MBA Student Experience
Graduate school offers the chance to grow professionally while making life-long connections and memories. As a Full-Time MBA student, you’ll have the opportunity to network and explore your interests in a variety of ways at Mays.
You’ll start your graduate program with, MBA Core, a two-week orientation to the program, which includes MBA Career Core, to focus on building your career skills.
MBA Core. Your introduction to our program begins in mid-July with a 10-day seminar entitled MBA Core. This seminar gives you the opportunity to meet our faculty and staff while learning about our program’s expectations. Our program addresses a range of topics, including the Aggie Honor System, the technology available at Mays, presentation skills, academic expectations, class culture, a tour of Texas A&M, descriptions of Aggie traditions, and an overview of individual leadership development and team development. You also will take part in a case competition and participate as a team in the Escape Room Experience.
MBA Career Core. You also will spend three weeks focusing on career management. You will work in teams to learn important skills, such as interviewing, problem-solving, learning to reposition yourself from a technician to a leader, and job search strategies.
We have a number of student organizations that may fit your interests, including:
- The MBA Association (MBAA) supports academic engagement and professional development throughout the year to foster continuous growth. This group also sponsors networking events, including trivia contests, happy hours, bowling and salsa dancing, as well as a number of major events:
- MBA Follies – This annual event, which raises money for Camp LIFE, a local philanthropic organization, brings students together with faculty members. The highlight is an auction of faculty-donated experiences, such as dinners, wine tastings, or specific challenges.
- Brisket Bowl – You’ll have the opportunity to spend time with classmates and meet former students from Mays’ MBA programs during the Brisket Bowl. This networking event is family-friendly and features a live band and bar and brisket cook-off competition.
- Tailgate Parties – You can celebrate the Aggie Spirit with your classmates and former students during MBAA tailgates during Texas A&M’s home football games.
- The Big Event – You can volunteer with a team of MBAA members to participate in Texas A&M’s Big Event. The Big Event, which is held each spring, is the largest student-run service project in the nation.
- Aggie Women MBAs focuses on building community and developing women leaders through social events, workshops, speaker series, and peer learning.
- Mays Veteran’s Association is dedicated to easing veterans’ transition to graduate school and helping them and their families feel comfortable in the Bryan/College Station area. This group organizes Houston and College Station Networking Events for MBA veterans, announces job openings, and coordinates networking opportunities with other Mays and Texas A&M students who are veterans.
- Mays Business School Consulting Club assists students who are interested in becoming a consultant. Members interact with top executives in major consulting firms and attend information sessions on recruiting, interviewing, and consulting. The group also holds case interview prep to help students prepare for their case interview.
- MBA Finance Club provides educational and networking opportunities for Mays MBA students who are interested in a career in finance. Every semester, the group hosts the MBA Stock Competition that allows students to practice their trading skills in a simulation game and compete with fellow students.
- Partner’s Cohort – Partners of Mays Full-Time MBA students are invited to participate in our P-Cohort organization. This organization provides a ready-made social network and support group for the partners of MBA students. This group hosts numerous social events, including weekly play dates, family movie nights, field trips to local area attractions, date nights, girls’ night out, First Friday outings in Downtown Bryan, and BBQs. In addition, this group arranges for childcare during MBA Graduation events.
In addition, our students participate in a number of special events and activities throughout the academic year, including:
- Mays Women’s Leadership Initiative Conference. This conference provides a forum where you can learn from women who are in top corporate leadership positions.
- Dean’s Executive MBA Speaker Series – You will have the opportunity to meet prominent corporate leaders and learn about their personal leadership philosophy and experiences through this series. Previous sessions have featured executives from General Motors, GE Appliances and Lighting, Compaq Computer Corporation, the Clorox Company, Oceaneering International, Southwest Airlines, and AT&T.
- Professional development. Mays offers sessions for the students on cutting-edge business topics, such as modeling, Tableau, Excel, and data presentation.
- Participation in national career fairs. You will have the opportunity to attend national career fairs, where you’ll be able to interact with companies from all over the world. To help you cover travel costs, the Full-Time MBA program provides $500 in professional development money. In addition, our program has booths at each career fair so that you’ll be able to interact with our staff.
- Networking opportunities in Houston – You will be invited to attend several networking receptions each year at Mays campus at CityCentre in Houston. These events, which are attended by thousands of current and former students from our Full-Time, Executive, and Professional MBA programs, are an outstanding opportunity to network.
We also host a variety of social events and activities that will help you find your place at Mays. These include:
- Special events scheduled during Texas A&M’s football season – Mays Business School hosts an annual tailgate party where the guests of honor are the former students from the all three MBA programs. In addition, our students regularly come together to attend football games and Midnight Yell Practices.
- Intramurals – You may be the type of person who likes to develop camaraderie on the athletic field. If so, you may want to join a Mays team and participate in Texas A&M’s intramural sports program, which offers dodgeball, volleyball, basketball, flag football, kickball, racquetball, softball, table tennis, tennis, soccer, cornhole, battleship, action ball, and ultimate Frisbee.
- Ring Day – The Aggie Ring is the visible symbol of being a former student at Texas A&M. The tradition of Ring Day celebrates the awarding of this prized possession to students. Understanding the significance of this day, Mays’ faculty and staff join with family members at the Association of Former Students to present the ring to each Mays student.
- Family picnics – Our Full-Time MBA program staff hosts a family picnic twice annually. These picnics gives the opportunity for you and your family to get to know faculty members and classmates in a relaxed setting.
- Camp LIFE – Our students raise funds and volunteer as camp counselors for Camp LIFE, a program through Texas A&M’s Center on Disability and Development. This camp provides recreation for children ages 5 and above who have disabilities and their siblings twice a year.