MBA grads also have access to key MBA industries in the state, including finance, technology, and oil and petroleum.
Here are some of the best business schools in Texas, and the many opportunities they offer for students to kick-start their business career.
Top Business Schools In Texas
Baylor University, Hankamer School of Business - Waco
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The Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University offers a variety of programs in Waco, Dallas, and Austin, with flexible hybrid formats that are ideal for busy professionals.
Students can customize their degree to fit their career aspirations, tailoring their studies to one of four different sectors: Healthcare Administration, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship & Corporate Innovation, and Cyber Security.
With the majority of MBA students receiving between 25 to 100% tuition remission through scholarships and an average starting salary of $78,000, Hankamer also guarantees a very good return on investment.
Rice University, Jesse H Jones Graduate School of Business - Houston
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The 25th best business school in the US in 2022 according to US News, University’s Jesse H Jones Graduate School of Business prides itself on an intimate learning environment, with a student-to-faculty ratio of nine to one.
Full-time MBA students have the opportunity to gain real-world business management practice and build their network in Houston, the biggest city in Texas, through a field project where they evaluate a company’s performance and suggest areas for improvement.
Students who want to expand their horizons beyond business can also pursue joint degrees with the George R. Brown School of Engineering and the Wiess School of Natural Sciences.
Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business - Dallas
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The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University values diversity in business, and seeks to support under-represented students.
The Native American Initiative is aimed at sharing the benefits of a business education with Native American communities, while the Latino Leadership Initiative helps companies recruit and retain Latino executives.
For students looking to gain expertise in more than one field, the school also offers two joint degree options: a JD/MBA with the Dedman School of Law, and a joint MA/MBA degree in business and arts management with the Meadows School of Arts.
Texas A&M University, Mays Business School - College Station
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The first public institution of higher education in Texas and home to the second-largest student body in the US, Texas A&M University has a long history of providing high-quality education to a diverse community.
With total in-state program costs of only $62,000 for the full-time MBA, Mays Business School at Texas A&M University is also one of the most affordable options for Texans. The school offers very good return on investment for grads, who can expect an average starting salary of $113,000.
The school’s focus on entrepreneurship is one of its main selling points. The MBA Venture Challenge allows students to put their knowledge into practice by delivering a two-minute elevator pitch and a 20 minute presentation on a startup’s market viability to a panel of judges—an exercise that has resulted in multiple job offers over the years.
Texas Christian University, Neeley School of Business - Fort Worth
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The Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University is based in Fort Worth, where the headquarters of high-profile corporations including American Airlines, RadioShack, and Pier 1 are located.
Neeley puts an emphasis on real-world experience, allowing students to work alongside professional consultants with Neeley & Associates Consultants. Through this program, students can get their foot in the door in top-level companies for both internships and full-time roles.
The school is also well-known for its Energy Institute, which prepares students for careers in the energy sector, a major industry in Texas.
University of Houston, CT Bauer School of Business
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Another of the best business schools in Texas, the CT Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston immerses students in one of the most diverse cities in the country, which is also home to almost 20 Fortune 500 companies including Phillips 66 and Sysco.
The Energy MBA and the Global Energy Executive MBA prepare students to get involved in Houston’s oil and gas sector, one of the main drivers of the city’s economy.
Students looking to diversify their expertise can also pair their MBA with a variety of other programs, including a doctor of jurisprudence, a certificate in real estate, and a master of science in hospitality management.
University of Texas, Austin, McCombs School of Business
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The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin, is the top business school in Texas and 18th best in the country according to the US News and World Report.
McCombs’ team-oriented curriculum and diverse student community—with 21 countries represented in its full-time MBA cohort—make it a good option for those looking to build a global network.
The location is also a plus. Austin is not only a great place for food, music, and culture, but also one of the most exciting start-up scenes in the US. Silicon Hills, the cluster of high-tech companies in the city, is home to venture capital investors including Central Texas Angels Network and Tritium Partners as well as a dozen of startup incubators.
University of Texas, Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management
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The Naveen Jindal School of Management at University of Texas, Dallas, offers one of the most affordable MBA programs in the country, costing only $14,721 per year for in-state students. 75% of candidates also receive scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $35,000 in value.
Being based in Dallas is a great opportunity for students to network in one of the most important business hubs in the country, which houses the headquarters of major corporations like ExxonMobil, AT&T, and Southwest Airlines.
Students at UT Dallas can also learn from experts at one of the 11 research centers on campus, from the International Center for Decision and Risk Analysis to the Herbert D. Weitzman Institute for Real Estate.