DFW Gives TCU MBA Students a Unique Competitive Advantage

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TCU offers its MBA graduates several specific advantages that are impressive, even when compared to other top-tier programs, one of them being its Dallas-Fort Worth location. The DFW Metroplex, the world’s 14th largest metro economy, is home to 7 million people participating in Texas’ distinctive culture. Fort Worth continuously ranks among the top places to live and work in the United States, making it an ideal location for a fulfilling social life and successful career.

DFW is one of the most powerful economic engines, helping to drive not just the state economy, but also growth and opportunity nationwide. According to D Magazine, for 2017, at least the four largest industries in North Texas were expected to remain in decent shape and continue adding jobs, both locally and nationally. Those markets are “logistics and transportation; banking and financial services; healthcare and life sciences; and technology and telecommunications.”

In fact, according to the most recent figures released by the Federal Reserve, business-cycle indexes are posting above-trend growth even as employment continues to climb in both Dallas and Fort Worth. It is seen as one of the fastest growing spots for employment, with areas growing and bringing in more jobs/revenue for DFW. Companies that moved to the metroplex in 2017 alone include: Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance and JP Morgan Chase & Co.

In other words, DFW is more than an ideal setting in which to learn how to become a business leader. It’s also a place where TCU MBA graduates can experience thriving careers while simultaneously creating the lifestyle they desire.

A Plethora of Fortune 500 and Other Large Companies

Home to more than 10,000 corporations, Texas boasts 50 Fortune 500 companies, with 20 of them being in the Dallas area. Just a few corporate giants operating in North Texas are Exxon Mobil, AT&T, Bank of America, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Toyota Motor North America and American Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

A Variety of Industries

Neeley appeals to students with diverse career interests, offering programs in Healthcare, Supply Chain Management, Energy and more. The top industries in Dallas include healthcare, technology, financial services and defense. Oil and gas, manufacturing and aviation and aerospace comprise some of the major industries in the Fort Worth area.

This location provides MBA students with a wide range of local networking opportunities during their time in the program. Upon graduation, students find there is a strong demand in various industries for the skills and experience they gained in our program, both within the DFW area, as well as throughout the country and internationally.  

Exclusive TCU Events

Thanks to TCU’s location, students have frequent (nearly constant) interaction with executives, whether through guest speakers, the Executive Mentor program, C-Level Confidential dinners and other events exclusive to the MBA program.

The semester begins with a corporate sponsored case competition as part of START, before classes even begin. Recent sponsors have included IBM, AT&T Sabre and Oncor. This event sets the tone for continual opportunities throughout the two years, as students are able to test their classroom learnings in a real environment and showcase their skills to prospective employers. They take on field studies as part of classes, work on live cases alongside corporate partners and, of course, there is the Neeley & Associates Consulting program, where students take on critical projects for paying corporate clients.

TCU’s various events and experiential learning programs provide students with multiple opportunities to meet and network with executives from these (and other) top companies. Networking expands students' lists of contacts, increases their knowledge, provides hands-on experience in crafting professional communications and helps them develop the soft skills necessary for success in a 21st Century business environment.

Top-Ranked Career Service Center

Ranked number 34 in the world by The Economist, TCU’s Neeley Graduate Career Service Center is a robust operation. With five full-time staff members serving a cohort of about 50 students, the Center is an extremely rich resource capable of providing individualized support for each MBA candidate.

The Career Service Center has access to many corporate partners in the DFW area who are willing to be a part of the boot camps, workshops, mock interviews and other feedback sessions that the Center offers. Whether it’s for summer internships, project-based work or post-MBA full-time employment, students are provided with plenty of opportunities to network and gain essential professional and interpersonal skills . TCU is an excellent place to prep for the next career step, whether that is a job opportunity in DFW or beyond.

The Center's team starts working with students as soon as they are admitted into the MBA program, sharing networking strategies and eventually helping students secure interviews for internships as well as full-time employment opportunities. The Center partners with employers, recruiters, career fairs and national student organizations to match TCU students with exceptional job offers in their designated field.

The career services team works hard to ensure graduates find desirable jobs as quickly as possible and their diligent efforts pay off. 92 percent of the members of Neeley's MBA Class of 2017 received job offers within 90 days of graduation.

Your Fellow Frogs

TCU MBA alumni love giving back to their alma mater. Successful alumni participate in any number of programs designed to enhance the experiential learning offerings at TCU, from mentoring as members of the Neeley Experiential Learning Advisory Board (NELAB) to supporting investing in student entrepreneurship via the Cowtown Angels initiative.

Discover how you can expand your personal and professional horizons in DFW with an MBA from TCU.Request more info about the Neeley School of Business graduate program or apply now.

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