structure on campus when it was built and housed the first escalator on campus. Today, it is home to the undergraduate programs at the McCombs School and the Bureau of Business Research. The building faces Speedway Street and unlike the majority of surrounding Mediterranean Revival Style architecture structures, most of the building is faced with brick.[9]

In March 1976, Graduate School of Business Building opened next to the existing building facing 21st Street. Since its inception, the addition to the College of Business Administration Building houses the separate graduate MBA program. The addition was constructed in a rhombus shape to protect a grove of trees on the north side of the building.[3][10]

Located on the southwest corner of the UT campus, the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center is a multi-function complex and hotel. The facility has multiple sized classrooms and breakout rooms, a 300-seat amphitheater, ballroom, three restaurants, and 297 hotel rooms. The center hosts all of the executive education programs for the McCombs School, including the Texas Executive Education and evening MBA programs.[11] It is the first building to be built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver certification standards on campus.[12]

A statue titled "The Family Group" by sculptor, and former UT College of Fine Arts professor, Charles Umlauf sits in the middle of McCombs Plaza at the southern entrance of the GSB Building.[13]

In August 2012, the University of Texas System Board of Regents approved a proposal for a new $155 million, 458,000-square-foot Graduate Business Education Center to serve the McCombs MBA students. The new state-of-the-art building will open in February 2017, and will be located across from the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. This facility will be called Rowling Hall.[14]

Academic profile

McCombs is made up of a total of 6,301 students (Fall 2014): 4,515 undergraduates, 1,687 postgraduate, and 99 doctoral students.[15] An additional 6,100 undergraduates take coursework through the Texas Business Foundations Program (Texas BFP), described below, for a total enrollment of 12,401. All undergraduates classes are at the main campus in Austin while almost a quarter of postgraduate student classes are held outside of Central Texas in Dallas, Houston, and Mexico City.[16]

In addition to traditional graduation routes, McCombs offers a five-year program where students earn their BBA and Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) degrees concurrently.[17] The Texas BFP offers non-business majors the opportunity to grasp the fundamentals of business operations and minor in business while pursuing any undergraduate program at the University of Texas at Austin. Students in the Business Foundations Program take seven business courses (two lower-division and five upper-division) in addition to their existing undergraduate course work. Students who complete the program are capable of integrating their minor into their future career.[18]


In Fall 2014, out of the 6,330 freshman applicants, 1,651 were admitted to the undergraduate program.[19] Unlike most colleges & schools at The University of Texas at Austin and the university itself, McCombs does not accept spring or summer applications. Prospective students must apply for admission only during the fall semester.[20] Both undergraduate and postgraduate applicants have similar admissions requirements. Applicants are evaluated holistically based on letters of recommendation, essays, transcripts, and a resume.[21] MBA applicants however are encouraged to have at least two years of full-time work experience and are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).[22] For Fall 2014, the McCombs school received just over 2,100 applications for the Full-Time MBA program, with an acceptance rate of 29%.

Admission to the Full-time MBA program - Key Admission Stats: (class of 2015)[23]


The McCombs School of Business awards the degrees of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master in Professional Accounting (MPA), Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC), Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD), as well as certificates upon completion of non-degreed Executive Education programs.[24] Programs awarding doctoral degrees at the McCombs School of Business are divided in five academic departments, Accounting, Finance, Information, Risk, and Operations Management (IROM), Management, and Marketing.[24] A sixth department, Business, Government and Society, was created in 2010 and does not award a doctoral degree.

Finance students are divided into six different specializations or "tracks." The Corporate Finance and Investment Banking Track prepares students for careers as associates of corporate treasury departments, as financial analysts for corporations or investment banks, and as management consultants. The Energy Finance Track prepares students for positions in project-financing, valuation, and risk management in the energy sector. The Investment Management Track provides students with a background suitable for starting positions as financial analysts with investment funds, investment banks or other financial institutions. The Financial Markets/Banking Track prepares students for various financial institution-related careers such as lending officers and financial analysts. The Real Estate Track prepares students for positions in real estate commercial brokerage and appraisal, mortgage banking, loan underwriting, real estate development and investment, and property management. Finally, the General Finance Track for students who do not wish to specialize in any area.[25]

Business Honors Program (BHP)

BHP core courses are accelerated and modeled after those taught in the MBA program. BHP courses are taught by some of the McCombs School's most experienced faculty. Emphasis is placed on class discussion and presentations, case study analysis, and the research of actual business decisions. Enrollment in BHP classes is restricted to students in the program, and has small class sizes (generally 30-45 students).


McCombs is home to over a dozen collaborative research centers focused on various business and investment sectors. Research centers are part of the academic departments and research information within that department according to the center's specialty.


Current rankings for McCombs School of Business programs:

6 Bloomberg Businessweek (4/14)[26]
8 U.S. News (9/14)[27]

17 U.S. News (3/15)[28]
18 Business Insider, U.S. rank (8/14)[29]
19 Financial Times, U.S. rank (1/15)[30]
19 Poets & Quants (12/13)[31]
21 Forbes (10/13)[32]
23 Bloomberg Businessweek (11/14)[33]
23 The Economist, U.S. rank (10/14)[34]

Executive MBA
17 U.S. News (3/15)[35]
18 The Economist (5/15)[36]
18 Poets & Quants for Executives (5/14)[37]
20 Bloomberg Businessweek, U.S. rank (11/13)[38]
21 Financial Times, U.S. rank (10/14)[39]

Working Professional MBA
7 U.S. News (3/15)[40]

Executive Education
15 Bloomberg Businessweek, Global Rank in Custom Programs (11/13)[41]
20 Financial Times, U.S. rank (5/15)[42]

Doctoral Programs
15 Doctoral Rank, Financial Times, Global (1/15)[30]

Research Rankings
1 Accounting Research, Global, since 1990, BYU Accounting Research Rankings (2012)[43]
5 Worldwide Business School Research Rankings, University of Texas at Dallas (1/15)[44]
14 Intellectual Capital, Bloomberg Businessweek (11/14)[33]
18 Faculty Research Publications, Financial Times, Global (1/15)[30]

1 Accounting (Undergraduate), U.S. News (9/14)[45]
1 Accounting (Graduate), U.S. News (3/15)[46]
1 Undergraduate Program, Public Accounting Report (8/14)[47]
1 Master's Program, Public Accounting Report (8/14)[47]
1 Ph.D. Program, Public Accounting Report (8/14)[47]
1 Accounting Research, Global, since 1990, BYU Accounting Research Rankings (2012)[43]
10 Accounting, Worldwide, Financial Times (1/13)[48]

Undergraduate Specialty Rankings
1 Accounting, U.S. News (9/14)[45]
1 Accounting, Public Accounting Report (8/14)[47]
2 Information Systems, Bloomberg Businessweek (6/13) [49]
3 Marketing, U.S. News (9/14)[50]
4 Supply Chain, Gartner, Inc. (8/14)
4 Management Information Systems, U.S. News (9/14)[51]
5 Finance, U.S. News (9/14)[52]
6 Ethics, Bloomberg Businessweek (6/13) [53]
6 Management, U.S. News (9/14)[54]
7 Real Estate, U.S. News (9/14)[55]
8 Entrepreneurship, U.S. News (9/14)[56]
9 Insurance/Risk Management, U.S. News (9/14)[57]
9 Production/Ops Management, U.S. News (9/14)[58]
9 Business Law, Bloomberg Businessweek (6/13) [59]
9 Quantitative Analysis/Methods, U.S. News (9/14)[60]
13 Supply Chain Management/Logistics, U.S. News (9/14)[61]
17 Operations Management, Bloomberg Businessweek (6/13) [62]
18 Quantitative Methods, Bloomberg Businessweek (6/13) [63]
25 International Business, U.S. News (9/14)[64]

Graduate Specialty Rankings
1 Accounting, U.S. News (3/15)[65]
1 Accounting, Master's Level, Public Accounting Report (8/14)[47]
3 MBA Program for Hispanics, Hispanic Business (8/14)[66]
5 Information Systems, U.S. News (3/15)[67]
6 Best Professors, Princeton Review (10/14)[68]
8 Entrepreneurship, U.S. News (3/15)[69]
8 Entrepreneurship, Princeton Review / Entrepreneur Magazine (9/14)[70]
8 Supply Chain, Gartner, Inc. (9/14)
9 MBA Employability, Poets & Quants (12/13)[71]
10 Entrepreneurship, Bloomberg Businessweek (2/13)[72]
10 Accounting, Worldwide, Financial Times (1/12)[48]
11 Marketing, U.S. News (3/15)[73]
13 Finance, U.S. News (3/15)[74]
14 Sustainability/Green Business, Bloomberg Businessweek (2/13)[75]
14 Top Global MBA Programs for Latin Americans, AmericaEconomia (5/14)[76]
15 International Business, U.S. News (3/15)[77]
15 Production/Operations Management, U.S. News (3/15)[78]
15 Supply Chain/Logistics, U.S. News (3/15)[79]
18 Management, U.S. News (3/15)[80]
19 Best Global MBAs for Mexicans, U.S. rank, Expansion (3/14)[81]
22 Social, Ethical & Environmental Stewardship, Beyond Grey Pinstripes, U.S. rank (9/11)[82]



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Donald Evans, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce under George W. Bush, received an MBA from McCombs in 1974.

Graduates from McCombs receive competitive salaries and are solicited by some of the best companies in the world. In addition, a huge advantage that McCombs graduates have is the fact that Texas has so many companies based in the state, as well as large regional offices of those based elsewhere. Given these companies look to hire MBAs regionally (for example, Oil & Gas Investment Banking Divisions), their first choice is naturally to recruit from the McCombs School of Business which, in turn, insulates McCombs graduates from the job market that other graduates are facing in markets where there is more concentration of top business schools (for example, New York).” Furthermore, despite the recent economic downturn, McCombs has continued to maintain a very high job placement for its graduates due to the booming Texas job market. Top recruiters at McCombs historically include PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan Chase, Credit Suisse, Dell, Citigroup, Boston Consulting Group, Microsoft, Chevron, and BP.[83]

Alumni of the business school include Texas Governor Greg Abbott '81,[84]Southwest Airlines CEO Gary C. Kelly '74,[85] Heinz CEO William R. Johnson '74,[86] former Texas Rangers owner Thomas O. Hicks '68,[87] and ConocoPhillips CEO James Mulva (BBA) '68 & (MBA) '69,[88] CEO of National Oilwell Varco Clay C. Williams, and Donald Evans '73, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce.[89] The school's namesake, Red McCombs, also attended the business school, going on to co-found Clear Channel Communications and co-own the San Antonio Spurs, the Denver Nuggets, and the Minnesota Vikings.[90]


As of the 2014–2015 school year, the McCombs School employs 186 full-time equivalent faculty.[16] McCombs is headed by Dr. Thomas W. Gilligan who took over as dean in 2008 when George W. Gau stepped down after six years in the previous position.[91] Prior to joining the McCombs School, Gilligan held a variety of positions at the University of Southern California from 1987 until 2008.[92]

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