Titans of Investing

Spring 2023 applications are now open (FINC 427/669).

Titans of Investing is a unique class that challenges Texas A&M’s top performing students to commit to development in wisdom, personal understanding, and growth.  Each semester Titans accepts 15-20 students from all majors, with the composition of students intentionally selected to allow for diverse perspectives in discussion.

Some examples of topics typically covered each semester:

  • Understanding Yourself through Personal Constraints
  • The Ascent of China and the 100 Year Transition
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution of Automation and AI
  • Wisdom and Intentional Life

The Titans of Investing class is a prerequisite for membership in the elite Titans network, a lifelong community committed to developing the next generation of leaders in all areas of life.  Over the past decade, Titans members have accelerated their early careers through deep commitments from 70+ leading business people across multiple industries that personally sponsor Titans.

Information about the broader Titans network can be found on Titans of Investing.

Application Instructions for Titans of Investing:

Applications received after the deadline will be NOT be considered.

Titans of Investing applications are due November 16, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST.

Titans of Investing will accept up to 9 nominations. At least 1 faculty nomination is required. Other recommendations are strongly encouraged. These additional nominations can consist of former Titans students, internship supervisors, or other non-family members that can speak to your character and achievements.

IMPORTANT: Recommendation letters are not required from your faculty nominator, if a faculty member is unable to write a letter of support they can still fill out the quick recommender survey. Letters of support from other nominators are  strongly encouraged.

Most nominations for business students come from Texas A&M Accounting and Finance faculty members. For your convenience, links to contact information for accounting and finance professors are below:

Notice to applicants:

  1. Only completed applications will be considered. (The Apply Now button at the bottom of the page contains detailed application instructions.)
  2. Application decision notification will be sent to your TAMU email address.
  3. Pre-requisites
    • Non-business applicants MUST register for FINC 409/635, during preregistration for the semester for which they are applying for Titans. The Finance Department opens all available seats for FINC 409/635 on Howdy. No seats are held back, which means the only way to get a seat is by registering through Howdy. There are no force requests for FINC 409/635 because every classroom is at physical capacity. Our advice is to monitor Howdy and register if a seat becomes available.
    • FINC 409 for non-business undergraduates
    • FINC 635 for non-business graduates
    • Applicants who have not completed FINC 341 or FINC 409/635, are not currently enrolled in the course for fall 2022, or do not register for the course for spring 2023, will not be eligible for Titans of Investing.

Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 pm CST on the date listed above.

Important Application Instructions

In addition to the completed application, all applicants are required to attend the final class on December 6th at 5:30pm in Wehner 114 . Dress is business professional. This class will be in person.

Fall applications are due each April and spring applications are due each November. Applicants are notified of admission decisions, by email, at the end of the semester.

Additional Information

Class size: Limited to 15-20 students

Class format: Discussion style. Titans meet weekly, with the professor/guests lecturing every other class, and the students directing themselves on the off weeks in Junto (Ben Franklin model for a “club for mutual self-improvement”) and peer discussion.

Executive professor: Britt Harris, current President, CEO, and CIO of the University of Texas Investment Management Co. (UTIMCO), former CIO of Texas Teachers Retirement System; former CEO for Bridgewater Associates; current member of the President’s Working Group for Financial Markets; Advisory Board Member for the NYSE.

Purpose: Develop a commitment to the pursuit of wisdom; diversify personal views and beliefs through intentional discussion; Learn deeply about the broader global and political landscape and the effects on markets, economies, and life.

Characteristics of successful nominees/applicants: High capacity students who are likely to be unusually successful in business, people who are deemed particularly likely to do something good for others with whatever success they do achieve, people who are interesting.

Other activities: Read an assigned classic book during the semester and develop a brief to be provided to prominent business individuals that sponsor Titans; Serve as a leader in the current class through an assigned role to develop collaborative skills; Commit to regular meet-ups outside of class with the current Titans class to develop lifelong friendships; all classes attended by the professor end with a dinner.